You don’t must be a haulier to get numerous mileage out of a trucker. Or a cowboy. The jean jacket (as its founding fathers name it in US) has, like numerous workwear staples, long past from being a beat-up old-reliable of menswear to a go-to for extra get dressed codes than you’d believe.
“A denim jacket is an improbable approach to have at your disposal for its versatility, particularly at the moment of the yr,” says Daniel Rhone, stylist and private consumer for a squad of most sensible, most sensible Premier League footballers – emphasis on ‘ballers’. “I love to layer one as a center tier between my collection of outerwear and an underlayer of a tee or blouse. Specifically if I’ve underestimated the temperature outdoor.”
You don’t must take his phrase for it, even though you will have to, as a result of he’s an excessively cool man, even if he wraps up heat. However to power the purpose house, listed below are 10 other ways to pardner a jean jacket / denim jacket (delete as suitable) so as to stay on trucking down the street.
You’re successfully dressed in denims in your most sensible half of, and you recognize that double denim is unhealthy territory. However so goes out half-naked. Input chinos. They are able to be good, with formalising options akin to pleats, creases and a tab closure, however they may be able to even be informal.
Their army historical past and most often utilitarian cotton-twill material nonetheless cause them to a unswerving denim best friend; the unique khaki – technically a color, no longer a method – is a vintage pairing. Upload a white T-shirt (see beneath) and also you’re Don Draper on the weekend.
With A White T-shirt
That is any other vintage pairing enshrined in Americana. A crisp however fuss-free glance, it’s no longer slightly as simple as chances are you’ll assume.
Its good fortune in large part hinges on finding the perfect white tee, which can be a Goldilocks-ian quest: not too slim, not too baggy; not too translucent, not too bulletproof; not too “gunny”, not too modest; not too much like a dress, not too much like a crop-top; not so high on the neck so that it’s an undershirt-cum-garotte, not so low that it’s a clavicle-exposing deep-U.
Whoever called the white tee a basic was wrong.
With Black Jeans
Double denim can be doubly good even if you flagrantly transgress the ‘distinct shades’ rule: see Martin Sheen in Badlands. It can also be very, very bad: see Justin Timberlake in your nightmares. But for a fail-safe way to splice jeans, black and blue is hard to beat.
Other colours of jeans can do the same trick: grey, for one, and even white, although that presents its own pitfalls, not to mention impracticalities. But like Wesley Snipes having a cheeky flutter on the Rugby World Cup, always bet on black.
With Indigo Jeans
A shade more difficult than black jeans, but still not that hard, unwashed indigo denim will stand much less of a chance of optically bleeding into a lighter and/or distressed denim jacket than lighter and/or distressed jeans, for reasons that should hopefully be apparent from reading this sentence.
It’s not like double, indistinguishably dark denim can’t ever be done, mind: we seem to recall Ryan Gosling looking fairly badass in Drive. But that said, he is Canadian, so may possess a home country advantage.
With A Shirt And Tie
Yes, you can mix business with workwear. Make the partnership less what-the-hell by dialling down the dressiness of the other elements to bring them more in line with your decidedly casual trucker: a button-down Oxford instead of a stiff-coloured poplin; a knitted tie instead of woven silk; chinos instead of tailored trousers (although they can work too – see below).
N.B., even if your denim jacket isn’t overly faded, it’s still way more informal than any tailored equivalent, so may not be SFW at your place of employment.
With Tailored Trousers
Similar to the shirt and tie, it helps if you can minimise the seeming discord between your casual jacket and smart trousers. That could be by jacking your jacket up in smartness with an unwashed dark denim, plus minimal bells and whistles such as contrast stitching or rivets.
Likewise, you could pull your trousers down a notch in formality with a more substantial, nubby material that’s closer to denim on the spectrum. Or opt for a relaxed fit, a cropped length or turn-ups.
A denim jacket doesn’t exactly fall under the category of sportswear, unless you’re a rodeo rider. But it provides a degree of structure to offset the softness of your joggers, as well as more prosaically just not being another piece of jersey, thereby saving you from having to go full tracksuit or ‘Tesco tuxedo’.
This isn’t a hard-and-fast rule (there aren’t many of those left in menswear) but you’re probably best to steer clear of cowboy details on your denim jacket. Style historians don’t record athleisure as having been a key trend in the Old West.
With A Roll Neck
Anywhere you can wear a shirt, you can rock a roll neck. Well, pretty much. But before you knit up, consider your denim jacket’s finish, whether pristine indigo or battered stonewash, and how that metaphorically stitches together with your jumper.
If the latter’s too sheer and sheeny, there might be a dissonance with the rough, tough denim; too chunky and your jacket might appear insubstantial by comparison. (Generally speaking, layers should get thicker the further away they get from your body, and vice versa.)
With A Hoodie
This combo is a fallback for any menswear blogger attempting to look vaguely urban. Don’t let that put you off. A hoodie is a natural sparring partner for a denim jacket because they’re both low-key, chuck-on weekend staples.
In that vein, don’t overdo it. Keep the colours neutral and don’t go too boxy with the fit of the hoodie. Avoid the brash logos of streetwear’s latest drops and stick to a navy or grey marl under a blue denim jacket.
With An Overcoat Or Topcoat
As with a tailored blazer, your denim jacket should be slim fitting if you want to wear it under an overcoat. You should just about be able to get two fingers down it when done up and it should be narrow-necked so it doesn’t compete with your coat’s lapels.
By its nature, even the smartest tailored outerwear has a degree of ruggedness so this is not as incongruous as you might think. Don’t be afraid to juxtapose, either: camel, which normally skews formal, can be a really nice combo. Bonus points if your jacket’s stitching matches the colour.