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These 8 Denim Jacket Alternatives Will Instantly Elevate Your Outfits

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These 8 Denim Jacket Alternatives Will Instantly Elevate Your Outfits

Denim jacket has been a millennial essential always, but it’s also one of the most basic outerwear that is no longer serving them. In this post, I am sharing denim jacket alternatives that are stylish and comfortable. 

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Why Denim Jacket is Popular?

Here are a few reasons why denim jacket became popular in the 80s and became an essential for Millennials:

  1. It’s really easy to style with everything. You can wear it with casual outfits, dresses, skirts and more.
  2. It’s inexpensive. This is one of the biggest reason for this outerwear to become popular. 
  3. It’s easy to maintain. Just like jeans, a denim jacket is really easy to care for. 
  4. Perfect light layer. It’s light weight, so you can use it as a light layer all year. 

Why You Should Upgrade Your Denim Jacket?

There are plenty of them, but here are some of the best reasons you should swap your denim jacket:

  1. They have gotten basic. I am not talking about basic in terms of looks. If you notice, most brands don’t even care to reinvent this piece of clothing anymore. They all just look the same now no matter how expensive they are.
  2. They look like jeans on your upper body. This is my opinion, don’t hate me for it. I myself have worn them and styled them. You can checkout the where I have styled a cropped denim jacket. I did style it without jeans which brings me to my next point.
  3. Denim jacket with denim jeans looks ridiculous. Only models can pull it off, because they are carefully styled.
  4. They don’t look polished. If you are a Millennial, it’s time to dress a bit sophisticated and denim jackets will not give that look. Gen Zs look better than us, I am just saying.

This is all the reason your denim jacket looks frumpy and you should swap them with these alternatives that look elevated and are comfortable too.

What Are The Best Denim Jacket Alternatives?

Knitted Sweater Jacket

A knitted sweater jacket is like your chunky cardigans. They are knit texture that adds more detail to the look. 

They have the biker jacket collar details which makes them casual and edgy. But the open knit style gives a causal touch. And they also become lightweight. 

You can easily pair them with t shirts both full sleeves and short sleeves for everyday wear. But this jacket will look great with dresses and blouses too. 

I was actually torn on which color to pick from as it come in two more versatile shades. 

These styles of jackets are perfect for women who love casual styles.

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Tweed Jacket

Tweed is a great lightweight fabric that is not fully lightweight. It also looks really expensive and luxurious. This Tweed jacket from Mango has pockets making it appear casual and perfect for everyday wear. 

The cropped length is versatile, you can wear it with jeans and dresses too. But the tailored details are adding sophistication and with the buttons, this is a great denim jacket alternative which will upgrade your basic outfits. 

And the great part is that you just dont have to wear the denim color. This jacket comes in many different shades.

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Cropped Shirt Jacket

Denim jacket alternative - cropped shirt jacket
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Cropped Trench

This is perfect for this casual yet chic moments. A cropped trench jacket has the collar detail of the trench coat, but it’s cropped, so it actually looks casual. 

This is a great way to add some structure to your outfit without looking overly done. If that’s not your style, this is a great option for you. 

You can wear them with jeans, shorts and dresses without looking corporate. 

And you don’t need to pick one in neutral tan shade, try some fun shade like navy, pinks or more.

And once upon a time, they used to be called Peacoat. Funny isn’t it. And I had a couple of these. 

Cropped Trench
by @itsolivialevett
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Boucle Jacket

Boucle jackets originated with the rise of Coco Chanel as a fashion designer and have made its way back to all stores this year. This jacket has a classic round neck with tailoring details. And it does not only have to be in tweed. 

This Boucle jacket from White House Black Market is made of Nylon, Rayon and Spandex making it stretchy and lightweight. It’s the best spring and summer jacket that will add a light layering to your outfits. 

The pocket details make this jacket utilitarian. But the big buttons add the Chanel touch. It’s chic and classic and a perfect alternative to denim jackets. 

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Zipped Sweater Jacket

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Bomber Jacket

You can call them colored jackets as well if you find these picks. But honestly these are my new favorite. They no longer have the elastic wrist which looks ugly and not sophisticated.

This feature makes them versatile. And you can literally wear them with so many different outfits. 

The jacket also comes with some front utility pockets that makes is laid back and the cropped style adds versatility. You can wear this casually or throw it with a dress and look chic too. 

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Cardigan Jacket

The best thing that has happened to us. Basic cardigans have made a facelift with these cardigan jackets. But how are they different. 

They have prominent button details. And they are more relaxed than this basic cardigans we used to see like 5 years ago. 

This makes them versatile, but they also look really classy and sophisticated. So, if you are trying to get onboard a classy style, definitely give them a try.

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Still want to Wear a Denim Jacket?

Find out what are the best denim jacket styles.

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