Several of you have mentioned that you find styling a denim jacket challenging, and are to the point where you don’t think you can wear one. I thought I would research that a little, and try some experiments of my own.
Since I am a visual learner, I looked at a lot of pictures of women of all sizes in denim jackets, and although I might not be the best at analyzing, I did notice a few things. First of all, denim jackets for the most part are by nature boxy. And boxy is not what we want ladies! It is not even a good look for small young people:
I did however, see a lot of people who looked really great in a denim jacket:
Now the first thing I noticed about the difference was that the second set of photos had the sleeves rolled up. Bingo! Rule #1 for styling your jacket:
ROLL UP THE SLEEVES
I decided to try this for myself:
Hmm. I think I’m on to something.
I also saw a lot of pictures of people who were wearing baggy jackets that looked awful:
So rule # 2 must be:
DON’T WEAR A BAGGY JACKET
The next thing I noticed was that buttoning the jacket was not a good look:
I could not find one single photo of a jacket that looked good when it was buttoned, so here is rule # 3:
DON’T BUTTON YOUR JACKET
After looking at so many photos, the biggest thing just seemed to be getting the proportions right. The jacket should not be too big/baggy. It should not be too long or too short. The bottom should hit you at a flattering place.
You might have to try on several jackets to find one that is flattering.
See what I mean? The most flattering look seems to be a jacket that comes to your waist level or just a bit below. So—
WEAR THE RIGHT PROPORTIONS FOR YOUR BODY
- Roll up the sleeves
- No baggy jackets
- Never button
- Wear the right proportions…bottom should be around waist level
If you don’t have a jacket, here are some links to get you started looking. By the way, the one I am wearing was $19.99, so don’t think you have to spend a fortune to find a good one; in fact, I would start at Goodwill. I bet there are lots of them there. I know I have sent more than one to the Goodwill racks. 😉
Here are a few I found on Amazon. (Disclaimer: if you click and purchase, I will receive a small commission)
Womens Basic Button Down Denim Jean Jacket (Medium, MediumBlue)
Lee Women’s Modern Series Holden Denim Jacket, Gauntlet, Medium
URBAN K WOMENS Long-Sleeve Button Up Denim Jean Jacket (S-3XL)
Riders by Lee Indigo Women’s Denim Jacket, Drenched, M
I think I have convinced myself that anyone can wear a denim jacket, but it might take a little work to figure out your best look. Set aside some time and try on several jackets to see what flatters you. Use the four “rules” I mentioned. If you can’t find stores with good selections, order several online and return the ones that don’t work.
Seems like a lot of effort, but I think it is worth it, because a jean jacket is a very versatile wardrobe staple that has been around for decades and is not going anywhere.
I would love to hear from you if you have any success finding and/or styling a jean jacket. I hope I have encouraged you to do so. If I haven’t yet, stay tuned, because I have been trying on lots of things with my jacket and will show the good, the bad, and the ugly, as usual. This will definitely be a series!
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