A great denim jacket should be a staple in every woman’s wardrobe. Here’s how to wear a denim jacket in summer for an easy, polished look.
My denim jacket is the workhorse of my wardrobe.
Because I live in Southern California, I wear it year-round and I wear it a lot.
But my favorite time of the year to wear it is during the summer. It’s a perfect layer for cold, air-conditioned buildings, for cool summer nights in the backyard, and for bonfires at the beach.
But if you’re not sure how to wear a denim jacket in summer, you’re in the right spot! Here are seven ways I love wearing mine when the weather warms up.
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How To Wear a Denim Jacket in Summer
A classic blue denim jacket will last you for years and goes with pretty much everything. The only thing I don’t wear it with is blue denim jeans because I don’t like the denim on denim look.
I prefer a lighter blue denim during the summer because it pairs well with the light, airy colors of the season.
Try rolling up the sleeves and showing off a fun watch or bracelets.
1. Over a Summer Dress
Wearing a denim jacket over a sundress is the most common way I style a denim jacket in summer. It covers my shoulders in church, hides my arms when I’m self-conscious, and blocks the breeze on a cool day.
2. Over a T-Shirt Dress
A denim jacket dresses up a casual t-shirt dress and gives it a little something special. Short, midi, or maxi t-shirt dresses all work! Pair your dress and jacket with some sneakers or flat sandals for a comfy yet put-together look.
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3. With Joggers
Denim jackets help elevate a casual pair of joggers for running errands, going to the park with your kids, or traveling. It’s a nice layer to have in a cold airport or on a chilly airplane, and can be worn with many outfits during your vacation!
4. With Shorts
A denim jacket looks amazing over shorts, including white denim, linen, and patterned shorts. Your shorts should be mid-length with a medium-width leg opening (not too tight, not too wide) to keep the silhouette balanced.
5. With a Midi or Maxi Skirt
Midi and maxi skirts are typically less formal than a dress, but not as casual as shorts. They’re the perfect in between! They’re also super versatile because you can wear them with many styles of shoes, including sneakers, flat sandals, and heels.
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6. Over an All-White Outfit
Does anything say summer more than an all-white outfit? Throw on some white sneakers, gold jewelry, and a neutral tan handbag, and you have yourself a simple, yet elegant ensemble for those backyard barbeques.
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7. With Cropped Pants
Don’t feel like wearing shorts? Is a dress too dressed-up for where you’re going? Didn’t shave your legs? Reach for a pair of cropped pants to go with your denim jacket! I love wide-leg cropped pants with a slim-fitting top and flat sandals.
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Final Thoughts on How To Wear a Denim Jacket in Summer
We always spend part of our summer in Columbus and Buffalo, where the days are warm and the nights are cool.
And my denim jacket always makes the trip.
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