Jean Jackets -- Stars from Cameron Diaz to Elvis Presley have made denim a fashion statement

By Lori L. Tharps
Updated May 19, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

The denim jacket has been through more incarnations than Shirley MacLaine. Once the cover-up of choice for the 19th-century working guy, the simple cotton coat has now become the epitome of chic. ”It is the spring jacket,” insists David Sawicki of XOXO in New York City’s SoHo. ”They’re dressing it up and down.” In fact, Cameron Diaz even topped off her Oscar-night Versace with a splash of denim.