10 Denim Jackets Under $50

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Denim jackets, jean jackets under $30

Target | Old Navy

Denim jackets, jean jackets under $40

Old Navy | Forever 21 | Kohl’s

Denim jackets, jean jackets under $50

Kohl’s | American Eagle | Macy’s

Kelly recently asked me to help her find an affordable denim jacket. The great thing about a denim or jean jacket is that you can find one at literally every price point. I stuck to suggestions for under $50 but they can range from $20 to $200. And, to be honest, I can’t really tell the difference in quality! It all depends on what you want in a jacket. I bought mine over 10 years ago from the GAP outlet and it’s still in great shape. I’m looking to replace it myself, though, because the style is getting kind of dated.

So what should you look for? Here are some key things I would suggest:

1. Nothing too light and nothing too dark. An in-between shade is more likely to go with lots of different tops, pants, skirts and dresses. However, if the jacket is cheap enough maybe get two, one lighter and one darker!

2. Not cropped. A cropped jacket will go out of style faster than one that hits at or just above or below your hips.

3. Tapered in at the waist. Mine is way too boxy on me and makes me look wider than I am. I would like one that shows off my waist instead of hiding it.

Denim jackets are also a great thing to look for at thrift stores or on Poshmark since they’ve been around a long time. Just remember the three key features mentioned above so you pick out a modern looking one. Unless you’re going for a 1950s vibe. Then, by all means, grab that vintage jacket and rock that style!


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19 replies on “10 Denim Jackets Under $50

  1. Kandi

    I didn’t know I was even looking for a denim jacket until you posted about them. Now I really want one! I love the ones from Target! Thanks for the links.
    I have a question for you.. It’s kind of involved so I’m going to email you.

  2. Anne

    I love a good denim jacket! I had one from Old Navy for several years, and finally got rid of it a couple years ago because it was too small (this did not stop me from wearing it for a while – woops) and too light of a wash to match a lot of what I was wearing. But I donated it since it was still in such good condition, so hopefully it lives on. I love that denim jackets are so versatile and that once you find a good one, it can last you a really long time.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Mine is definitely too light of a wash, I think. The question is, when I get a new one, do I donate or sell the old one or hang on to it just in case?

      1. Anne

        If you have the space for it, I say keep it! We were moving so I was getting rid of a lot of old clothes. I don’t think the wash of yours is so light that you can’t still wear it with some things, but a darker one would probably be more versatile.

  3. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    I had a bomb denim jacket from Limited Too in middle school. Needless to say, I no longer have it in my closet haha. Honestly, it’d probably still be in style, but I imagine what fit the seventh grade me will not fit the 10 years later me. I also found it to be wildly uncomfortable, which is why I’ve been hesitant to get another denim jacket.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      My boxy one is from Gap, too. Full disclosure, I haven’t tried on any of the ones I linked to. Yet. But another commenter mentioned that the American Eagle ones might be a good bet.

  4. Katie

    I think the stores have gotten better about cutting jackets to flatter women’s shapes, I tried on a bunch of jackets before making my choice and the only difference I could ever find was the quality of the denim. (Some cases it’s really cheap denim.) AE usually has nice jackets and they do the 40% off sale once a month but I see that you mentioned them already!
    Heh, I think denim jackets are the one thing I’ve had trouble thrifting, just because of the difference in cuts. 90s jackets were pretty boxy!

  5. kilax

    How about FREE?! Ha ha. Gina gave me her GAP denim jacket. I never seem to wear it though, since I usually have jeans on when it’s cold enough to wear a jacket and it seems odd to wear with jeans!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Unless your jeans are a really dark wash and the jacket is a lighter wash, it can be tough to pair the two. But I like mine for the spring when I’m going to work and have on dress pants but don’t need a heavy jacket. Or in the summer to throw on over a dress instead of a cardigan.

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