Is there a more timeless, iconic or reliable piece of clothing than a trusty denim jacket? We think not. We’ll go ahead and operate under the assumption that you already own a handful of these — whether it’s an ’80s-era acid-washed gem you picked up on eBay or in a vintage shop, or it’s a flawlessly fitted modern iteration in a darker shade of indigo from one of your favorite retailers. (If you’re a really lucky hypebeast-type, you might even be among the few Kanye West fans who scored a painted “Pablo” jacket at his pop-up last year, and if this is the case, we applaud your dedication.)
This closet staple really never goes away, but designers do put different spins on it each season. For example, Gucci and Saint Laurent are all about embroidery and colorful appliqués at the moment, while Balenciaga introduced boxy, strong-shouldered and off-the-shoulder options on recent runways. In addition, the industry’s fixation on personalization has led to a rise in DIY-inspired patches, which is an ideal option for shoppers who are on the hunt for a unique piece that will help them stand out in a sea of basic denim. While jean jackets are a great layering item in the fall and spring when temperatures are still mild, those accented with fur collars or lined with shearling can easily take you well into the winter, as well.
If you are looking to up your denim jacket game over the next few seasons, we’ve rounded up 19 options at all price points that are anything but boring. Browse (and shop!) them all in the gallery below, because it will be fall before you know it, and it’s time to get prepared.
Please note: Occasionally, we use affiliate links on our site. This in no way affects our editorial decision-making.