Very few items of clothing are so universally beloved as the iconic jean jacket. (Show us another wardrobe staple that pairs just as well with a sundress or workout gear as it does with an LBD or even a wedding dress.) To honor our favorite go-to topper, we’ve pulled together a list of 17 jean jacket outfits we’d gladly wear any day of the week. Plus, one combination that doesn’t quite work.
17 Jean Jacket Outfits That Are Super Easy to Copy—Plus 1 You Should Probably Skip
1. With A Prairie Dress
Billowing floral dresses are a summertime staple, but if you don’t want to look like you’re testing out a Little Women Halloween costume, add a denim jacket. The look brings things back into the 21st century, and gives you a figure in a dress that can otherwise look shapeless.
Shop similar styles: Levi’s Original Trucker Jacket ($98); The Great Tassel Tie Dress ($375); Nisolo Amalia Leather Boots ($250)
2. To Offset A Slip
A slinky tank top, slip skirt and strappy heels makes for an excellent date night ensemble. But if you want to tone down the sexiness just a smidge, a longline jacket can offer additional coverage without sacrificing any style points.
Shop similar styles: MICHAEL Michael Kors Oversized Denim Jacket ($250); Quine Washable Silk Cami ($98; $40); Nation Ltd Mabel Skirt ($193; $78); Staud Shirley Bag ($210); Mix No. 6 Aliciana Sandals ($50)
3. Cropped With Shorts And A Tee
The summer-ready jean jackets are a bit shorter in length and fit closer to the body. This helps to balance out shorter hemlines, like a minidress or classic shorts.
Shop similar styles: Abercrombie & Fitch ‘90s Drapey Denim Jacket ($99; $80); Everlane Organic Cotton T-Shirt ($30); Nasty Gal Faux-Leather Shorts ($100; $50); Madewell Leather Transport Bag ($158)
4. With Wild Prints
We love a good print mixing moment. But adding in one sleek, neutral piece, like this cropped dark-wash denim jacket, can help pull everything together no matter how wild or colorful your printed pieces may be.
Shop similar styles: Banana Republic Essential Jean Jacket ($100); ASOS Design Button-Front Blouse ($40); Cider High-Waist Pants ($24); Coach Marlie Handbag ($428; $172); Sam Edelman Hazel Heels ($140)
5. With A Sundress
Another wonderfully classic combination, blue denim and white eyelet lace will always look gorgeous together. Try to find a jacket that hits within a three or so inches of your waist to avoid looking too frumpy with a maxi dress or oddly disproportionate with a mini.
Shop similar styles: J.Crew Classic Denim Jacket ($118); Maeve Eyelet Midi Dress ($190); Cuyana Half Moon Shoulder Bag ($298); J.Crew Sorrento Sandals ($118; $50)
6. Black Wash With Spring Florals
What’s the easiest way to make delicate blooms and dainty pastels feel less precious? With a biker-inspired black jean jacket draped over your shoulders, of course.
Shop similar styles: Lucky Brand Tomboy Denim Jacket ($119; $72) Old Navy Cotton T-Shirt ($13; $8); Reformation Grazie Skirt ($148); Havaianas St. Tropez Sandals ($42)
7. With Corduroy
Have yourself a ‘70s moment with flared cords and a denim jacket in that OG true blue wash. A ladylike bag and pointy toes will give your look a more modern vibe, but we’re not opposed to slipping into a pair of Birkenstocks as well.
Shop similar styles: Old Navy Classic Dark-Wash Jacket ($40); GAP Long-Sleeve Shirt ($30; $23); Cider Corduroy Pants ($28); Brahmin Faux Croc Tote Bag ($395); Lattelier Pointed-Toe Pumps ($85)
8. Belted As A Shirt
Button your jacket up all the way, add a belt at your waist and voilà! You’ve got yourself a brand-new top to pair with anything from a classic black pencil skirt to faux leather joggers.
Shop similar styles: Madewell Oversized Trucker Jean Jacket ($138); B-Low the Belt Zuri Wrap Belt ($144)
9. In A Polished Blazer Cut
When we think of jean jackets, we immediately imagine a classic trucker style. But there are tons of other silhouettes to consider, like a tailored blazer, for example. Lean into the mix of professional and weekend-ready with a leg-baring pencil skirt or printed trouser.
Shop similar styles: Something Navy Double-Breasted Denim Blazer ($225); Lucky Brand Logo T-Shirt ($40; $28); Reiss Reagan Leather Skirt ($328); Vince Camuto Hamden Slingbacks ($99)
10. Layered Under Another Jacket
No need to break out the tired peacoat (again). Instead, pair two jackets, one denim and one patterned trench, for a fashion-week ready look that’s just as warm.
Shop similar styles: Madewell Westlawn Jean Jacket ($128); BA&SH Fauve Trench Coat ($595; $178); GRLFRND Sara Jeans ($195); Reformation Gigi Heels ($248)
11. With Pastels
Mint green, bright winter white and other cool pastel hues are trending big right now, so why not add in a touch of ice blue too?
Shop similar styles: AG Kendrix Jacket ($265); Lululmeon Back in Action T-Shirt ($58); Ronny Kobo Noro Skirt ($368); House of Want We Are Fabulous Bag ($88); Jeffrey Campbell Taysha Boots ($278)
12. Matching Denim On Denim
The trick for not looking like a lost cowboy is to opt for extra with a bit more polish. Think pointy-toe shoes, Steve Jobs-esque turtlenecks, flirty blouses and colorful leather handbags.
Shop similar styles: American Eagle Outfitters Classic Denim Jacket ($90) and AE V-Rise Mom Jean ($50); Sanctuary Essentials Turtleneck ($59); Street Level Faux-Leather Crossbody Bag ($54); Raid Enrique Heels ($48)
13. Mismatched Denim On Denim
If a monochrome denim suit isn’t really your style, try mixing things up with two different washes. It doesn’t matter if you do the lighter shade on top or on bottom, as long as there’s a distinct and obvious difference between the two shades.
Shop similar styles: GAP Icon Denim Jacket ($70; $35); G-Star Raw Deck Wide-Leg Jeans ($150); Tory Burch Ballet Loafers ($298; $219)
14. Denim On Denim On Denim
A chambray shirt with skinnies and a denim handbag? Sounds good to us. Just be sure to add in at least one non-denim, non-blue item (like a beige trench or statement belt) or you’ll run the risk of looking like Britney and Justin at the 2001 American Music Awards.
Shop similar styles: Sophie & Hailee Belted Denim Jacket ($68); Nasty Gal Colorblock Trench Coat ($152; $76); L'Agence Margot Jeans ($245); JW Pei Denim Crossbody Bag ($109); Jack Rogers Brianna Booties ($168; $99)
15. Colorful Denim On Denim
Red, pink, white or yellow all feel fresh and fashion forward and are still as comfortable and easy to wear as their blue-wash counterparts. As for tops and accessories, neutral hues will give your denim pieces room to truly shine, while brighter colors or patterns will give a trendy Y2K vibe that’s definitely worth a try.
Shop similar styles: Mango Denim Jacket ($60) and Bootcut Jeans ($50); lululemon All Yours Cotton T-shirt ($58); Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers ($150)
16. In An Unexpected Silhouette
Swap the typical trucker style for a long trench coat instead. Layer it over straight-leg jeans and a cropped tee, your favorite LBD or even an office-ready suit—this refined silhouette works with all of them.
Shop similar styles: Instantfunk Denim Trench Coat ($390; $320); Brixton Audrey Beret Hat ($49); John & Jenn by Line Cedric Top ($89); RE/DONE ‘90s High-Rise Jeans ($280); Marc Fisher Ulani Boots ($189; $114)
17. Over Your Gym Clothes
Yes, you could throw a sweatshirt on over your leggings, but a jean jacket looks more put together. So when you inevitably run into your coworker/kid’s teacher/book club frenemy, you won’t feel quite so underdressed.
Shop similar styles: Polo Ralph Lauren Denim Jacket ($198); Nike Dri-FIT One Elastika Tank Top ($35; $23); lululeon Wunder Train Leggings ($88); Brooks Revel 5 Sneakers ($100)
Don't: Over Longer Outerwear
Layering your denim jacket under a longer coat, like a trench or wool peacoat, can create a fun layered look that provides extra warmth. But if you swap those pieces around and wear your cropped denim over a longer silhouette the proportions just don’t work and you wind up looking disheveled. Stick with the outfit formula you know works—shorter layers on the inside, longer layers on the outside—for a foolproof, totally chic outerwear combination.