There are a few things in life I know to be certain: death, taxes, and that every Sunday, without fail, my Instagram feed will be flooded with pictures of newly engaged girls in jean jackets.
But this isn’t your typical jean jacket. It’s a ~cool~ jean jacket: usually the classic, slightly ripped blue style, but embroidered with “Mrs. ,” and embellished with a handful of fake pearls. You know, for good measure.
Some visual aid in case you’re living under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about.
It’s not exactly a new trend—if anything, it’s actually turning into somewhat of a rite of passage for the newly engaged. But betches truly love this almost as much as they love their Stephanie Gottlieb engagement rings.
Here’s how it goes down: A friend of the bride-to-be will secure the goods ahead of the big day. You can definitely get a custom one on Etsy, but everyone knows the best ones come from word-of-mouth designer referrals. What, did you think the soon-to-be-fiancé wasn’t texting 20 of his girlfriend’s closest friends to make sure they were on standby for the engagement party? I mean, someone’s gotta make sure she has her nails done.
Once they’ve had a minute to process that yes, this is actually happening, the future bride will take approximately 342 pictures highlighting the back of the jacket and the new rock on her finger. Her friends will all likely post similar variations of the exact same photo on their Stories, tag each other, rinse, and repeat. Bonus points if it’s a boomerang, although truth be told, I thought we left boomerangs at Loopy Doopy in 2016. But I digress.
And look, I’m not trying to completely call out the jackets. If anything, I’m actually pretty fascinated by them—to say nothing of the fact that we’ve been noticing this trend since *checks notes* June 2017. It’s unclear when and where the trend originated from, but what I do know is that if whoever started it got a dollar for every time a bride-to-be wore one of the jackets in question, they could pay for a wedding at The Plaza without a second thought.
Ultimately, it’s your party and you can cry or wear the same jean jacket everyone else does if you want to. All I’m asking for is just, like, a *hint* more creativity and originality. I’m certainly not trying to be the voice of my generation here, but maybe, just maybe, it’s time we switch it up a little bit. There’s a list of things we’re leaving behind in the pandemic—hello, sourdough bread—and I don’t know about you, but I think the jacket should be on it.
I also hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s only a matter of time before The Engagement Jean Jacket™ falls into the cheugy category. And while we’re certainly not going to start taking fashion advice from the generation that ate Tide Pods, I think we owe it to ourselves to not look like every cookie-cutter bride on social media, don’t you? Our skinny jeans and Chevron prints are typing…
Here’s my proposal, no pun intended: Let’s try out a bomber jacket, or a crewneck sweatshirt, or even a puffer jacket by the time it’s too cold out to feel your face again. Y2K fashion is also obviously making a major comeback, so imagine getting your future last name embroidered on a Juicy Couture tracksuit instead. Pretty sure you could break the internet with that one, although whether that’s for a good or bad reason is up for debate.
If you love the jacket, though, you have this random stranger on the internet’s blessing to go full-speed ahead with it. It’s cute and probably pretty practical, even though you’ll wear it approximately one time. Just don’t come crying to me when all of your engagement photos look identical to all the other girls who read this website.
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If there’s one thing that literally every single person in the world should own, it’s a good denim jacket. For the first time in my life, I’m not even exaggerating. Everyone looks good in a denim jacket, and when you’re trying to find a last-minute outerwear option for an outfit that seems otherwise doomed, denim always saves the fucking day. But like, don’t get carried away. You can’t just throw on any denim jacket and expect to instantly turn into an off-duty 90s model. There are some seriously atrocious denim jackets in this world, so here are a few that don’t suck.
1. Gap 1969 Icon Denim Jacket
Gap basically invented the denim jacket. Don’t quote me on that, because it’s probably not true, but you get where I’m going with this. You wore Gap denim jackets growing up. Your mom had Gap denim jackets. The cast of Friends probably had tons of Gap denim jackets. They’re a classic staple.
2. Aritzia Wilfred Free Colpa Jacket
Last year Aritzia had a longline denim jacket that I didn’t buy, and to this day I still regret it almost as much as I regret the time I decided to get side bangs after a few hours of day drinking during my freshman year of college. Anyway, this thing is basically a giant denim robe, so you can hide any kind of lazy betch outfit underneath it when you need to make a last-minute dash into public.
3. Topshop MOTO Longline Denim Jacket
If a denim robe isn’t really your style but you still want to dabble in longline denim, go for this jacket from Topshop. It’s a classic denim jacket that’s long enough to cover your butt while you’re wearing leggings, if you still care about that kind of thing. (Side note: It’s 2017, I’m pretty sure you can show as much butt as you want these days, so maybe you don’t need to stress about that anymore.)
4. Shop Betches x Unemployed Denim Custom Vintage Denim Jacket
Realistically, every denim jacket looks basically the same (unless it’s a gross cheap one from Forever 21 with a pizza patch sewn on the sleeve), so if you want one that nobody else has, you’re gonna have to go custom. Shop Betches teamed up with Unemployed Denim to give you the opportunity to have your own genius idea embroidered across the back of a vintage denim jacket. And yeah, it’s actually vintage and not like “Urban Outfitters vintage inspired.” You’re welcs.
5. Madewell The Oversized Jean Jacket In Capstone Wash
Madewell created this design to mimic the oversized relaxed fit of a perfectly worn-in jacket. It’s basically a men’s jacket but designed specifically for women. At least if we’re not going to be paid as much as guys, we can be excited about having denim jacket equality, right?
6. Levi’s Original Sherpa Trucker Jacket
If you can look past the fact that this is called the “Trucker Jacket,” this Levi’s coat is actually super cute. It’s another really timeless design, and the sherpa liner kinda makes it feel like you never really had to roll out of bed this morning.