This is the story of me, my dad, and a jean jacket (or two). Being that my focus is saving $$ for the PCT, I can’t justify any non-essential clothing purchases. This then brings me to admit to myself that an oversized denim jacket is, tragically, non-essential. When I was back in my hometown visiting my parents earlier this year, I launched a semi-epic hunt with my dad to find his old jean jackets. Yes, plural apparently. At the end of it all, I came away with a sweet (definitely oversized) denim jacket and bonus: a pair of my mom’s old jeans. But we’re here to talk about the jacket.
To no one’s surprise, this oversized denim jacket phase (ok but is denim ever really just a ~phase~?) goes hand in hand with my current obsession with jeans during this season of simple style. Jean jackets are timeless – a true classic – and I’m convinced you can actually wear it with just about anything. Looking for inspiration, though? Read on.
Business Casual (Because Denim Works Hard)
The words “oversized” and “denim” aren’t usually synonymous with business casual. If you play the proportions right, though, and add supporting pieces that lean towards professional rather than grunge, it’s a winning combination. Obviously business casual itself has different definitions depending on where you work, but as for me, I like the dark color palette here, and the juxtaposition between the oversized denim and the sleek pants. Cuff the sleeves for a polished finishing touch.
Athleisure (Because I’m Still Not Over It)
An oversized denim jacket is the perfect balance between slouch and structure. It says “yes this is a casual look but I’m also put together” ya know? Having a larger jacket means there’s room, too, for layering heavier sweaters this time of year. I find this a go-to look when I’m running around town doing errands, or basically anytime I’m going into the public for an amount of time that doesn’t justify totally getting ready. Oops, my secret is out. Bonus: these Patagonia (or as I prefer, Patagucci) joggers work for any actual athletic activity you do, too.
The Every Day (Because It’s A Classic)
What I love about this look is that it’s casual, yet it’s not the typical denim + black jeans look. It’s a nice change of pace. Pair it with both a fitted top and pants that taper in, and you’ve got an every day look that is both balanced and easily transitioned to something more dressy. While wearing mules is a sweet and far off dream for me with all this snow I’ve got, I love the way they make slouchy, oversized denim look more pulled together.
As with other oversized pieces you might have in your closet, it really comes down to proportions. Pair it with an item or two that is tapered, a skinny cut, or in general more fitted. Small adjustments and styling can make a big difference here, as well. Cuff the sleeves. Play with proportions and play with textures. Layer, layer, layer. But the bottom line: it’s denim, after all. The secret to it is that there is really no secret – you can wear it with just about anything and call it a day.