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Ask CF: How Do I Wear a Jean Jacket Without Looking Outdated?


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Dear CF,

I bought this really cute new jean jacket, but I need some help with how to wear it. I want to look nice without looking outdated!



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Dear Stumped,

Thank you for your question! Jean jackets are a wardrobe classic and therefore many people have them in their closets. One of the reasons they have transformed into a fashion staple is because they are so practical. No matter your style, a jean jacket can work with your entire wardrobe.

Because denim jackets are so classic, you can wear them with things that are more trendy, but still pull the look together without looking too over-the-top. I’ve created a few looks below that use a jean jacket in an unconventional way. I hope you find them helpful and inspirational. And have fun playing with this new purchase on your own!



Outfit #1

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Product Information: Jacket, Top, Skirt, Shoes, Earrings, Bag

For this first outfit, I found this adorable yellow mini skirt. I personally love the blue and yellow combination (but maybe I’m just biased because those are my school’s colors) and I think this skirt and denim jacket would go great together. Tropical print has been a hot trend recently, and this top incorporates it well. Finish this fun look off with an orange striped tote, some blue pendant earrings, and loafers.

Outfit #2

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Everyone’s seen a jean jacket look done with a pair of conventional pants (either in a contrasting shade of denim like white, or in a fun color or print). But for this look, I thought I’d try a pair of daring harem pants. Many people either love ‘em or hate ‘em, but I personally love them and think they act as good (and cooler) alternative to a traditional pair of pants for the summer. Since these pants draw so much attention on their own, all you need to add is a simple white tank and your jean jacket, of course. Finish the outfit with some black accessories like these glasses, a ring, and some sandals.

Outfit #3

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A jean jacket also looks good paired with summer dresses — I especially love it with the maxi trend. This maxi dress has a super bold print, but that boldness is balanced by the simple denim jacket. Keep the look simple by adding on some accessories like these tortoiseshell sunglasses, brown sandals, and cross-body bag.

Outfit #4

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Product Information: Sunglasses, Jacket, Top,Shoes, Shorts

As I mentioned previously, a jean jacket is a nice way to make a trendy look feel a little more classic. For this outfit, I wanted to use the popular neon trend to do this. Pair the tank and jacket with some black high-waisted shorts with a lace detail at the hem. Black flats bring the look together, while printed sunglasses give you that bold, look-at-me feel.

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What do you think?

Do you own a jean jacket? What do you like to wear with it? Do you have any other advice? Do you like the outfits that I created? Which one is your favorite?  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below! 

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35 Responses to “Ask CF: How Do I Wear a Jean Jacket Without Looking Outdated?”

  1. 1
    May 20th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    You might want to change the shoes in the last outfit – the reviews say it’s totally unwearable and leaves blisters or blood after a single day’s wear, even after breaking in.

  2. 2
    May 20th, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I love all the outfits except the harem pants. They look awesome but unwearable without being swallowed by fabric. But the maxi dress is lovely, as is the top in outfit 1. It is so unique.

  3. 3
    May 20th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you for answering my question – even if you changed my name! :)

  4. 4
    May 20th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This is perfect! I just bought a jean jacket yesterday and was wondering how I could make it work with my wardrobe. Thank you!

  5. 5
    May 20th, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Sundresses are the only thing I can wear my jean jacket with without feeling like I’m back in the 90s.

  6. 6
    May 20th, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    Another thing you can do is wear a denim vest over a somewhat fancy dress. This way you wont look out of place during the day and can just remove it at night, if need be.

  7. 7
    May 20th, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    i never really liked jean jackets until i bought a military inspired on in a light wash…..i love it to death!
    it has structure and i can pair it with dresses, skinny cargo pants and shorts.
    i would never have worn a jean jacket until i found that on… it was on ebay for 1/4 the price!!!!!

  8. 8
    May 20th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

    I love all these ensembles, however I feel I would most identify myself with the harem pants. The simplicity of the structure of the jacket really helps to showcase the sillouette and print of the pants. Great post!

  9. 9
    May 20th, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Don’t own one, but I love look #1! Great post!!

  10. 10
    May 20th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Pretty combos! I always play around with my clothes, but I’m now out of ideas. These styles make me think I can do more. Indeed denim jackets never runs out of fashion.

  11. 11
    May 21st, 2012 at 3:15 am

    Very cute! I love this.

  12. 12
    May 21st, 2012 at 9:19 am

    These outfits are perfect! I’ve got this French Connection denim jacket I got in a sale about 7 years ago, and have recently taken to wearing it again…. so versatile, and your outfit ideas have given me a few more ideas :)

  13. 13
    May 21st, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you all for your responses! I’m glad you’ve seemed to enjoy the looks I pulled together, because I sure do. haha. (now if only I could own them all ;p)

    Kira: I hadn’t seen that review on the shoes. As we do with all of our products featured in our outfits, the idea is to find something similar to what we post — so any pair of black flats will do. But thank you for pointing that out! It’s always a good idea to check reviews (esp. for online purchases) before buying :]

  14. 14
    May 21st, 2012 at 10:43 pm

    This is great! I’ve been wondering about what to do with the denim jacket I’ve had in my closet. Hooray!
    Pretty outfit suggestions! :)

  15. 15
    May 28th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    I love those vintage denim jackets you can get, like the over sized 90s one – I just never wear double denim x

  16. 16
    May 29th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Don’t neglect the jacket itself – a bold cuff on one arm, an unusual handkerchief, scarf or even feathers coming out of the breast pocket can move the whole look into another dimension.

  17. 17
    May 31st, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    I just saw this girl wearing the cutest jean jacket with a simple black cotton high-low sun dress and some gladiators! She looked great so I made a mental note to steal her outfit idea LOL xD

  18. 18
    July 9th, 2012 at 10:01 am

    i plan to invest in a jacket but i’m torn between denim jacket and leather jacket. which of these is more essential? and what do you think of denim jacket on denim jeans? thanks! xx

  19. 19
    January 31st, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Wow, these are such lovely looks, I especially love the 1st and 2nd looks.

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