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20 Best Trucker Jackets For The Americana Man In 2023

Be better than the grease monkey.

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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.

History of the trucker jacket

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. Flash forward to today, and the trucker jacket is an iconic piece of American outerwear that every man should own.

Trucker Jacket FAQs

What's the difference between a trucker jacket and a denim jacket?

Trucker jackets are made with sturdy materials (which can be denim but doesn’t have to be exclusively denim; trucker jackets are also commonly made from corduroy or suede), a spread collar, and external flap chest pockets. A denim jacket differs because, as the name suggests, it’s always crafted with denim, and doesn’t have to feature the spread collar or chest pockets.

How do I style a trucker jacket?

Trucker jackets do tend to be on the casual side of men’s fashion, but they can be worn to smart-casual affairs depending on the trucker jacket itself. Trucker denim jackets should be worn with chinos in a neutral colour and a plain tee for a cool laid-back style, whereas trucker jackets made with corduroy or suede can be paired with pretty much anything - denim jeans, chinos, tees, shirts, etc.

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If you’re after a brand new corduroy or suede trucker jacket to elevate your casual and smart-casual wardrobe, or if you’re sick of modern denim jackets and want a classic rugged denim trucker jacket, these are the brands that make the best ones in terms of style and quality.