The ebbs and flows of the denim jacket clearly reveal how fashion reinvents itself decade after decade. Just when you think it is a relic, the good old denim jacket makes its comeback. In the 50s, it was popularized by the greasers. And in the 60s and 70s, Janis Joplin and the hippies laid their claim, wearing it to peace protests and rock festivals (sometimes even successfully pulling it off with a pair of jeans), and the greasers were all but forgotten.
Then, in the 80s, everyone wanted in on the jacket - the hair bands, the punks,
the princesses (armed with their bedazzlers), and everyone in between. It became so synonymous with the decade that at 80s parties across America there was sure to be a solid denim-jacket contingent. And in the 90s, Ralph Lauren borrowed the jacket out of the hands of the crazy kids, paired it with long prairie skirts, cowboy boots, and turquoise jewelry, and it suddenly seemed as though it was always meant to be worn the way.
Now, when we see them cropped and shrunken on the models and actresses of the moment, we abandon all notions of the past decades and set out to stake our claim on the old classic once again.
- Be extreme. It should either be really dark or really worn out.
- Buy it a size too small or find a really fitted model.
- In general, don't wear it with another piece of blue denim. The jean tuxedo is strictly for the cowboys. Who actually rodeo and herd cattle. But a blue jean jacket with white jeans is a definite yes!
- Every jean maker should have a version, but a few great sources include Levis, A.P.C., Diesel, Marc by Marc Jacobs. And of course, the vintage shops.