denimWe all know that every woman needs a Little Black Dress in her wardrobe. However, I think one could almost argue that the denim jacket is even more essential.

But then again, LBD+DJ=Perfection.

Think about it. Jackets automatically add class to your outfit, even when you are dressing something down. Take a dramatic maxi dress that hints of evening wear and throw on a jacket—voila! You’re free to run out for coffee or errands or a date. Or, if you’re like me, you could try to cram in all three.

On the flip side, a denim jacket can bump your look up a notch. Last Saturday I wore a camel pencil skirt and a mulberry camisole. The jacket transported my look from sleepy to chic.IMG_71891

When I started mulling over the denim jacket, it reminded me of one of my favorite fashion resources—The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own by Nina Garcia. This book is literally a checklist for stocking your wardrobe with timeless essentials that will take your look to a whole new level of fabulous. Curious? You can browse a few of the pages here.

In The One Hundred you can view Nina’s tips on finding the perfect jacket, but here are a few of mine:

  • Unbutton the sleeves and flip them up
  • Go with a medium-dark to dark wash
  • If you have shorter hair, pop the collar
  • Make sure the jacket hits above your hips

Well, what are you waiting for? Fall is here. Listen to what your mother always said and grab your jacket!