Fall is finally upon us. In most parts of the country, we’re enjoying a seasonal cool down that brings crisp mornings, warm, yet comfortable days, and cool nights. Because of these fluctuations in temperature, when it comes to choosing what to wear, this time of year can be tricky. We think we’ve found the perfect outerwear for days like these and it’s the classic denim jacket.
Over the years, the denim jacket has gotten a bad rap. When worn as part of a “Canadian tuxedo,” it can be cringe worthy. When paired with canvas khakis, camo pants, or opposite color denim, however, it’s a smart option. Most denim jackets are constructed from mid-weight but still breathable fabric that will keep the chill out without the risk of perspiration. Another great feature that’ll help keep you cool is hidden within the sleeves. With a button at the cuff, jacket sleeves can be rolled up once if you’re getting warm, or all the way to the elbow for more of a laid back look.
Most denim jackets you’ll see in stores today have a tailored fit that’s a far cry from the jackets you remember wearing as a kid. If you’re concerned with fit, here are a few things to consider when picking up a denim jacket in your size:
Base the fit off of your shoulders. You want a jacket that fits well, so stay away from anything that looks too boxy in the shoulders.
The sleeves can be cuffed. Don’t worry if they’re a bit long.
Length is important. The bottom of your denim jacket should hit just at the hips or a little below to keep you proportionate. Too long will make you look short, and too short will look too small on you.
We made a few quick picks for denim jackets that would look great on any big guy. A “splurge” $80 Levis black denim jacket, generously cut and available in sizes to 5X at JCPenney. The mid-priced Sean Jean Block indigo jacket, perfect if you want to dress up the jacket a little, in sizes up to 3X at Macys. And our personal favorite, most traditional and a “steal” at only $39.94, the Old Navy Light Denim Jacket. [threecol_one]
No matter which denim jacket you choose, remember to wear it often to get that traditional worn in look. Beat it up a little, let it fade, whisker and fray. It’ll become your go-to outerwear in any seasonal transition.