Thursday, May 29, 2014

Save vs. Splurge: Denim Jacket

When I started this blog it was as a graduate student trying to figure out how to turn my pennies into a stylish closet. Now that I have a real person job (7th grade teacher), I am looking forward to sharing how I take the clothes I purchased during the student years & transitioning them to a more professional lifestyle. One of the items I know will stay with me for many years is my jean jacket.

I have both saved & splurged on a denim jacket. In high school I purchased a Gap jean jacket from eBay for super cheap (pretty sure that baby should now be considered vintage!) & just recently picked up a designer denim jacket from Paige.

Regardless of how much you spend, a jean jacket should definitely be a part of your wardrobe, I especially love wearing mine with skirts & dresses during the warmer months (we've talked about how kicking Southern air conditioners can be!)
also worn here: 1 // 2 // 3 


Paige Denim Jacket: red pencil skirt // black pencil skirt // yellow pencil skirt // yellow midi skirt


Is a jean jacket part of your Summer wardrobe? Did you save or did you splurge?

Still looking for the perfect denim jacket for you? Shop these picks at all price points:




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This post is in collaboration with the Credit Card Insider "Splurge vs. Save" series - it is always in style to save & live within your means!

23 comments:

  1. I really need to buy myself a new one! I totally agree, a jeans jacket should be in every woman's wardrobe!

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  2. Got to love a great jean jacket. I don't wear mine all that much

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  3. I have a really god one that I got at a half-price store! I don't ever really wear it so it's kind of a shame.
    www.theadoredlife.com

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  4. I need a new jean jacket so bad! Mine is really stiff and nothing i do will get it to soften up (short of wearing it more, i guess)... It's also really dark :(

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  5. I saved! It was really hard to find a denim jacket that fit right on me. But H&M came through for me and at an unbeatable price!

    Jen
    witsicle - a life & style blog

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  6. I absolutely LIVE in my denim jackets (both light wash and dark wash)! I saved on both of them from Gap & J. Crew. They go with everything!!!! Great Post.

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  7. My previous denim jacket was Izod and pretty cheap. It was good for many years, but finally bit the dust. I put the J.Crew factory version on my Christmas list and got it. I'd say it's halfway between a splurge and a save. Except for me it was free, because Christmas is the best!!

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  8. I have two denim jackets as well! A medium wash one from the Gap that I also picked up in high school! lol! And a few months ago I picked up a Kut from the Kloth light wash fitted one. Love them both and wear them all the time! They seriously go with everything!

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  9. I just got one at Target from the Merona line for $20 not too long ago. My only complaint is it doesn't have pockets besides the ones on the chest. Wore it yesterday!

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  10. Yeah, I need to get on that whole jean jacket trend. I haven't had one since elementary school!

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  11. I just bought my first denim jacket a couple weeks ago, and I definitely saved on it! It was origianlly $30 at Target but then I got it on clearance for $17! It's definitely going to be a staple with all my summer dresses this season!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  12. jean jackets are the best! i need to start wearing mine more often!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

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  13. I haven't owned one in years, but you make it look good!

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  14. I actually just replaced my regular jean jacket with a moto style one and I love it 10 times more. Its classic with a twist & just as versatile. This week on the blog I'm styling it 4 different ways!

    Maddy

    http://cassidylou.com

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  15. I absolutely love how you've styled the classic denim jacket. You really can't go wrong! Thanks also for the great shoutout. I'm so glad you've joined in the madness :)

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  16. Love your denim roundup. Because I'm short, it's hard to find the right jacket but I found one a few weeks ago at Madewell, sized down, and I love it!

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  17. great post!! i couldnt even tell which was the splurge and the save!! what a great find on ebay =)

    www.lesley-kim.com

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  18. I've had the toughest time finding a denim jacket that I love! A lot of them look really boxy on me, and I hate when they're really stiff. I found a great one at J. Crew with the perfect faded shade and a ton of stretch, but I've been holding off because of the price point. You're reallllly making me want to buy it now. You have so many great denim jacket looks!


    Kaitlin
    www.teaandsequins.com

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  19. Love this round up of looks! Very helpful. - J

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  20. Now that you have a designer denim jacket, do you feel it's of better quality or worth the hefty price tag compared to the trusty Gap jacket?

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  21. Great question! I do think that the designer denim jacket is of a bit high quality construction, but that being said, I've happily had & worn my Gap jacket for 10+ years, and it still looks great! The only other big difference is that the Paige denim is softer and easier to work with (roll up the cuffs for example). My advice would be this - if you are a MEGA fan of denim jackets, probably worth it to splurge, otherwise, the middle of the road Gap option is great!
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  22. I am a graduate student transitioning into the "real world" so I completely understand where you're coming from! I am in between dressing professionally and still looking like a student. I love how you style the jean jacket with skirts to look a little more casual, especially that yellow midi!

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  23. Yay, I'm always happy to hear that others are in the same boat & finding my tips translatable to their own lives!
    xx

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