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Art of Style

5 ways to wear a denim jacket

As one of the unsung staples of any great closet, the humble jean jacket rarely gets its dues. However, the enduring power of this piece is testament to its versatility – and proof that this is one purchase that comes with guaranteed ROI. Whether you gravitate towards polished, understated or oversized styles, find your dream jacket and it promises maximum style mileage

TyLynn Nguyen

Go monochrome

You’d be forgiven for assuming that, by default, any outfit built around a denim jacket would be for off-duty days only. However, opt for a streamlined, perfectly cut piece and that needn’t be the case. Enter The Row’s minimal workman’s jacket. Understated and undeniably polished, this ivory style boasts endless wearability. Pair it with black tapered pants for an elevated look that works just as well for a day in the office (when we eventually return to our desks) as it does for alfresco lunches with friends. Just beware of spills.

Keep it low key

For those of us who really leaned in to lockdown dressing, the idea of pulling together a full look seven days a week is more than a little daunting. Which is why closet staples that strike the perfect balance between luxe and laid-back are essential. Acne Studios’ boxy denim jacket is one such piece, being classic and comfortable, yet structured enough to give trackpants a sophisticated feel. For extra style kudos, add Balenciaga’s ‘Track’ sneakers into the mix. Season after season, the Parisian powerhouse turns out trainers that become instant collectors’ items – and this standout style is no exception.

Mix your washes

Contrary to popular opinion, mastering the art of double denim doesn’t actually require purchasing a matching set. For a truly effortless look, simply apply the rules of tonal dressing and opt for similar washes with subtle differences; keep the rest of your outfit pared back to ensure the final product is more chic than chaotic. A classic city shirt and contemporary jewels will put an elegant spin on bleached jeans and sustainable London-based brand E.L.V. Denim’s deconstructed jacket.

Angelica Alves

Dress it up

The ultimate throw-on-and-go piece, you’d be hard pressed to find an outfit a denim jacket doesn’t work with, and while an ultra-feminine dress might seem to occupy a different space, these opposites attract. Consider Givenchy’s oversized design an effortless way to put a modern twist on the classic summer-dress-and-sandals look. The perfect finishing touch for this boy-meets-girl mix? A basket bag. Not only is Loewe’s version a cult piece, it’s practically a necessity, given the pivotal role picnics are set to play in our social lives.

Sofia Sanchez de Betak

Double take

Styling a jacket with yet another jacket might sound like a questionable move, but find the right pair and it’s a sure-fire way to create a directional outfit. Offset double denim’s casual connotations by shrugging a structured blazer over the top. The key to getting this right is in finding contrasting pieces that bring different elements to the sartorial equation. Saint Laurent’s distressed jacket will add a nonchalant edge to Balenciaga’s heritage-print blazer, while the latter’s long-line cut will ensure the combination is flattering as opposed to bulky.


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