Denim jackets, formally known as jean jackets came around in the 1880’s, when Levi Strauss used the spare cuttings from his jean patterns and turned them into casual denim jackets.
Nowadays, in the 21st century, the denim jacket has become a staple piece that features in every trendy man’s wardrobe.
Evolved from a jacket commonly worn between cowboys and miners, the denim jacket is now produced and sold by many clothing lines and comes in many variations of style and colour. This post will walk you through the finest men’s denim jacket fashion to date, so you can perfect your look like a fashion pro!
What to wear with a men’s denim jacket:
So you’ve got your desired denim jacket but you’re not too sure what to wear with it? Below we have put together a few classic, yet incredibly stylish, ideas that will keep you looking on trend all season.
If you are going for a smart or a laid back look, a white shirt will always be favourable, and look stylish with a jean jacket.
If you’re leaning towards a more casual look, not a problem. Simply wear a lighter shade of denim over your shirt for a more laidback style. This combo can be paired with a washed out pair of black jeans, and to complete the outfit pair with your footwear– trainers or boots.
For a smarter styling, pair your white shirt with jacket of a darker shade of denim for a slicker, more finished approach. Trousers or chinos will work well in either black, navy or grey. A smart pair of white trainers with your darker denim jacket is a classic smart casual look, however, loafers, leather shoes and boots will be the icing on the cake to take your look from smart-casual to smart denim jacket style.
Chinos have made a come back for streetwear fashion and also look wicked paired with a dark denim jacket. Whether it be a smart casual look or smart, chinos in any colour will compliment your denim outerwear.
If you’re after a more casual and relaxed look, a pair of black joggers pair well with denim jackets of all colours.
Another informal pairing would be matching your black jeans and blue jacket with a white or grey tee. This is a cool and casual look for spring/summer.
Double denim has always been a questionable trend with a bad reputation but don’t be afraid and let that put you off rocking your denim on denim outfit.
Wearing the same colour of denim jacket as your trousers looks better in darker colours for men. Opt for a navy and navy combo or a black on black to pull off an effortless denim on denim style. Pair your same coloured jacket and jeans with a plain t-shirt or sweater and a pair of trainers.
The versatility of the denim jacket is what makes it such a staple item of men’s wear. I guarantee you that the majority of trainers and boots you own will match with your denim jacket if styled right.
For a formal ensemble, try suede desert boots and rolled jeans or chinos. Leather chelsea boots would also work well with a pair of tapered trousers.
When wearing joggers or jeans, match your denim jacket with a sleek pair of trainers – white always works well.
How to wear a denim jacket:
A recent trend to denim jackets is customising. Whether it be the distressed look with rippings in the denim or applique. Another way of customising is with badges. This is a more claimed look and personal to you. Pin badges can be worn on the breast pockets of the jacket or the arm for a more opposed look.
Winter is coming which means the cold dark mornings are fast approaching. Whether you’re going to work, uni or out for drinks the denim jacket layering trend will be a go to look. All you need is a baggy jacket so you have enough room for the ultimate layering move. The best way to layer will be to wear a longer coat over your denim jacket.
This trend can also work by wearing a gillette or, for a smarter approach, a suit jacket over your denim jacket. Pop up your collars for further warm chic look.
A fur lined jacket would make an excellent investment for any man for the colder months. For a smart casual combination wear over a patterned shirt and a darker shade of jeans or chinos. To tie your look together put on a pair of trainers.