Putting on a denim jacket has a feeling all its own. It is a piece of American history that’s lasted for decades and seems to grow stronger with each one. The jean jacket is a men’s wardrobe essential not only for its versatility and everlasting style, but a single well made jean jacket will last you a lifetime and only get better with age. If you want some in-depth information on men’s jean jackets check out my mens wardrobe essential article in the wardrobe essentials section of my website. Ever article in the essentials section is geared towards building a minimalist capsule wardrobe that includes 33 of the most important articles of clothing for any man’s wardrobe. Obviously, a jean jacket is one of them.
But before we get to the list lets keep a few things in mind. Denim stretches over time so if this is going to be your go-to jacket fall jacket go for a snug fit. It’ll look better and a few years down the round you’ll be happy with your choice.
Jean jackets come in a number of washes. The most common are dark, medium, light. Your first jean jacket should be a dark wash. It is the most versatile and will look great on any body type.
Jean jackets go pretty much with anything in your closet other than the most formal pieces. Try your jacket with chinos, chino shorts, grey wool trousers, or dark wash jeans. Denim jackets also look great layered with trench coats, over a v-neck sweater paired with a poplin dress shirt, and a tie, or over a simple plain T-Shirt.
There are a ton of companies out there that make quality denim jackets. Here are five of my top picks for any budget.
Todd Snyder Made in Los Angeles Denim Jacket
Through traditional weaving techniques, the Todd Snyder Made in Los Angeles Denim Jacket ($298) rises far above the competition. Their classic silhouette is perfectly matched with innovative design for an easy to wear, comfortable jacket. This soon to be classic is cut from U.S.A. selvedge Cone denim that has a light rinse for a softer lived in feel. As the name says it’s made in good ole Los Angeles, CA.
J. Crew Denim Jacket
J. Crew understands what is involved in producing high-quality men’s fashion and that includes exceptionally crafted denim jackets. The J. Crew Denim Jacket ($98) comes in standard sizes from x-small to xx-large and has two color offerings. Medium worn wash is a lighter shade of denim while resin rinse is darker. Additional features include four-pockets and functional button cuffs.
Levi’s Trucker Jacket
Levi’s is a company known for producing some of the most comfortable men’s jeans and that naturally translates into quality denim jackets as well. The added bonus of Levi’s Trucker Jacket ($70) is they’re available in a wide range of colors, from deep rich blues to lighter hues. The jacket comes in sizes ranging from small to xx-large. Additional features include a non-stretch denim shell, point collar, button front, and side hem adjusters.
Gap Icon Denim Jacket
100% cotton construction ensures a comfortable finish to Gap’s Icon Denim Jacket ($80). The jacket is made from premium non-stretch denim in an indigo rinse. It features chest flap pockets, side welt pockets, and button cuffs on the sleeves. Sizes range from x-small all the way to xxx-large, so no matter your size, you can enjoy a high-quality denim jacket.
Rag & Bone Definitive Jean Jacket in Raw
Rag & Bone produces some of the top men’s fashions in the world and they’ve made a beautiful high-quality denim jacket with the Rag & Bone Definitive Jean Jacket ($325). This jacket features a slim line design that reduces bulk for a clean looking silhouette. Sizing for Rag and Bone Definitive Jean Jacket comes in xx-small to x-large and the jacket comes in multiple colors including British khaki, Devon, and raw blue. Raw is pictured. Additional features includes a shell made from 11oz rigid Japanese selvedge denim, combo inside yoke and hang chain, button front closure, and slant side pockets. The whole kit is made in the USA from imported materials.
Choosing a jean jacket for your wardrobe is a smart investment. These jackets stand the test of time and look great with a multitude of outfits. Multiple colors and styles further accentuate the possibilities, so get more than one. Again, check out our Men’s Wardrobe Essentials – The Denim Jean Jacket for style advice, more brands and outfit ideas.