Dress: I bought my dress in Italy, so unfortunately it's not available. I found some fun transitional ones like this navy dress, this pink polka dot dress and this long sleeve black dress that would be great additions to your closet. // Denim jacket: H&M // Converse: I have the all white Converse, but you can always go with the classic red and blue stripe pair. // Nude cross body: I love the slightly darker color of this similar bag and this $19 bag is darling too! // Lip color: Fresh Beauty Sugar Lip in 'Tulip'
I'll admit that when I was younger and didn't understand the rules of fashion, I was not a fan of denim jackets. Maybe it was because I had only really seen 80's jean jackets (the ones that were white washed with lots of writing all over it or were super bedazzled) or maybe it was because I didn't really understand the denim on denim look, but they were definitely not me. Now there are a lot more choices, but how do you know how to find the perfect one?
After doing a lot of trying on and searching, I realized there were 5 main things to consider.
The good and the bad about having so many shades of denim is that it gives you so many options. If you're trying to find your first jacket, start by thinking about when you'll wear it. Light colors do best for spring and summer, while darker colors are best suited for fall and winter and a medium shade of denim will be able to be worn year round. Also think about what you'll be wearing it with.
2. Fabric weight
Think about the climate you live in...not the one you wish you lived in. (Yes, I am guilty of this, especially when it comes to winter wear.) Houston really doesn't get all that cold, so a light weight denim or even a chambray jacket would be best suited for me. Maybe you live somewhere where it gets cold and you want the jacket to provide warmth instead of being a fashion statement, so you would probably want a heavier weight jean jacket.
3. Your Shape
Cropped, blazer style, moto inspired, traditional fit...it's hard to know which one is right for your shape. Ask yourself if you'll be wearing it mostly to the office or on the weekends? Are you wearing it over over under another layer in the winter? Will you be buttoning it up? For places like the office, you'll want something more tailored but for wearing it as a layer, you'll definitely need it to be a little looser. If you're ever going to be buttoning it, be sure that you can wear it comfortable buttoned with at least one layer underneath. (PS if you need some more style suggestions based on your shape, this Redbook article is really helpful.)
4. Jacket Cut
No matter what jacket you end up choosing, there are a few "fit factors" that apply to every one. First, the sleeves should hit at the wrist. Second, the jacket should end at your hips. Third make sure that nothing looks weird when the jacket is buttoned. Even if you never plan on wearing it buttoned, try it because you never know. And finally, put your arms out in front of you. If anything feels uncomfortable than it'll only get more uncomfortable when you wear it and are trying to do things. Take it from me, you just have to keep trying jackets on until you find one that works.
For those of you that don't want just a plain denim jacket there are a ton of different choices. Try an embroidered jacket, one with zippers or snaps instead of buttons or even just add your own enamel pins to the collar. There are tons of other ways to make your jacket your own besides adding writing and jewels. Just make sure that in two or three years you'll still want to wear the jacket.
Do you have any tips on how you found your favorite jacket? Do you have a favorite brand? Did it take you a while to find "the one"...the perfect jacket? Let me know in the comments below.
Photos by Rachel Bires