Should You Wear Denim Jeans With A Suit Jacket Or Blazer?

Should You Wear Denim Jeans With A Suit Jacket Or Blazer?


Welcome back to the Gentleman’s Gazette! Have you ever asked yourselves, should I wear
a jacket with jeans? Is it too formal, is it just right? Well in today’s video we’ll talk about nothing
but jeans, blazers and suit jackets. When you can wear them, when you should avoid
them and anything else you want to know about those combinations. Obviously it’s a very similar question to
can I wear a jacket without a tie and we discussed it in a separate video here. When should you wear a jacket with denim is
a popular question because many men today wear it, yet it goes against traditional style
rules because jeans used to be strictly blue-collar workwear. Today, men’s style is a lot more casual than
it used to be 50 or 60 years ago and jeans are probably the number one worn pants by
men. As everything gets more casual of course a
lot of men try to wear jeans with anything else they have in their wardrobe particularly
suit separates because that’s what they sometimes have to wear to work. In an attempt to dress up their jeans or to
dress down their suit they simply combine the two but it rarely works and it hardly
ever looks advantageous unless you follow a few clear-cut rules. The issue of suit jackets with jeans is that
it is a clash of formalities. Typically it’s a combination seen worn by
middle managers who want to seem approachable yet be a cut above their subordinates. It’s definitely a fine line to walk but dressing
purposefully and thoughtfully is the key here. Personally I hardly ever wear jeans with a
jacket, it’s simply not my style. But here is how you can pull it off. First of all pair your blazer or sport coat
only with your dressiest jeans. That means no holes and no used look. Also it’s really important that you have enough
contrast between your sport coat and your jeans. If you have a dark washed denim with a dark
navy blazer it’s not enough contrast and it looks odd because it’s similar yet it’s not
a suit and it’s just weird. So in general, a medium dark wash or something
slightly lighter is best. It’s essential that your jeans don’t puddle
and are hemmed to the exactly right length. To learn more about what length is right for
you, check out this video here. In terms of cut, a straight leg or maybe something
that slightly tapered works best. Definitely avoid really baggy cuts as well
as a bootcut. Also don’t cuff or pin roll your jeans because
that’s simply too casual. If you still want to learn how to do it please
check out this video here. Two, rather than going with a navy blazer
instead branch out and maybe go with jackets that have different colors as well as patterns
and materials because that’s more contrasting or interesting, but also more casual and it
works better with jeans. Good features include notch lapels because
peak lapels would be too formal. You can also have patch pockets because they’re
more formal than jetted pockets or flat pockets. In terms of patterns, you
can go with little houndstooth pattern maybe a small micro check or a classic
Prince of Wales check. When it comes to material compositions, 100%
wool is okay but to make it more casual add cotton and linen blends sometimes wool linen
or wool cotton blends or sometimes also a little bit of silk or cashmere for a softer
hand and touch. In terms of jacket colors, you can go with
lighter shades of blue, maybe a royal blue for example or even a lighter blue. Overchecks could be in red or an orange because
that’s a little more casual. In the winter brown tones are great especially
as a Glen check with dark brown and off-white or maybe a herringbone jacket in a medium
brown. With all those lighter colors, one pair of
dark washed denim really works best because it provides a contrast and it’s a classic
jeans color. The personal favorite of mine is the color
green it goes really well with dark washed denim. And to learn more about why green is underrated
in menswear, please check out this video here. Also definitely avoid white or off-white jackets
because the denim will color off on it and the
contrast is too strong. Three, make sure to wear your denim and your
sport coat with casual shirts to bridge the gap formalities. Long-sleeve dress shirts are good but ideally
you should avoid the most formal variations in solid white because they’re just too businesslike. Instead maybe you go with an off-white or
a green shirt maybe something with a rougher texture and maybe skip ironing to create a
more casual look. Alternatively you can also go with button-down
collars because they are more casual and check shirts, as well as little houndstooth shirts
because they’re also more casual than solids. If you want something like a solid I suggest
an Oxford fabric with a two-tone maybe light blue and white because it’s durable and more
casual. No matter what shirt you choose always tuck
it in because an untucked shirt with a sport coat or a suit jacket simply looks odd. Four, wear the combination of jeans and sport
coat with the right kind of shoes. Black Oxfords are way too formal and not appropriate
here. At the same time boat shoes are too informal
and should likewise be avoided. So what should you wear? Ideally go with brown tones or burgundy and
oxblood. If you want to be a little more experimental
you can think about olive green, grey or maybe navy. In terms of styles a classic derby shoe is
good just like those burgundy derbies or these olive green derbies on a very Parisian elegant
last. Because of the color it makes them work with
a jeans and a sport coat. Alternatively you could opt for loafers either
tassel loafers or penny loafers, both work. Another good options are monk straps such
as those brown single monks with some broguing and a wingtip or those more fashion-forward
double monks in burgundy. If you want to go with oxfords go with brogues
either half brogues or full brogues because that’s casual enough to wear with jeans and
it ties the ensemble together with your sport coat. Other good options include chukka boots or
chelsea boots. In terms of leather texture, suede is really
great to combine with jeans and a sport coat. Why? Simply because it’s a little more casual. It’s less serious and as such it ties together
those two elements of different formalities So now that you know how and when to wear
a blazer with jeans, the question is, when should you not wear those two items together? First of all the biggest mistake I see men
make in this situation is that they pair a traditional business suit with a pair of jeans
they have. Particularly it’s that black business suit
jacket or that pinstripe jacket that they wear with dark blue jeans and it just looks
weird and odd. As discussed before, while some suit jackets
can be worn with jeans especially if they’re more casual any kind of business suit should
not be combined with jeans, that includes solid navy jackets or maybe solid grey jackets
but also any kind of stripe, pinstripe, rope stripe or chalk stripe. They won’t look good with jeans. Don’t combine jeans with a double-breasted
business jacket. Double-breasted is typically more formal. It has peak lapels and as such is even more
formal than a single breasted blazer with patch pockets. Hence, avoid. However in recent years double-breasted jackets
have become a lot more popular especially at Pitti Uomo. And if you have something that has a nice
linen blend maybe with the Prince of Wales pattern and lighter colors, you can definitely
combine them with jeans. Never wear a t-shirt with jeans underneath
a jacket because it’s a clash of formalities. Either you wear just a t-shirt and some jeans
and you skip the jacket all together or you opt for the jacket but you go with a casual
dress shirt or this blend of polo shirt and dress shirt I mentioned before. Four, never wear any kind of black shoes especially
not black dress shoes with this combination because it looks out of place. Black is fine for formal business suits and
office wear but not when you were jeans. Instead go with browns, tan tones, burgundy
tones, greens or anything else but not black. To learn why black is one of the most overrated
colors in menswear, please check out this video here. Five, jeans with a jacket are not ideal if
you want to wear a tie, a bow tie or maybe an ascot simply because it would be too formal
and a clash. So if you opt for the combination of jacket
and jeans forgo your tie and your neck wear instead go with a pocket square or maybe a
boutonniere because that creates a visual interest and it just creates for a more polished
look. For a selection of pocket squares that are
perfect to be worn with jeans and a sport coat please check out our store here. You’ll also find boutonnieres there that will
just round out your outfit. Six, you don’t want to wear jeans with a jacket
if you want to have a formal dress shirt. That means, double cuffs with cufflinks because
that’s too formal for regular cotton denim. Likewise, a solid white shirt is not appropriate. A light blue might work. Maybe go with a different texture, a different
weave that is more open so it breathes better and you’re more comfortable during the summer. Striped shirts can work especially if you
have bolder stripes, wider or larger scale stripes or maybe stripes in a different color. At the same time the whole ensemble has to
work together. And we’ll cover the specific skill of combining
patterns especially stripes in a different video. Don’t wear jeans and a sport coat if you don’t
know the dress code or if you’re unsure about the formality at the event or the occasion
you will wear it to. Why you might wonder? Well, if you’re not sure about a dress code
it always pays to dress one notch up. In that case it would mean wearing your blazer
with a pair of chinos rather than your jeans. Alternatively if you think that’s over-the-top
you can skip the jacket and just go with a casual dress shirt and a pair of slacks either
chinos or jeans depending on what you think is right for the occasion. By the way during the colder months of the
year, a tweed jacket works really well with jeans simply because
it’s more casual by definition. It has a coarser weave. It has more warmer earth tones and so it’s
a great jacket that is usually single breasted and has notch lapels which makes it again
less formal and therefore perfectly suited for jeans. That being said there are tons of other jackets
which are less formal and therefore equally as well suited to jeans as a tweed jacket. Some of them include a Panama jacket which
is more of a summery jacket. Another one, the Harrington jacket and you
can check out more in our Harrington jacket guide here. So in conclusion, you can definitely wear
a jacket with jeans just make sure it’s casual enough and not your typical business suit. When it comes to foot wear, brown shoes are
your friend and make sure it’s not too casual but also not too formal. In today’s video I’m wearing a combination
of dark wash denim jeans and a suit jacket which is part of a Prince of Wales suit with
a slight brown over check. Obviously there’s a lot of contrast between
the jacket and so it works. I combined it with a cream or off-white dress
shirt. It has button cuffs, no French cuffs. And I also decided to leave them undone because
it’s a little warmer outside and it simply adds a more casual flare to your overall ensemble. Of course I skipped the necktie and instead
I went with a very casual pocket square which is made out of a handcrafted linen with hand
rolled edges and X stitches. You can find a rich selection of those pocket
squares in this color or others in our shop here. For my shoes I opted for a reddish chestnut
brown monk strap with silver buckles and a wingtip full brogue and I combined it with
a belt in the same kind of color tone which is alligator and also has a silver buckle
so everything is harmonious and works. For my socks I opted for a pair of Fort Belvedere
socks in navy blue and yellow because they provide a bit of contrast to the shoe as well
as the jeans yet they tie everything well together. To learn more about how you can combine shoes
with socks and pants, please check out this video here. If you enjoyed this video give us a like and
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100 Replies to “Should You Wear Denim Jeans With A Suit Jacket Or Blazer?”

  1. @Gentleman's Gazette Bitte sehen Sie sich bei Gelegenheit die deutsche TV Serie Babylon Berlin an. Spielt im Berlin der 1920er Jahre und der Style ist sehr nett 🙂

  2. What are your thoughts on cowboy boots in this particular dress combo? I have a pair of nice, well maintained boots that I think would meter the clash between Jean's and a suit jacket well

  3. I'm from LA, where this is common. I just got back from a vacation in Italy. It was a very common look in Rome…and not just for millenials…but also men pushing fifty.

  4. Erm i cant start to take you seriously because your suit jacket has a weird crease on your side of your chest to your right are you sure your suit is bespoke? It looks terrible. Please get it fix by your tailor

  5. Fine video appreciate the recommendations on how to properly pair a jacket with jeans just one question you mention tweed jacket as one option I'm wondering would a camel hair jacket work well with jeans thanks for sharing the video.

  6. It makes me think that I don't have a single pair of jeans in my wardrobe… only chinos. I thought to buy a pair anyway and this video gave me ideas on how to wear it. Thank you!

  7. it really depends on a few questions

    question 1, are you a high class, classy like this guy on video, , if no. then fallow the rules

    rule 1
    never where old patch jackets that this guy is whereing . use your best judjment. it will work,

    rule 2 dont have a baby face, grow facil hair, even if its a 4 o clock shadow.

    rule 3
    never where a suit jacket, where a blazer. reason, suit jackets have matching stuff with pants and vest, and is a total them

    rule 4 you can where a blazer, if your going to pub, or night club, or your job is construction, or you do lots of rugh work that requires you to where jeans do to more derability

    ps also suit jackets, cant be matched with anything but the suit pant, or you can , but it gose aginst what is its original perpus .

  8. for me, i wear, summer colors in the winter, and winter colors in somer, only exeption is blacks and dark clors,

    i means, i will wear like green if its a dark gloomy day, if its a sunny day i wear a earthy brown colors, . and black i mostly wear in winter, and in sunny days, besides that i never wear black unless its jeans, never shirts, too hot. finally and thats just the taste of my style, so if you invit me to a chrismas party, expect me to wear a yellow, greens or white. not black, greays or drak browns

  9. The originator of this clash of formality was done by playboy Porfirio Rubirosa , a famous figure from the 1940’s and 1950’s

  10. I'd like to offer some advice. If you have a vintage jacket with large lapels and go for a tie, it looks more like a costume. It is fancy enough without. Vintage jackets should be worn with jeans and no tie and they look great as a more casual look.

  11. One exception to the DB rule. You can wear a lightweight, unconstructed, and somewhat shorter (than a suit) db jacket with white jeans in the summer.

  12. Can we discuss the pronunciation of the word 'derby'? I'm sure Raphael used to say it the American way. Has someone changed his language settings?

  13. If you don't want to wear a shirt under your jacket, I personally find that a turtleneck sweather combines very well. It's a bit of retro late 60's early 70's vibe, but I really like it

  14. I've once heard someone call the classic style mistake of a too formal top with too casual pants "the business mullet", which I thought was quite witty

  15. Before I watch the video Id like to mention that American Football players used to wear jeans n jackets back in the 80s and I think they looked sharp. See Jim McMahon on David Letterman for instance

  16. Hello watching your videos made me think of the old episodes of Wooster and Jeeves . Have you seen the series? There great. I watch them on youtube.

  17. No. No jeans with a sport coat. The problem is simply that the world has gone far too casual. A reflection on so many things, especially taste and trends and music, going back over 50 years. Taste, good manners, and style has vastly eroded. Just invest in some nice dress pants and shoes. And please. A few nice ties rather than the so typical open collar.

    Style up a little bit.

  18. Question: is it ever appropriate for a man to wear a string tie? Would that be good with a casual outfit of chinos and sports jacket?

  19. Jeans are comfy AF. Blazers are comfy AF. Be confident and contrast your jeans/jackets correctly. As long as you put some thought into it, it looks fine.

  20. UNLESS AN EXECUTIVE OR IN A BOARD MEETING SUITS ARE DEAD & BURIED, FOR SMART CASUAL TAN PANT, BROWN SHOES, CASUAL COLLAR SHIRT AND MID BLUE BLAZER JACKET.

  21. I don't even own jeans. I prefer khakis or chinos for anything that doesn't warrant dressier slacks. I find them nicer looking and more comfortable, but YMMV.

  22. I personally think jeans and jackets should never be combined and thus I never wear them together. Use some kind of chinos, khakis or suit trousers instead. Just today, I cringed out when my history teacher appeared in class in a dark navy suit jacket with light blue jeans and an off-white shirt. Just awful.

    Edit – grammar correction

  23. I wear Stefano Ricci blazer with my brioni jeans with a t-shirt or sweater underneath always. Or I wear my Brioni overcoat with t-shirt underneath with jeans. Quite casual, classy and sophisticated look. It's how you wear it that matters.

  24. You can wear a jacket with jeans as long as you are prepared for half a dozen morons to ask you where the other half of your suit is. The non sequitur of today’s fashion world is the complete disconnect of the general public.

  25. Your jacket de jour is looking somewhat crinkled on the right side. The cream coloured shirt also seems artificially casual (too open, too weirdly ironed/unironed, odd collar). Some of the outfits you've chosen for your casual looks (pink shirt with jeans, pale green t-shirt, etc.) do not do you justice. Avoid skin-tight shirts please! I get that you're trying to give examples of what NOT to do, but at least have the stuff fit well so we can focus on the points you're trying to demonstrate (colour combinations, style matching, formality matching), rather than be distracted by oddities. Otherwise, informative.

  26. while this is a decent video, i would like to say that the harrington jacket shown here looks bad and wholecut shoes should not be worn with jeans – 11:28; they are similar in formality as oxfords.

  27. Simply, no. Never jeans with a jacket. The world has dumb downed and gone far too casual, especially men in their choice of fashions, work place attire, and even restaurants, which are completed overpopulated by the "roadhouse". Piano bars are few and far between. Yes, trends come and go, but at least the worst era of the late 1960's, and the whole 1970's, and coat lapels out to the shoulder blades will never return. At least quality haircuts and styles are always here, and, again, we will never see the hairstyles of the 1960's and 70's.

    But, dress appropriately. And enjoy dressing up.

  28. Raph, the suit was originally a working man's everyday clothing late in the Victorian age, or so I read. I completely agree about the no holes or painters jeans though. Out west, rural west, we generally consider black jeans to be more 'formal'. Personally I really like natural or kahki colour jeans with my Navy blue jacket or blazer. Is that off?

  29. Where's this awesome tweed sport coat (10:34) from? Love the pockets and a throat closure too (BTW, as an owner of a similar one, I might ask: isn't this closure a bit unpractical on the 2-button jacket?..)

  30. I disagree on the black shoes. There are some really good full brogue black dress shoes that look really good with jeans

  31. I tend to like black jeans, a black turtle neck and black brogues or something similar, combined with a brown Tweed or tan camel jacket. On rainy/cold days, I'll include a beige trench coat.

  32. One thing to say stay in your lane you don’t know anything about casual where because every time I see you in it it does not look good

  33. i like the combination jeans, good shoes and WHITE shirt very much. The jacket then has to be not so far away in color…..for me a linnen jacket in light sand, khaki or something
    By the way, for me, your trousers could be half an inch longer and the cuffs not so big….only my opinion

  34. Maaan….I'm 58, but when i read these no-go comments, unbelievable…haha, i think i'm 25 in mind, thanks for it…

  35. Hello Sven, in the video I believe you said that patch pockets are more formal than jeted and patch pockets. Is that right? I thought they were less formal(patch) than their counter parts.

  36. None of the looks worked….the very nice sport coats and blazers he wore…just didn't work with the jeans.
    Even worse with the some of the nice shoes..which only work with wool slacks/pants, and looked odd with jeans.
    But..with the right blazer/sport coat…jeans can work….thanks for another good video, and idea…it just didn't work out here.

  37. Khakis look better with a blazer in my option. Bit in my office, that would be very overdressed since almost everybody dresses very casually. Most guys wear jeans and a dress shirt untucked. Or even t-shirts. As a compromise I often wear a blazer with jeans and even then I am overdressed. But jeans and an untucked shirt is not my style. People take me more seriously when I dress well. And it makes me feel good. Not in an arrogant or show-off kind of way. But in a confident and professional way. It took a long time to get past worrying about what others think. Whether it is a fashion faux pas or not, I’ll continue to dress as I please. It’s a shame that casual dress is the norm these days. But that doesn’t mean we have to do the same. 🙂

  38. Gentlemens, can you help me?
    I never really liked to see those big and colorful socks on. Can I use smaller socks, and if so, how small can they be?
    (yes this is a real question 😂)

  39. Please comment on Jerry Seinfelds look in his show comedians in cars getting coffee. He wears running shoes with a pair of jeans and a blazer. I really like that. Can he just do it because he is who he is or is that a stylish way of dressing?

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