A denim jacket is a wardrobe staple that traverses all seasons. A jean jacket looks good whether it’s the only denim piece in an outfit or it’s paired with jeans for a double (or even triple) denim look. The last few seasons have seen classic blue jeans get an unbasic makeover with pompoms, fringe, embellishment and patches jazzing up the humble fabric. Now, it’s time for denim jackets to get an upgrade.
For this season’s denim jacket, almost anything goes and the styles are more extra than ever. The recent runways displayed a variety of standout jean jackets. Ashley Williams offered a bleached denim jacket with black tie-dye, while Adam Selman decorated the sleeve hems of a true blue jean jacket with a floral design. Coach and Elie Saab went for full-on embellishment with nothing considered off-limits. Beading, faux feathers, studs, pearly accents and trim were all used — often together.
Off the runways, fashion girls have been embracing the customized look of upgraded denim jackets. Surprise-in-the-back options, patches and unexpected silhouettes proved to be the popular styles on the streets. Those looking to try the trend could DIY their own jacket, but that isn’t necessary because there are so many fantasy options in stores. Embroidery, frills, contrasting fabrics, patches, sequins and even chain mail are all on offer. Pick your favorite style, then wear your next-level denim jacket exactly as you would a classic style — but with a lot more impact.