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21 Denim Jackets To Amplify Your Inner Rock God

Not just for truckers and hillbillies.

Denim jackets are a modern day men’s style essential. Durable and rugged, the denim jacket was birthed more than one hundred years ago: an offshoot from the denim jeans, overalls and boiler suits worn by miners and factory workers in early 20th century America.

With a history steeped in reckless charm, mid-century cowboys picked up the perennial men’s jacket, before bikers and punk rockers went renegade with denim, speeding on in darker washes with logos and patches. Hippies then had their way flowery-way – embroidery and embellishments colouring faded blue hues, followed by nineties hip-hop heroes, millennial workwear wannabes, and the more recent Japanese denim aficionados of the noughties.

Nowadays, you can take your pick from all these pop cultural cues — and more, as contemporary designers source quality denim (from Italy, America and Japan) and make sleek cuts (that rival the flattery of a blazer) for a denim jacket that’ll slip into every man’s wardrobe.

From vintage truckers to punkish patches to flight jackets with shearling collars, here are 12 bold denim jackets to rock like a rebel (or a pseudo cowboy).

Team it with chinos, summer shorts or even suit separates for a high-low smart casual look come the weekend. The only warning? If worn with jeans — a la double denim — the denim jacket must be in a lighter shade. There’s nothing ‘hey y’all’ about that.

Classic / Washed Denim Jacket

Invest in a classic denim jacket that can be worn from at most casual occasions. Pair it with jeans or chinos, add a white shirt and you’ve for yourself a foolproof smart casual look.

G-Star Raw 3301 Slim Jacket
G-Star Raw 3301 Slim Jacket $157
Todd Snyder Japanese Stretch Selvedge Denim Jacket in Rinse Wash
Todd Snyder Japanese Stretch Selvedge Denim Jacket in Rinse Wash $288
Kapital Denim Trucker Jacket
Kapital Denim Trucker Jacket $410
All Saints Bohmer Denim Jacket
All Saints Bohmer Denim Jacket $155
AMI Slim Fit Denim Jacket
AMI Slim Fit Denim Jacket $300

Distressed Denim Jacket

Get the street approved look with a distressed denim jacket. Rips, paint and general wear in all the right places. Pair your distressed denim jacket with jeans and wild sneakers for a winning look.

John Elliott Type II Thumper Jacket
John Elliott Type II Thumper Jacket $515
Balenciaga Oversized Bleached Denim Jacket
Balenciaga Oversized Bleached Denim Jacket $1,100
AMIRI Oversized Striped Paint Splattered Denim Jacket
AMIRI Oversized Striped Paint Splattered Denim Jacket $1,365
Hugo Blue Denim Raw Edge Jacket
Hugo Blue Denim Raw Edge Jacket $265
Topman Distressed Denim Shacket
Topman Distressed Denim Shacket $85

Oversized Denim Jacket

The latest trend is to go big or go home when it comes to your denim jacket. Oversizes and wide is all the rage. Pair your jacket with wide legged trousers and clean sneakers.

All Saints Dipper Denim Jacket
All Saints Dipper Denim Jacket $170
Folk Painters Jacket
Folk Painters Jacket $220
YProject Blue Denim Pop Up Jacket
Y/Project Blue Denim Pop Up Jacket $615
Gucci Blue Denim Oversize Patches Jacket
Gucci Blue Denim Oversize Patches Jacket $2,700
Beams F Denim Jacket
Beams F Denim Jacket $540

Sherpa Denim Jacket

For the trucker in all of us the sherpa or fur denim jacket makes a strong casual statement. Popular with surfer dudes, the sherpa leather jacket is best kept simple with a t-shirt and a fresh set of Vans.

LEVI'S Blue Borg Sherpa Denim Jacket
LEVI’S Blue Borg Sherpa Denim Jacket $145
G-Star Raw 3301 Slim Sherpa Jacket
G-Star Raw 3301 Slim Sherpa Jacket $215
LEVI'S Sherpa Trucker Jacket
LEVI’S Sherpa Trucker Jacket $199.95
Ksubi Oh G Borg Lines Denim Jacket
Ksubi Oh G Borg Lines Denim Jacket $350

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