First off, you need to realise that pre-Timberlake, it was widely known as a wardrobe staple, post-Timberlake, we tend to feel a little unsure. But, the proof is in the well dressed men; style icons from John Lennon and James Dean to Adam Levine and Kanye West have all worn them in different ways and looked great while doing it.
It's the jacket you chuck on just before you walk out the door and it's the one most men keep handy in the back seat of their car. If you don't have one, you're missing out.
A lot of men think that as long as they can find a denim jacket, they've brought a great wardrobe staple. Wrong. Like jeans and suits and most pieces of clothing, you need to consider the shape of the garment before you commit to buying it.
A decent denim jacket can set you back a few hundred dollars unless you're lucky enough to pick up a steal at your local charity or consignment store. There's a variety of denim jackets available to the everyday man. You will find worn light blue, black, dark blue and embroidered or embellished denim and let's not get started on the range of sherpa collared denim jackets. To find your staple denim jacket and pull it off, you need a classic, well fitted jacket with little detail and lots of versatility.
Choose either black or light blue as your starting point and pair it with chinos, flat front trousers or jeans (but only jeans in a different wash to your jacket, we don't want to JT double denim moment). A few basic t-shirts or button ups will add just the right amount of style. Stay clear of denim shirts or chambray when styling your jacket and remember that this jacket should be used out of the office only.
If you love wearing jeans, perhaps try a canvas style denim jacket. Have a bit of fun with the collar and sleeves by folding them different ways and letting the sleeves from your undershirt show. You can wear a canvas jean jacket with whatever colour jeans you like, you won't have to compromise on style and you'll have more options for layering. Just remember to look at the colour of the jacket against your skin. You want it to be the right shape for your body and the right colour for your skin tone. There's no point in buying a great jacket you look sick in.
Have a bit of fun with layers when wearing your denim jacket. If you're a bit more daring, one with studs or small but classic details will make your look a little individual. Layer over a cardigan or wear a plain t-shirt with a patterned button up, undone and then wear your denim jacket on top. There's so many possibilities when it comes to styling your denim jacket, just remember not to match your pants too much or it will look like you're wearing a suit.
Alarna Hope is a personal stylist and blogger based in Sydney, Australia. She loves makeover movies like Crazy, Stupid, Love and Devil Wears Prada and she's very good at talking about herself in the third person. You can find her on instagram @alarnahope or searching through clothing racks in Sydney City's shopping precinct.