It's a wardrobe staple that has been around for generations and doesn't seem to be going anywhere. But is it time to mix up your denim jacket outfits? Here's our guide on the five perfect outfits to wear with your denim jacket. Read more Men's Style Guide features.
What to Wear with a Denim Jacket for Men
One great way of making the most out of your denim jacket, is by creating a layered outfit. Worn on top of a knitted jumper and teamed with some darker jeans, it creates an effortless look. It can be teamed with most outfit combinations, you could even wear it under a puff gilet for extra warmth, but don’t just stop there.
To add more to this outfit, consider wearing your denim jacket almost like a cardigan, and add a simple blazer or jacket on top of it. This creates a wonderfully contrasting outfit and will add further texture. If you're looking to keep it formal, opt for a black denim jacket, to keep the look slick and smart.
Instead of a Blazer
OK, so this look may not be smart enough for work, but it can add a bold twist to a simple shirt and tie. The denim jacket works as a more informal style of blazer. Plus, it really adds a unique twist when added to a crisp white shirt and bold (opt for a narrow style) tie. This look is best for a first date or smart casual do, but the denim jacket adds a dressed down edgy vibe, so you don't look like you've tried too hard.
Dark and Brooding - Black Denim Jacket
Offering the perfect mix between a leather jacket and a standard denim jacket, the black jacket is the ideal casual accompaniment. Choose some casual trainers, urban trousers and a simple t-shirt or jumper, and you’ve got a fabulously stylish everyday outfit.
The best part of having a black denim jacket is that it can be dressed both up and down, a great versatile addition to your wardrobe. It will also be easier to adapt into your wardrobe and outfits.
Rock the Denim Jacket
With its association with a rebellious past, many rock stars have favoured the denim jacket, and this attitude and style is incredibly easy to imitate. Choose a fitted denim jacket that has an unruly looking design and team it with a casual shirt, some skinny-fitting jeans and a designer pair of rugged boots. Understatedly cool, this look will give you a rock star edge, and will only require some work in the mirror when trying to achieve the rock star defiance! This leather look jacket is a perfect piece to achieve the rock star look, adding an edge to all of your outfits.
A Casual Weekender - Blue Denim Jacket
As a highly versatile item of clothing, the blue denim jacket doesn’t need to involve a lot of thought when you’re getting dressed, particularly if you’re just looking for a casual weekend outfit. A pair of chinos and a simple cotton T-shirt or a casual check shirt are a match made in heaven for your denim jacket. It's a great option for a pint down the pub or a night out. You could even switch things up a bit by wearing a white denim jacket instead.
5 Perfect Outfits for Your Denim Jacket
Layer with a jumper and shirt.
Use it instead of a blazer.
Invest in a black denim jacket for more formal outfits.
Give it a rock n roll twist with black skinny jeans and boots.
Wear it casually with patterned T-shirts and shirts.
On That Note
The denim jacket is one of life’s essentials; it’s rugged, cool and when worn correctly, unwaveringly stylish. This style of men’s jacket has been around for decades, and continues to separate the men from the boys – so what are the rules for wearing your denim jacket?
The most important rule you need to know when it comes to men’s denim jackets, is that IF you are going to wear it with some jeans, the jacket colour needs to be a lighter shade than your jeans. If this rule isn’t obeyed, you’ll be joining a growing list of fashion disasters (think Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears).
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