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20 Best Denim Jackets For Men

Not just for truckers and hillbillies.

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Denim jackets are a modern-day wardrobe 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 with the denim jacket flower-power style; embroidery and embellishments on faded blue hues. This was 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 look good on any man.

Different styles of Denim Jackets

Classic / Washed Denim Jacket

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

Distressed Denim Jacket

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

Oversized Denim Jacket

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

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

Team yours with chinossummer shorts, or even suit separates for a high-low smart casual look for 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.

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