This week we are going into detail about casual outfit formula 2: jeans with a jacket.

How to look great in casual clothes - formula 2 - Jeans with a jacket |

This is a favorite formula for many of you and one of the easiest ways to give your casual looks a more chic vibe.

I personally don’t wear this look so often anymore as I live in such in a hot climate, but it would be my go-to outfit when I lived in The Netherlands and Australia.

You may also like my guidelines on how to wear jeans after 40

For today’s look I selected another pair of jeans that were sent to me for review. They are the Bootcut Dark Denim blue jeans from Isabi.

I picked a size 12 (UK sizing) and they are very comfortable. The rise is a lot higher than any other jeans I own, so no ugly tummy rolls peeping out.

As you can see they are not mum jeans though and they look good with your top tucked in too.

They are actually really good for my vertical body type as they elongate my proportionally shorter legs. The fit is very comfortable and the jeans very stretchy, so I think I could have also fit into a size 10 which would give a closer fit.

If your measurements come up in between size as was the case with me, I would advise you to take the smaller size. They are the perfect height for me (I’m 5’7”) when I wear them with flats.

The first look is with my all-time favorite D&G casual short jacket that you have seen many times before here at 40+Style. Great for a casual on-the-go look.

How wear jeans with a jacket - Isabi Jeans with a blazer |

With my second jacket, a cream white blazer from Zara, the look becomes a lot dressier.

I emphasize the dressier look with a pair of printed ballerinas, doing a bit of pattern mixing with the top, belt and shoes. This look is still casual but could serve you for a lot more occasions, like casual Friday in the office.

Let’s take a look at the outfits you submitted.

How to look chic in jeans - dress them up with pumps and a golden jacket! |

White jeans with yellow jacket |

2 fabulous looks from Glenda (So What to Twenty) even though I’m not sure they still fit in the casual category as they are so chic. I absolutely adore that first look with the very on trend short golden jacket and the colorful statement necklace! The shoes are fab too.

blue jeans with coral cardigan |

Catherine (Joly Look) looks very stylish with these jeans and a coral cardigan. Love the shoes she paired with it!

blue jeans with reversible jacket |

How fun is this reversible jacket! Sunny (Home where story begins) calls is the “Perfect”  travel ready wardrobe item as it adds color and options. Shown here with jeans by New York & Company and sleeveless white T-tank.  Accessorized with a Ta Prohm recycled rice bag purse from Cambodia, contrasting scarfs (one handcrafted and beaded), bracelets and nude flats.

How to wear jeans with a jacket or cardigan | Chic up your jeans with a jacket or cardigan! |

Jeans and a jacket is one of Ana’s (Mrs American Made) favorite outfit formulas and as you expect she wears this style to perfection. My favorite of her 4 looks here is the last one. Love that combination of greyish/brwn jeans paired with the printed top and short jacket, fab shoes and red bag!

How to wear a jacket with jeans | Looking chic in jeans with a kimono | wearing jeans with a printed jacket |

Jeans and a jacket is one of Greetje’s (No fear of fashion) favorite looks as well. All these looks are fab but her jeans worn with a Japanese style kimono (middle right) really stands out!

Casual jeans becomes casual chic with a jacket and accessories | jeans with a jacket and cardigan |

Here is Linda with her favorite go-to outfit for a casual vibe. Love the relaxed chic looks with her boyfriend jeans combined with her jackets and accessories!

Wearing a jacket or cardigan with jeans |

Belen de Belle Epoque dressed up her ripped jeans to great effect.

darkjeanscreamjacket darkjeanswithcardigan coloredjeanswithajacket

Lorrraine looks very chic in her dark jeans with both jacket and her 2 cardigans while combining her jacket with colored jeans looks more playful and funky. Tough to pick a favorite!

Looking very chic with skinny jeans and a white blazer |

Finally, how chic does Laura (Buckle Button Zip) look in these jeans with white blazer and pumps. Great look!

Thanks ladies for submitting your photos. You all look fantastic!

Tips and takeaways for wearing jeans with a jacket or cardigan

  • You can make jeans as casual or chic as you like. It’s the ultimate wardrobe staple.
  • Jeans look good with short jackets, casual jackets, cardigans and blazers.
  • Want to make your look less casual opt for a chic short jacket (see Glenda) or a more classic blazer.
  • To add the chic factor wear heels with your jeans or an arty flat.
  • Accessories often add to the look. Use jewelry, belts, scarves or even a hat!
  • It’s great fun and very chic to combine your jeans and jacket with a printed top.
  • Or keep the top plain and wear a printed jacket .
  • It’s also very chic to keep your top and jacket in the same color as Laura’s outfit shows.

You may also like my guidelines on how to wear jeans after 40

Do you like this casual outfit formula? How do you like to pair your jeans?


Feature image by Abi


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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