How to make a denim jacket slimmer

Updated November 21, 2016

Denim jackets are classic and should be a piece in everyone's wardrobe. However, jean jackets have come a long way since the 1980s and are now designed with more modern styles in mind, such as puffed sleeves and peplum waists. While you might not be able to purchase an updated denim jacket, you can use accessories from home as well as your creativity to give your jacket a sleeker design. Read on to learn how your denim jacket can make you look slim.

Tie a scarf or buckle a belt around the smallest part of your waist. This will enable you to show your curves even if your denim jacket is boxy.

Wear a fuller skirt with your jacket instead of skinny trousers. The skirt will create more of a balance and offset the fact that the jacket is larger than it needs to be.

Dye your jean jacket a navy blue or black. By using Rit dye powder or Dylon machine dye, you can transform your jacket at home. A darker denim is always more flattering than a lighter one.

Remove the seams on the sides of the jacket then pin down a new seam that is more fitting to your body. Flip the jacket inside out and sew the new seam you marked with the pins.

Cut the jacket so its shorter and leave the seams unfinished for a tougher look. Shorter jackets usually hit the middle of your ribs and will make your torso look shorter and your legs longer.


Find accessories in your closet so you don't have to shop for new ones. After you dye your jacket, soak it in Milsoft softener so it will have a worn-in softness.


Turn the jacket inside out before sewing. Otherwise, you will see your stitching. To prevent the clothing dye from ruining other clothes, run your washer once without any clothes before doing your laundry.

Things You'll Need

  • Belt or scarf
  • Skirt
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Fabric Dye
  • Fabric softener
  • Thread ripper
  • Pins
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