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Ask the Strategist: I Want an Oversize Jean Jacket Like the Cool Girls at School

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In our advice column, Ask the Strategist, we take your most burning shopping questions and quiz our friends, scour the internet, call up experts, and draw from personal experience to answer them. As always, please comment with one of your own — we’re here to help.

Question: I’ve been eyeing the cool girls at my university who tend to have an everyday, slightly oversize denim or corduroy (or the like) jacket that they cart around everywhere. I’m looking for something like that, something affordable that goes with every outfit, that I can easily slap on outside when it’s chilly and indoors when it’s not (New York air-conditioning tends to overcompensate). I’ve seen a lot of Sherpa linings lately, which are cute, but I don’t want anything too heavy as summer approaches. Thoughts?

First things first, ditch the Sherpa lining. It’s spring-slash-summer and it’s time to embrace that. Same goes for corduroy, which is too fall for right now.

But some oversize denim? We’re pretty excited about that over here. Which is why when my colleague Dana passed along this question, she already had an answer for it. “I’m actually a fan of the new Everlane jean jacket,” she said. You can buy it for whatever fit you want, so small or extra small is still a little big, but medium to large is very oversize.” It’s also in the important affordable under-$100 price range.

The Denim Jacket
$88 at Everlane
Oversize Denim Jacket
$128 at Nordstrom

I’ve also gathered a few other options you might be interested in. We’ll move on to Madewell, a brand always talking about its denim, and it has a jacket specifically for you. This one comes in weathered denim and it’s meant to be layered over everything.

The Oversize Jean Jacket in Lunar Wash
$128 at Madewell

It also comes in black.

Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket
$65 at Spring

Levi’s version of the look is called the ex-boyfriend, and it’s got a bigger, longer, and looser fit than the brand’s traditional trucker jacket. It comes in a couple more washes than the one pictured here: a lighter denim one, and a super washed-out, almost white one. And at $65, it’s an easy buy.

Vintage Bleached-Out Denim Jacket
$79 at Spring

I love a more bleached-out color for summer, too, and Urban Renewal is selling this vintage one with really relaxed fits.

Oversize Jacket
$198 at Nordstrom

This Naked and Famous jacket looks just like the Urban Renewal one, but it’s not vintage. Not that it’s designed for men, but get it in a size small and you’re good to go.

Oversized Denim Jacket in Judd Wash
$195 at Need Supply Co.

Need Supply designed a crisper jacket in a more traditional denim wash that reads a bit more fancy, if you need something nicer for the office.

Oversized Denim Jacket
$350 at Saks Fifth Avenue

Rag & Bone offers the distressed look.

Lamp Oversized Denim Jacket
$430 at Net-A-Porter

And then there’s Acne, which is expensive, yes, but also has those clean lines that add just a little bit of flair to the tried-and-true denim jacket. I also love this washed-out blue color. Would buy.

Carhartt WIP Denim Jacket
$165 at Asos

Instead of corduroy or Sherpa, think new styles like chore and work coats, which offer new shapes to the typical denim jacket. They’re a bit more lightweight, too. And of course, the classic chore coat has to be Carhartt WIP.

Button-Front Denim Chore Jacket for Women
$40 at Old Navy

And here’s the same look from Old Navy at a much more affordable price point.

Josette Coat
$128 at Spring

Levi’s makes this Josette jacket, which is a longer menswear-inspired silhouette, but it’s still thin and lightweight enough for the warmest months you’ll want to wear it.

Soft Cotton Blend Denim Jacket
$258 at Nordstrom

A little Eileen with the soft cotton blend.

Vintage 1950s Oversized Work Jacket
$59 at Urban Outfitters

And Urban makes a work jacket in a similar color as the above, another slightly alternative take to the traditional oversize denim jacket.

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Ask the Strategist: I Want an Oversize Jean Jacket