10 Ways To Wear A Denim Jacket


A denim jacket is a classic wardrobe essential. It is one that can be worn in multiple seasons. Just like how jeans never go out of style and can be worn in so many outfits, a denim jacket is the same.

Denim jackets feature comfort and style, all in one. You can literally pair them with anything under the sun, with a dress or your white tee & pants combo. If the weather is crisp and cool, add a denim jacket as a layer over your tops for a bit of warmth.

What’s great about having a denim jacket in your closet, is that you can wear it casual or dressy. Add it to your tee, pants and sneakers outfit for a casual vibe, or add it to a dress and heels to complete your outfit.

What Is a Denim Jacket?

A denim jacket is made of sturdy cotton fabric that is often dyed with a blue or indigo color. There are also white and black jean jackets, but these are not that popular than the blue ones.  A denim jacket is an basic essential that will never go out of style, whatever season you wear it.


A denim jacket is included in my capsule wardrobe eBook, Simplified Style®: A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe.  Simplified Style® is a complete starter kit of all the neutral-color basic pieces for a capsule wardrobe and the core essentials for your closet.  I use a few of the pieces in this eBook to create the wardrobe plans in each of the seasonal capsule wardrobe eBooks!  The Simplified Style® eBook includes shopping sources each for Regular, Plus and Petite sizes, plus over 400+ outfit ideas for all the seasons, so you always know what to wear!

Simplified Style®: A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe includes a complete wardrobe plan of just 50 clothes and shoes, in which you can wear in over 400+ outfits for the entire year. If you have a small closet, have a minimalist lifestyle or simply want to revamp your wardrobe and start fresh, Simplified Style® is perfect for you!

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Simplified Style®: A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe

How to Care For Your Denim Jacket

Check the label in your denim jacket for any specific care instructions. Otherwise, here is the standard way of caring for your denim jacket: You can wash your denim jacket in the washing machine, no dry cleaning needed.  Just be sure to wash on cold temperature, gentle cycle.  Add a bit of liquid fabric softener so your jacket isn’t stiff. Hang it to dry and when dry, iron if needed. Avoid drying your denim jacket in the dryer, as it may shrink and the heat from the dryer will damage the fibers in the material. 

The Denim Jacket

Investment: Denim Jacket in “Pinter Wash” (regular, plus & petite)
Budget: Denim Jacket in “New Medium Authentic” (regular, tall & petite) Plus-Size


Here are 10 ways to wear a denim jacket, from Simplified Style®: A Year-Round Core Closet Essentials Capsule Wardrobe. In the Simplified Style® eBook, there are regular, plus and petite size shopping sources for both investment and budget prices.

Outfit #1

white tee / black ankle pants / denim jacket
bar necklace / brown bag / woven mules



Outfit #2

chambray short sleeve shirt / black jeans / denim jacket
Gorjana bar necklace / black bag / woven mules



Outfit #3

white blouse / gray jeans / denim jacket
bandana / black bag / black flats

Outfit #4

gray tee / black ponte skirt / denim jacket
pendant necklace (similar) / black bag / black flats

Outfit #5

gray tee / white jeans / denim jacket
pendant necklace (similar) / black bag / white sneakers

Outfit #6

striped tee / black midi skirt / denim jacket
bandana / black bag / black flats

Outfit #7

striped tee / gray jeans / denim jacket
bar necklace / brown bag / woven mules

Outfit #8

striped tee / white jeans / denim jacket
bar necklace / black bag / woven mules

Outfit #9

black tee / gray skirt (similar) / denim jacket
bandana / black bag / black flats

Outfit #10

black dress / denim jacket
bandana / black bag / black flats

Here’s how Meghan Markle wears her denim jacket:

How I have worn a denim jacket, here on Classy Yet Trendy :

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  1. Honestly, if I had to choose one jacket to wear forever, I would choose my denim jacket! They are absolutely perfect over everything in my closet, and I love your fresh new outfits to go along with it!

  2. Great post Leanne, they are such a versatile piece of clothing. I love the way you’ve styled these outfits with them. I now have a white and a canvas coloured one which are also super useful and will no doubt last me many seasons. All are pretty interchangeable and go with most of my outfits.

  3. Great ideas (as always!) for creative ways to wear my denim jacket. I especially like the 2 outfits with the white jeans. Do you ever wear yours with blue denim jeans? I tend to wear a utility jacket or my white denim Jacket with blue jeans, but last year the denim on denim look was a thing. I love these 10 Ways posts…thanks!

  4. Thank you for the blog posts. They are a welcome diversion from social distancing and wiping things down with disinfectant wipes. Please, keep them coming!

  5. Hi Leanne – I really appreciate how you coordinate an entire wardrobe around an item like this denim jacket. For a visual person like me it really helps me figure out what pieces I’m missing then how to wear the items I have. THANK YOU!!
    Could you do something similar for a leather jacket …. pretty please!

  6. I’ve been wearing a demin jacket with a LBD for years. Thanks for more suggestions for spring.

  7. Thank you for the link for a petite size denim jacket. I have ordered mine today and cannot wait to wear it with my spring outfits. I know it will be my favorite. Thank you, too, for your newsletter. I enjoy reading every single one and find them very helpful in styling my outfits.

  8. I am 72 yo and bought a denim jacket when they first came out for girls. I still wear one and love it !!

  9. Can you give me some tips for how to match lace blazeranvd I’m mid 60s.,some party dress for wedding guest in the hotel reception.

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