I am becoming acutely aware that I am almost at my top ten already and I still wanted to include other items.
I took a good hard look at what jacket I wore the most often and this year. It is definately the jean jacket. People might argue that this should be the place of the leather motorcycle jacket or the classic trench coat. I will definitely agree that both of those are fine choices as well. Personally I don't get as much wear out of either of those pieces as I do my jean jacket. A classic jean jacket will never go out of style.
The trend of mixing up casual with dressy isn't going away. The jean jacket is ideal for this. Also the jean jacket is a wonderful piece for layering. I layer my slim down jacket under my jean jacket in early winter. I will also layer my jean jacket over almost everything else I own.
What style of jean jacket should I buy?
Like a well tailored jacket. Snug but you should still be able to add a light sweater underneath and do up the buttons without having them pull or gape. The sleeves should fall to just lower than your wrists. The shoulder seams should sit right on the shoulder.
How much do I need to pay to get a good jean jacket?
You don't need to break the bank to find a great jean jacket. H&M, Gap, Forever 21, Target, vintage and thrift stores all carry great jean jackets that can range from $7-60 in price. I paid $30 for the H&M version below.
Here is one of my favourite looks I created with my jean jacket this year...