Denim Jackets – And The Fears Thereof
I’m just going to put this out there, I’m scared. I am. Because the denim jacket is starting to permeate high street stores again, and they can be a minefield. To put it lightly.
That’s not to say I don’t like denim jackets, in fact I had one in my hand not two weeks ago and got all the way to the till before I bottled out, after doing an inventory of every pair of pants and t-shirt I own and deciding that a denim jacket would be an unwise addition. But, after doing some thinking, it may be the case that they are not the nightmare they’re perceived to be.
For most people (or maybe just me) the phrase double denim conjures up images of Jamie Bell tap dancing his merry way down some nameless street on a ninety degree incline in a jacket and pair of jeans that I can only assume were bought as a set since they were made from identical denim. But in this enlightened era who says double denim has to be a no go area? Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying adopt double denim as a signature look, I’m not putting my name to that idea at all. But, every now and again, especially for someone who lives in jeans. Double denim, when done right, can be feasible. A lot of it comes down to the wash, if you have to tackle DD make sure the washes are contrasting, if the jacket is stonewash make the jeans a dark indigo and vice-versa. To make the look even more legit try a jacket with a lining. Tread carefully though. And NO DENIM SHIRTS. Triple denim has it’s own place by the River Styx I’m dead sure.
A denim jacket it all about the fit. The fit, in turn, is all about the look you want. The best way is to think what you’d be wearing it with, and, if you manage not to back out, throw it back on the nearest rail and leave like I did then that will dictate what fit is best for you. Because DJs are somewhat of a niche item it’s usually the case that looks are constructed round them. If you’re after a country look, get a more roomy fit for pairing with heavy shirts etc. Also don’t forget the DJ is all about practicality, if it looks nice but you can’t move in it then it’s a bit pointless, believe me I learnt that one the hard way.
A lining can make a DJ that little bit different, but there are a few things to consider:
No lining – Looks better on a slimmer figure and is the most versatile option. Jackets with no liner can also be used as a layer underneath a heavier overcoat. Plus let’s face facts it’s probably the cheapest option too.
Flannel lining – If you really want that country, more manly look then by all means get a jacket with a flannel lining, it’s the best of both worlds but it needs bearing in mind that, like with any lining it will add some bulk to your frame.
Sheepskin lining - The manliest and bulkiest lining. Adds a lot of warmth to the jacket meaning it can be used as an alternative to a winter coat. Do bear in mind though that it will add a lot of bulk to your frame and rule the jacket out for layering purposes. But if you’re the outdoorsy type then go for it. Bonus points if the lining is made out of wool you sheared yourself. From your own sheep.
Always remember to buy according to what fit and wash will be the most practical. Though versatile the DJ can still be notoriously risky to pull off.
Remember if you’re going to tackle Double Denim then do it with care
Don’t wear it until it falls off your back, you don’t want to be known as ‘that denim jacket lad’, who would?
Happy wearing! Who knows, I might even be successful in buying one.