Best Oversized Denim Jackets: 21 Summer Oversized Denim Jackets
One tricky thing about getting dressed during summer is mastering the art of layering. If you're somewhere where it tends to cool off during the evenings (or your office is a little aggressive with the AC), you'll need a little something that will keep you just warm enough but that still manages to work with the rest of your summer wardrobe. Enter: the oversized denim jacket.
"Styling something oversized is inherently an exercise in playing with proportion," Corey Robinson, senior vice president, head of design and merchandising at Abercrombie & Fitch, tells BAZAAR.com. He adds that an oversized style can be great for balancing out fitted pieces like minidresses or bike shorts—staples in the warm weather rotation.
While you may be most familiar with the '90s-inspired, structured silhouette, this season you'll find a wide variety of design options in the denim outerwear space, which means that you can tailor your ideal jacket to your summer aesthetic—whether it skews more cottagecore or you prefer sportier pieces. "There are various versions of this style from big and boxy to a vintage trucker style or more of a boyfriend look," says Alissa Friedman, senior public relations and marketing manager at Mavi. "So think about your personal style and what would best complement your day-to-day looks. If you're planning to opt for denim on denim, styling your jacket with jeans or cutoffs, try contrasting washes up top and on the bottom so the final look isn't too matchy-matchy."
Also, Robinson adds, be sure to keep the denim's weight in mind. "For a softer look, seek out a jacket that has some drape to it—these are most often the jackets constructed from lighter weight materials that have some flow and movement to them," he says. "For something that looks a bit more authentic and has some structure to it, like you pulled it from the rack of a vintage store, seek out something crafted from a heavier, more rigid type of denim."
Ahead, shop 21 options to help you embrace the oversized look this season.
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1 of July 2022