One of my favorite pieces to layer and wear is a jean jacket. The jean jacket is so versatile and universal, you can almost style it with anything. I do believe the jean jacket is one of those timeless pieces that you should always have in your wardrobe. Today I’m going to share with you some fabulous styles and ideas and what to wear a jean jacket with.
Before I jump into what to wear a jean jacket with, I’m going to tell you about the history of the jacket. The first jean jacket was created by Levi Strauss in 1880, which is approximately 10 years after he invented the jeans. Both the jean jacket and jeans were intended to be used by cowboys, miners, and railroad workers.
140 years later, the jean jacket and jeans have transformed into fashion and staple pieces everyone should have in their closet. Classic denim jackets are such essentials! Today, we will be discussing different denim jacket outfits / jean jacket outfits. UPDATE! If you are looking for the best jean jacket brands worth investing in, then I highly recommend you check out this new article I wrote.
What to wear a jean jacket with
As I mentioned before, what I love about the jean jacket is it is so versatile and you can wear it with many outfits on different occasions. If you are reading this section, you’re probably wondering what to wear a jacket with. Below, I’ve listed the 3 most popular ways to style a jean jacket.
- With a white top and black jeans or blue jeans
- With a basic colored dress
- With black leather pants
- Don't forget a pair of heels, sandals, or even white sneakers
I’ve outlined in more detail each one of these styles and included some inspiration ideas as well. Get styling your jean jacket! You will definitely leave this article knowing exactly what to wear a jean jacket with.
How to wear a jean jacket with black jeans or black pants
One of the easiest ways to wear a jean jacket is to simply style it with black pants. The contrasting colors of black and the blue look great together. If you wear a jean jacket with black pants, you can wear either black jeans or even leather pants. In my opinion, both options would look great.
I’ve worn both a lighter colored jean jacket and a darker colored one and I think that the lighter colored jean jacket looks the best with black jeans / pants. I recommend a lighter top underneath, such as a white or a tan color. Don't forget to grab a pair of sneakers or heels to complete the outfit!
Other type of pants that look great with a jean jacket
Other than jeans and black pants, there are several different kinds of pants that would look great with a jean jacket. One of them would be wide leg or even tight white pants, white top and a jean jacket. Or even lose fitted beige pants paired with a jean jacket. Below are some of my favorite style influencers that have styled a jean jacket not with jeans or black pants.
How to style a jean jacket with a dress
Wearing a jean jacket with a dress is easily one of my favorite styles of all time. It can work in the Spring, Summer and fall. In my opinion, the best way to style a jean jacket with a dress is with a sold color dress. However, if you really want to wear a print dress, that works as well.
A jean jacket is so easy to wear that practically any dress will look good. I tend to wear my jean jacket with a sleeveless dress. Both a mini dress and a maxi dress look great with a denim jacket! Once again, I always feel like black and a light blue look great together.
Another option, is you can always pair a jean jacket with a long loose fitting skirt, a more fitting top, and then finally a jean jacket.
What tops look best with a jean jacket?
What to wear under a jean jacket is a great question. My first instinct is to tell you to go with a basic v neck top. I love wearing timeless pieces and a white v neck top or sweater which is probably already in your wardrobe.
I also think a nice heather gray top looks great as well with the jean jacket. If you are feeling more daring, I’ve also seen a jean jacket paired with a stripe top. That also looks very cute. And if you are unsure, just grab your favorite hoodie to wear underneath the jean jacket, especially if it's an oversized denim jacket.
Can I wear a jean jacket with blue jeans?
One of the most common questions you may be wondering when it comes to a jean jacket is can you wear a jean jacket with blue jeans? Well, that’s a great question. The simple answer is yes, you can wear a jean jacket with blue jeans. However, you must style them perfectly. If you don’t, you’ll end up looking like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in their famous jean outfit debacle of 2001 at the American Music Awards, which was an epic fail.
Back to the original question at hand, as I was saying, yes you can wear a jean jacket with blue jeans. The simplest trick when styling denim on denim is to make sure that one denim color is a lighter denim than the other. I recommend a lighter denim jacket, a neutral colored top (gray, white tee / white t-shirt, etc) and then darker jeans. This pairing works really well together.
My Favorite jean jacket brands
When it comes to jean jackets, you have many brands to choose from. My personal favorite comes from Levi's. I actually own multiple jean jackets from Levi. I love the lighter wash as I feel you can wear it with more things. Calvin Klein also makes great jean jackets. Also, I found some cute ones from blanknyc (which I love their leather pants) as well. I recently wrote an article about the best Jean Jacket brands worth investing in!
In short, what to wear a jean jacket with is simple: if you are wearing black jeans or pants, wear a neutral, solid colored top. If you are pairing a jean jacket with blue jeans, make sure the shades of jeans are different. Finally, if you are pairing a jean jacket with a dress pair it will a neutral color or stripped colored dress. I'd love to hear what you wear a jean jacket with in the comments below, or if you have additional outfit ideas.
Sincerely Petite in Paris,