3 Ways To Wear ABLE’s Merly Denim Jacket


Don’t you just love when you see something you like and want to buy it for your closet, you try it on and you instantly fall in love with it? You know, that top with style that seems like it was made for especially for your body, the pants with the oh-so-soft material and the shoes that are comfy right out of the box? That’s exactly the way I felt about Able’s Merly denim jacket #myable when I first tried it on!

Let me first say, this post is NOT sponsored but I like the jacket so much that I thought I would do a styling blog post for ya’ll! See below for the link to the Instagram Reels video where I styled these outfits in a short video.

ABLE Merly Denim Jacket flatlay

The Merly Jacket is different from most other denim jackets I’ve worn because it’s made from a buttery soft denim. It’s 75% cotton and 25% lyocell, the lyocell being what makes it so soft! It just feels good to wear, is so comfortable and moves with you. When I wore The Merly Jacket #myable in this Try-On Session: ABLE, Loft, Old Navy, Target blog post, I’m wearing a size Large. I exchanged it for a size Medium which fits perfectly. I’m wearing the Medium in the photos below.

At first, the jacket feels oversized, but it’s because it is the way it drapes along your body. It is a relaxed/casual style, but looks feminine. It’s truly different from any other jean jacket I’ve tried, and I’ve tried several! The shape of the jacket pairs well with a variety of outfit styles, so it is versatile. I was drawn to the distressing on the jacket, plus all the positive reviews from other fashion influencers. So far, I have worn it with a dress, this outfit I posted on Instagram that I wore when we went out for tacos and nachos the other night and these three outfits in this blog post.

If prefer a denim jacket with no distressing and more of a traditional style jacket, ABLE also has the Bailey denim jacket, which has the same buttery softness and material of the Merly but has a straight style and no distressing. See the Bailey denim jacket (image is clickable and will take you directly to the product page).

The outfits I am wearing in this post are all in My 29-Piece Summer 2021 Capsule Wardrobe, which I shared on the blog earlier this week.

For size reference, I am 5’9″ in height. For tops, I typically wear a size Medium or Large, depending on the brand and style of the top. For bottoms, my normal size is a size 10 / 30 waist. My shoe size is a 9 medium width.

Outfit #1

The first outfit I styled with the jacket includes the Lighthouse Beachside Shirt in the “lighthouse” color, the Seaside Tie-Waist Pants in the “distressed fatigue” color and the Sam Edelman Gala Leopard Pattern Sandals in my 29-Piece Summer 2021 Capsule Wardrobe. I first wore this shirt and pants in the Try-On Session: Madewell and J. Crew blog post.

3 Ways To Wear ABLE Merly Denim Jacket - Madewell white lightspun shirt J Crew Seaside Green Pants Sam Edelman leopard sandals

Outfit Details:
Lighthouse Beachside Shirt in the “lighthouse” color
Seaside Tie-Waist Pants in the “distressed fatigue” color
ABLE’S Merly Jacket
Sam Edelman Gala Leopard Pattern Sandals
Halo CZ Silver Earrings

My Room Decor

A few of you asked about the decor behind me in in the photos. The table is from Ikea and is their Panget White Console Table. We have several pieces of Ikea furniture in our house! It all started with me ordering the Alex White Desk and a set of two Vittsjo White Bookshelves for my office several years ago. My desk and bookshelves still look new! When we moved into the house we are in now, we bought the Ektorp Sofa and Loveseat and they are very comfortable! We have two cats and a dog, so we can easily remove the slipcovers and wash them (don’t put them in the dryer, but let them airdry to prevent shrinkage). A few months ago we bought the Hemnes TV Unit and two Hemnes Glass Cabinets to go on either side of the unit, all in “white stain” and have gotten several comments on them!

The Fashion Books wall art behind me in the photos came from Ross. I can’t find my exact one, but this Designer Book Stack Art is very similar. You can choose which size you want in the link. I found more fashion wall art similar to mine…

Here is the Louis Vuitton: The Birth of Modern Luxury Book and the Chanel: Collections and Creations Book. I think the Chanel 3 book set is out of print, but you may can find it on eBay by searching for “Chanel 3 book set”. My Studio McGee Dogwood Flower Arrangement is sold out, but I found this Studio McGee Olive Arrangement that is pretty. Shop all the Studio McGee Greenery at Target. The candle is in the same scent as one of my favorite perfumes, Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey.

Outfit #2

In this all-neutral color outfit, I’m wearing my Breton Stripe Tee in the “black/white” color, the Seamed Twill Wide Leg Crop Pants in the “irish cream” color and my Avarcas Pons Sandals in the “tan” color. If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that I have had a Breton Stripe Tee from Boden in my closet for several years. This has got to be my FAVORITE striped tee of all time. I had the “navy” color (a dark indigo color) for a few years and wore it so much that I had to replace it this year. I went with the “black/white” color since I like wearing black as a base color in my outfits. Find out more about “base colors” in a capsule wardrobe in this post, “How To Start A Capsule Wardrobe: A 5-Step Visual Guide“.

3 Ways To Wear ABLE Merly Denim Jacket - Boden breton stripe tee Loft linen wide leg pants Avarcas Pons sandals

Outfit Details:
Breton Stripe Tee in the “black/white” color
Seamed Twill Wide Leg Crop Pants in the “irish cream” color
ABLE’S Merly Jacket
Avarcas Pons Sandals in the “tan” color
Halo CZ Silver Earrings

Outfit #3

The pretty graphic tee I’m wearing is the “Flowers Of The Meadow” White Tee. You may remember my “Fleurs” Botanical Tee in the “cream” color in my Summer 2019 capsule. Dyanna who owns the Etsy shop, JustImagineStudiosCa, is an artist who paints her own designs, then transfers them to t-shirts to wear! When you order her tees, it is good to know you are buying from an actual artist who designs and makes her own tees. I have loved wearing my “Fleurs” Botanical Tee and wanted to get another one. The “Flowers Of The Meadow” Tee is a new design and just had to get this one! I’m also wearing these Black Linen-blend Pants, which I was totally surprised at how more expensive they look than the $32 price! I’m also wearing my Black Genesis Slide Sandals that I bought at the end of last Summer, but didn’t get to wear them much, so I’m looking forward to wearing these a lot this season. The cognac tote I’m wearing is one I had for a few years, the Madewell Medium Transport Tote in the “english saddle” color (I LOVE the zip-top version here).

3 Ways To Wear ABLE Merly Denim Jacket - Etsy graphic tee Old Navy black linen wide leg pants slide sandals

Outfit Details:
“Flowers Of The Meadow” Graphic White Tee
Black Linen-blend Pants
ABLE’S Merly Jacket
Black Genesis Slide Sandals
Madewell Medium Transport Tote in the “english saddle” color (I LOVE the zip-top version here)
Halo CZ Silver Earrings

Which outfit is your favorite?

I set these outfits into motion by doing an Instagram Reels video on my @classyyettrendy account. Be sure to turn on the music!

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A Bit Of Inspiration For Your Day:

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” – Matthew 20:28

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  1. Hi Leanne,
    Love all these casual looks! I also love your decor in the background. Can you link the console and picture in the background please? Thank you!

  2. Hi Leanne, love your outfits and style. How does the Breton black and white stripe top run in size? Thank you.

  3. Karen,

    Thank you for your question! I think the Breton stripe top runs true to size. It is a boatneck style with a semi-fitted, straight design. I wear either a 10 or 12 depending on the style of top, so I went with a size 12 in this top. Here is their sizing chart so you can match your measurements: https://www.bodenusa.com/en-us/womens-size-and-fit-chart. Boden is having a 20% sale through Sunday! Here is the link to their site: https://rstyle.me/+FUxWePdJ9mA6MIF-7_6MYA

  4. Teri,

    Thank you for asking about my room decor! Everything is linked in the post, which is behind me in the photos.

  5. Thank you Leanne! I’m working on re-doing a spare bedroom to an office/dressing room and love these decor ideas. Thank you 🙂

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