My Wardrobe Staple: A Denim Jacket
Whenever I visit a client’s closet for the first time, there are a couple of wardrobe essentials I look for. Do they have a great cocktail dress? Do they have cute shoes? Do they have plenty of accessories? But, one of my wardrobe staples may come as a surprise. I almost always insist that my clients invest in a great denim jacket.
Now, I don’t mean the 1990’s Levi’s jacket that we all knew and loved. The reign of Levi’s has come to an end, and with it, a new generation of denim jackets has taken center-stage. The denim jacket of today is much more sophisticated. More of a blazer, really, than a jacket. And this wardrobe staple can take your closet in a new direction if you just know how to use it.
A quality denim jacket is the perfect wardrobe staple because it has a medium level of casuality. If it is shaped like a blazer, it will look polished, but the denim will keep it fun and functional. A denim jacket can be paired with slacks, dresses, and skirts to add an unexpected twist to a well loved outfit. (Just remember not to pair your denim jacket with denim, or the fashion police will come after you!)
Now that you know how a denim jacket can remix your wardrobe, it is time to make your purchase. Here are a few rules to help you in your search. 1) Only buy a jacket that compliments your body shape. 2) Look for a denim that enhances your coloring. There are light and dark denim jackets, as well as a variety of shades of blue to choose from. 3) Buy a denim jacket that reflects your sense of style.
Here is a picture of the denim jacket that is currentlyhanging in my closet. I purchased it at Anthropologie a couple of years ago. It is contoured so that it enhances my waistline, it is a medium blue shade to compliment my coloring, and it has ruffles along the edges that reflect my preference toward romantic styles of clothing.
You don’t have to be bored by your closet. Mix it up with my wardrobe staple. Happy denim jacket hunting!