I recall the trauma I experienced in elementary school: I coveted a denim jacket because all the other kids wore one. Then my mom picked my least-favorite from Kmart, with ugly corduroy swatches. I quickly rejected that jacket and swore to never try one again. However, after a visit to Citizens of Humanity, a L.A.-based brand that does lived-in denim better than most, I was convinced to try on their slim fit jacket, and I was hooked. It fit perfectly. It just felt right.
Part of it is the lack of side pockets, creating a more streamlined silhouette, the mark of the brand's men's creative director Simon Miller. Living in New York City, pockets are a necessity (yes there are two front ones, but they are less practical), but if you're willing to sacrifice a place to hold gum for the sake of style, then look no further.
I conquered my fear: This jacket has quickly become a staple of my wardrobe. Now, I can't wait for a slight chill in the air so I can have an excuse to break it out, and live in it once again.