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Jean Jackets an Ageless Wardrobe Staple.

Denim jackets or jean jackets, whatever you call them, they’re something many of us have had in our wardrobes since we were kids. Back in the day, I had one embroidered with “Do The Hustle” Total 70’s child, right? Maybe colors and washes have changed a little over the years but denim jackets have been a constant workhorse in every decade. On top of that, they’re ageless. I have clients from age 13 to age 83 that can vouch, it’s a tried and true piece. A wardrobe must-have for women (and yes, even men) of any age. 

But here’s the thing, just like the silhouette of denim on the bottom, aka jeans, changes over time, so does denim on the top, aka the jean jacket. To keep up with the times, the denim jacket can end up being long, short, frayed, dark, light, stitched, or embellished. But a good old fashioned medium wash jean jacket ain’t goin’ nowhere.  It’s a piece that always works no matter the year, month, or day. 

Why A Utility Jacket?

A utility jacket is an uber useful piece in a well-edited wardrobe. Why? Because a utility jacket is like the understudy to the jean jacket. Just like a denim jacket, it isn’t too dressy and it isn’t too casual. It has the power to take “dressy” things down a notch AND to make “casual” things feel more elevated.

Sometimes, when Elana’s not available, I’ll bring the super creative and stylish Nancy (aka Fancy Nancy) to assist with clients. She jokes that her solution to making all outfits work is to “just throw a jean jacket on” and you instantly feel cool. Truthfully, Nancy is right – it’s a pretty magical piece! Now, I have to ask her if she feels the same way about a utility jacket. I’m thinking she probably does.

Your New Wardrobe BFF

Let’s say you already have a jean jacket (or two) and you wear the heck out of it – as you should because of all the reasons I stated above. You’ve got a dark wash and a light wash both covered, maybe even a cropped version and they fit perfectly into your “uniform”. But you’re getting a little tired and want to change things up a bit. THEN THE UTILITY JACKET WILL BE YOUR NEW BFF!

How to wear a Utility Jacket

Literally, you just need to swap out your jean jacket for a utility jacket and you’re all set. It’s that easy! Shorts and a t-shirt? YES. Over a sundress? YES. Over athleisure? YES. Over a whole black outfit? YES.

And the best part is when you’re wearing actual jeans, you don’t have the question about should I double jean or not?? When you wear a utility jacket it’s a non-issue – woot-woot!