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.
Originally $245, on sale for $184
To punch up your your street style this fall, pair this Rag & Bone jean 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.
Originally $110, on sale for $88.50
This 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 some black skinny jeans and heels, and you’re ready for a fun night out on the town.
Originally $79.50, on sale for $69.99
A modern and edgy take on the original jean jacket is this little number from Levi’s. Its extra relaxed fit and cloth sleeves make for a comfy outer layer, while the frayed hemline adds a little bit of rock n’ roll to your look.
While this Beth Patch denim jacket is not quite cropped, it is on the shorter side for anyone looking for a petite style jacket. It has oversized shoulders, which makes it great for pairing with thicker materials and styles underneath. Additionally, the jacket has an asymmetric hemline and a few accents of distress along the shoulders and elbows for added style and unique edge.
Originally $198, on sale for $138.60
Not all denim has to be a true indigo, and this Agolde jacket is a fine example of how to switch up your colors with denim. Made with 100 percent cotton, this oversized cream colored jacket will be a breath of fresh air among 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 Helena 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.
For the times you want to dress up for brunch, throw on this SNDYS white denim jacket to polish off your look. Not only does the white color help brighten up 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. 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 two flap pockets on the front and cut-out holes on the elbows to help create a dramatic and fashion-forward look.
For something totally unexpected, go with an unexpected color (yes, it still counts as a denim jacket in our book). This lilac jacket is true to its name with its oversized fit (thanks, ’90s!). It’s made with 100 percent cotton, and also comes in a subdued lime.
Best denim jackets for men
For a more elevated look in your denim collection, All Saints has got you covered. The jacket is a bit of hybrid thanks to the sleek corduroy collar and pewter grey color. 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.
Made with 100 percent organic cotton, this jacket is great to wear from day to night. It is a tad oversized but still gives you a fitted appearance overall.
Now that fall 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 Topman. Made with non-stretch denim, this look is perfect to wear when you want to make a statement. Its faded black color and larger fit makes it easy to pair with other dressy looks in your closet.
For a trendy denim look, rock this style from Cult of Individuality Core. Although it doesn’t give you any stretch, it has a lot of room for you to move around in. And thanks to clean lines and lighter wash, this makes for a great dressy-casual ensemble for date night.
For chill nights, put on this Levi’s trucker jacker. Because of its oversized fit, you can use it to cap off any look. Just pair it with a hoodie or cardigan to make a cozy cocoon underneath.
If you want to be a true fashionista, try switching up your denim with this Hudson Jeans jacket. While it’s a bit boxy in the frame, that’s what makes it modern and fashion forward. The taupe color 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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