I never thought I’d go to the likes of Kelly Kapowski or Clarissa Darling for fashion advice, but it seems that one of the biggest trends from the eighties and nineties is back. A lot of today’s clothing like crop tops and leggings do nod toward a pre-millennium style, but the biggest trend that is back with a vengeance is the jean jacket. Although the jean jacket was still seen in the early 2000′s, it was already an endangered species. After that, jean jacket spottings were rare. Every once in a while one would fly by on the back of a middle-aged motorcyclist, but those guys aren’t exactly my fashion idols.
Everyone loves a comeback; and even though I’m not one to jump on bandwagons, I catapulted myself onto this denim covered caravan in a hot second. The reinvented jean jacket is slimmer and sleeker than its puffy, bedazzled ancestor, while still retaining a classically rough charm. Besides being stylish and animal friendly, this garment is also wallet friendly. Jean jackets typically cost thirty dollars or more (I got mine for fifty), but its versatility is priceless.
I was skeptical of the “denim on top” look until I realized that jean jackets are the perfect dress “casualizer.” The jean jacket says, “Yes, my girl looks good, AND SHE DIDN’T EVEN TRY.” Aren’t we all trying to achieve the look of natural perfection? I know that I spend my entire life trying to convince others that I rolled out of bed looking…nothing like the way I actually look in the morning. And with all the women I’ve seen sporting the pretty dress and jean jacket combo, I must not be alone.
Of course, with any new trend, one must be weary of overdoing it. I’m still not a fan of denim on denim, so I never pair my jean jacket with blue jeans, even if the washes are different. Although I have yet to try it, I’d like to pair a jean jacket with printed or neon jeans. So, what do you guys think about this new trend? Are you already swathed in denim or do you wish the jean jacket had stayed in the closet with the shiny leotards and scrunchies?