How To Style a Jean Jacket 11 Ways

A jean jacket is the perfect addition to any look. They’re classic, versatile, and have a way of instantly elevating an outfit. They can also be worn during every season and for almost any occasion — a double win in my opinion.

But as versatile as classic denim jackets are, it can sometimes be hard to come up with unique outfit ideas. That’s exactly why I’ve curated a jean jacket style guide for you.

This guide shows several different ways to wear a denim jacket. Whether you’re running errands, getting dressed for work, or putting together a date night outfit, these chic looks will help you look and feel fabulous in your jean jacket.

How To Style a Jean Jacket 11 Ways

Biker Shorts + Jean Jacket

Adding a denim jacket to a casual biker shorts outfit is an easy way to put together an effortlessly chic look. Just grab your favorite pair of bike shorts, add an oversized tee or sweatshirt, and then throw on your jean jacket. Tip: Opt for an oversized denim jacket for a trendy, laid-back look. 

Jean Jacket + Casual Dress and Sneakers

Wearing white sneakers and a jean jacket with a midi dress keeps the look cool and casual. You can swap the sneakers for heels or wedges once the sun goes down to create an easy day-to-night outfit.

The secret to wearing a jean jacket over a casual dress? Opt for a light-wash blue jean jacket with a cut that hits above your waist. This is a great example of how a light-wash denim jacket can instantly elevate any outfit. 

How To Style a Jean Jacket

Maxi Dress + Cropped Jean Jacket

Chances are, you already have a gorgeous maxi dress sitting in your closet. If so, you’re already halfway finished creating one of the easiest cropped jean jacket outfits. 

Whether you opt for a solid and fitted maxi dress or a flowy floral dress, a jean jacket is an easy addition. Slip on a pair of nude heels to pull the whole look together. For inspiration, see my roundup of the most comfortable heels for women

Jean Jacket + White Jeans

Jean Jacket + White Jeans

A good quality pair of white jeans makes just about any outfit look sleek and sophisticated. Try a crisp pair like these high-rise straight-leg white jeans, style them with a black tee or a bodysuit, then add a jean jacket

For shoes, classic black pumps are always on-trend and look great with white jeans. Elevate this look even further by adding a stylish hat and gold accessories (these bracelets are great too!).

Jean Jacket + Black Jeans 

Black jeans are a staple in my wardrobe. They’re trendy and versatile, and they bring a certain edge to any outfit. This is especially true when you add a jean jacket. 

Try pairing black straight-leg jeans with a white tee or bodysuit. Then, add your jean jacket and snakeskin booties. Finally, polish off this look with a mini-bag and a luxe gold necklace

All Black Canadian Tuxedo

The “New York City uniform” is a sleek, black-on-black look that automatically makes you look put together and sophisticated. It’s basically a trendy and updated take on the Canadian tuxedo: all-black denim-on-denim.

For a chic black jean jacket outfit, start with a fantastic pair of high-waisted skinny black jeans, add a black top, and throw on a black denim jacket. Then, slip on some black booties and a pair of sunglasses

Jean Jacket + Fitted Mini Dress and Heels

Jean Jacket + Fitted Mini Dress and Heels

One of the many things I love about jean jackets is that they can be as casual or dressy as you want them to be. To dress up your jean jacket, style it with a fitted mini dress and leather sandals

This outfit could work for almost any season. Early fall, spring, or a cool summer afternoon — it’s so versatile! I recently wore a version of this outfit and felt so chic and confident.

Cropped Sweater + Jean Jacket and Boots

There are so many ways to style a cropped sweater, and throwing a jean jacket on top is one of my favorites. The key to this outfit is high-waisted jeans. The loose-fitting top is perfectly balanced by the slimming nature of high-rise pants. 

Pair a neutral cropped sweater with black high-waisted skinny jeans. Then, add an oversized jean jacket and knee-high black boots. The Stuart Weitzman 5050 Boots are my absolute favorite, but you can also opt for a higher heeled version! 

Loungewear + Jean Jacket

How To Style a Jean Jacket

To instantly transform your everyday loungewear into a stylish outfit that you can wear out and about, try pairing a classic jean jacket with comfy shorts and a matching top.

This is one of my go-to travel outfits because it’s truly effortless and especially comfortable. Just add a pair of chunky white sneakers and you’ll be ready to go. 

Jean Jacket + Midi Skirt and Vintage Tee

The look of a jean jacket and a vintage tee with a silk midi skirt feels both edgy and upscale at the same time. For this look, start with a neutral midi skirt. I like this green one, but you could also go with simple black one

Next, add a vintage tee and your jean jacket. You can either tuck your tee in or rock the knotted look. I personally prefer a knotted tee, but either works. Casual white sneakers tie the whole look together.

Jumpsuit + Jean Jacket

Last, but definitely not least, you can throw a jean jacket over your favorite jumpsuit to elevate your whole look. Whether you’re looking for another travel outfit idea or a cool outfit to wear while running errands, you can never go wrong with a good jumpsuit. 

Slip on a pair of sneakers or opt for sandals for an even more casual look. 

What’s your favorite way to wear a jean jacket?

Are there any great denim jacket outfits that I forgot to mention? If so, drop me the deets in the comments below!

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