It never went out of style, but denim jackets constantly get modern updates to stay relevant.

Denim jackets never go out of style, but that’s no excuse for them to look boring. Especially in 2020, when there are plenty of other fashion trends to play around with — think trippy tie-dye and artistic patchworks. You’re not limited to DIY options either. Street style stars like Bella Hadid and Rihanna have proven that the wardrobe staple, often worn casually on off-duty days, can be double-duty pieces that suit your more refined ensembles.

As with most timeless pieces, the denim jacket is indeed versatile enough to experiment with. Now’s the best time to start: designer brands like Balmain, Celine and Dior have all worked the humble garment into their collections for the season, so you have plenty of inspiration to draw from.

Whether you’re doing denim on denim, or going for a jacket washed in a colour that isn’t blue, we’ve broken down all the style tips for you to pull it off — as well the best jackets to do so with.

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This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore

1
Agolde oversized denim jacket

White denim — which is very much in — is just as easy to work with as classic denim. You can go with a head-to-toe white denim look, pairing this Agolde jacket with matching jeans. Alternatively, you can stick to a palette of neutral colours, such as beige or grey, when choosing your top, pants and shoes (sneakers are highly recommended).

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Price
RM899
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2
Won Hundred denim jacket

This denim jacket has been faded and distressed, giving it a cool, worn look. What’s even cooler are its sleeves, which are cut for a straight fit and are wide enough to roll up as you please. Go double denim with a pair of blue jeans and some strappy sandals.

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Price
RM1,186
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3
Marques'Almeida frayed acid-wash denim jacket

Denim jackets can be just as edgy as their leather counterpart. Case in point: this Marques’Almeida piece, which has a frayed neckline in place of a collar and has been acid-washed in blue and purple dye. Even more unexpected is the peplum hem, which gives it an asymmetric appearance. The jacket is held together by a very big (and very punk) safety pin; open it up to show off a tank and a miniskirt.

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Price
RM1,385
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4
MSGM tie-dye denim jacket

This jacket marries denim with another 2020 trend: tie-dye. Instead of the psychedelic swirls you see everywhere, this MSGM jacket features a rugged pattern that gives it a tough attitude. Complete the fit with stylish leather pants and a pair of boots.

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Price
RM1,519
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5
Alexander Wang cropped denim jacket

The denim jacket may be an everyday piece, but a darker wash gives it a “dressed up” look that will work well into the night. This Alexander Wang jacket has been dyed to make it look vintage so it’ll go nicely with a band tee, but for an office-ready look, just style it with a pair of high-waisted, wide-leg pants.

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Price
RM1,741
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6
Acne Studios oversized frayed patchwork organic denim jacket

Patchwork is an artisanal approach to make denim more interesting, but it can also be sustainable — especially if you’re working with panels of organic denim, like in this Acne Studios jacket. The piece makes a statement on its own, so all you’ll need to do is layer it over a plain tee.

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Price
RM1,882
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7
Marine Serre collarless recycled-cotton denim jacket

Prints can be tricky to work with, especially so on denim jackets. Your best bet is something subtle, like Marine Serre’s instantly recognisable moon print. The French designer has also taken the liberty of reimagining the staple jacket, giving it a cinched waistline and stripping it of its collar for a dressier V-neckline. With these tweaks, you can wear the recycled cotton jacket as a top on its own.

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Price
RM5,370
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