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10 Chic Denim Jacket Outfit Ideas For When You Have 'Nothing To Wear'

The denim jacket is a closet staple for more reasons than one.
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When you think of an easy-to-style outerwear, a denim jacket almost instantly comes to mind. Whether you like your blues tailored or oversized, there's just something about this jacket style that works with almost any outfit.

Levis Strauss, the German genius behind the brand Levis, first introduced the jean jacket (which is also called a trucker jacket, BTW) back in the 1880s. The sturdy fabric paired with a cool and unique jacket silhouette became loved by many because of its versatility. Since then, it has become a closet staple for men and women.

These days denim jackets come in all different cuts, washes, and finishes which makes it both a timeless piece as well as a style statement. So, if you haven’t copped yourself a jean jacket, this is definitely a sign to do so!

Don’t worry, no matter your personal style, there’s a jean jacket that could elevate your look. To make things a little easier, here are a slew of outfit combinations that are quick to put-together but still look incredibly chic and classy! Be warned, you’ll want to take an OOTD as soon as you slip into these!

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10 Chic Denim Jacket Outfit Ideas To Try

  1. Denim jacket + printed dress + shoulder bag + sunglasses
    Whether you’re on a nice island vacation or simply strolling around the mall on a weekend, a denim jacket is the perfect cover-up to a strappy or strapless dress! Pair your ‘fit with a chic shoulder bag of your choice to keep things dressy. 
  2. Denim jacket + hoodie + jeans + boots
    Though this is heavy on layering, we suggest you try this menswear-inspired look for days when it’s cool outside or the AC is strong enough to prevent you from sweating! The beauty of this ‘fit is that it shows off a streamlined rectangular silhouette that’ll look good no matter your height! Just be sure you pick straight-cut jeans and heeled boots to stand tall!
  3. Oversized denim jacket + tank top + shorts + socks + sneakers
    If you love athleisure, then you should definitely try this combo out! Though this look is extremely casual, it’s got an effortlessly cool vibe to it that you won’t mind flaunting even at an aesthetic coffee shop! To keep things sexy, you can go for leg-baring shorts than Bermudas to avoid looking too drab. 
  4. Oversized denim jacket + striped shirt + straight-cut jeans + sneakers
    What makes this outfit look chic and not too basic is that each piece doesn’t give off the same fit. Meaning your jacket, shirt, and pants should balance each other out. If this look was done with a tight-fitting jacket, shirt, and skinny jeans, the look would come across differently. 
  5. Oversized denim jacket + white shirt + bike shorts + chunky sandals
    If you’re feeling lazy, then here’s a ‘fit you can easily put together that is equal parts trendy and comfy to wear! An oversized top or jacket will look quite slimming when paired with sleek bottoms—in this case, bike shorts are simply perfect! Opt for chunky sandals than sleek tennis shoes to balance the weight your roomy jacket gives off!
  6. Oversized denim jacket + T-shirt + leggings + socks + chunky sneakers
    Here’s another gym-ready outfit active girls (or boys!) would love! Once you’ve finished your exercise for the day, why not dress up your workout ‘fit with a denim jacket? An oversized piece would definitely add a bit of oomph to your look without even trying.
  7. Trucker jacket + striped shirt + trousers + sneakers
    A tailored trucker jacket is perfect to polish up a casual look with trousers. Though a blazer would also work, we prefer a jean jacket to keep things a little rugged and cool. Besides, it adds that much-needed fun to your look! 
  8. Denim jacket + button-down shirt + jeans + sling bag + sunglasses
    You can call this the quintessential classy denim jacket look! Again, be sure to match the color of your jean jacket to your trousers to look fresh and polished. A crisp white button-down then breaks the blues flawlessly without looking too jarring! 
  9. Denim jacket + slip dress + sneakers + shoulder bag
    Want to wear your favorite slip dress out but not too keen on showing too much skin? Then throw on a jean jacket! This is the perfect way to dress down a “going-out” frock for a casual day out. Pair with your favorite low-cut Converse and you’re all set to take that picture-perfect café OOTD! 
  10. Denim jacket + tank top + baggy denim jeans + sneakers
    Love the '90s? Then you should consider this grungy ‘fit that’s not too rugged. Though sneakers are a no-brainer choice for this laidback look, consider pairing it with heels if you want to look more polished! 
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