8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Jean Jacket

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How to Wear the Must-Have Jean Jacket

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Denim jacket street style. Timur Emek/Getty Images

For many of us, warmer weather means a switch to more casual outfits. We still want to look fashionable, though. Layering is one of the best ways to add a dose of style to any simple outfit. 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 elevates your outfit to stylish, without sacrificing its easy, breezy vibe. On cool summer nights, a denim jacket also makes a great topper for your summer ensembles, whether you're dressing for a date or going out with girlfriends. Here are our favorite ways to wear a jean jacket, inspired by the best of street style fashion.

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Denim Jacket and Little White Dress

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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, making the outfit feel more modern. For date night, or to create a more feminine vibe for daytime, trade the booties for a sexy pair of strappy, high heel sandals. 

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Denim Jacket and Maxi Skirt

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

You're going to see this fashionable outfit everywhere. 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. It's also essential to wear the right length of maxi skirt. You'll look best now in one that falls a few inches south of knee length. 

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Jean Jacket and Denim Shorts

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

We're loving the fashion trend of dressed up denim shorts that's popular for summer. You can work this look in 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 classic double denim 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

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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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Jean Jacket and Culottes

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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 Button-Front Denim Skirt

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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 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

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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.

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