I consider denim jackets to be a wardrobe essential. They allow you to dress down more formal pieces, complete a casual outfit, and keep you warm on days when there is a 20 degree difference between morning and afternoon. Denim jackets help you get more mileage out of your wardrobe, which is why I'm such a fan.
In San Diego, you can probably get away with wearing a jean jacket to many work environments. However, this is not ideal. Such a casual piece should be worn primarily for weekend worthy activities--think playgrounds, picnics, and pubs. A denim jacket is best paired with lightweight dresses, knit pants, and suede skirts.
Now that we know how and where to sport denim jackets, let's dive in and talk about the best ones Spring 2018 has to offer.
AG Robyn Denim Jacket
AG Robyn Denim Jacket, $198
First up, we have a perennial favorite, the AG 'Robyn' Denim Jacket. This one is quite stretchy and soft, making it more comfortable than most other denim jackets out there. I suggest ordering your usual size and a size up, as some clients find the arms to be tight. If you plan to layer long sleeves or sweaters under this one, definitely order the size up. Because of the shorter length and feminine cut, this jacket works well on petite women too.
Kut from the Kloth Helena Jacket
Kut from the Kloth Helena Denim Jacket, $79
Next up, we have the Helena Denim Jacket from Kut from the Kloth. Three of my personal styling clients have purchased this jacket recently. For those who love a lighter denim shade or a good 80's throwback, this garment is ideal. Like the AG version, it's quite soft. This jacket runs small, go up two sizes in order to layer easily. If you're planning on pairing this with tees, tanks, and sleeveless dresses, one size up should do the trick.
Mavi Jeans Samantha Denim Jacket
Mavi Jeans Samantha Denim Jacket, $118
If you want an even lighter denim topper, consider the Samantha jacket from Mavi Jeans. Like the others on this list, it is soft and comfortable. It runs true to size, but some may prefer sizing up for more layering possibilities.
Vince Camuto Classic Denim Jacket
Vince Camuto Classic Denim Jacket, $99
This classic denim jacket from Vince Camuto is one of those items that looks better in person. In a great medium-dark wash, with all the classic details, this is a great jacket for just under $100. Like most jackets on this list, I recommend sizing up, especially if you want to layer it over anything with sleeves.
Loft Collarless Denim Jacket
Loft Collarless Denim Jacket, $89.50
Who says your denim jacket has to be blue? Not me. This stylish white jacket from Loft has no collar and copper buttons, making it a style stand out. Just looking at this jacket makes me want to plan a picnic at La Jolla Shores. It screams warm weather and good times. It's a true white and runs large. Order a size down. It is also available in plus sizes.
Ann Taylor Ruffle Denim Jacket
Ann Taylor Ruffle Denim Jacket, $129
Just as a denim jacket doesn't need to be white, it doesn't need to be boring. This is another chic, collarless style from Ann Taylor. It is a bit dressier and more feminine than the other denim jackets on this list, so if your personal style tends toward the romantic, this might be the one for you. It runs true to size, and a bit narrow in the shoulders. Broad shouldered women should go up a size in this one.
Bagatelle Ruffled Denim Jacket
Bagatelle Ruffled Denim Jacket, $98
Another non-boring basic, this denim jacket features a fashion-forward shoulder treatment. It is also available in plus sizes. This style runs true to size, with very long arms. I nearly always long-suggest rolling them up, so this should not be an issue for shorter women. For long-limbed ladies, enjoy those longer sleeves.
Lucky Brand Cotton Denim Jacket
Lucky Brand Cotton Denim Trucker Jacket, $63.99-$79.50
We'll end on a classic, this basic denim jacket from Lucky Brand is frequently on sale at Macy's for around $64, making it quite the steal. The shorter sleeve length works well for petite women. This runs true size, and by now you know the drill: order a size up if you're planning on wearing this over thick sweaters or frilly dresses.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.