How To Wear Denim Jackets With Dresses & Hoodies: Layering

Ohh, denim jackets. The once questionable design of the 1800s adopted by miners, Hollywood stars, underground rebels, and luxury fashion connoisseurs alike is once again a prominent trend of 2021. We’ve seen it all. Classic borrowed-from-the-boys denim patterns, slim-fitted silhouettes, cropped, distressed, or adorned with fur, denim jackets for women have long been a coveted outwear piece for all seasons. The shapes might constantly be changing, however, what goes around, evidently, comes around-so don’t be quick to dispose of your trusted denim jackets from high school yet.

Although all of us own at least one, chances are that most aren’t familiar with the history of denim. You see, blue jeans, now called “denim”, were originally manufactured in the French town of Nîmes (bleu de Nîmes). The most notable classic jeans made from indigo-dyed denim were patented in 1873 by the tailor Jacob Davis, and Levi Strauss, owner of a fabric house in San Francisco. Denim jackets for women obviously weren’t a thing, however, Hollywood was quick to assist in the romanticization of the blue jean in the 1920s and 1930s.From

Fashion blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a floral embroidered denim jacket. Photos by Samuel Elkins

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From then onwards, the classic Levi’s jeans had some serious competition. In the 1980s, Brooke Shields’s flirtatious Calvin Klein campaign, followed by Claudia Schiffer’s sensual ads for Guess turned almost every woman into a denim fanatic overnight. Later on, giant fashion houses like Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Dior joined the fun. It was then that Blue Bell (later known as Wrangler) in 1904 and Lee Mercantile in 1911 were on their way to become the most prominent denim brands for women and men to this day.

Are Jean Jackets in Style In 2021?

Denim jackets for women are once again flooding all our favourite e-retails, because, let’s be honest, they will never be out of style. These classic pieces tend to come time and time again. From summer-to-fall transition dressing to fantastic layering pieces for winter, they are a happy medium between casual and edgy. This season is all about 70s inspired denim in dark blue or black. The best part? It’s all about laid-back, comfortable styles. Think dark-wash denim jackets, cut-outs, oversized cropped, and more.

Fashion blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a floral embroidered denim jacket. Photos by Samuel Elkins

Honestly, can you think of a more versatile outwear piece? We are talking about year-round wearability, so there’s really no wrong time to invest in one. Plus, there’s a slew of affordable denim jackets for every season and occasion. Are you a fan of 70’s inspired embroidery? Maybe looking for a cropped trucker, a dark acid-wash, or a classic light-coloured option? I have you covered!

Demin Jackets to Wear with Dresses

We are slowly but surely walking into the cold-weather season, but that doesn’t mean that we must ditch our dresses just yet. Denim jackets are a fool-proof way of keeping yourself warm during the afternoons and evenings while looking hella cute in your fall-appropriate dress ensemble. The styling possibilities are seemingly endless.

If you are a fan of maxi dresses, opt for an oversized cropped denim jacket to make you look taller. When it comes to styling maxi dresses with jean jackets, medium, and long versions often make us look shorter and bulkier.

Fashion blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a floral embroidered denim jacket. Photos by Samuel Elkins

For midi and mini dresses, denim blazers offer an unexpected twist! If you are looking for a more “format” jean jacket style to match your attire, go for a white denim jacket with puff sleeves. Granted, the last two options have a more inventive take, however, it’s never too late to branch out and try new things, right?

Some of my Fave Denim Jackets for Women

These are some of my current favourite denim jackets for women that I think you will love, too!

How to Wear Denim Jackets with Hoodies

Who doesn’t love throwing on a comfy, cozy hoodie? The 2021 denim trends suggest pairing up your trusted hoodie with a denim duster and a fresh pair of slouchy jeans. Whether you prefer cropped or oversized hoodies, this option covers both.

Fashion blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a floral embroidered denim jacket. Photos by Samuel Elkins

This season is the perfect time to put your trust in the classics. And by that, I mean Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend denim trucker jacket. Although it looks fantastic with hoodies, it doubles as the perfect outwear for the office, with minis, maxis, shorts, and pants. Bonus point if you pair it up with a matching, Levi’s 501.

Look, I get it! Printed denim jackets for women are a daring option, but when it comes to monochromatic outfits, everything goes. Rock it with an all-white or a total black ensemble – hoodie included. Crisp!

Fashion blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a floral embroidered denim jacket. Photos by Samuel Elkins

Remember the Tie-Dye trend that tormented our time of isolation? It’s still here. If you own an oversized hoodie that looks suspiciously a lot like a dress, throw on a Tie-Dye Denim Jacket for the ultimate streetstyle-approved look.

Can Denim Jackets Be Worn in Winter?

While denim jackets for women are spring, summer, and fall-appropriate, we’ve seen them during the colder months many times before. How can I style my jean jacket in winter, I hear you ask? The answer is layering. There is no better feeling than throwing on a layered outfit to battle the low temperatures! Even the aforementioned cropped jacket is permitted.

Think of it like this: a buttery soft turtleneck is worn underneath a denim blazer, a quilted blazer of an oversized style. Now add an extra layer to it. Maybe a maxi, neutral-coloured coat, an ultra-warm fleece, or even a puffer jacket. Throw of a beanie or a jockey cap and you are ready to take the streets on a gloomy December morning.

Fashion blogger, Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella shares a floral embroidered denim jacket. Photos by Samuel Elkins

Belted Denim Jackets are also a fantastic way to master the art of layering. Wear it on top of your sweaters and hoodies and add a lapel coat and a blanket scarf for extra warmth.

Keep up the retro vibes by layering your favourite turtleneck underneath a dark-coloured denim blazer. Opt for a pair of faux leather leggings or trousers. No matter your personal style, you will certainly find a slew of clever ways to be playful with your looks while keeping them warm and functional.

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  1. Love this denim jacket! And your hat is so cool.

    XXX,
    Heidi
    https://findingloveandhappinessblog.wordpress.com/

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  2. I totally agree! Love the fun patches on this one!

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  3. Emily Ravenna wrote:

    totally agree – denim jackets are my go-to topper for everything. love these shots!

    xo Emily
    http://www.thehipsuburban.com

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  4. Carrie Colbert wrote:

    Beautiful pics, Bella boo! Xo

    Carrie
    http://www.wearwherewell.com

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  5. Ashley Zeal wrote:

    Always killin it, gorgeous girl.

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  6. Kuleigh wrote:

    Love this! Especially the patches. I’ve got a Jean jacket that I love but spring and fall seem to skip us. If you blink you miss the couple of days where it’s really comfortable to wear!

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  7. Agreed!! I love my denim jackets in the spring! I’ve been wearing one all of the time lately.

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  8. I’m so in love with denim. I have a denim vest that I absolutely adore and never wear enough. I’m obsessed with the flowers on your jacket. It’s so cute. Just love this outfit overall.

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  9. Jenny wrote:

    Loving the embroidery on the one you’re wearing! SO cute.

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  10. sophia lu wrote:

    I seriously want your photographer, you are so gorgeous!! And I agree, a denim jacket works with everything 😉

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    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  11. Adiel wrote:

    I’m so obsessed with embroidered pieces, too! And I completely agree with your sentiment on denim jackets! This one looks amazing on you!

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  12. mckenna bleu wrote:

    I love the patches on this denim jacket!

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  13. Wow! Your hair is stunning! Love that denim jacket!

    xoxo
    Kristen
    http://www.everychicway.com

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  14. Daynna Hartjes wrote:

    Such a cute jacket, oh my goodness! I also love denim jackets and have quite a few of them, lol. There are just some pieces you can never have too many of! Also, really random but I just wanted to say you’re so pretty!

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  15. Karen R wrote:

    This jacket is gorgeous! Love it paired with that hat too.

    Karen
    http://LadyinViolet.com

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  16. So pretty! I love a good denim jacket and have been on the hunt for a new one recently 🙂

    Kristen | http://www.sophisticatedgal.com

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  17. I love that jacket. It has such a hippie feel to it with the flowers. 🙂

    Posted 5.16.17 Reply
  18. Agreed! Especially one that’s this cute! Love the embroidery!

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  19. sandyalamode wrote:

    Denim jackets are such a perfect staple piece! I love this one, so cute!

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  20. Meghan wrote:

    I love these photos of you!! And I’m
    A denim jacket fiend myself 🙂

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  21. WhatWouldVWear wrote:

    These pics are so dreamy and I agree: You can never go wrong wearing denim jacket!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  22. WhatWouldVWear wrote:

    These pics are so dreamy and I agree: You can never go wrong wearing denim jacket!

    xoxo, Vanessa

    http://www.WhatWouldVWear.com

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  23. Cameron wrote:

    I’m still on the hunt for a denim jacket! Thankfully it’s pretty warm down here, so I won’t need one again for a while haha.

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  24. Hillary wrote:

    You are totally rocking that jacket! I love the flowers on it! Oh and you’re not alone in your many denim jackets, I have a couple in different washes! 😉

    ~Hillary
    http://www.styleinasmalltown.com

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  25. Rohit Dhyani wrote:

    ROCKING JACKET

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  26. I absolutely love these photos of you. And I couldn’t agree more…you can’t just have one denim jacket!!!!

    Posted 5.17.17 Reply
  27. I have two go-to denim jackets, one is so special and is from when I was 13 years old!

    Posted 5.18.17 Reply
  28. The embroidered jacket is so cute, love the twist on the traditional denim jacket.

    Posted 5.18.17 Reply
  29. I haven’t worn a denim jacket in years, but yours is so cute! Love it!

    Jennifer Ashley
    http://www.prettylittledetails.com

    Posted 5.18.17 Reply
  30. I need this jacket! The daisy print is so adorable

    Mindy http://www.amixofmin.com

    Posted 5.23.17 Reply