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 chinos, summer 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.
Everlane has a small range of denim jackets that are classic in style; perfectly versatile and cool.
This, of course, includes denim jackets. Using their premium denim, Levi’s has a huge range of jackets that will all make a timeless addition to any wardrobe.
With a great range of denim jackets in different styles and colours, American Eagle will have a denim jacket to suit all tastes.
G-Star is a leading denim company committed to making fashion-forward and innovative pieces, and their huge range of denim jackets for men is no exception.
Todd Snyder has a huge range of modern denim jackets that’ll make a stylish addition to any wardrobe.
That being said, AllSaints’s denim jackets are just as iconic. Modern styles and a wide range of different coloured washes, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Unsurprisingly, J. Crew has a great range of denim jackets in various styles and colours.
Mango has a fantastic collection of men’s denim jackets that are well-made and reasonably priced.
AMI’s range of denim jackets all have an effortlessly cool Parisian style and would pair perfectly with any outfit.
Committed to creating clothing that allows people to have total freedom, to experiment, and to feel confident with their fashion choices, ASOS Design has an excellent range of denim jackets in multiple styles and colours.
If you’re after a denim jacket that’ll make you ‘of the moment’ and trendy af, this is the only brand for you.
Amiri’s denim jackets are contemporary in style, featuring unique embellishments or colours, and will add a pop of cool to an otherwise casual (aka boring) ensemble.
If you’re after a denim jacket that’s extremely well-made as well as incredibly stylish, Gucci is the brand you’re looking for.