There are plenty of style advice helping women wear a denim jacket. But I’ve noticed a distinct lack of help and tips about men’s denim jackets and how to style them. So I thought I’d share my thoughts and my tips.
I have to admit that I wasn’t completely sold on the idea of a denim jacket straight away. Double denim has long been a phrase that sends a bit of a shiver down my spine and flashbacks to the famous “Canadian Tuxedo” couple of Spears and Timberlake. Therefore, for some reason, I got it in my head that denim jackets could only be worn as part of a double denim combo. Only recently have I actually considered buying one, and took the plunge on my recent holiday to Porto. I brought mine from Lefties. I’m so glad I did, as it’s probably my new favourite wardrobe item. If you’re thinking of getting one and you’re not sure then hopefully my tips on how to wear a denim jacket will help…
How To Style A Denim Jacket For Guys
The denim shirt has made a huge comeback for guys in recent years, but it seems that the denim jacket is slightly behind on its’ comeback trail. I think some guys (and I used to be one of them) aren’t quite sure how to style it or what to wear it with. Trust me, it’s not that hard. Here are a few ideas…
Do NOT Match Your Denims
I’ll say this again. Do not match your denim jacket to your jeans. Wearing the same coloured denim all over is very hard to pull off without looking like you’ve stepped out of a 90s pop group. I’m sure there are people who can pull this look off, I’m not one of them and to play it safe my friend, you probably aren’t either.
When styling your denim jacket with trousers or shorts, or any item of clothing. Just remember that it’s all about contrast.
Keep It Simple
As you can see my photos if you keep you outfit simple and plain you’re on the right track. No over the top colours or patterns. Just solid colours. A white tee under the denim jacket is a winner, but a grey or black tee work well too. In fact, you’ll be surprised by how many plain and neutral coloured t-shirts work.
Smart Casual With Chinos
If it’s not quite warm enough for a pair of shorts like I wore, then chinos are the go-to pair of trousers to match with your denim jacket. You can see below how a pair of tan chinos can compliment the plain white tee and trainers worn in Bruno’s outfit, letting the denim jacket steal the show.
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The beauty of most jackets is their ability to be worn with other layers, a denim jacket is no exception. You can wear it with just a tee when it’s warm outside, or with a shirt for a smarter look. When the temperatures are lower, you can wear a jumper or hoodie underneath or even wear it as a middle layer, with a thicker jacket or coat over the top.
How A Denim Jacket Should Fit
Some people like to wear an oversized denim jacket, but personal I think a fitted one looks much better. The perfect fit is one that feels a little snug, but there should be enough room under the jacket to wear a thin jumper or hoodie.
The length of the jacket is important too. It should sit around the waist. If it’s too short you’ll look like you’re wearing a crop top or if it’s too long it might just look like you’re wearing a denim shirt.
I chose a light blue denim jacket, which is probably the most popular choice people go for. However, they come in a variety of different colours, each with the own look and they compliment different styles. Light blue jackets are more casual, more everyday wear I’d say.
Dark Denim Jacket
Dark blue denim jackets offer a smarter look than light blue. Lighter coloured jackets work best in spring/summer when you can just wear a t-shirt underneath. However darker denim jackets seem more appropriate in colder months and can be worn with a shirt underneath.
Black Denim Jacket
A black denim jacket can be the perfect alternative for a blazer if you’re looking for a smart-casual look. Black jackets, in general, are very versatile as they can be worn with a great selection of different coloured clothes. Though my opinion would be to either go for the all black look or with black chinos/jeans and a white tee for contrast.
Other Coloured Denim Jackets
There are a whole variety of different coloured options, whether it’s a grey denim jacket, yellow, pink, white denim jacket etc. My advice would be to stick with what you know. If you wear bright colours all the time, then go for a bold coloured jacket. Vice versa if you usually wear more mainstream colours, then choose one that suits your wardrobe. Choose whatever colour you feel comfortable in, just use a bit of common sense and you’ll be fine.
Examples Of How To Wear A Denim Jacket
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How to Wear a Denim Jacket
- Do not wear a denim jacket that matches the colour of your jeans.
- If you want to wear double denim, make sure the denim contrast each other.
- Get the fit right. Go for something more fitted than baggy.
- Make sure it’s not too short.
- Don’t be afraid to try different coloured types of denim.
- Darker or black denim jackets offer the smartest look.
- Keep accompanying clothes simple and neutral in colour
- Wearing a denim jacket with plain chinos is normally a winner.
- Be comfortable in your style, choose a denim jacket that works for you.
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