Fall Style

Style Guide: The Oversized Denim Jacket

When I say that I could live in denim, I’m really not exaggerating. For as long as I can remember, jeans have been my go-to, can’t-live-without-it staple. I love them with a t-shirt and sneakers, four inch heels and a silky blouse, and everything in between. When I spotted this fun oversized denim jacket from Zara, my first thought was actually, I can’t wait to pair it with jeans. I guess at this point it is just how my mind is wired. If you’re in search of an oversized denim jacket for fall, keep reading for a short guide on how to select one, and style it.

Finding the Right One

There are so many options out there, so when it comes to narrowing it down, here are a few things to consider:

Are you looking for something boxy like mine with more of a bat sleeve? Or would you prefer a jacket that is simply oversized everywhere in terms of the fit and length? When you’re playing around with oversized pieces, it’s always important to consider your height. If you are on the shorter side, something cropped like this one might be a better option so that you can strike a balance without overwhelming your petite frame. On the other end of the spectrum, a more traditionally oversized jacket like this one would be best suited for someone with a taller frame, as the wider fit, long length, and sleeves will look like more of a slouchy fit.

If you’re not fully on board with the oversized look just yet, but want something with a looser fit, consider ordering a more classic style one size up from what you normally wear. The jacket will fit looser, but will look far less pronounced, and you may still be able to add a few layers underneath.

Styling the Jacket

One of the most frequent style tips you will hear about styling a denim jacket is to – what else? – style it with denim. It is how I chose to style mine, and for the most part you can’t go wrong with jeans. Whether you choose a dark, contrasting wash like I did, or you opt to match the jacket more closely, there is just something about denim on denim that is effortlessly chic and stylish. For a comfier look, keep it simple with a classic pair of Levi’s like these. If you prefer to stick with a black jean, I love my cropped flare jeans from Mango.

If denim on denim isn’t your thing, here are a few alternatives:

Go full on edgy with a pair of faux leather pants or leggings – I love this pair of leggings for the added ankle zipper detail, but a more structured pair of pants like these would also look amazing.

Pair the jacket with a slip dress – You definitely have to be a bit more strategic when working with an oversized piece on top, so look for dresses that won’t overwhelm your frame, and instead concentrate on striking a balance between the two pieces. I love slip dresses for exactly this reason, as they make for a perfect base layer that you can easily build on. You can’t go wrong with a classic black dress, but I absolutely love this leopard print option for fall.

Outfit Details: Zara Jacket, Bodysuit (out of stock – similar top here) Jeans, Mules also love this pair, sunglasses (similar)

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