Ultra-soft and perfectly relaxed, The Merly still holds her own as a structured, well put-together denim jacket that retains her shape beautifully. This jacket has achieved that effortless, stylish look I love: tomboy meets feminine, with a timeless vintage flair.The Merly has a slightly dropped shoulder and slim arms, and is made of non-stretch denim (so, if you have more athletic arms like mine, you’ll want to go up a size). Unlike my vintage Levi’s® denim trucker jacket, which is boxy and oversized throughout, The Merly has a seemingly tailored fit, creating an easy, light, flattering-yet-relaxed silhouette that doesn’t swallow you whole. I am, admittedly, obsessed.
I didn’t think a denim jacket could actually look this feminine! Not to mention, with functional waist pockets and a truly easy fit, it’s a versatile piece that works in any season. In just a couple of months, it has become one of my few go-to closet essentials, and I’m excited to experiment with it in various looks as the seasons change.
Speaking of versatility, The Merly’s faded vintage wash is a light/medium color that makes it perfect for layering in with any outfit. I have to admit that before ordering it, I was a bit torn about the ripped distressing, but ABLE has managed to make it look artfully classic and feminine – lovingly worn-in, but not any less polished. I’ve paired it with leggings and maxi dresses and with black jeans and midi skirts, and it works just as beautifully every time.
In my opinion, ABLE has managed to create the perfect denim jacket. The Merly is a testament to the brand’s continued commitment to quality and timeless style. This isn’t just another jacket, but one you’re bound to keep for a very long time, and (if its softness is any indication) one that’s surely to get even more comfortable and beautiful with time.