There are strictly casual layering pieces – think cotton hoodies and nylon windbreakers – and then there are much more elevated choices like tweed blazers and leather bombers. But a denim jacket perfectly bridges the gap between casual and smart, and Reese Witherspoon just proved it.
The morning show The 46-year-old actress stepped out in New York this weekend in a very stylish outfit for this delicate time of year between summer and fall. Witherspoon was spotted out for a night out with husband Jim Toth wearing a sold out Draper James maxi dress, peep toe block heels and a medium wash denim jacket.
Buy it! Riders by Lee Indigo denim jacket, $37.99; amazon.com
While Witherspoon’s tiered maxi dress kept the breeze in, her denim jacket was the perfect weight for a late summer evening when a cool breeze could send an unexpected chill through the air. As the Where the Crawdads sing featured producer, denim jackets are a casual addition to pretty dresses, but they also complement linen pants, leggings, and even tracksuits for running errands on chilly fall days.
Buy it! Wrangler Authentics denim jacket, $32.79 (original $39.99); amazon.com
Celebrities have been wearing classic denim jackets for years: Zendaya often explores NYC in them, Blake Lively complemented her Atelier Versace rainbow dress with an oversized denim jacket for a movie premiere in February, and Meghan Markle Worn this timeless pick from Madewell multiple times since 2017. The Duchess of Sussex’ pick is currently sold out in most sizes, but this lighter version from the brand is just as versatile and stylish.
Buy it! Madewell the Jean Jacket in Medford Wash, $89.60 with code LONGWEEKEND (orig. $128); madewell.com
During those late summer and early fall weeks, bring a layering piece with you in case the temperature drops are crucial, and a denim jacket does the trick. Fancy a quick walk to a cafe? Throw on a denim jacket over your sports dress and get out there. Attending an al fresco dinner party and not sure if the breeze might pick up? Grab a denim jacket to be prepared.
There are a wide variety of options, from light wash styles to oversized silhouettes, priced from $33 to $138. Below, shop more denim jackets you’ll be sure to wear for years to come.
Buy it! Gap non-stretch denim jacket, $39.99; oldnavy.gap.com
Buy it! Mango denim jacket, $59.99; nordstrom.com
Buy it! Levi’s Original Trucker Jacket, $62.65 (originally $89.50); amazon.com
Buy it! Everlane the Modern Denim Jacket, $88; everlane.com
Buy it! Free People Opal Swing denim jacket, $98; freepeople.com
Buy it! Madewell the Cropped Trucker Jean Jacket in Woodlane Wash, $96.60 with code LONGWEEKEND (orig. $138); madewell.com
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