Still associate denim jackets with bad '80s style? Think again. The world of denim jackets has undergone a revolution, resulting in a wide range of great-looking, comfortable styles that can look stunning to wear. With celebrities of all types sporting the denim look, perhaps it's time to give this classic another chance.
So, what's different about today's denim jackets? A deeper understanding of the material itself has resulted in brands taking a new look at the way the jacket is constructed and styled - bringing expertise to it in the way that dedicated jeans brands like True Religion and Evisu did when they transformed the designer jeans market. Treating the denim with respect, and using washing, distressing and great styling to produce a wearable but good-looking style has meant the denim jacket is making a real comeback.
And where once denim jackets were worn just with jeans or shorts as a throw-over, they now form a significant part of a well-thought-out look. For women, there are many different ways to use your jacket, making it an incredibly versatile piece of clothing, able to instantly transform an outfit. For example, wear on top of a simple maxi dress to add a rebellious edge and accessorise with heels and a matching clutch. Or wear over leggings and a long tunic, with a bright beach bag and sunglasses for a cool touch. You can also wear it with a short playsuit, long floral scarf and flat pumps for a pretty but casual look.
For men, denim jackets are no less versatile. Increasingly, guys are using denim jackets as a layer, wearing over the top of lightweight hoodies, knitwear and even a formal shirt and tie. You also see jackets worn as a middle layer, over a t-shirt but under a longer coat. Men can also accessorise with hats, scarves, sunglasses and more to give their look a little extra style.
Denim jackets are still informal, casual wear and you should treat them that way. Collars down, buttons up is not necessarily the coolest way to wear your jacket, so consider raising the collar, leaving the jacket open, adding your own embellishments and wearing with different layers to bring an element of unpredictability to your style. With a wide range of jackets on the market, using different styles, colours and treatments, you can find exactly the right style for you - whether it's rock star chic or laid-back cool.
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