Why You Need A Denim Jacket

Over the past few months, I’ve shifted my clothing purchases to create more of a “capsule wardrobe” rather than conforming to the ever changing trends of the season. This means that I have a few pieces that I want to get that are versatile, can be worn through the seasons, and are good quality so they don’t have to be replaced often. 

One item that I actually already had in my closet has proven to meet all of these criteria: my denim jacket. I got mine at Target last year, and it has become my go to for basically all seasons. Here are a few ways I’ve styled my denim jacket recently! 

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Black Jeans (photo credits: Shauna Dullanty)

I love pairing my jacket with these black jeans from American Eagle, and playing with different patterns and textures under the jacket. This tie front henley makes this a casual outfit, perfect for running errands or a coffee date with a friend.

I’ve been expirimenting with different patterns, and loved how the outfit looked with a striped shirt. The specific shirt I’m wearing in these pictures is sold out, but here is a similar one

It has not seemed like spring here in Portland so far, but I paired the jacket with this simple Carly Jean Los Angeles tank for my last photo shoot, and it will be a go to outfit for sure!

Casual Dress

Especially transitioning from winter into spring, I love pairing denim with dresses. The striped one is from Target, and is already a great addition to my capsule. 

This gray dress was a Poshmark find (and resale actually!) but I’m planning on buying th one from Old Navy in the fall when they restock more colors. I also have paired my denim jacket with a burgundy color of this dress in the fall. Photo credits: Shauna Dullanty

I got the tank top one from Tennessee Willow last summer, and am hoping for a similar restock this year! Another fun idea that I have yet to master is to tie a denim jacket around your waist- I have used a chambray shirt instead, but will try this!

A few other outfit ideas

As I grow my capsule, I have some other pieces I’m looking to add that would pair well with denim this spring and summer. I don’t have these items yet (#ballingonabudget) so dream with me here!

This jumpsuit from Tennessee Willow looks so comfy! It could be dressed up with a pair of wedges and a long necklace, or more casual with a pair of flat sandals and a hair scarf.

White shorts paired with a casual T-shirt or tank top would be a great outfit as we transition to summer. It gets pretty cool at night in Portland, and in the day you could tie the jacket around your waist so it’s out of the way.

I just got a pair of Spanx leggings on Poshmark, and haven’t had a chance to shoot them yet, so here’s a mirror pic 😂 but I think they could basically take the place of black jeans in any outfit! They’re really fun to switch up an outfit, and would be cute with sneaker wedges, slip ones, or booties.

My Denim Jacket Wishlist

Like I mentioned earlier, this particular jacket was from Target last spring, and the Universal Thread jacket this season looks identical. It’s a great quality jacket at a good price point at $30.

My mom and I have been on the quest for a good black denim jacket, and this one from Old Navy looks promising! It would be nice to have a jacket to pair with my blue denim jeans, and another option for seasonal transitions.

This jacket from Carly Jean Los Angeles would be a bit more of a splurge ($68), but I love the wash of it! Definitely on my wishlist for sure!

How do you style a denim jacket? I can’t wait to see your outfit inspiration!


love, laura