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The Best Denim Jackets for Fall

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While I was in college, I worked in a high-end boutique in Philadelphia. I ended up running the store for a few years after graduation. At the time, though, I was a lowly “salesgirl,” making a few dollars an hour and commission.

The owner let us buy clothes (that I couldn’t afford) off of our commission. We could take the clothes and pay off our account as our monthly commission accumulated, like the opposite of layaway.

It wasn’t until years later that I realized he let us use pre-tax dollars. Despite the blatant breaking of tax laws, I thought this scenario was incredible and took full advantage.

My mom called it, “Megan Math” since I convinced myself that because I was getting clothes with my commission, I was, somehow, saving money.

Luckily my aptitude for accounting became better with age. But my wardrobe has never been as fantastic as it was when I was 20.

The Classic Denim Jacket 

It was here that I bought my first grown-up denim jacket with a mandarin stand-up collar and a lived-in wash for $168. I remember exactly how much because I had never spent that much money on one piece of clothing. In 2000, that was on the high end of things for anyone. For a college student living in a dilapidated sorority house, it was insane.

But I loved it and wore it for over 15 years, throughout college, different jobs, early married life, pregnancies – everything. A few years ago, I replaced it with my current jacket. That’s how long you can get out of a better basic. 

This time of year, a denim jacket is essential for transitioning your wardrobe between seasons. You can make any late summer outfit ready for the fall by merely throwing one over your shoulders. Which is what I did here, 

Wardrobe Essential: The Denim Jacket 

The Best Denim Jackets for Fall

I’ve had this denim jacket for a few years now. Luckily, KUT still makes it for $79. I wear it all the time, over dresses, black pants, leggings. It gets just as much use paired with a baseball hat for a Target run as it does with a heel to grab drinks outside on a chilly fall night. 

Versatility is key in building a timeless wardrobe. Of course, it’s rare to find something you can wear for so long without it starting to look dated. With a denim jacket, if you keep the lines and styling clean and simple, you’ll wear it for years and years. 

Today, I rounded up my top three favorites that will have a lasting impact on your wardrobe and won’t break the bank- in missy, plus and petite. 

The Best Denim Jackets for Fall 

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The Best Denim Jackets for Fall

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Monday 16th of September 2019

Great design and will go with everything I own! I’ll start shopping. Thanks for your reply :-)

Marilyn Picado

Wednesday 11th of September 2019

I love the idea...


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Denim jackets look too casual for my sleek style. Is there another type of jacket that would be just as versatile as the denim jacket?

PS – I just joined the wardrobe challenge on Facebook. Looking forward to it!

Megan Kristel

Tuesday 10th of September 2019

I would go for a motto jacket, wear it the same way, it's just a bit more elevated. :)


Tuesday 10th of September 2019

Is there a particular denim jacket you would recommend for women with a short torso?