Closet Staples: The Denim Jacket

Over the next few months I’m going to talk about a few of my closet staples. These are the items in my wardrobe that I go back to again and again, the ones I don’t tire of, and build outfits around. I don’t really believe those articles that claim the “10 essential pieces for every woman’s closet”. I don’t think we all need all of these things in our wardrobe. I know women who would never don a blazer or blue jeans. I think it’s more important to figure out what our own closet staples are. Today, we’re starting out with my number one, most-worn item of the past year: my denim jacket.

I’m a little bit obsessed with my denim jacket. It’s soft and comfortable and goes with just about everything in my closet. There’s definitely multiple days per week when I realize that I’ve already worn it the day before, and wonder if anyone will notice that I’ve repeated it. This particular one I picked up at H&M last summer, before I became interested in ethical shopping. If I were to do it over again, I’d scour the thrift stores for a used one.


the denim jacket, a closet staple

denim jacket and a white t-shirt, a classic combination

One of my favorite ways to wear a denim jacket is over a tee shirt with black jeans. It’s so easy and classic. Here I’ve paired it with an Everlane t-shirt, thrifted Madewell jeans and my new Toms sandals/clogs, which elevate the look just a bit. I’m equally comfortable swapping out the shoes for sneakers and tossing on a baseball cap to hide dirty hair.

an essential piece in any woman's closet is a denim jacket - it pairs well with just about anything!

The way I wear it most during the week is over dresses. I have a couple of sleeveless dresses I like to wear to work, but sometimes the air conditioning is a bit chilly. It’s the perfect structured, but not too fussy, piece to toss on over a dress instead of a cardigan. Cardigans over dresses sometimes feel a little too stuffy for me.

I’m tempted to add another to my wardrobe (less cropped, more relaxed) but it seems a bit excessive to me at this point to have multiple. I did add a denim vest to my summer capsule, and have loved wearing that when it’s a bit warmer out, but my outfit is in need of that extra piece.

denim jacket, everlane t-shirt and madewell jeans

So, long live the denim jacket. Toss it on over anything and you’re ready to go. I feel like American Girl should be playing in the background anytime I throw this puppy on.

What’s your ride-or-die, go-to clothing item? Let me know in the comments! Am I the only denim jacket obsessive?

my number one closet staple is a denim jacket, what's yours?

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