Wish you could score James Dean’s style? We asked London blogger Nik James S  to share his tips for sporting a classic denim jacket! Follow his style secrets to pull off denim on denim for any season.

Ever since the 2001 American Music Awards, styling denim jackets has become much harder. Britney, Justin – I’m looking at you. Nevertheless I adore denim jackets, and as of recently they have become a staple in my wardrobe. Here are a few tips on how I like to style them:

To double-denim or not? That is the question.


Personally I think the double-denim look can go one way or another. Either ‘Britney & Justin’ (I hope you know what I’m talking about, as I feel this reference is going to come up a lot in this article), or ‘Wearing a denim jacket is no big deal.’ I always try to go for the latter.

A way to combat the negative connotations of double-denim is by making sure to use different washes. I usually go for a black wash pair of jeans, and a blue wash for the jacket. One of my personal favorite ways of styling an outfit with these two pieces is by going all black.

The perfect combo: black and denim.


Creating an all-black look draws the eye to the denim jacket, and gives the impression that you know what you’re doing! Again, going for opposing textures throughout your outfit, prevents you from running the risk of looking boring, or dull. Textures create a much more pleasing aesthetic to the eye.

For a more fashion-forward look, I would recommend going for similar washes. I bet you’re thinking, ‘Whoa major contradiction.’ However, by choosing two washes that are similar but still distinct, you create a higher-end look. One of the best ways to pull off a similar wash look is to find a jacket with a lining. Borg-lined jackets are my favorite, and are absolutely perfect for the type of weather we are currently experiencing. By wearing a borg-lined jacket, it breaks up the outfit and creates a smarter look.

Another way to break up the double-denim effect is to see that one piece of denim is distressed. Be careful here, though – you don’t want to look like you’ve just been mauled by a bear, so make sure that you either stick with a distressed jacket, or a distressed jean.

Layering is key.


As denim jackets are considered jackets, I think people are often too scared to begin to layer them under a coat. Although, layering a denim jacket without any lining underneath an overcoat, results in an interesting look. It gives a more youthful and experimental vibe that can really work for some people. But I would be sure to stick to thinner denim jackets and coats, as you don’t want to run the risk of overheating and melting away.

If this article has inspired you to style any denim jacket looks, then make sure to tweet me a picture (@nikjamess), or tag me on Instagram (@nik.jamess) as I would love to see what kind of styles you’ve created!

Thank you Nik James for your awesome advice! Keep up with his blog and see his outfits on the ClosetSpace lookbook.

  • http://splitneedles.blogspot.com/ Sheila

    great post, and yes the Justin and Britney Canadian tuxedo will live in infamy!


    • http://nikjamess.blogpot.co.uk Nik

      Thank you so much for reading! Never forget – haha.

  • http://www.lemontierres.com Lemontierres

    Congragulations Nik, and what a good post! Much love, Sjoukje :-)

    • http://nikjamess.blogpot.co.uk Nik

      Thank you Sjoukje!

  • http://amongstthorns.blogspot.co.uk Emily Dimond

    Well done Nik this post is great! Your tips on styling denim are so good, I couldn’t have said it better myself;) x

    • http://nikjamess.blogpot.co.uk Nik

      Thank you so much Emily! x

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