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The denim jacket, 3 ways

A denim jacket is just about the most versatile piece of clothing there is. Here’s how to pair it with three different looks.

Keep it simple

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For an easy, no-fuss approach, think basics — khakis and army greens. Pair army green shorts or pants with a classic boat neck stripped tee for a carefree and casual weekend option. Or go with a white shirt or blouse with a tan pencil skirt for the office.

Dress it up

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Full knee-length skirts have steadily become a popular street style trend. Although full, ’50s housewife-esque skirts evoke an otherwise girly feel, a denim jacket can bring it right back down to earth. A jacket mixes that delicate side with practicality to make “dressy” clothing individualized.

Another girly option that a denim jacket will tone down is a white summer day dress. Prolong your summer whites by throwing on a denim jacket when the air starts to get that crisp chill. Add some tough combat boots to perfectly transition an airy dress to appropriate autumn attire.

’90s Flash back

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The grunge days are making a comeback. This season there were floral, “granny print” dresses everywhere, from street style to the runways — this trend’s made a huge resurgence. Designers like Saint Laurent gave a nod to punk fashion by showcasing leather, lace, plaid and tiny floral patterns. To replicate the style, throw a jean jacket over an oversized plaid shirt and leather pants, or try a floral print dress and denim jacket. Even though floral dresses don’t scream “fall,” that’s where the jacket comes into play. With black tights and a jean jacket, a dress is acceptable to wear even as the temperature starts to dip.

For more options

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Sometimes a leather jacket just needs a rest. Swap it for a trusty denim jacket to get an equally grunge-worthy effect.

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