The Iconic Denim Jacket & How to Wear It Today

June 26, 2022
Denim Jacket Men Plaid Shirt
One timeless style icon is none other than the denim jacket. Since its humble beginnings, it has stood the test of time. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock

The denim jacket is an essential wardrobe staple. It takes center stage for our latest style edit. After all, nothing says casual ease like the denim jacket.

However, you may wonder, “How do I wear a denim jacket?” Well, it’s pretty simple. You can wear the denim jacket in several ways.

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The classic can be comfortable and breezy with a t-shirt. On the flip side, you can dress it up with a shirt and tie.

The most accessible inspiration comes in the form of pictures. Therefore, we round up cool denim jacket looks featuring celebrities and models.

Denim Jacket History: Levi’s Denim Jacket

Adam Levine Levi's Denim Trucker Jacket Style
Denim Style Icon: Adam Levine of Maroon 5 wears Levi’s denim trucker jacket while performing during an NBC Today Show concert. Photo Credit: Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

If it wasn’t for the Wild West, we might not have denim jackets today. After all, Levi Strauss & Co. produced its first denim jacket in the early 1900s as a durable work shirt for gold miners and cowboys.

Fast forward to today, and we all know and appreciate these work shirts as denim jackets.

The Levi’s denim jacket is still one of the most stylish and reasonably priced denim jacket options. Look for the distinctive red tab on the breast pocket, and you’ll have a winner.

The Year-round Denim Jacket

David Beckham Denim Jacket Cardigan Sweater Style
All Seasons Star: David Beckham sports the iconic denim jean jacket layered with a cardigan sweater. Photo Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

The denim jacket is a great wardrobe staple to have on hand when transitioning between seasons. For example, a light denim jacket is perfect to layer with leisurewear when summer and fall weather turns chilly.

Meanwhile, as you approach winter, you can opt for a dark-colored denim jacket and warm essentials like a sweater or flannel shirt.

How to Match Denim

Liam Gallagher Denim Jacket Men Patch 2000 Lansdowne Road Dublin
Custom Denim: Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame performs in Lansdowne Road in Dublin. Gallagher wears a denim jacket with a stylish patch. Photo Credit: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

While a classic ensemble is a matching denim jacket and jeans, better known as the “Canadian Tuxedo,” going for denim in the same shade is not always the best idea.

Instead, opt for different shades and washes of denim for a fresh look. Alternatively, pair a denim jacket with wool pants, khakis, or chinos. Classic indigo blue denim jackets also look phenomenal with jeans in white or black.

How to Wear the Men’s Denim Jacket

Denim Jacket T-shirt Indigo Jeans Mens Style
Mix & Match: Embracing double denim in light and dark washes provides a timeless look. A mid-wash denim jacket is paired with indigo blue jeans and a white t-shirt with success. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock
Max wears denim jacket Levi's, cap ad accessories XXL Hardwear, bomber jacket and jeans BSK.
Ready to Layer: Cold out? Layer your denim jacket with the on-trend hooded bomber jacket. Starring in an exclusive, model Max Lusth wears Levi’s denim jacket with a hooded bomber jacket by BSK. Photo Credit: Fashionisto Exclusive / Jose Martinez
Jesse Metcalfe Actor Glasses Denim Jacket Shirt Tie Khakis Mens Style
Smart Denim: Attending People Style Watch, actor Jesse Metcalfe pairs khaki pants with a dress shirt and collegiate tie, finishing the look with a great pair of glasses and an essential Levi’s denim jacket. Photo Credit: Tsuni / USA / Alamy Stock Photo
Man Denim Jacket Denim Shirt Turtleneck Style
Double Down on Denim: Mix up your favorite denim washes with a denim shirt and jacket. This is especially practical when the weather outside is colder. For extra layering, add a turtleneck! Photo Credit: Adobe Stock
Todd Snyder Denim Shirt Jean Jacket Jeans
Triple Threat: Model Janis Ancens takes denim on denim to another level in Todd Snyder. The fashion model layers a denim jacket over a denim shirt, finishing off his blue ensemble with distressed denim jeans. Photo Credit: Todd Snyder
Brunello Cucinelli Denim Jacket with Trousers Harrods Jacey Elthalion Model
On the Town: Trade out your blazer and embrace the denim jacket and trousers combo. Pictured here, model Jacey Elthalion wears a dark wash Brunello Cucinelli denim jean jacket with a pair of white trousers. Photo Credit: Harrods
Take a cue from the rock inspired collection of Bowen. Model Ton Heukels wears a sharp blazer over his denim jacket.
Denim Rock: Take a cue from the rock-inspired collection of Bowen. Model Ton Heukels wears a sharp blazer over his denim jacket. It’s also great to break up the “Canadian Tuxedo.” Photo Credit: Bowen
JCrew Denim Jacket Ludlow Blazer Jeans
Formal Denim: Dress up your favorite denim jacket with a sharply tailored blazer. Here, model Luke Cousins inspires in an ensemble from J.Crew, pairing the brand’s popular Ludlow blazer with a denim jacket and jeans. Photo Credit: J.Crew
Ryan Gosling Denim Jacket Haunted Mansion T-shirt
Classic Denim: Look to actor Ryan Gosling for an essential take on the denim jacket. Here the timeless staple is partnered with a Haunted Mansion t-shirt and slim-fit denim jeans in black. Photo Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Jacob Loeb Matching Denim Jacket Jeans White Dress Shirt Boots Style Men
Proportion Play: Actor Jacob Loeb extends his trendy proportions to longer lengths and takes the denim jacket to the Venice Film Festival. Loeb wears a faded black wash denim jacket and skinny jeans with a white dress shirt and distressed leather boots in black. Photo Credit: Abaca Press / Alamy Stock Photo

Shop Men’s Denim Jackets

Levi's Mens Denim Trucker Jacket
Levi’s Denim Trucker Jacket: Embrace one of the ultimate men’s wardrobe staples with Levi’s trucker jacket. Photo Credit: Levi’s
ASOS Design Skinny Western Denim Jacket Bleach Wash Men
ASOS Design Skinny Western Denim Jacket in Bleach Wash: ASOS’s spin on the denim jacket slightly nods to the western style. Photo Credit: ASOS
POLO Ralph Lauren Garment-dyed Denim Trucker Jacket Adamson Classic Stone Off-white Men
POLO Ralph Lauren Garment-dyed Denim Trucker Jacket in Classic Stone: Think light and go with a denim jacket from the purveyor of Americana style, POLO Ralph Lauren. Photo Credit: POLO Ralph Lauren
GUESS Dillon Denim Jacket Black Jailbreak Wash Men
GUESS Dillon Denim Jacket in Jailbreak Wash: Make a modern statement in effortless black with this GUESS denim jacket. Snag this photo for your style playbook. Who doesn’t love a denim jacket layered with a hoodie? Photo Credit: GUESS
J.Crew Denim Trucker Jacket Men
J.Crew Denim Trucker Jacket: Go old school with this vintage-inspired denim jacket by J.Crew. While you’re at it, take a style cue and pair your denim jacket with khaki pants. Photo Credit: J.Crew
Calvin Klein Essential Denim Stretch Trucker Jacket Men
Calvin Klein Essential Denim Stretch Trucker Jacket: American brand Calvin Klein turns out a classic men’s denim trucker jacket. Photo Credit: Calvin Klein