How To Wear A Denim Jacket For Guys

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Wardrobe essentials: the denim jacket. A good quality denim jacket merges both fashion and style, staying as an essential piece of men’s wardrobe. Looked good 50 years ago, gonna look good 50 years from now. Denim is king. Simply like that.

Available in any shade today, the versatility of its wash and classic form allows it to suit quite a range of outfits. A denim jacket can be used for layering purposes or go as the main feature. If you’re not certain about what shades to select, consider investing in a black or a blue design. In an endless sea of denim jackets, here is Define Sleek’s guide on how to wear a denim jacket for guys and how to pair it with the whole ensemble.

men wearing denim jacket in cool ways
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Brief History Of The Denim Jacket

A jean jacket was first created in the US in the early 1900s by Levi Strauss. It was about ten years after he had invented jeans as a new type of work apparel mostly worn by cowboys, miners, and railroad workers.

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The most familiar style today, the Trucker jacket was released in 1962 also by Levi’s. Favourite amongst musicians because of the particular culture representation. They are often partnered with slim jeans and boots. First a staple of western wear, the jean jacket has also emerged into a more general appeal worldwide that it is today. So basically, it all began from practicality. And stayed like this since then. Denim jacket has the power to make you feel right in your own skin.

Cultural Impact

The denim jacket had been trending already for, wait, almost 120 years or so? Well, I guess there are only a few things that are more iconic, more American, than a denim jacket. As a matter of fact, this piece has earned the status as a rebel’s outerwear of choice in the ’50s. Jeans and denim jackets were even banned in some schools. Even though, jean jacket always had helped to express one’s individuality and was sort of a statement itself.
men in black brown and blue denim jackets
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Essential Denim Jacket Styles

  1. Black Denim Jacket
  2. Blue Denim Jacket
  3. Shearling Denim Jacket

1. Black Denim Jacket

A black denim jacket is a leather jacket’s little brother. It can go both for casual or smart-casual looks and can be paired with just almost everything that’s in your wardrobe. On the other hand, it appears best as a part of an all-black outfit.

billy slim fit organic denim jacket

2. Blue Denim Jacket

When it comes to choosing a blue denim jacket, it’s essential to mind the shade. If you’re looking some casual design or something to wear in summer, try to opt for a light blue. Oppositely, if you intend to create a smart aesthetic look or are looking something for colder months, dark blue would be more conventional.

definitive slim fit denim jacket

3. Shearling Denim Jacket

The most beneficial feature of a shearling denim jacket is that it’ll keep you warm. Wear one during cold seasons to look slightly rugged. To achieve the look – add boots, or if you want to complement the look – wear a hat.
faux shearling trimmed cotton corduroy jacket

How To Wear A Denim Jacket For Guys

1. With Chino Pants

If you’re seeking for a casual look, consider pairing a denim jacket with chinos. Both pieces are entirely comfortable and will look great partnered together. What can I say – isn’t it a perfect match? Enter brown leather brogue boots that will instantly sharpen your look.
men wearing denim jacket with trousers
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2. With A White T-shirt

The thing to point out – find the right tee. It should be not too slim, but not too baggy too. Not so much like a dress-shirt, yet not like a crop-top. Make sure it’s not an undershirt either. You’ll get a simple, classic not too crowded look for a night out.
men wearing denim jacket and jeans
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3. With Black Jeans

I suppose it’s the best way to go safe. Black and blue are hard to beat. Don’t know what to add more. Alternatively, for a bolder look, choose white jeans. Although it has some pitfalls and impracticalities.
men in shearling denim jacket
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4. With A Turtle Neck

Personally, one of the favourite look. Especially if you like layering and are tired of shirts, rolling a turtle neck under a denim jacket is an excellent choice. Mix some colours and voila. But note that your knit shouldn’t be thicker than the denim, so the jacket sits right.
men in cool denim jacket
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5. With An Overcoat

Wear a denim jacket underneath an overcoat or a trench coat for extra warmth. Try to experiment with colours. It’s a perfect way to add some character and contrast to the overall look. Just mind that your denim should be slim fitting if you are up to wear it this way.

layering denim jacket
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Tips And Tricks To Wear It Right

Whatever the season or occasion is, here are some tips and tricks to consider:

  • Keep the bottom layer of your outfit thin enough. This is a rule when layering the denim jacket over a knit. Layers should get thicker as they get away from your body.
  • For double denim, follow the men’s style rule of going dark for the jeans and lighter for the top half. Contrast is the key: darker jeans or chinos with a lighter denim jacket or vice versa.
  • Comfort here is vital. Selecting a denim jacket is a bit more involved than one might think. What looks good on one man may not look good on another. As a universal rule, choose something that is a tiny bit loose around your shoulders and waste. Pick a larger jacket if you want some room to move. Alternatively, choose a slim fit if you want something that snugs your body and gives you sharpness.
  • Taking care of your denim. If it’s truly a quality piece, the most important rule: don’t wash it too often. I’m talking for months or years here. Don’t dry them in the dryer either.
  • The stitching is important.

Final Thoughts

In my opinion, the most significant advantage of a denim jacket is its layering potential. Why the denim jacket is so consistently charming and endlessly wearable? There probably is some magic behind it. It’s an item that appears in men’s wardrobes almost by default. Perhaps because it allows you to experiment with textures, patterns and colours. Denim jacket looks perfect when both paired with something or worn as a solo piece. Invest in a good quality denim jacket, and it’ll last for decades. Moreover, it’ll age well too.

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5 Responses

  1. I have not read any informational post on denim jacket even on white, black and blue jackets. You have given wonderful ideas to pair them up with different trousers.

  2. I like the idea of layering a denim jacket with an overcoat. It works with leather jackets as well 🙂 Anyway, you have some great ideas here. And to someone who lacks imagination, this is a perfect guide on how to wear a denim jacket.

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