Naturally, picking clothes is an entirely subjective affair. Moreover, you’ll be the one wearing it, so you pick the one you like most and the one that fits your style perfectly. Our top five pick isn’t definitive, but it will, at least, tell you what to look for in a good denim jacket. And, if you’re unsure, check out other options from the trusted brands featured.
When talking about denim, there’s no way we aren’t going to mention Levi’s. Levi Strauss and Co. was, and still is, one of the largest companies of denim clothes. The company has 140 years of experience behind it and, though it’s a far cry from what it was in the 1950s and 60s, it’s still big and relevant. Levi mostly produces clothes outside the US, but there are still a few factories and high-end lines on the territory of the United States.
Today’s product is a Faux-Shearling Trucker Jacket. The jacket’s made of 67% cotton and 33% polyester, and is completely machine washable. It features button closure, with the buttons being made of metal to ensure they don’t get ripped out. The cuffs also feature buttons, so you can unbutton them if you feel your wrists are being constrained.
The sizes for this jacket range from X-small to XX-large, and it features an adjustable waist, with buttons again being used for this purpose. The pockets on the sides are welted, and the jacket features two flap chest pockets too. it comes in four different colors. Consider ordering a size larger than usual to get the size you want, as they’re made to be tight-fitting.
All in all, you can never go wrong with Levi’s products. They’re of high quality and proven to last. Not only that, they’re timeless and look good on anyone.
Wrangler is also one of the oldest brands of clothing made of denim. Initially, the brand belonged to Casey Jones, which was acquired by Blue Bell before. Blue Bell themselves were acquired by the VF Corporation. Wrangler was a brand of jeans, at first, meant for cowboys and rodeo riders, but the brand expanded to include other types of clothing and items. Wrangler also produced racing suits for NASCAR drivers.
The Rugged Wear Unlined Denim Jacket is one of the best jackets you can get, made of 100% cotton, meaning it's all natural and won't trigger allergies or chafing. It features side-entry pockets for your hands and button-flap chest pockets. You also have the adjustable tabs on the waist, similar to the ones you saw on the Levi's jacket.
When it comes to sizes, you can select between medium, large and multiple XL models, with the largest being 6XL. There is also an XL Tall version of the jacket. It comes in several colors, too – antique and vintage indigo, black, charcoal and moss, as well as standard denim (our favorite).
Wrangler sure knows how to work its denim. A stylish and sturdy denim jacket, the Wrangler Men’s Rugged Wear Unlined Denim Jacket will look good on you and protect you from the elements for a long time.
Of course, there’s no way we’d forget about Calvin Klein. One of the most influential brands, it was founded by Calvin Klein himself in 1968. The Brand quickly rose to fame, ending up on the cover of Vogue only a year later. Initially selling coats and dresses, it soon diversified, selling jeans, jackets, and, of course, underwear. Today, Calvin Klein is a subsidiary of PVH.
But, onto the jacket now. The Trucker Jacket is made of 100% cotton, and is machine washable with minimal shrinkage. It features a very stylish light wash color, with a medium alternative. It also features a nice minimalistic style which doesn’t stand out, but blends well with your own style.
As with the jackets we presented so far, Calvin Klein’s jacket features side-access pockets and button-flap pockets on your chest. Button closure is present as well, and the cuffs feature a button too. This time around, there aren’t any waist adjustment pads.
Calvin Klein may not have been in business as long as Wrangler and Levi’s, but the brand is sure as hell worth a mention. There’s simply no way you can talk about fashion and not mention Calvin Klein!
Lee is another amazing brand owned by a big company. This time around, it’s the VF Corporation, the biggest apparel corporation in the world. Lee has been around since 1889, and currently employs 400 select people. The brand is one of the most famous in the world, and no person can turn a blind eye on one of Lee’s products. They’re experts when working with denim, too.
One of the defining features of the product is that it has a vintage feel intertwined with a contemporary look. With that, the jacket looks very fresh, but also very casual, allowing you to wear it anywhere and on any occasion. If you’re a laid back kind of guy, this is the perfect jacket for you.
As usual, the jacket’s got button closure and two pairs of neat pockets – side-access pockets for your hands, and button flap pockets for on your chest. Button cuffs are also a thing on this Lee jacket, and so are the waist adjustment tabs. The jacket's a slim fit, though, so you can forget about donning it over a hoody, or if you're a "big-boned" fellow like this writer here!
All in all, Lee knows what it’s doing, crossing contemporary design with old-school style, creating an excellent jacket for casual wearing when you’re out taking a stroll or for a night on the town.
Camo Coll isn't the best-known brand, but they're certainly decent. This brand mostly makes jackets and other apparel, with the camo pattern being prevalent – hence the name. From what we've seen, the products are of fair quality and well-rated on Amazon. We particularly liked this vest-style jacket, so we decided to include it on our list.
The jacket looks like a regular jacket, except it doesn't have any sleeves, giving it more of a vest look than an actual jacket. It's got the Star-Spangled Banner across the shoulders and the back, and the entire thing gives off a strong biker vibe. The jacket's made of 95% cotton, and can be hand or machine washed.
As for the technical parts, the jacket’s got button closure and chest button-flap pockets, but it’s got no pockets for your hands. It comes in 6 colors and designs, is slim fit, and made of quite durable stuff. However, we wouldn’t recommend wearing just this jacket when the autumn wind starts blowing and rains start falling, because it won’t keep you warm!
All in all, this might not be an autumn jacket, but it sure is cool. If you ever wanted to join a biker gang, get this Camo Coll jacket and some heavy metal band patches, and you’re good to go.
The first consideration, of course, (after the overall design and looks) is the size of the jacket. Now, this appears pretty straightforward, right? You pick a size that's just right for you. However, you'll soon find out it's not so. Depending on the design, you might want to pick jackets that are a size smaller or a size bigger. If, for example, you're dealing with some old-school jackets, you can expect they’re going to be a size bigger, so, if you want to avoid the saggy 80s look, then you’re going to have to pick a jacket that is size smaller. However, if it’s a slim fit, and you want to wear it over your hoodie as a form of layering, then you should definitely pick a size bigger.
Now, do you want to buy new, used or vintage? All three will give you a different look – vintage gives you that old-school charm, while used carries that suave, distressed look. New is contemporary, and more in line with today's fashion. However, what you must know in this situation is that a vintage jacket will cost you much more than a used or new jacket. When buying a used jacket, you should ask the seller how old the jacket is and see how well the material holds up. You certainly don’t want your new old jacket ripping after you’ve only worn it a few times.
Lastly, you might want to consider the type of jacket. If you're looking for an all-around, semi-formal jacket, you can always choose a basic denim jacket. These jackets are very versatile, come in a variety of colors, and styles like classic, motorcycle, military or single or double breasted. Then there are the blazers. These feature lapels and are more formal than classic denim jackets. These jackets are very suave and very stylish, especially when worn in darker colors. Then there are the denim trench coats. If you're after some heavy duty protection against cold and the elements, you should pick this type. Lastly, there are the cropped denim jackets. These jackets fall between your hips and ribcage. A very daring jacket type for very daring people.
You can also check out some men’s parkas
to supplement your jacket and a bomber jacket
to go with it. Also, while you’re there, you may want to pick up a jacket for your kid
Naturally, you’ll want to consider the price of your new piece of apparel. The price of denim jackets can fluctuate quite a bit, depending on the model and the brand. Most jackets, you can buy for $30 to $50, and these are some of the more regular jackets you can find. However, you can find products that reach into hundreds of dollars range. These are either brand jackets or vintage jackets. You will find some especially cheap men’s denim jackets, but these are likely to be of poor quality and not represent good value for money.
Usually, the most basic feature to be found on these jackets are the pockets. Side-access hand pockets are most common, but many jackets also come with a button-flap pocket on the chest. Along with these two types of pockets, denim jackets usually feature button closure, as well as buttoned cuffs and buttoned adjustment tabs on the waist. Sometimes, these adjustment tabs are there for decoration, but sometimes they have several buttons to adjust the waist size of your jacket.
To sum up all the features, here is a short list:
- Buttoned cuffs
- Button closure
- Side hand pockets and button flap pockets
- Adjustment tabs
Construction and Design
Denim is made of cotton, primarily. It’s a sturdy cotton wrap-faced textile where the weft passes underneath usually two, but sometimes more, wrap threads. The wrap thread is dyed blue while the weft is left white, giving denim that iconic white dot-spattered indigo look. In modern times, polyester is added too for extra strength and elasticity. The weft and the wrap thread can also be colored differently, allowing for different color patterns.
Performance and Ease of Use
You put it on, you button it up, done deal … Unless you don't have arms. Then you might opt for a vest to compliment your style. You might also have somebody else put it on for you!
Denim is very tough and it’s very hard to rip it. Even if it rips, it just makes the jacket cooler. Just don’t overdo it – wearing denim rags does not constitute clothing and you will be arrested for indecent behavior and/or public nudity. And if you don’t get arrested by the real police, you should definitely be arrested by fashion police!
Most denim clothing is machine-washable, but always check the label instructions before committing, or you may end up with something too small to wear!
Well, there you have it – five of the best men’s denim jackets. Get one of these babies, and you’ll look cool and gave a great time – just try not to get caught up in a biker gang while you’re at it!