Should You Wear Denim Jeans With A Suit Jacket Or Blazer?

Should You Wear Denim Jeans With A Suit Jacket Or Blazer?

When to avoid wearing jeans with a jacket:

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How you can pull off wearing jeans with jacket?

1. Pair your blazer or sport coat only with your dressiest jeans. That means no holes and no used look. Also it’s really important that you have enough contrast between your sport coat and your jeans.

In terms of cut, a straight leg or maybe something that slightly tapered works best. Definitely avoid really baggy cuts as well as a bootcut. Also don’t cuff or pin roll your jeans because that’s simply too casual.

2. Rather than going with a navy blazer, instead branch out and maybe go with jackets that have different colors as well as patterns and materials because that’s more contrasting or interesting, but also more casual and it works better with jeans.

3. Make sure to wear your denim and your sport coat with casual shirts to bridge the gap formalities. Long-sleeve dress shirts are good but ideally you should avoid the most formal variations in solid white because they’re just too businesslike.

4. Wear the combination of jeans and sport coat with the right kind of shoes. Black oxfords are way too formal and not appropriate. At the same time boat shoes are too informal and should likewise be avoided.

What shoes should you wear?

Ideally go with brown tones or burgundy and oxblood. If you want to be a little more experimental you can think about olive green, grey or maybe navy.

In terms of styles, a classic derby shoe is good just like those burgundy derbies or olive green derbies. Alternatively, you could opt for loafers either tassel loafers or penny loafers. Another good options are monk straps such as those brown single monks with some broguing and a wingtip or those more fashion-forward double monks in burgundy.

If you want to go with oxfords go with brogues either half brogues or full brogues. Other good options include chukka boots or Chelsea boots.

In terms of leather texture, suede is really great to combine with jeans and a sport coat. Why? Simply because it’s a little more casual.

When should you not wear jeans and jacket together?

1. The biggest mistake I see men make in this situation is that they pair a traditional business suit with a pair of jeans they have. Particularly it’s that black business suit jacket or that pinstripe jacket that they wear with dark blue jeans and it just looks weird and odd.

2. Don’t combine jeans with a double-breasted business jacket. Double-breasted is typically more formal. However in recent years double-breasted jackets have become a lot more popular especially at Pitti Uomo. And if you have something that has a nice linen blend maybe with the Prince of Wales pattern and lighter colors, you can definitely combine them with jeans.

3. Never wear a t-shirt with jeans underneath a jacket because it’s a clash of formalities.

4. Never wear any kind of black shoes especially not black dress shoes with this combination because it looks out of place. Instead go with browns, tan tones, burgundy tones, greens or anything else but not black.

5. Jeans with a jacket are not ideal if you want to wear a tie, a bow tie or maybe an ascot simply because it would be too formal and a clash. Instead go with a pocket square or maybe a boutonniere because that creates a visual interest and it just creates for a more polished look.

6. Don’t wear jeans with a jacket if you want to have a formal dress shirt.

7. Don’t wear jeans and a sport coat if you don’t know the dress code or if you’re unsure about the formality at the event or the occasion you will wear it to.

During the colder months of the year, a tweed jacket
works really well with jeans simply because it’s more casual by definition. That being said there are tons of other jackets which are less formal and therefore equally as well suited to jeans as a tweed jacket. Some of them include a Panama jacket which is more of a summery jacket. Another one, the Harrington jacket.

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