Stylish Ways to Wear a Jean Jacket

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How to Wear the Must-Have Jean Jacket

Woman wearing denim jacket and striped jeans
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For many of us, warmer weather means a switch to more casual outfits. We still want to look fashionable, though — and layering is one of the best ways to add style to any basic outfit, whatever the season. We're huge fans here of the classic women's denim jacket as an essential layering piece.

Worn over a dress or shorts, a jean jacket can elevate your summer outfit, without sacrificing its easy, breezy vibe. On cool summer nights, a denim jacket also makes a great, cozy top layer, whether you're dressing for a date, or going out with girlfriends. Here are our favorite ways to wear a jean jacket this summer, inspired by street style fashion.

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Denim Jacket and Little White Dress

Street style denim jacket and summer dress
Wear a jean jacket over your little white dress this summer. Timur Emek/Getty Images

We're into the easy vibe of this low-key outfit that matches a summery, little white dress with a denim jacket. A vintage-inspired, patchwork jean jacket in a faded wash, such as the one pictured here, looks effortlessly cool layered over a cotton mini-dress in arctic white. It's also a great way to cover up when you're moving from the hot outdoors into air-conditioned inside spaces, such as the mall or a restaurant.

This look is pictured here with ankle boots, which plays against the cute factor of the dress, giving this summer outfit a cool, modern vibe. For date night, or to create a more feminine look anytime, swap the booties for strappy, high heel sandals. 

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Denim Jacket and Maxi Skirt

Street style jean jacket and skirt
Wear a jean jacket with a maxi skirt. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

You're going to see this fashionable outfit everywhere this summer. Maxi skirts are still going strong in women's fashion and they look fresh now combined with an easy jean jacket. Choose a jacket that hits at hipbone length or higher, such as the waist-length option pictured here, for the most flattering shape in this summer outfit. Tuck in your top to highlight your waist and show off your shape in this look.

You can also create a slimming effect by wearing layered chain or bead necklaces that draw attention upward — just keep them longish, rather than choker length, to mirror your outfit's long and flowing silhouette.

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Track Pants and Denim Jacket

Woman wearing a jean jacket and track pants
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Want to try the athleisure trend that's so huge in street style fashion right now? A little denim jacket makes a great top layer for those trendy track pants you bought this year.

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Jean Jacket and Denim Shorts

Street style jean jacket and shorts
Wear a jean jacket with dark denim shorts this summer. Merilyn Smith/Getty Images

We're loving the current fashion trend of dressed up denim shorts outfits. You can work this look into a fashionable double denim outfit, by pairing well-fitting, dark denim shorts with a roomy jean jacket. This is a great way to add a dose of girl-next-door style, to an otherwise sexy look in jean shorts.

You can vary the colors of denim in this outfit, as pictured here, or go for a more streamlined look in similar shades of denim.

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Jean Jacket and Maxi Dress

Street style jean jacket and maxi dress
Layer a denim jacket over a summery maxi dress. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

This outfit with a jean jacket is great to wear on a summer date or shopping with friends. A classic denim jacket is a stylish counterpoint to the essential printed maxi dress.

You can wear this outfit with casual sneakers, as pictured here, for a trendy look, or keep your outfit more classic in easy thong sandals. Delicate jewelry, such as rhinestone stud earrings or a pile of slim silver bracelets, adds a feminine touch that works well with this look.

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Denim Jacket and Summery Floral Dress

Street style denim jacket and floral dress
Wear a denim jacket and floral dress for a cute summer style. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Here's an easy outfit you can wear to all your summer concerts and music festivals, or try it for a casual daytime date. Layer a vintage-inspired denim vest over a pretty floral dress. Add a cross-body bag, sandals and fabulous sunglasses and you're looking good to go.

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Dressy Skirt and Jean Jacket

Woman wearing denim jacket and pleather skirt
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Jean jackets are a reliable way to dress down those fancier clothing items in your closet, so you can wear them out in daytime. Check out how wearing a basic denim jacket makes this shiny evening skirt look suddenly suitable for weekend shopping trips or even a client meeting.

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Jean Jacket and Culottes

Street style denim jacket and culottes
Denim jacket and culottes outfit for summer fashion. Vanni Bassetti /Getty Images

When choosing a denim jacket, don't limit yourself to the standard issue. You'll find plenty of different shapes and styles of denim jackets available in stores, including the trendy raw hem jacket pictured here. For a fresh look this summer on casual weekend days, pair a shorter, relaxed denim jacket with must-have wide leg culottes, for an easy, slouchy silhouette.

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Boyfriend Jean Jacket and Denim Skirt

Street style denim jacket and skirt
Denim jacket and skirt for summertime style. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Here's a look that's perfect for wearing from casual days at the office, to meeting friends for brunch, or weekend antiquing. Layer a boyfriend-style denim jacket over a stylish button-front denim skirt, such as the one pictured here. For the most flattering look, choose a jacket in a lighter denim wash than your bottom layer, which will help you look leaner below the waist.

Unbuttoning your skirt for a glimpse of knee adds flirty interest to your outfit and helps make legs look long and lean. Keep accessories simple if you're going to be walking around outdoors — think a great pair of sunglasses and a designer (or designer look) handbag).

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Cropped Denim Jacket and Black Jeans

Street style jean jacket outfit
Wear a cropped jean jacket over skinny black jeans. Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Want to strike a notice-me pose in denim while looking like you didn't try too hard? Pair the essential cropped denim jacket with a pair of form-fitting, skinny black jeans, for an outfit that's surprisingly right. Wear with a slim white tank top, black ankle boots and unfussy hair.