Self-Styled with Elliot Aronow: Rock That Fresh Denim

By Elliot Aronow

Take note. Our style guru, Elliot Aronow, gives us the lowdown on this spring essential.

Denim jackets are often thought of as being only a young man’s game, but that doesn’t mean they are unapproachable. If you can nail the fit, you are good to go. Pull it off right and you’ll look like a member of the Smiths circa 1985, in a handsome and charming way.

This may come as a shock to the style council, but I never purchase casual jackets with the expectation that I should be able to button them. Only buy a jacket that looks fly unbuttoned. Even if you’re in great shape, no one wants to see you in a buttoned denim jacket.

This next bit is the most important. Like a blazer or suit jacket, it’s all about the fit of the shoulders. You can always make a small investment and get the sleeves shortened or the sides taken in, but not even a miracle worker can fix a bum shoulder. 

Aside from that, do you! Worn-in/lighter colored jackets look killer with v-neck sweaters for a clean-but-mean mod look, not unlike the cover of John Mayall’s Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton.  Other recommended pairings include a darker denim jacket with a black t-shirt (not too tight) or a brightly colored gingham check shirt.

Oh, this should go without saying, but don’t get anything with mismatched buttons, extra-wide collars, or any other arty embellishments. It’s a denim jacket. You are a dude. Just wear it.

Get weird but stay fit!

About the Author

Elliot Aronow is a tv personality, editor and music and style hustler living in New York City. He is the host/producer/editor/publisher of OUR SHOW with Elliot Aronow and the Co-Founder of music site RCRD LBL. All of his hair and opinions are his own. Follow Elliot on Twitter @youngelz

The author with babe in Brooklyn, taking his vintage Levi’s denim jacket out for a brunch date. 


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