The Denim Jacket Spectrum

Styling Tip

Try layering a denim jacket underneath your jacket or blazer.

A perennial fall layer, denim jackets are one of the best pieces of outerwear any guy can own. Much more affordable than a leather jacket, but just as masculine, they're ideal for transitional weather, and make for the perfect layer when it gets even colder. Of course, you can't beat classic shapes from brands like Levi's and Lee, but plenty of newer labels and current designers have managed to turn out some great interpretations of the versatile piece. Here's a look at a few, from the tried-and-true to the new and different:


Levi's, $84 / $63

An extra light washed version of the Type-3 Trucker, with two chest pockets and slit side pockets.


Lucky Brand, $129

A washed style with archival details like centered chest pockets, placket pleats and a buckle back.


Jean Shop, $280

A classic interpretation, cut from Japanese selvedge denim and sewn in the United States.


Topman, $100

Tribal accents at the cuffs and shoulders give this jacket an of-the-moment relevancy.


Nudie, $199

Made from 15 oz organic Turkish denim, Nudie's denim jacket is unwashed and ready to break in.


Ami, $475

Brass hardware mixed with a blink-and-you'll-miss-it contrasting corduroy collar.


Published on

September 4, 2012

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