The jean jacket has become the go-to for days when it's too warm for a leather and too casual for a trench. Besides the classic Americana feel, the versatility is what really makes it a winner. From a denim-on-denim look for the weekend to a more refined nighttime style, a jean jacket can be your constant companion this season. Simply put, there are few occasions when it won’t come in handy. However you choose to wear it, it won't set you back more than $75.
For the Traditionalist
Rocawear Medium Wash Denim Jacket ($44, macys.com)
The slightly faded wash has a more laid-back feel, perfect for a spring day or chilly summer night. This is definitely a works-well-with-anything jacket, so the cost per wear ratio is remarkable.
For the Adventurer
Forever 21 Colored Denim Jacket ($40, forever21.com)
Investing serious cash in a bright denim jacket isn't necessary. This Forever 21 option is affordable and works well with a printed button down and neutral pants.
For the Trendsetter
Dr. Jay's Camo Denim Jacket ($50, drjays.com)
Prints are here to stay for fall, so get ahead of the curve with this camo and tribal panel jacket. It lacks an overall pattern, but still makes a statement without being overwhelming.
For the Cool Guy
ASOS Denim Bomber Jacket ($75, asos.com)
Made popular by World Wars I and II pilots, the bomber gets an upgrade with the 100% cotton denim and contrasting sleeves. Pair this outerwear with aviators for a modern meets vintage style.
For the Rule Breaker
Forever 21 Distressed Denim Jacket ($38, forever21.com)
Forget the antiquated rule of not wearing white after Labor Day. The material makes it wearable any time of year, from khakis with a rolled-up hem or your favorite work trousers.
—Patrice J. Williams
Patrice J. Williams is a NYC-based writer and budget style expert behind Looking Fly on a Dime. She dishes on fashionable, affordable solutions for those who want to look their best without maxing out their budget. Her motto is your style is never determined by your wallet. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for daily fashion updates.