Taking requests: denim jackets

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“Any chance of a denim jacket episode?” writes a reader named Bethany, via Twitter. “The rips in my 15 year-old oldie-but-goodie are no longer working for me.” And since the evenings and mornings are getting just a tiny bit cool in my parts, I figured why not. Here is Caroline de Maigret wearing a perfectly classic one that I believe hailed from Madewell. Also Caroline is 43 years old, so that’s the last I want to hear from anyone who thinks they’re too old to wear them (I’ve also included a few very grown-up options below).

I dig the contrasting sleeves and big pockets on this option from Vince.

I have heard raves about this classic version from Madewell.

I’m a sucker for anything quilted.

A grey jacket is nicely unexpected, and I like the faux-shearling collar.

 

This sherpa-lined swing jacket has such good, clean lines.

You really can’t beat Levi’s for denim jackets—the price is decent, and this one looks so cozy.

I like how un-distressed the wash is on this one, and it’s very nicely priced.

Coated denim is just a little bit rock & roll.

The horn buttons and excellent dark wash make this Topshop jacket look more expensive than it is.

This blazer is pretty damn snappy; here’s a similar one in extended sizes.

 

The shrunken proportions on this chore jacket are just so good.

And I like pretty much everything about this moto option.

 

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17 Thoughts on Taking requests: denim jackets
    AC
    29 Aug 2018
    11:26am

    Old navy has some good denim jackets each season. …some all cotton and come in petite sizes.

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      Emily
      29 Aug 2018
      12:57pm

      I am sitting in a freezing (as usual) conference room in my 10 year old Old Navy denim jacket – by far the best $30 I have ever spent. I’ll bet the cost per wear is in the $0.04 range.

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    Joannawnyc
    29 Aug 2018
    2:00pm

    This request thing reminds me (rather late in the game) that I am looking for pretty blouses to wear with jeans this fall!

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    Kathi
    29 Aug 2018
    1:22pm

    What a veritable plethora of denim jackets!! I really like the Levi Sherpa and can see wearing it all fall long. Great job, Kim!!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    3 Sep 2018
    10:59pm

    I’m firmly in two camps:1) The classic look by Madewell or 2) The quilted wrap by FRAME. I had one like that in a previous life and I always felt like a spy when I wore it….a Midwestern, small town spy.

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    y.k.
    29 Aug 2018
    7:24am

    I don’t wear my denim jacket as often as i used to but some days call for one. I recommend Pilcro -a bit shrunken, a bit distressed (they run small) -their version has a nice shape.. I tried so many when i was shopping for one a while back -i had high hopes for the JCrew version but it was way boxier than i wanted.
    That black coated denim looks very nice!

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      sbe
      29 Aug 2018
      11:12am

      I second the Pilcro; I recently purchased the classic denim jacket in dark, and it’s perfect! I was looking for something to replace a J.Crew denim jacket that I’ve had for almost 20 years that was fantastic has finally, after all this time, bit the dust.

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        Eloise
        29 Aug 2018
        12:45pm

        Anthro has a white Pilco with a big of embroidery and tassles (it works) on sale now. Also, I bought this one (in Indigo) at Lord & Taylor on sale for $48 and wear it pretty much every day over maxi sundresses, which I (also) wear every day: https://www.freepeople.com/shop/rumors-denim-jacket/?color=047&quantity=1&type=REGULAR

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    Candy
    29 Aug 2018
    8:59am

    The Kut from the Kloth one, with its dark rinse and fitted – not boxy – shape, plus a reasonable price, is calling my name. If I had the $$ to splurge, that coated black denim would be on my list.

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    Rebecca
    29 Aug 2018
    9:14am

    I spent a year looking for the perfect denim jacket (not too light, not too boxy, not too expensive), and finally found one at Joe Fresh, which is a fast fashion chain in Canada found in grocery stores. It cost me about $30… it looks closest to the Kut from the Kloth one posted above. I also tried on dozens while I was looking: so hard to find the perfect one!

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      Heather
      29 Aug 2018
      12:23pm

      I was on a similar mission last year. My previous one was from Mavi and it is falling apart. It’s the one thing I bought in grad school that didn’t come from TJ Maxx or Buffalo Exchange – I bought it at the ‘nice’ Macy’s at Valley Fair Mall in Silicon Valley. At something like $80, it was a huge splurge for me at the time, but it was perfect, and definitely fits Kim’s ‘cost per wear’ formula. So I ended up getting another one from Mavi as an intended replacement but it’s just not quite the same. I’m thinking the Madewell version here might be The One?

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      Mamavalveeta03
      3 Sep 2018
      10:49pm

      Idk if it still is, but Joe Fresh was in JC Penney stores.

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    joannawnyc
    29 Aug 2018
    10:11am

    Old Navy has some well-price denim “chore jackets” that seem appealing. But why aren’t there more coated denim jackets in the world?

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    c.w.
    29 Aug 2018
    10:19am

    I have white, blue and black denim jackets BUT I don’t have a Levi sherpa one! OR a coated denim one. OR a shrunken chore jacket (mercy, that one is so perfect and I can see wearing it over and over and over!). There’s a denim jacket here for everyone no matter what your taste or need. Outta the ball park again, Kim.

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    Dana D
    29 Aug 2018
    12:40pm

    Yes, this post is timely! Kim!!!

    In my own small effort to “like” denim jackets again, I just bought a way marked down denim jacket cape (I love it but lord-help-me, a cape? wtf?). I don’t wear the two other denim jackets in my closet!!! Why? I don’t wear them because I don’t consider them “warm” in a securing manner or comfortable on my upper body skin.

    Maybe sherpa is the answer? I love the idea and the look but why do I NOT WEAR THEM? I’m asking for help here…

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      Mamavalveeta03
      3 Sep 2018
      10:56pm

      Is it the old “What do I wear it with?” question, Dana?

      What about if you think of a denim jacket almost like you would a blazer? A casual blazer, yes, but worn over a sleeveless midi dress, or with a turtleneck and coated jeans, I think they look pretty cool!

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    Krista Campbell
    31 Aug 2018
    11:19am

    Great post, and some good options for people like me who don’t really wear a traditional jean jacket. I’ve tried them a BUNCH of times but they just don’t feel/look right on me!

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