Schwarzenegger once famously entered a roadside diner and demanded a man’s clothes, boots and motorcycle. He wasn’t trying to save the world. He was just after the man’s trucker jacket.
As a staple piece in every modern luxury label today, we’re giving you some insight into the origins of the trucker jacket, what makes a good one and who’s doing it right in the current menswear scene.
Truck Yeah, America
Partly a piece of Americana, partly utility wear, the trucker jacket has evolved from gritty working-class outerwear to an insider high-street staple. The origins of the trucker are hotly contested (although most armchair historians will tell you Levi’s started the party) but it seems now that everyone is happy to create their own rendition of this iconic piece of American outerwear.
The linking features are sturdy materials, a spread collar, and external flap chest pockets – the sky is pretty much the limit for the rest.
Fabrics That Works Best
Denim or suede should be your first choice if a trucker jacket is on your shopping list. This will ensure you have a sturdy investment piece that’ll last for years and take on its own distinctive shape, colour, and fade. With anything suede or denim that hasn’t been made in a dodgy sweatshop, you’ll be paying for the difference in quality – but it’s well worth it.
A luxury interpretation of the classic trucker, this CMMN SWDN jacket is made from pure leather with satin lining. It’s the sort of fiercely-guarded investment piece that’ll stay with you for years – if you’ve got the bones to buy one in the first place.
A tasteful alternative to the usual skull-and-crossbones Alexander McQueen fare, this shearling-trimmed trucker jacket pays homage to 70’s menswear in all its macho glory. Pair this with a gritty handlebar moustache, blue jeans, and aviators to cap off the look.
Richard James is normally known for premium British tailoring, but this navy trucker jacket demonstrates he’s not afraid to try something different. In a versatile subdued navy, this suede jacket is a perfect addition to a white tee and chinos look. Made in the UK, it’s the jacket you need if the normal roster of brands doesn’t do it for you.
Made from premium suede in a bold petrol blue, this Valstar trucker is for someone that wants to combine rugged outerwear with more contemporary ingredients. It’s not the cheapest bit of kit on the market, but Valstar aren’t shy of making you pay for the privilege to make an impression.
It’s no surprise Gucci do workwear and it’s no surprise that they do it well. This embroidered trucker combines vintage style with the bold details you’ve learned to expect in every piece of Gucci kit, combining army khaki with faux shearling and a pretty adorable embroidered pig and (somehow) making it work.
Every now and then you’ll want to dress down, and a trucker jacket’s never a bad place to start. This Ksubi denim piece is made from cotton in a faded pale blue, and features multiple pocket styles and a bulky, oversized cut. Pair it with a contrasting tee and jeans (not ripped) and sneakers, or layer it with a hoodie to keep the cold at bay during winter.
It’s never been easier to achieve good style on a budget, and ASOS have been a huge part of that equation. This suede trucker will let you access a bit of the old school on a budget. Made from 100% leather in a regular fit, this can be worn layered or on its own with a simple tee.
By the brand that started it all. Featuring multiple pockets, retro sherpa trimming, and corduroy fabric, this rugged trucker jacket reminds us why Levi’s are always ahead of the game. Combine with dark denim and a white tee for pared back, timeless style.
Acne have never been afraid of putting their own spin on the classics. This trucker reminds us of a vintage Levis trucker you’d see hiding at the back of an op shop, with the addition of some cheeky gum splatters to remind us that nothing in the Acne world is off limits.
Every guy secretly wishes he was a badass on a Harley, and Amiri damn well know it. This biker-inspired trucker is American made from 100% cotton, featuring a slightly cropped cut in a minimalist jet black that’ll have you looking like the Sons of Anarchy wannabe you’ve always aspired to be.