Denim jackets have a long and storied history – adopted by American workers and 1950s rock-and-rollers alike. Sure, that story’s been sullied by the dark days of the “Canadian tux”, but the classic jacket is firmly back in fashion’s good books.
A denim jacket pairs well with chinos and a crisp tee, works with hoodies in a layered winter look and, as long as you don’t match tones, will sit nicely atop jeans. So what are you waiting for? Add one of our current favourites to your wardrobe.
This light wash version from the high-street store will look great under your coat and at this price you have no excuses not to layer up. £25, buy on burton.co.uk (opens in new tab)
The trucker style of denim jacket is easily identifiable thanks to its fur collar and lining, which make it an excellent choice for when the weather turns a little chilly. £75, buy on urbanoutfitters.com (opens in new tab)
Denim actually originated from Nîimes in southern France, so why not honour the material’s history by turning to a French designer? This trucker-inspired faux fur jacket looks great with dark jeans. £265, buy on agnesb.co.uk (opens in new tab)
While the style of this denim jacket is traditional, it’s fitted, which means it will work just as well as part of a smart outfit as a casual one. £210, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Levi’s introduced the first denim jackets in the late 19th century and while this throwback reissue isn’t quite that old-school, the design does date back to 1936. £290, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Made in Italy from Japanese denim, this piece from the Swedish label’s new Blue Art denim line has a uniquely Scandinavian look. £300, buy on matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab)
Rag & Bone
The American label has created a winter essential. The shearling lining and removable collar lend a rugged, worn look to the classic trucker design. £375, buy on mrporter.com (opens in new tab)
Scotch & Soda
This number could easily be mistaken for an original ’80s vintage, but the contrasting hem and collar bring it bang up to date. £204.95, buy on scotch-soda.com (opens in new tab)
As the temperature drops, layer this lightweight denim jacket as part of a casual outfit. £250, buy on diesel.com (opens in new tab)
This London-based denim label with a Scandinavian attitude uses a cool shade of green to great effect, creating a perfectly executed twist on the form. £70, buy on waven.com (opens in new tab)
Still concerned a blue jacket will steer too close to the rocky double-denim shore? Then go back to black. £145, buy on seftonfashion.com (opens in new tab)
Designer Raf Simons has been breathing new life into both Calvin Klein and the denim jacket. Spin this bad boy around and you’ll find a patch on the hem featuring a black and white image of Brooke Shields in a classic CK ad by photographer Richard Avedon. £505, buy on matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab)
Wrangler Embroidered Denim Jacket
Wrangler has been making denim since the 1940s and this special-edition jacket throws back to that era with a classic shape, but adds a bold design into the mix. £230, buy on asos.com (opens in new tab)
Jigsaw Menswear Stonewash Japanese Denim Jacket
Made on a traditional shuttle loom in Japan to add a selvedge edge, this stonewashed jacket pairs a vintage vibe with a contemporary slim cut. £149, buy on jigsaw-online.com (opens in new tab)
APC Veste Jean US Denim Jacket
One of Coach’s favourites, this jacket is crafted from stonewashed Japanese stretch denim and will add style to any wardrobe. Wear with a simple white T-shirt and jeans or chinos. £190, buy on matchesfashion.com (opens in new tab)
River Island Light Blue Acid Wash Denim Jacket
The bleached look is one of the biggest trends in menswear this summer. Wear this faintest-of-blues hue and you’ll fit right in. £50, buy on riverisland.com (opens in new tab)
Gary Kingsnorth was the fashion editor for Coach as well as Men’s Fitness.
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