Probably the single most handy thing I have in my wardrobe is a denim jacket. It makes all sorts of otherwise unworkable things work – slightly revealing sundresses, which you had mentally already given to charity, are made whole again; worn with a white t shirt and a nice clean pair of joggers and snazzy white sneakers with perhaps a flash of colour somewhere, a denim jacket will let you hold your head up high on a warmish school run.

I get a lot of readers telling me that they are “too old” for a denim jacket, which is just such shit and I won’t stand for it. If you absolutely insist on making a concession to your age then maybe if you are, I don’t know, over 50 you might opt for a slightly darker wash. But that’s only if you would feel self-conscious in a denim jacket at all.

The only real rule that applies to denim jackets is, unless you are very confident, style-wise, possibly don’t put it together with jeans. I mean, I have seen people do double denim very effectively and I, personally, don’t like to be judgmental about such things but I concede it’s not for amateurs.

Here are some I like the look of…

This from Topshop:

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This darker wash from FatFace via JLP, absolutely perfect if you are for some reason a bit delusional about being “too old” for a denim jacket tsk:

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Good old H&M – always there when you need it – tons on there, have a rummage but this one is nice.

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Ooo look and another good one from H&M – slightly longer, with pockets … always handy – also comes in a darker wash, apologies for vair lazy screengrab:

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