The Essentials: Denim Jacket


What’s a more classic staple than a denim jacket? It has gone through its phases, had some ups and downs, but ultimately just keeps on getting better. With so much inspiration from celebrities to your local townie, denim jackets seem to be everywhere and are only going to get more popular as the weather warms up.

There are a number of denim jacket styles, but as of right now the bigger and more fucked up it looks, the better. I love this style because it’s actually so versatile. It can be worn with workout leggings, sneakers, and a casual tee (the lazy college girl go-to). Or you can throw it over a minimally-clothed outfit that maybe you shouldn’t be wearing out on a Saturday night in the middle of January.

Another favorite of mine is the denim on denim trend. I find that some people are completely terrified of rocking the Canadian tuxedo look. But why? Britney and Justin clearly rocked the shit out of it back in 2001. The key here is to throw in different shades of denim, so you might have a light washed pair of jeans and a darker, more destroyed jacket. Take those fashion risks and don’t overthink it! I promise no one but generation X might call you out on how “’80s” you look (even though you know damn well that they still have one somewhere in the back of their closet).

Check out the links below for some shopping suggestions!

NSF Cliq Jacket @ Revolve

Lovers + Friends James Denim Jacket @ Revolve

Oversized Denim Jacket @ Zara

Distressed Denim Jacket @ Forever 21

BDG 80’s Denim Trucker Jacket @ Urban Outfitters


Campus style: velvet


Kate Moss in a crushed velvet jacket – 1998


I truly never thought that I would see fashions from the 1990s coming back in 2016, but many of the trends for this season are inspired by the best aspects of that decade. As a girl in college, I see 90s trends everywhere. From crop tops and mom jeans, to chokers and slip dresses, these styles are the go-to for a stylish night-out look. Another amazing style from the 90s that I am seeing young women wear is velvet and crushed velvet. At first I was a bit horrified, as it reminded me of the dreadful velvet gaucho pants I used to wear as a child. But as I see trendsetters like Danielle Bernstein rock this fabric, the updated version is actually pretty sexy.

There are dozens of different ways to wear velvet, but remember when wearing this bold trend, try to keep it to a minimum. This means wearing one article of clothing that is made out of this luxurious material. Also, it looks fantastic when you keep the rest of the outfit simple and let the velvet make the statement.

Whether you’re willing to try this trend with a simple velvet choker or crushed velvet thigh-high boots, gather some inspiration from the styles below!

Forever 21 Velvet Lace-Up Mini Skirt

Forever 21 Velvet Halter Bodysuit 

Urban Outfitters Velvet Fit + Flare Romper

Steve Madden Velvet Ankle Booties 

Frasier Sterling Midnight Moon Velvet Choker

Crosswalk Leopard Velvet Ankle Bootie

Ivory Velvet Thigh-High Boots

Midnight Oil Velvet Jumpsuit

Free People Velvet Jumper

Free People Burnout Velvet Pants