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WITH THE cooler weather slowly subsiding, there’s a feeling in the air of warmer things to come. Because of this, I’ve started to move the winter essentials like overcoats and woollen jumpers to the deepest darkest depths of my wardrobe. But one item of clothing that gets a run all year round for me is my denim jacket. HARD WEARING, effortless and masculine, its versatility allows it to seamlessly integrate with a breadth of looks — whether utilised creatively for layering purposes or as traditional outerwear. The denim jacket has cemented its place within my wardrobe with every passing season as my go to all year round. It’s my most favourite clothing item. For as long as I can remember I’ve always owned one. THE FIRST denim jacket dates back to the 1870s hot on the heels of the first denim jeans, with Levi introducing the riveted jacket in 1910. The real defining moment came with the introduction of the trucker jacket, aimed at long haulage drivers after both Lee and Wrangler had the ranch workers market sewed up in the late 1950s. HOLLYWOOD had a huge influence with Paul Newman in (pictured) and Marilyn Monroe in creating supply issues when both movies first aired in 1961. IN WINTER, I like to wear a denim jacket under a sports jacket, pea coat or overcoat. It adds an unexpected, cool, youthful edge to a traditional shirt and coat pairing. The darker and less distressed the wash, the easier it is to mix with dress shoes and tailored pants. IN THE WARMER MONTHS, I wear it as a stand-alone matched with jeans of a different shade, chinos or cords. Just make sure your jacket and jeans are several shades apart — otherwise you’re running the risk of the denim suit look. Dark, crisp jeans, for instance, should be paired with a worn, lightcoloured jacket. IN SUMMERTIME I find it the perfect weight when the temperature cools down. Pair with any type of shorts and a plain T-shirt and deck shoes, runners or thongs and you are ready for action. IT IS SAID that when Bing Crosby was refused entry to an up-market hotel during the 1950s because he was wearing a denim jacket, Levi Strauss made him a full denim tuxedo. He re-entered the hotel a week later and was granted a VIP life membership. Long live the power of denim.