A jean jacket is the ideal wardrobe investment: it goes with everything, has timeless appeal, and doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. As such, we rounded up nine jean jacket ensembles for outfit situations you may encounter this summer. From brunch to bridal showers and beyond—scroll through to see which looks made the cut, and be sure to shop your favorites at the end!
How To Get The Most Out Of Your Jean Jacket
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Where To Wear: Warm Summer Night
If you have a vacation planned this summer, try a look inspired by Bar Refaeli for your after-hours happenings. A jean jacket will give an ethereal frock and heeled sandals the perfect balance needed for a carefree ensemble.
On Refaeli: Aquaverde jacket; vintage D&G dress; H Stern necklace and rings; Chanel bag; and Isabel Marant shoes.
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Where To Wear: Dinner Date
Try an outfit à la Diane Kruger for your next night out. Layer a jean jacket over a chic black jumpsuit, and experiment with a printed clutch and pumps for an added touch of personality.
On Kruger: vintage Levi’s jacket; Roland Mouret jumpsuit; Alexander McQueen clutch.
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Where To Wear: Bridal Shower
Hilary Rhoda’s ladylike ensemble is ideal for any upcoming bridal or baby showers you’re attending. Style a fitted jean jacket over a floral frock, and accessorize with a statement necklace and nude heels or sandals.
On Rhoda: Levi’s Authentic Trucker Hat ($58); Club Monaco Chelsey Maxi Dress ($269)
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Where To Wear: Casual Friday
Hooray for casual Friday! Instead of wearing jeans, incorporate denim into your look with a simple jacket, and pair it with a striped shirt, full skirt, and bright heels. Emulate Miranda Kerr’s look with a side braid and soft pink lipstick for extra polish.
On Kerr: Levi's Trucker Jacket; Chanel bag; Valentino Rouge Absolute Patenet Scallop Pumps ($895).
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Where To Wear: Weekend Walk
What better way to give your jean jacket an update than to wear it as a top? Button it all of the way up over a printed dress or skirt and you’re set. Flip up the collar, like Anne Hathaway, for an even more personalized feel.
On Hathaway: Mykita + Maison Martin Margiela sunglasses; J Brand 405 Classic Denim Jacket ($306) in Devotion; Chloe Suede Susan Studded Ankle Boots ($749).
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Where To Wear: Girls’ Night Out
Go for a creative evening ensemble, like Joan Smalls’, and layer an oversized jean jacket over a long-sleeved shirt, leather skirt, and ankle boots. Scrunch up the sleeves for an unstudied vibe.
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Where To Wear: On The Go
Create a cropped jacket like Selena Gomez’s, and chop the bottom off an old denim jacket. Wear it with your weekend staples, like a t-shirt and skinny jeans, for the ultimate cool-girl appeal.
On Gomez: Urban Renewal jacket; American Apparel Easy Jeans ($78); Emilio Pucci bag; B Brian Atwood shoes.
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Where To Wear: Date Night
You’re guaranteed to leave a good impression in this LBD plus jean jacket combo. Pair them with a medium-brimmed fedora, ankle boots, and minimal make-up for a no-frills look.
On Swanepoel: Candela romper.
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Where To Wear: Airplane
A jean jacket is a great travel companion. Why, you ask? Not only is it an easy lightweight layering piece, it also goes with just about anything. Win, win!
On Ambrosio: Madewell jacket; Isabel Marant top; Ella Moss pants; Michael Kors bag; Schutz shoes.
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Blank NYC Cropped Denim Jacket ($88)
Wear it with: shirtdress and slip-on sneakers.
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Current/Elliott Snap Jacket ($274)
Wear it with: button-down shirt and tailored shorts.
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Joe’s Akari Relaxed Denim Jacket ($236)
Wear it with: graphic t-shirt and silky shorts.
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Joie Classic Jean Jacket ($268)
Wear it with: printed blouse and full skirt.
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Proenza Schouler Jean Jacket ($495)
Wear it with: collared shirt and printed pants.
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Topshop Moto Vintage Oversized Jacket ($90)
Wear it with: tribal-print dress and nude wedges.
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