My Denim Jacket Collection

You know how sometimes when you love a piece of clothing, you buy it in multiple colors? When I was just out of college and I’d find a shirt I liked at a great price, you’d better believe I’d buy 2 or 3 of them and rotate them until they wore out.

Nowadays, I try not to do that because I’ve found that for me some of the magic of that one fabulous piece of clothing gets diluted when I have multiple versions.

However, when it comes to denim jackets, the more the merrier!

Fun fact: I actually wasn’t a big fan of denim jackets on me until probably the last 5 years. I wear a lot of jeans in my casual time, so the idea of doing the denim-on-denim combo was just not my thing. However, as I’ve gotten more into skirts and dresses, I’ve realized how wonderful a *special* denim jacket can be.

Even better, every single one of my denim jackets in my collection was bought secondhand!

Let’s check them out:

Denim Jacket #1: The classic denim jacket

This one is the most classic denim jacket in my closet, as it is a medium wash with no adornments. The brand is Pilcro and the Letterpress, which is Anthropologie’s ‘exclusive premium denim’ brand. I bought this at a consignment shop and I paid $25 for it. The casual, slouchy fit of this jacket makes it a great topper for pretty much anything and if you have to choose just one denim jacket for your closet, I’d go with one like this!

Denim Jacket #2: An artsy jacket

I picked up this dark blue denim jacket at the thrift store for just $15 and immediately decided to customize it for a fun artsy look. I bought a couple Kantha scarves off Poshmark, picked all my favorite bits, and custom sewed the back of this jacket completed with a little added embroidery (you can see the full process here) It turned out really cute and since it is such a dark blue this one is easy to pair with a medium wash pair of jeans, or any of the skirts and dresses in my closet.

Denim Jacket #3: A railroad stripe jacket

From far away, this jacket looks like a light blue… but once you get a little closer it is actually a railroad stripe, which is so fun.

This one is another Pilcro and the Letterpress jacket, by way of Poshmark. When I bought it, I bundled it with a pair of boots and only paid $40 for the whole order. If you’re in the market to add something similar to your wardrobe, I highly recommend doing a Poshmark search: for example, I would search by Anthropologie as the brand and then further refine down to ‘denim jacket’ before sorting by price (low to high) to see what treasures appear. This one has a bit of a higher back hem, so it looks extra cute with dresses.

Denim Jacket #4: A vintage embroidered jacket

This one was my most expensive secondhand denim jacket purchase, at $60. It’s a ‘vintage’ jacket with some super fabulous and intricate embroidery and I just became super obsessed with it before we went on our trip to Universal Studios earlier this year. The flowers give it such a fun look and it looks so great with a more casual t-shirt and skirt combo or a plainer dress look.

Denim Jacket #5: A shoulder studded jacket

This was another art project for me, as I was looking for a very plain denim jacket to customize with some spikes and sparkles. I found this one for just $8 and bought a pack of metal studs of Amazon to jazz the shoulders up a bit. It just adds a little extra fun to an otherwise plain jacket. Honestly, this one could probably be donated because I don’t wear it very often with my other more exciting denim options… but it’s not really taking up much space and the cost was very low, so it’s sticking around for now.

Denim Jacket #6: A beaded and sequin jacket

I guess this would count as my ‘fanciest’ denim jacket, with the mix of beads and sequins. The brand is Coldwater Creek and I thrifted this one for $10. The denim is a little more structured and while it does have a lot of pizazz going on, the colors are pretty subtle and neutral. This one gives me more fall/winter vibes (due to the colors and acorns), so I like it as topper to heavier fabrics and velvet.

Final Thoughts

If I had to rate them all, I’d say my favorites in order of most to least are the classic denim, the railroad denim, the vintage embroidered and then my artsy Kantha jacket. The ones that get the least wears from me are the shoulder studded jacket and the beaded/sequin jacket. Since I’m continuously looking at my closet with an editing eye, I’ll make a note in my phone that if I don’t reach for my last favorite options within the next 3-6 months, they’re getting added to my Poshmark closet.

And just for fun, here are a bunch of my denim jacket looks:

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My Style: October 2022

Finally, a full month of fall style before we rush right into the holiday season. The weather this month was just so perfect, with lots of crisp days and cool nights.

As often happens when October hits, it was a hectic and busy month for me between work and home. I had fun fall plans each weekend, ranging from a nephew birthday picnic at a brewery, to Oktoberfest at my sister’s house and a visit to a local farm. However, apparently, I didn’t bother to take any photos of my weekend outfits. I’ll try to do better next month!

You will notice jeans popping up more in my work outfits — when it gets chilly outside, I get grumpy. And when I’m grumpy, I tend to just reach for whatever is warm and comfortable. So… jeans.

Work Style:

Here are my work looks for the month. With this layout, if you want to see any look closer just click on it and the photo will blow up larger for you:

I probably don’t have too many more days of going out of the house bare-legged this year, so I expect my trusty tights to start making an appearance next month!

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October Thrift Haul

This month’s thrift haul is a little different… because I (gasp) didn’t go thrifting this month. I KNOW. What kind of crazy is this?! I did, however, buy a couple fabulous things off Poshmark. So, let’s take a look at my secondhand scores!

Anthropologie Dhruv Kapoor skirt, $99


I’ve been obsessed with my black and white Dhruv Kapoor skirt since I bought it secondhand last year, so when I saw a different colorway pop up on Poshmark I was intrigued. It was still new with the tags on it (retail $158) and I bought it for $99.

Are those thrift prices? Nope. But I knew I’d love the skirt and I decided to go ahead and treat myself. Also, it’s secondhand, so that’s pretty awesome!

Here’s my black and white version in action:

And here is my new skirt styled for work yesterday:

Anthropologie Chelsea boots, $80


Yup, another secondhand Anthropologie purchase. I pretty much wear my Taos combat boots nonstop during the winter and I thought it might be fun to mix it up a bit with a pair of Chelsea boots.

I did a bunch of searches on Poshmark for leather Chelsea boots that gave me something a little different and came across this green pair with chunky lug soles. I “liked” them on Poshmark and then moved on with my life, but kept coming back to drool over them. I ended up putting in an offer for $80, which the seller accepted. I couldn’t find this exact pair with an original Anthro listing, but similar boots on their website range from $160 – 200-ish.

I decided that since I technically didn’t NEED another pair of boots, I’d do a one-in, one-out and listed a pair of Frye boots from my closet that haven’t gotten much wear.

Speaking of my Poshmark closet

If you’ve been thinking about trying Poshmark, you can use my special invite code to open an account and get $10 off your first order. Just use: POCKETFULOFJOUL And here is a direct link to my closet: Feel free to make an offer on something if you love it!

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