How to Wear a Jean Jacket

July 15th, 2009

How to Wear a Jean Jacket
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While it’s easy to pair tops with blue jeans (e.g. almost anything goes), it’s not quite as simple to pair pants with a jean jacket.  What are the rules for wearing a jean jacket?  There’s really only one biggie: Don’t try to match your jean jacket with jeans in a similar wash.  Too matchy matchy.  You can pair denim with denim, but make sure that it doesn’t look like you’re itching to match.  Beyond this, you’re pretty free to experiment.  We crafted a look that pairs a jean jacket with a pair of khaki pants.  Here’s how to get the jean jacket look:

1.  Start with a pair of straight leg khaki pants. 
2.  Add a button-down shirt.  A fun blue and yellow plaid and the two front chest pockets make this standby a little more visually interesting.  Note how the yellow ties in with the warm undertones in the khaki pants and the blue echoes the blue in the denim jacket.
3.  Slip on a jean jacket, allowing the plaid button-down to peek out.  Feel free to turn up the sleeves for effect.
4.  Finish off the outfit with a belt (yes, tuck in the shirt) and a pair of loafers.

How do you wear a jean jacket?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Men, Ready Made Outfits

5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. rb  |  July 15th, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    My friend calls the denim jacket worn with jeans look a “Canadian Tuxedo.”

    (She’s from Canada, by the way.)

  • 2. Acacia  |  July 15th, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    I heard it as a “Texas Tuxedo,” esp. after the tenure of President Bush the Second.

  • 3. Jay  |  July 15th, 2009 at 11:01 pm

    Another great outfit using some of the basics from the capsule wardrobe.

  • 4. rb  |  July 16th, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I think there is something literally called a Texas Tux, which is a tuxedo jacket, shirt and tie on the top half paired with jeans and boots on the bottom half, which makes me very glad I live in California.

  • 5. freida  |  June 5th, 2010 at 3:34 am

    jean jacket with boho skirts or dress looks good,,,,never jean jacket with jeans….denim overload

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