I was born and raised in Texas where denim is king. Men are as comfortable wearing denim while bustin’ broncos as they are signing billion-dollar deals.
Most guys have no problem with selecting a decent pair of jeans. However, things sometimes go awry when they add a denim jacket to the mix. The much-maligned denim on denim outfit will make you look like a rancher or a reject from the Saved by the Bell cast. Keep in mind that the rancher look is reserved for guys who actually work on a ranch. If that describes you, Cowboy up! But you need help if Screech is your fashion idol.
Denim jackets are versatile and can add a bit of variety to your wardrobe. Make sure the jacket has classic styling and fits well. An ill-fitting, outdated denim jacket will earn you no style points. It’s better to get a jacket that is a little conservative (not boring) than to get one that’s too trendy.
When you find that perfect denim jacket, you’ll want to wear it every day. Don’t. Resist the urge to make it your go-to outerwear. Pull it out periodically to add a bit of flair to your outfits. A little denim goes a long way.
A denim jacket can spice up an otherwise dull work outfit. A basic white shirt and tie combination becomes more interesting with a modern denim jacket and a tie clip. The jacket also works well with flat-front dress pants or chinos. This look makes it easy to go from the office straight to an after-work get-together with friends (Lee Denim Jacket, Tie – Perry Ellis, Glasses – Armani, Shirt – J Crew, Tie Clip – Brooks Brothers)
Denim Jackets are perfect for the weekend. The casual styling allows you to have some fun with your outfits. I added a denim jacket to this simple black turtleneck and khakis combination. The sunglasses add a bit of rakish appeal (Lee Denim Jacket, Shirt – Mossimo, Gap, Pants – Gap Tailored Khakis, Sunglasses – Oakley Twoface)
Denim on Denim (the right way)
Despite what many fashion pundits say, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear denim on denim as long as you do it right. The key is to wear different shades and washes. In the photo, I’m wearing Levi’s 501s with a darker wash than the jacket. I added a creme colored belt to add some contrast and break up the denim. Experiment with different denim styles and figure out what works best for you (Lee Denim Jacket, Shirt – Perry Ellis, Jeans – Levi’s 501, Belt – H&M, Boots – Jeffrey Tyler, Sunglasses – Panama Jack)