You know I think most supposed “Must Have” items are bogus (white shirts, little black dresses, etc)  but a jean jacket does seem to be an “Everybody” piece — and one I loved on other people but could never find for my own wardrobe.  Not for lack of trying; I’ve bought several over the years but never found them flattering or comfortable and eventualy donated them to my favorite resale store.  Then I found this one …

My new favorite shopping spot is – of all places – Dress Barn.  I’m super disappointed that the parent company is closing all the stores, so I’m stocking up on their matte jersey dresses while I still can.  When I was in the store last night picking up an online order, I saw this on a manequin.

Now we all know everything looks good on a mannquin (well OK, not EVERYTHING, but many things that don’t look so good on a real person), but I tried it on and it was a little slice of Heaven.  The cotton/rayon blend fabric is butter-soft and a small percentage of Lycra makes it as comfy to wear as an old sweater.  It’s shaped in a bit at the waist.  The yoke details emphasize shoulders while vertical details slim and elongate a person’s shilhouette.

The sizing runs a little large – I’m usually a Medium, but could atually button the XS and moved up to the S for a bit more wiggle room.

The color is a softer blue, so I can wear it with dark-wash jeans and not look like I was trying to match denims and missed the mark.  Of course I’ll layer it over dresses and lots of various separates too.

It is also distressed a bit – not enough to look junky, but enough to make it look like it’s been in the closet since college days.  OK – OK – not actually MY college days, but maybe yours.  Just for fun I photographed it with a scarf that I actually have owned since college.

If you need a jean jacket, check this one.  I try to always keep focus on how right the item is, and not the price.  So promise that when somebody compliments you on your cute jacket, you won’t tell them it was only $39.

Whether it’s this one or a jean jacket you alreay have in the closet,  I’d love to hear how  you mix/match it in your wardrobe.

NOTE: I do not have an affiliate relationship with this or any other retailer because I don’t want my recommendations to be influenced by potential financial gain.


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Patricia Clements on May 31, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I intend to make Janet Prey’s Pattern: Islander Sewing Systems Jacket Express available through a Craftsy/Blueprint class taught by Janet Prey. I like that the same video class teaches one to sew without pins. It should make a lovely Jeans Jacket.

  2. Lucy Beale Partridge on June 3, 2019 at 9:29 am

    This denim color doesn’t work near my face. The best jean jacket I ever had was aqua and it went with everything. Thanks for reminding me to try to find another one. Unfortunately, the first one was too small in the shoulders and not easy to wear.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 4, 2019 at 7:22 am

      I’ve never seen an aqua jean jacket, so lucky you. I suppose a person could over-dye a regular denim blue with a green dye and pull the color in an aqua diretion. Also Dress Barn does this very same jacket in white for summer so that could be dyed to any color. And I’m with you that comfort is the bottom line here. Since a jean jacket is supposed to be a throw-on-over-anything casual item, you just can’t put up with one that doesn’t feel good on your body.

  3. Ann Gosch on June 3, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    I also have a jean jacket that I love, which I got at Macy’s last year or the year before for a heckuva deal. Mine is a blend of cotton/rayon/poly/spandex, so it too has that butter soft feel that you mention, rather than being stiff, and so the subtle shape molds nicely to my shape rather than hanging stiffly away from the body.

    Mine is a darker indigo, so I generally wear it with black jeans, or also with non-jean pants in other colors. I took it to a conference earlier this year and wore it every day with black pants and different tops/scarves/brooches/earrings/bracelets. Great way to travel light! Here at home it works as a third layer in so many outfits, whether skirts or pants or shorts. It’s a great way to look put together without looking “corporate.” Or when you just need to toss on a light jacket for a little warmth.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 4, 2019 at 8:17 am

      I love all the ways you use yours – can’t wait to get mine into the active wardrobe rotation. Wondering if I could buy a duplicate of this one to dye a darker color?

  4. TC Ferrito on June 3, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I wear jean jackets a lot to work. A blouse and dress pants with a jean jacket is a funky work option. I have many, some that I’ve made and some that I’ve bought on sale. For one, I wanted a tone on tone embellishment. So I found embroidery thread in a faded denim color. Then I stitched out a sampler of all my decorative stitches on my machine in rows down the back panel. I’ve made many from the pattern By Popular Demand from Cutting Line Designs. I’m also going to try the Stevie Jacket from Style Arc and the Hampton Jean Jacket from Alina Designs.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on June 4, 2019 at 7:02 am

      TC – you are one of those woemn on who I look at jean jackets and love them – they are so totally YOU. And I love the ideas of embellishing one – how fun, event if it is a bit outside my usual comfort zone. I may just buy a second one an play around with that. Thanks for the inspiration.

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