For the next five minutes, we’re asking you to trust us. Please. Just accept our advice as both wise and sage and simply do as we tell you. Promise? Ok great. Then you’ll believe us when we say that one of the most underestimated items in a wardrobe is the jean jacket. Don’t cringe, don’t furrow your brow and for Pete’s sake, stop thinking of Tiffany’s “I think we’re alone now” album cover. The jean jacket we’re talking about isn’t your mother’s or your grandmother’s jacket, for that matter, we’re talking about the next JEANeration.
This is our friend Becky.
In addition to being one of the most beautiful women we know, Becky is one of Lecina’s high school chums and was actually her university roommate. The two shared a love of The Gilmore Girl’s before it was on Netflix (because there was no such thing as NetFlix), Ladies California Fitness (because there was no such thing as Crossfit) and of course, fashion (because. . . well, because).
In addition to being a full time professional (a bad-ass probation officer, in fact), Becky is a mom to one of the cutest kids on the planet, Riah. Seriously, the kid’s curls are both out of control and exceptionally endearing. Honestly, how do you say no to that hair and those eyes?
Like most moms on the go, time is of the essence to Becky. Outfits have to be fast but effective and most of all, wearable. In comes the almighty jean jacket. The JEANeration we’re talking about is fitted, flattering and has the ability to be dressed up and down – doubling its impact on your closet’s inventory. To prove our point, take a peek at the first look. . .
From 9-5 and then 5-10
Regardless of what you do and who you are, we can guess that you’re busy. From 9-5 you’re earning a living, and from 5-10 you’re living the rest of your life. We love jean jackets because they can seamlessly transition from the first 8 hours of your life to the next 5. On the left, Becky is office-ready with a black pencil, a cute, printed top and stiletto paired with the piece de resistance – a distressed denim, jean jacket. In addition to loving the cut of this jean jacket, we love the colour as its neither dark nor light, making it all-season appropriate. On the right, we’ve simply swapped the stilettos for Chucks, and replaced the striped top with a graphic tee; two small steps and she’s ready for whatever life, or Riah, throws at her!
I love you. . .but mommy needs a drink
No matter how long your day has been, sometimes, making time for wine is necessary, as a matter of self-preservation. In these situations, an outfit that is both cute and grown-up establishment-appropriate is always good to have on hand. The jacket featured on Becky in this look is bit boxier and a touch longer than the previous look, but is ok as we have drawn all sorts of attention to Becky’s waist by accenting it with a high-waisted skirt and associated belt. We love the popped collar and the mixed medium of this jacket, as it pulls together the statement necklace and black, peep-toed shootie into the outfit, perfectly. If it’s a bit cold outside, and you’re interested in pairing this jacket with pants, we recommend sticking to the high-waisted-end of the spectrum as the low-cut trousers will create a competing waistline, causing you to look wider than you actually are . . . and why would anyone want to do that. . . (especially after all of that time we spent in California Fitness!)?
Jean Jackets – the onions of outfits
No. Not because they make you cry. . . haven’t you people seen Shrek?! Women, like any solid outfit, are more than just one layer; in fact, it’s the combination and compliment of these layers that makes us and our outfits, awesome. Case and point – the layered, casual look, with a trustee jean jacket. Some basic rules to follow when layering with your jean jacket include varying the lengths of the layers. Notice how the white, foundation shirt is the longest, the plaid, layering-component is a medium length, and the jean jacket is the shortest. Secondarily, because layering a look can tend to get a bit, bulky, we’ve made sure to pair this outfit with a fitted skinny cargo pant. Wear this look with a high heel and statement necklace to amp it up, or a pair of Chucks and RayBans to keep it Sunday casual.
Casual Monday through Friday
One of the million reasons that we love jean jackets is because they pair seamlessly with all sorts of mediums. Think of your favorite pair of jeans – it’s hard to think of a shirt you wouldn’t wear with them. The same can be said for your jean jacket – it’s hard to think of pants we wouldn’t wear with it. We particularly love this look because it’s not only an example of mixing mediums, it’s a perfect example of how to bring denim into the office without breaking the cardinal rule of Friday-only-denim. Take that, “The Man!” Becky is wearing a skinny, leather pant, a professionally-pinned collared shirt, and a gorgeous necklace with a darker denim jacket and a killer, corporate shoe. Generally speaking, much like a dark jean, darker jean jackets tend to fall on the dressier side of the scale.
Sleeveless with Sleeves
Did we mention that Becky is a bad-ass? In case you hadn’t noticed, check out those sleeves! My, My, My! There’s nothing that says “bad-ass” and “it’s too hot for a full denim jacket,” like a denim vest. The denim vest featured on Becky here, is A) the result of Libertee’s handiwork with scissors and B) a perfect pairing to the loose fitting, parachute-inspired, animal-print-pant featured on Beck. The structure of the vest and the popped collar as well as the fitted undershirt serve to strengthen Becky’s frame, ensuring that she doesn’t get washed away by the loosy-goosiness of the pants. Additionally, a bold necklace centres the look, just as a camel brown shoe dresses it up, without competing with the pants. Go get ‘em tiger! Or wait. . . is that leopard?
Denim on Denim on Denim
We didn’t want to have to go this far, but in an effort to drive home our point we’re asking you to think of each shade of denim as a separate family – and the marriage of these families can only occur outside of the original family. Denim incest, like any other kind . . . is bad. If you want to participate in the current trend of denim layering, we encourage you to do so, but warn you of the consequences should you choose to play fast and loose with the denim family tree – I mean we would never say it out loud but you might hear the term “prairie tuxedo.” Like we said – different families. This, denim on denim on denim look works on Becky because we have integrated shades of denim from three separate families: the light denim jacket layered on top of the longer, darker denim button up looks amazeballs on top of a grey-toned skinny jeans – we love the pop of the shoe on the bottom, complimenting the necklace on top to give the look the extra bit of texture it needs. No awkward family reunion required.