12 denim jackets you need in your life

essential since forever

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When I was nearing the end of my elementary school career, I learned one important thing—aside from academic matters, of course—that has stuck with me: When you need to make a semi-acceptable outfit look cool and become weather-appropriate, throw on a denim jacket. With that realization, I began to stock up on indigo jackets of all sorts. Now, half of my closet is filled with just about every oversized, cropped, snug, embroidered, raw, and distressed style imagined since the mid-'90s. With spring just around the corner, I'm looking to stock up even more (yes, I may have a problem). Click through the gallery to see (and shop) my top 12 picks.