4 Key Techniques to Layering Your Denim Jacket

by JJ
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Denim jackets are a wardrobe necessity that will take you through the whole year as it’s adaptability can guide you through each season. Here’s our key layering techniques so you can master the denim jacket.

On appearance, you may think that denim jackets and their layering techniques are something that should be left to catwalks and glossy magazines. But that’s where you’re wrong. Any man, and in fact all men, should layer their denim jackets – and if you’ve just said “what denim jacket?”, leave now and buy one.

Many of us are afraid to layer clothes for fear of looking bigger and bulkier than we actually are. Whilst the logic would seem that this is true, if you’ve mastered the art of layering, this couldn’t actually be further from the truth. A perfectly layered look will compliment your body, giving you the ultimate swag you need.

Quick Tips for the Layering Technique

Denim jackets look best when layered, and with these simple tips you’ll have all the key techniques that you need, to win at life.

  1. Start with a basic, lightweight top. Neutral colours work best, or alternatively a nautical, striped theme tee. Make sure you’ve got a big bundle of plain and simple tees, because in the fashion world, these are everything but plain and simple.
  2. Next add another layer in the form of a cardigan or sweater. If you’re a fun, out-there, colour loving guy than here’s your chance to mix in a bold jumper. However, if this doesn’t float your boat, a black knitted jumper will work equally well.
  3. Now, it’s time for the magic. The denim jacket as they call it. The crème de la crème, the cherry on the top… Okay we’ll stop. Put your denim jacket on.
  4. For the next layer, you want to add a scarf. It’s like the frosting on a cupcake. Okay, we’ll stop.
  5. Finally, add some accessories in the form of jewellery or watches.

Remember Your Key Piece

When layering a denim jacket, you must remember that your key piece is the jacket itself – don’t go layering a blazer jacket over the top. In this instance, the denim jacket is the most important thing.

Start with a basic long sleeved crew-neck or button up shirt, then add a cardigan or hoodie, and then add your jean jacket to finish off the look. If you were focusing your look on a patterned shirt, then still make sure the denim jacket takes centre stage.

Don’t be afraid to play the denim field

Whilst you should keep the under layers more fitted to keep your shape looking slim, there’s no reason why you can’t play with the denim jacket. Try oversized, normal sized, black denim, distressed denim, but never, ever cropped. If you’re concerned about your waistline, try a belt on your trousers to break up your look and what’s more, watch it break up your insecurities.

Length and proportion is key when layering and if you’re feeling confident with your new denim buddy, why not play with texture? It’s best to incorporate a mix of materials when styling a layered look. If you use all of the same fabrics, you’ll come off looking dowdy and heavy, like Helen in the library. If you mix things up, you’ll look better than Kanye West thinks he looks. Note: We said think.

Adapt the layering techniques for yourself

You’ve come this far but you might still be thinking that this technique will only work as part of an editorial look – the kind where a beautiful human being can only pull it off because they’re sitting absolutely still, with the right lighting, make up and touch ups. Ouch. But you’re wrong…

The best place to start is with a thinner denim jacket, as this will enable you to layer it, without it looking as though you have stuffed a Christmas turkey and 7 Easter eggs into your clothes. Choose a style that suits you – whether it’s oversized or the traditional denim jacket. If you’ve never tried the ripped denim look, buying a distressed denim jacket with studded metal accessories probably isn’t going to be the one.

We’re going to leave the next decision in your hands, because it’s important to fly the nest a little and learn how to adapt any fashion trend for yourself. The wash or colour is entirely up to you, but a mid to light wash will probably work the best.

Okay so we sort of helped you. If you’re seriously edgy, then you can probably pull of white, but lets imagine that you can’t, so go for a mid wash blue. This will ensure that your jacket will match dark denim jeans and a variety of trousers. You can thank us another day.

Final Note

Once you’ve mastered the denim jacket layering technique, you’ll have almost mastered life. There’s a reason that the denim jacket trend has been around for 130 years, so these key layering techniques should definitely take priority in your brain space. Move over algebra; make space for the new hottest theory, which is actually needed in life.

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