The Best Denim Jackets: The Instyle Roundup

The Best Denim Jackets: The Instyle Roundup

Gone are the days when denim was only for cowboys in the American West. Jean jackets have fully had their Cinderella moment, gracing major runways this year and moving up the fashion ranks into certifiably chic territory. We’re honestly not surprised, as this bona fide staple of our wardrobes is one of our go-to toppers for those tricky transitional months. We’re all about their functionality and believe us, the ways to rock one are endless.

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How To Wear It

From fitted, to cropped, to oversized and every style in between, the denim jacket can take us across the week; with tailored and boxy styles that you can even slip into your work wardrobe. With the right wash (as in, dark) they can be the perfect swap-in for your leather jacket. Wear over an oversized white shirt with tailored trousers and white sneakers for a timeless, day-to-night work look. This is styling at its most fool-proof.

Call it what you want: the Canadian tuxedo, double denim, a Brittney and Justin VMAs moment – the fact is we’ve heard a lot about denim on denim. Let us clear it up for you, you can absolutely pair your favorite jacket with a pair of equally cool jeans. Try two different washes to mix it up and make sure to steer clear of those JT denim hats.

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What’s On-Trend

Denim jackets seemingly reappear every season in a new variation. This time around, we’re seeing the trend of varsity jacket patches and sixties embroidery winding its way out. Now, it’s all about the vintage feel – in other words, the denim of those high waisted Levi’s that won the 90s. Although we’ll dabble in blacks and grays, it’s really all about denim that looks like denim - preferably of the stiff, raw denim, vintage variety. We’re also doubling down on texture mixing, taking our denim with a dose of shearling or leather, from luxe splurges like ’s biker dream jacket to more affordable buys like Topshop’s contrast collar winners.


Texture aside, your perfect jacket is all about the details - DIY details to be exact. With the debut of designer brands like Re/Done that repurpose vintage Levi’s with bespoke twists, you’re looking for a piece that looks like you took to it with a pair of kitchen scissors. For a more budget friendly choice, Urban Outfitters is doing the same with their new line . Expect contrast pockets and raw-hem crops to reign supreme.

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