What's not to love about denim jackets? They're versatile, chic and always in style. You can pair them with some white kicks or over a maxi dress. No matter the season, the denim jacket is a wardrobe must-have—but it's especially ideal for fall. We're slowly starting to cool down in time for winter, but it's still too warm for a peacoat or puffer jacket. The solution? Whatever you're wearing, wear it with a denim jacket.
For a quick history lesson: The jean jacket started out as something Western workers would wear in the early 1900s, but the style soon creeped into mainstream fashion with the help of pop icons like Bing Crosby, and musicians wearing the jackets in the '50s and '60s. Since then, the denim jacket has been reimagined by designers and evolved into different styles from decade to decade. From cropped to oversized, there are so many types of denim jackets to choose from to add to your wardrobe these days that you can end up in an endless shopping loop. Let's save you from that loop: We've rounded up some of the best denim jackets for you to swipe this season and beyond.
Best denim jackets for women
If you look up “denim jacket” in the dictionary, you’ll probably find a picture of this jacket right next to it (you won’t actually, but you get our point). It represents all of what makes a denim jacket so great, (aka, it’s simple, it’s a true indigo, it’s not too large in size, and it looks good with just about any outfit). This jacket from Madewell (which is known for its denim, BTW) is 100 percent cotton, super soft, and falls close to the body to give you a nice slim fit.
To punch up your your street style this fall, pair this Rag & Bone denim trucker jacket with some of your favorite wide-leg pants and a crop top. Its larger size also makes it perfect for layering if you need some extra warmth up top come this fall.
This oversized half-hoodie, half-denim jacket is a stylish option for anyone looking to add a little edge to their wardrobe. Not only is it great for casual wear, but pair it with a little black dress and lace-up boots, and you’re ready for a rockin’ night out on the town.
While this Bella Diamante denim jacket is not quite oversized, it is on the longer side for anyone looking for a looser fit. It has large draped shoulders, which makes it great for pairing with thicker materials and styles underneath. Additionally, the jacket comes lined top to bottom in shiny rhinestones, adding style and unique edge.
There’s nothing quite like a true indigo shade for denim, and this Agolde jacket is a fine example of it. Made with 100 percent cotton, this shrunken jacket will be a breath of fresh air amongst your grey and brown fall aesthetic. It has a relaxed fit throughout the shoulders and chest, and has a few slit pockets on the side to store away your lip gloss, balm and other small trinkets.
For a more fitted style, this Jacqueline Denim Jacket is one to clock on your radar. The jacket falls close to your body, which makes it perfect for those dressy casual nights. Not to mention, it’s made with a smooth stretchy-like denim material that allows you to have a more comfy and personalized fit.
If you prefer a lighter acid-like wash, then you can’t go wrong with this Rumors denim jacket. It’s roomy enough to wear a light T-shirt or turtleneck underneath. Yet, you can easily drape it over a maxi dress or hoodie if you want to switch up your style.
For the times you want to dress up for brunch, throw on this SNDYS faded black denim jacket to polish off your look. Not only does the color match everything in your wardrobe, but the shorter hemline also pairs nicely with your high-waisted styles, and makes your waist looked snatched.
Although a bit pricey, you always get what you pay for with Frame, and lucky for us, this denim jacket is 60 percent off. Known for its high-quality denim, leather, and cashmere collections, the retailer doesn’t typically disappoint (if you own any Frame jeans, then you get it—this brand makes jeans that never fail to fit perfectly). And this jacket will have you looking like a true fashionista among your friends. Made with a non-stretch, high quality denim, the jacket features contrasting denim shades, a welcome twist amongst plain denim jackets.
Best denim jackets for men
For a more elevated look in your denim collection, All Saints has got you covered. This sleek denim jacket is classic and elevated enough to pair with slacks and Chelsea boots for a dinner date. And while it does give you a fair amount of room in the shoulders and throughout the chest, it’s lightweight and falls close to the body to make a slim fit.
Now that chilly season has arrived, cooler temperatures won’t be far behind. In that case, bundle up with this classic sherpa trucker jacket from Levi’s. The sherpa-lining is great for the times when you need a little extra warmth, while the lighter denim exterior adds depth and keeps you looking stylish.
This Madewell Chore jacket is a unique way to sport your love of denim. Unlike traditional denim jackets, this one doesn’t have flap two pockets. Instead, it comes with four main pockets across the front, which are big enough for you to put your phone or keys inside. Not to mention, the jacket is a bit lightweight and slim so you can feel free to add more layers underneath. Hello, practicality and style.
Another oversized jacket for you to add to your wardrobe is this look from ASOS. Made with 100% cotton, this look is perfect to wear when you want to make a statement. Its true black color and larger fit makes it easy to pair with other dressy looks in your closet.
This is more than a denim jacket: it’s a wearable piece of art. This stylized graffiti jacket from Cult of Individuality is a major head-turner meant to stand out in a crowd. Although it doesn’t give you any stretch, it has a lot of room for you to move around in. Thanks to clean, classic lines and a lighter wash, this statement jacket goes surprisingly well with most casual ensembles.
Try switching up your denim with this Hudson Jeans jacket. While it’s a bit boxy in the frame, that’s what makes it so modern and fashion forward. The faded grey-white color scheme also makes it feel quite rugged, so it ultimately feels edgy. The jacket itself is made with 100 percent cotton and is perfect to sport during the cooler temperatures.
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