The denim jacket. It’s a closet staple that you probably already have in your closet, and if you don’t you should. Today I’m sharing four ways to style a denim jacket with four different pants for some outfit inspo for this transitional weather. These easy denim jacket outfits utilize other pieces you likely already own, too. (Pro tip: be sure to save these to Pinterest for easy reference later!)
Denim jackets are super versatile because they truly work for every season. You can wear a jean jacket on a cool summer night, or layer one under an oversized trench for added warmth in winter. During transitional times of the year, denim jackets are the perfect outer layer; they’re not too heavy or light, just right. You can pretty much wear a denim jacket with anything, from trousers and pants to a maxi dress or mini dress.
You can find denim jackets in a variety of styles to fit any personality, in a variety of washes and colors. Opt for a classic fit, an oversized fit, and even a cropped fit. For me, I love a light wash oversized denim jacket for an easy fit. When it’s the height of fall and I lean toward a darker color palette, I’ll also rotate in a black denim jacket.
Buy my exact, under $100 oversized light wash jacket here. (I took my normal size, size small.)
Keep reading for my four outfit ideas to style denim jackets with pants.
4 Ways to Style a Denim Jacket
With Faux Leather
If you’re looking to wear a denim jacket with something other than jeans (and you don’t want to wear a dress either), try faux leather pants. I styled this outfit with a classic white t-shirt and then added some fun with leopard print block heels. I love this as a dinner look; the faux leather pants and low heel completely elevate the white tee and denim jacket.
Of course, if you don’t have black faux leather pants, that’s okay! You can still achieve a similar elevated look with black jeans and heels, too.
I love to wear a denim jacket with all white because it really makes any blue jean wash pop as the star of your outfit. Just grab one of your favorite white tees, a pair of white or off-white jeans, and some tan or brown shoes.
If it’s around spring or summer, wear sandals. If you’re transitioning your outfit from summer to fall, opt for a pair of neutral ankle booties and cuff the bottom of your jeans to they hit just above the top of your boots.
With Wide Leg Pants
For a more polished, office-appropriate outfit, pair your jean jacket with some wide-leg trousers and a button-up shirt. I actually found this outfit on Pinterest and wanted to recreate it myself to show you! This outfit formula is now a part of my own denim jacket styling repertoire. It’s professional but effortless.
I’m wearing my trusty Gucci slides (trust me when I say they are worth the money), but if your office allows you to be casual, add a white sneaker for a little more street-style vibe. One of my favorite “go-with-anything” white sneakers are these.
Denim on Denim
Oh yes, we love a Canadian Tuxedo over here on Charmed by Camille! People should wear double denim more often. If you’re intimidated by wearing denim on denim, don’t be.
There are two ways to go about styling this all-denim look.
The first way is to go for a monochrome vibe like I did here. It doesn’t matter what color your denim jacket is, just grab a pair of pants in a similar wash. Even if they don’t completely match, as long as they are in the same general wash, it’s fine. (ie. A light wash jean jacket with a light wash pair of jeans, etc.)
The second way is to mix light and dark washes. My simple tip: make sure the washes are different enough so that there’s a purposeful and deliberate look to mixing your denim shades.
This look is definitely the most fashion-forward of these outfits despite still utilizing closet basics like jeans and black heels. I ditched a top altogether in favor of a mostly buttoned denim jacket as my shirt. Have fun here and grab a statement purse and sunnies. The sidewalk is your runway in this.
Have any denim jacket outfit ideas of your own? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!