How to Wear a Formal Jacket with Jeans

One of the trickier questions I am often asked about fashion has to do with mixing formal and casual looks. Oftentimes you may have a favorite formal jacket that fits you perfectly, yet are rarely able to find the occasion to wear it.

formal jacket with jeans

Pairing this jacket with a pair of jeans may have never occurred to you, however it is the simplest way to tone down the formality of the jacket, as long as you abide by these simple rules.

Solid jeans only. Any holes, whiskers, or outlandish dyes will contradict too sharply with the sharpness of the coat.

Length and fit are crucial. If you are going to pair a formal jacket with jeans, make sure they fit you impeccably in the crotch and seat, and that the break of the pants is perfect, and not too long.

If at all possible, don’t wear visible socks. Forgoing your socks is the easiest way to make this appear easy and effortless, which is what this is about. If you will be wearing monk-straps, or shoes fashioned of a more structured leather, you can wear short foot-socks that are invisible to the casual onlooker or judgmental fashionista.


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