Some Say Jean Jackets Are Out, But These Cool Outfits Prove That Wrong

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No matter the season or the reigning trends, there is one tried-and-true outerwear staple: the jean jacket. The classic denim piece is great for every season, whether you're dressing for chilly summer nights or need to give your winter look a cool layered touch. Not only is a jean jacket versatile when it comes to the weather, but the same is also true for styling possibilities—the outfit ideas are endless.

Below are 15 cool jean-jacket outfit ideas that caught my eye on Instagram. Thankfully, there is something for a variety of personal styles. Plus, you'll get fashion girl–approved insight on how to pair a denim jacket with everything from jeans to dresses. Whether you're going for a minimalist feel like TyLynn Nguyen in her light-wash denim-on-denim look or you want a polished vacation-ready way to wear a white denim jacket (oh, hi, Emma Hoareau!), these looks have got you covered. Keep scrolling to discover your favorite.


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Jennifer Camp Forbes
Contributing Editor

Jennifer Camp Forbes is currently the shopping updates editor at Who What Wear, where she has worked in a variety of capacities for over a decade, including creative director and various editor roles. She’s well-known as a shopping expert that’s sought out for advice and insight on the latest trends, outfit ideas, and fashion picks thanks to her thoughtful shopping roundups, digital moodboards, and extensive knowledge of up-and-coming brands, plus the new arrivals sections of the chicest retailers. Jennifer has had a lifelong interest in fashion which led her to intern at Harper’s Bazaar as an undergraduate. Later, while working towards her masters degree in psychological counseling at Columbia University, she founded two digital fashion publications: Le Fashion and Olsens Anonymous. The popularity of both sites grew and after graduation she decided put her plans to become a therapist aside to pursue a career in fashion. While she has called Los Angeles and New York City home in the past, she currently works remotely from Massachusetts. When she’s not obsessing over and writing about her latest fashion finds, she is delighting in raising two little ones with her highschool sweetheart, perusing TikTok religiously, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, creating abstract photographs, and eating the best Mexican food she can get her hands on.