To fall back in love with my denim jacket.
So there I am packing to come away for the week. And I needed a jacket. I had my faithful black blazer but I needed something casual. But not as heavy as a leather jacket as... wait for it... the weather looked good. A lighter summer jacket. Now I have a khaki cargo one from hush which I love and is perfect for throwing on over harems and jeans but to wear over dresses? Meh. It's too long in the body.
I need something shape wise that is similar to the biker, as that's perfect cropped length for over frocks.
Scanning the jackets in my wardrobe and what do I spy? A denim jacket. Replete with virtual cobwebs - it's that long since I've worn one. Definitely not this year - not sure if I can recall giving it any airtime last year either. Why? Why oh why not?
There is a reason. It's 80s related. Blame Bananarama and Tiffany for ruining denim jackets for me forever. I can't put it on without feeling a tad like an extra from an 80s RomCom.
But it was the only option so in the bag it went. I figured over the Summer dresses I bought it would work fine. And hell, at the very least, I was on holiday and if anything goes and mistakes can be made, it's when you're away with one suitcase to choose from. At the very least, there is a rather fabulous boutique here where I might be forced to go and buy something from if it doesn't work out (yes you can imagine, this would be my Very Last Option. Not).
Imagine therefore my joy when on the beach yesterday, what do I read in my latest copy of Elle? An article by Jess Cartner-Morley that says the Denim Jacket features in her top 5 Easy Pieces - the top "classic wearable pieces of clothing".
"Channel the Balenciaga woman and wear it with tailoring now, or wait until the weather really cold and layer it under your puffa coat later".
Well go on then. Ok so there's not a lot of tailoring going on this weekend and I'm not sure I shall be buying into the puffa coat for anything other than the touchlines at rugby on a Sunday (the 8yr old has decided he'll give it another go this season *weeps*), but for layering under other coats? I am LOVING this idea. Speaking of tailoring, I'm thinking of wearing with cashmere joggers, super fine polo neck, denim jacket and long tailored coat. And lots of other possibilities as well.
And for the hols now - yes, in old school format of just as a regular coat. Over my dresses. The weather here is great but as it's on the coast it can get windy so a little jacket is pretty much always required. And dear faithful denim jacket, you're up.
A little bit more about my favourite at the end but first up and I've found what I consider to be my perfect jacket . This is the most similar to mine and is what I would go so far as to say is a classic jacket. It's not cutting edge when it comes to new style denim jackets but for me, it's what works and will have most longevity.
ASOS Denim Shrunken Jacket in mid blue wash £32 and they also do it in a Tall Version: ASOS Tall Denim Shrunken Jacket in mid blue wash £32
Another obvious option is good old Gap. Where else would you go for a classic denim jacket?
1969 Denim Jacket from Gap £54.95
There is the argument of course that if it's something you'll have in your wardrobe forever, it may well be worth investing in a slightly more expensive version. Of course the only reason I think you'd do this if it is THAT much more perfect than the more reasonably priced ones.
I will say, the fit of this is perfect.
Hilfiger Denim Jacket £125
The other obvious (if slightly more expensive option is Levis).
Authentic Trucker Jacket from Levis £85
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Denim Jacket at Banana Republic £85 pre discount online - no code needed, discount taken off at checkout.
And slightly more off piste now. Whilst some people love a more oversized boyfriend style denim jacket, I've always preferred the more fitted style - and sometimes, the smaller the better. This would look amazing over a maxi dress.
Only Cropped Raw Edge Denim Jacket £40
Now I know I possibly shouldn't be but I am randomly drawn to the badged ones. My 11yr old looks like she dies a little inside every time I mention this. Oops. And I won't go there as it's a tad too far outside my comfort zone.
New Look Raw Edge Badge Denim Jacket £26.99
And mine? Designer number that I've had for years that has been the best investment ever? Or.... £18 from Sainsburys about four years ago (I believe it was more but I nabbed it on a 25% off discount day). I kid you not. Best fit I've ever found. And even better, I shoehorned myself into the size 8 for a super snug shape.
Black scoop back jersey midi dress - hush
Black Flame slip ons - Seven Boot Lane (don't forget 15% off using the code FLAME)
Denim Jacket - Sainsburys
Silk scarf bracelet - Silk Philosophy
Black Mario bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
So am I ridiculously late to the denim party? Not entirely sure I will be going down the double denim route - I fear I may look Rita, Sue and Bob too as opposed to Kate, Cara and David G. But I am definitely going to give it more outings...it really is the perfect alternative to a biker for the next couple of months. Just kicking myself I didn't bring a breton with me (she says eyeing up copious striped sweaters in Collen & Clare....)
Would love to know if you've reinvented the wheel wearing yours. Is it a trusted, fave jacket? Or are you going to drag it out of storage or treat yourself to a new one? Or has that ship passed.....?!