Style on Trial: Denim Jackets

Denimjackets

Not so long ago, I caused a bit of scandal here at The Fashion Police by admitting that I own a denim jacket. "A denim jacket?" asked one commenter, aghast. "They still exist?" Well, yes, indeed they do – and actually, the humble denim jacket has been reinvented for Spring. Lots of stores are currently carrying versions with cropped sleeves, nipped-in waists and ruffles, so it looks like denim jackets are going to be sticking around for the time being at least.

What we want to know, though, is what you think of them. Do you own a denim jacket? Would you wear one of these ones? Or should they be firmly consigned to Fashion Police jail?

(Jacket, Topshop; River Islandswing jacket, Oli)

15 Comments

  • January 30, 2008

    gokarm

    I love the classic jean jacket. I sort of hate denim “re-invented” because it doesn’t NEED to be re-inveted. I don’t believe in double-denim because you’re straying too close to line-dancing then, but to be “agast” by a jean jacket just sounds overtly uptight. It may not be “chic” but it is usually fresh and funky.

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  • January 30, 2008

    The Fashion Police

    gokarm – pretty much my feelings exactly!

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  • January 30, 2008

    CP

    That’s right, no Billy Ray Cyruses please.
    A denim jacket isn’t the enemy, the problem lies with the style-sense-depraved who where them with denim. And no, it’s not okay if it’s matching- you look like a gas station attendant for crying out loud!

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  • January 30, 2008

    AngieAreI

    I hate jean jackets.
    Allll of them.

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  • January 30, 2008

    Sallie

    Jean jackets are really quite awesome, but you’re right, not to be worn with any other denim, and those new ones looks fab.

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  • January 31, 2008

    Beth

    Er, oops. I think that commenter was me. I didn’t mean to sound uptight, it’s just that I hadn’t seen a nice denim jacket in quite a while (and I admit, I wasn’t thinking of any variations – I had a mental image of a tapered sleeve stonewash number). I’m not really a fan of denim on the top half anyway. It’s probably due to the fact that, as a student, I actually own no trousers that aren’t jeans, and so would automatically be committing a double denim faux pas just by wearing a denim jacket. Come to think of it, the last denim jacket I owned was a gorgeous thing – an aged Gap jacket with a beautifully distressed hibiscus patch on the shoulder – which was borrowed by my sister without permission and unceremoniously lost. Maybe that’s where this all stems from…

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  • January 31, 2008

    Honeybee

    I love my jeans jackets! I have a classic, slim-cut dark blue one and another one reminiscent of a navy uniform jacket. Both are fabulous to lighten up an otherwise too stern outfit. I wouldn’t want to be without them. Of the ones pictured I really like the first one.

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  • January 31, 2008

    Kasmira

    My dark, slim cut denim jacket is indispensible for spring! But I am oh so careful to NEVER wear it with denim bottoms. It makes a nice alternative to a blazer in a business casual environment.
    My denim jacket:
    http://whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2007/04/mod-skirt.html
    Twill and corduroy jackets are close runners up! And you CAN wear those with jeans. 🙂
    Pink corduroy jacket:
    http://whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2007/04/camo-dress.html
    Cropped twill jacket:
    http://whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2007/04/floofy.html

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  • January 31, 2008

    heather

    Always have been a fan of the traditional ones–usually wear them with a long black skirt. Though I now own a great dark wash pea-coat style that I love (and even better, my husband loves it.)
    I do hate the eighties stone/acid/whatever washed look–though I did own a cropped one for way too long.

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  • January 31, 2008

    Danielle

    No. Never.

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  • February 1, 2008

    Sophia

    I don’t know what the big fuss is all about with jean jackets. I own two, and quite frankly I’d love to own the one from River Island!

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  • May 5, 2008

    Xandro Lombard

    I own a denim jacket, and today I wore it…. and I got attacked by everyone in the office. I was called “the Marlboro Man” and “the Rodeo Boy” to name a few.
    I want to know, is Denim in fashion, or am I just a dagg?
    Should I just chuck my jacket out?
    What’s happening to people? Why are they so judgemental?
    Or should I just accept that I am a geek?
    Xandro.

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  • May 20, 2009

    Xandro Lombard

    Nearly one year ago, I made the mistake of wearing the denim jacket to work. Today I made the same mistake, only this time, the jeans, Calvin Klein mind you, of the same shade of denim, made me look like Juan Epstein from the 1970s Welcome Back Kotter.
    I am in total denial that I am a complete dag – I will never make this mistake again – at work , anyway.
    The jokes came in quick and fast – everyone objected to my attire today and the jury was out – denim is out and that’s the end of it.
    Xandro

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  • September 4, 2009

    Diandra

    I like denim jackets, but I don’t particularly love the ones pictured here, except the one on the far right.
    I love regular, classic denim jackets! They add a kind of vintage look to a casual outfit. Just as long as you don’t wear them with matching denim, of course. 😉

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  • April 16, 2010

    Molly

    I live in london and the denim jacket has never been so in fashion! At first it took me guts to go out in mine but i actually love it now and wear it so much! They are EVERYWHERE and also to be quite frank i am a fan of the double denim too! I mean, not with a checked shirt and cowboy boots, but today i wore a pair of very dark high waisted denim shorts with a nude pink crop top, lace tights and a denim jacket that i bleached myself! I also think it has definitely got to be paired with the right kind of look, which is generally an indie almost mod like style but yeah basically, i think its hot!

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