Men's denim jackets

The best men’s denim jackets for easy, everyday style

12 Mar 2024 | |By Hitanshi Kamdar

Relaxed, cool, and classic; what can’t a denim jacket do?

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A timeless staple, denim jackets have long been among the more hardworking pieces in a man’s wardrobe. They have been embraced by fashion icons through the decades, beloved for their irreverently cool, but also practical, design. A well constructed jacket crafted from good quality denim is the easiest way to up your style; the best denim jackets for men are bonafide wardrobe essentials. 

The best thing about a denim jacket? It’s unbridled layering potential. It’s perfect for throwing over a T-shirt in the summer, and will also see you through winter, layered over a jumper or under a wool coat. Not only does a denim jacket provide an extra layer of warmth, it also adds a cool, offbeat edge to a look.

How to pick the right denim jacket

Since a good denim jacket will probably last you a lifetime, there are a few things to consider before investing in one. First, denim jackets span a variety of shades, and it’s important to consider the denim wash that’ll pair best with your existing wardrobe. A light wash is great for a casual vibe, while a more distressed jacket will add a grunge undertone.

Then there’s the fit. Oversized denim jackets are great for a relaxed look, while a cropped cut is primed for layering, as it’ll fit under your coat or puffer nicely. The classic straight fit jacket is as versatile as it comes – an easy grab-it-and-go option.

There’s also the material to consider. Some jackets may be crafted from cotton-blends or canvas which, while good fabrics, aren’t authentic denim. It’s important to know exactly what you’re buying to make the most of your jacket. 

Whether you go with a classic blue or a more innovative offering, we’ve curated some of the best men’s denim jackets to have on your radar now.

Levi’s The Trucker jacket

Synonymous with quality denim, the Levi’s Trucker jacket in a timeless blue wash is the best sartorial companion for all seasons. The inherently cool piece will look better with age as it shows signs of wear, and looks great thrown over a hoodie or T-shirt. 

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Burberry denim jacket

Another timeless addition, Burberry’s heavyweight blue jacket is cut for a relaxed fit with adjustable button tabs at the waist and a logo-embossed leather patch at the hem. Pair with straight-fit jeans in a similar wash and a polo shirt for a masterclass in preppy menswear.

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Frame oversized shearling denim jacket

Frame’s expertise in both denim and workwear shines through in this navy denim jacket, which is cut for an oversized fit with a shearling lining that appears at the collar, placket, and hem. The laid-back jacket adds insulation and is perfect for your weekend ‘fits.

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JW Anderson Twisted denim jacket

We love a bit of playfulness when it comes to menswear, and Jonathan Anderson nails the vibe every time. The Twisted denim jacket makes for a unique piece with its asymmetrical stitched denim panels and giant anchor logo embroidered at the back.

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Toast Blackhorse Lane denim coach jacket

Dressing well while championing a homegrown brand is always a win in our books. Toast’s indigo coach jacket is tailored for a loose fit from Italian-woven cotton denim by Blackhorse Lane Ateliers in east London, and is the kind of jacket you could get away with at work.

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Kenzo Year of the Dragon embroidered denim jacket

Infuse the luck, prosperity, and strength associated with the Year of the Dragon into your outfit with Kenzo’s dark wash trucker denim jacket. Cut for a slight, slim fit, it features a vibrant embroidered dragon motif on the back. Pair with cargo trousers for a chic street style look.

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Tom Ford Iconic denim jacket

While blue denim jackets are classic, Tom Ford’s stone-washed iteration manages to be unique. The slightly cropped fit features zigzag topstitching down the placket and is lightly faded. Wear with a band tee and distressed jeans for a retro, grunge look.

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Agolde Dorian denim trucker jacket

Los Angeles-based label Agolde has earned a reputation for its premium denim offering. This signature denim trucker jacket is crafted from well-worn whitewashed denim and tailored for a cropped fit, perfect for layering over your grey hoodie for an off-duty look.

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Balenciaga distressed denim hooded jacket

Trust Balenciaga to put an unconventional twist on a classic. The perfect confluence of streetwear and workwear, this faded black denim jacket draws from the design of a hoodie for its oversized design, and a trucker jacket for its welt pockets and adjustable waist tabs.

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Gallery Dept. Scar Embroidered Distressed Denim Jacket

If you like bold pieces in your wardrobe, Gallery Dept.’s re-imagined denim jacket in a faded charcoal grey wash is certainly that. The distressed number features embroidery at the angular panelled seams that resemble stitches.

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Maison Mihara Yasuhiro layered denim hooded jacket

Maison Mihara Yasuhiro’s origins lie in deconstructed footwear with avant-garde details, a design language that translates wonderfully into this layered denim jacket. Featuring extreme distressing and a grey hood, the jacket is an easy hack for mastering an inherently cool style.

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Maison Margiela four-stitch frayed denim jacket

Exhibit your fashion nous with the ultimate if-you-know-you-know piece. Maison Margiela’s classic ice blue-wash collarless denim jacket is finished with a frayed hem and the signature four-stitch logo at the back.

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Gucci GG-canvas reversible denim jacket

Get the benefit of two jackets in one with the ultimate versatile piece. Gucci’s reversible denim jacket is cut from vintage-inspired faded blue denim with GG Supreme beige canvas on the other side, making for a timeless staple.

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Saint Lauren denim shirt

Love it or loathe it, the Canadian tuxedo is back in style. Saint Laurent’s denim shirt is cut for an oversized fit and is slightly faded for a lived-in feel. Pair with wide-leg jeans for a double-denim moment, or as an overshirt for a white T-shirt for a retro look.

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