The Summer Staple You Need Now: Our Style Panel Shows Us 5 Ways to Rock a Denim Jacket

Like a good pair of jeans, a denim jacket goes with just about everything. The classic look is casual when worn with a floral sundress or transforms into alternative evening when paired with a ball skirt (who could forget Jenna Lyons at the 2012 MET Gala?). It’s the perfect piece to pack as an extra layer on a cool summer night and makes our list of fashion perennials. Wash and fit is up to you, but this piece get better with age.

Scroll down to find tips to transform the jean jacket that’s already in your closet and prepare to move it into high rotation this summer.

Challenge #184:  How do you style your jean jacket?

Photography by Emilie Iggiotti

Robin Jones, 21
Edmonton | My Closet Journey

Being a denim hoarder, I love a good jean jacket. It’s definitely one of my go-to’s for summer as it’s light and easy. It’s a great staple to have in your closet and can be worn with any outfit.

Robin is wearing: Jacket, Shoptiques; Dress, Osei-Duro; Bag, Cambridge Satchel Company.

Mikayla Kuehn, 20
Toronto |

I love my denim jacket. I can easily throw it over a look to give a casual and effortless feel. In this outfit, I am wearing my distressed jacket with a simple black dress, white neck scarf and rose gold hoop earrings.

Mikayla is wearing: Jacket, Make Me Chic; Dress, Juicy Couture; Bandana, Ardene; Earrings, H&M.

Liat Neuman, 39
Toronto | YomanChic

There is no denying that the jean jacket is a timeless, transitional item that is perfect between seasons. I’ve decided to step out of my comfort zone and wear a denim shirt dress as jacket over a mesh dress and skinny jeans. The whole idea of this look is playing with proportions and creating a fresh street style vibe.

Liat is wearing: Jacket, Zara; Dress, Topshop; Jeans and Necklace, Cos; Sneakers, Nike; Backpack, Derek Lam.

Neguine Boustantchi, 23
Toronto | Neguine Boustantchi

The denim jacket has been my favourite piece this season as it instantly makes you look effortless and cool. I love wearing it with darker pieces such as a simple grey tee and a fun black skirt. Since I kept this outfit neutral, I added a pair of Vans, a Gucci bag and Ray-Ban shades to complete the look.

Neguine is wearing: T-shirt and Skirt, Zara; Denim Jacket, Forever 21; Sneakers, Vans; Bag, Gucci; Sunglasses, Ray-Ban.

Krystin Tysire, 22
Vancouver | Girl in Betsey

I like to stay in the same denim wash colour family when mixing denim pieces like my classic jean jacket. If you don’t have a pair of jeans in a medium wash, wear white jeans. White jeans always make a look sophisticated and springtime appropriate.

Krystin is wearing: Jean jacket, Loft; Jeans, Forever 21; Bag, Chloe at Lyst; Shoes, Ego Official; Top, American Eagle.