Your One-Stop Shopping Guide To Summer's Best Denim Jackets

The Denim Jacket: Classic Boxy and Blue

Works Best With: No one thing, really. There's probably not much in your closet this bad boy doesn't match, so if you don't own any yet stop reading this and order one now.

Outfits to Avoid: Perhaps the only way this style can go awry is if you mix it with jeans in exactly the same wash. Denim-on-denim looks best when you've got some variety.

Click through to shop more classic boxy and blue denim jackets.

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No doubt about it, you can easily get by on just one standard—no bells, no whistles, no nothing but blue wash and brass buttons—jean jacket for the next three months. It's just heavy enough to keep you warm on chillier summer mornings and evenings, but not so much you'll overheat; the casual cut and color nicely balances out dressier outfits, yet works with laid-back ones as well. So that's what you need. Now let's talk about what you want.

How about denim outerwear with a little something special going on, like cheerful floral print or slightly oversized fit? Or an extra-shrunken style that hits just the right spot on a high-waisted skirt? You'll find these three styles and more (along with several classic options as well, obviously, because you should always, always, always invest in one of those first) in the my compete guide to jean jacket shopping in the slideshow above. Click through to stock up for the season.

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