Denim can come in all different shades and colours, so don't feel you are limited to the traditional blue or black. Although these are classics for a reason! Cropped or oversized, expensive or cheap, we've looked at some of our favourite designs from Levi's, French Connection, Free People and more that you can find from Amazon, John Lewis and ASOS.
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The sizing of denim jackets is less specific than other items of clothing. Jackets tend to incorporate more sizes into one, which is why you'll often find XS to XL being used. For this, you'll need to consult a size guide and see how your measurements compare. Some jackets will stick to traditional sizing, but even then, they might have a more limited choice as they expect one size to cover more people.
One of the reasons that sizing is vaguer when it comes to jackets is the fact that you might go for a different fit than you would for, say, a T-shirt. The fits of a jacket can normally be categorised as tight or fitted, standard, and loose, the latter of which is also known nowadays as oversized.
Oversized jackets are extremely popular thanks to the fact you can just throw them over what you're wearing. They're a bit more covered than other smaller options, making them better for changeable weather. If you want a smart look, though, a tighter fit is the way to go.
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Alongside the fit, width and cut of a jacket, you also get a say over the length. Lengths of jackets fall into three main categories: cropped, standard and long. A cropped jacket will normally finish above your hip bone, sometimes as high as your ribs. It can be a nice, summery way of showing off what you're wearing on your bottom half, especially if that's a cropped T-shirt or top.
The standard-length jacket should sit on your hips, where the bottom of a top would normally sit, while longer jackets will go even further down than this. As well as being great for the colder months, this extra length can make for more of a style statement.
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When you think denim, most people will think blue. Blue is a great option; it's versatile, it's classic and it's timeless. You also have a range different blues to choose from. Black is popular too, due to how many other colours it goes with, as well as the fact it can make for a slightly smarter denim if it's not a washed black.
But if you're looking to branch out, particularly if you're looking for a lighter, more summery addition to your wardrobe, why not explore outside the traditional denim box? Pastel pinks, greens, beiges: all of these are viable, stylish options that are bang on trend.
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Hoods on denim jackets are not very common and by no means essential, but if you want your denim jacket to be your go-to through the colder months then it's an addition worth looking into.
Another option to consider is a denim jacket with a fleece or borg (faux sheepskin) lining or collar, though this will of course only be wearable for a proportion of the year. A hood will provide warmth and slight rain cover, although do remember that denim and rain are often not the best combination!
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Original Trucker Denim Jacket
Classic Blue Denim Jean Jacket for Women
Women Jean Denim Jacket
Blush Pink Denim Jacket for Spring
Macee Denim Jacket
Fitted Crop Denim Jacket With a Flattering Length
Denim Jacket With Attached Hoodie
Relaxed White Denim Jacket From Surfwear Brand
Patchwork Denim Jacket
Patchwork Denim for a Unique Look
Organic Cotton Blend Borg Jacket
Cosy Light Wash Denim Jacket With a Fleece Lining
Oversized Denim Jacket
Chic Oversized Denim Jacket in Beige
Women's Denim Jacket
Boxy Denim Shirt Jacket in Khaki Green
'Original' Denim Jacket
Cropped Denim Jacket in Washed Black With Silver Embellishments
Longline Borg Recycled Cotton Denim Jacket
A Longline Denim Jacket With Borg Lining and Collar
When you think denim, you think Levi's, and with good reason. They are the leaders in all things relating to the material, and this is no less true when it comes to this legendary denim jacket. It fits in a way that will suit everyone, and you can decide whether you want this classic mid-blue or a black, dark or lighter blue wash.
The excellent quality will ensure that these jackets last year after year, so you don't need to worry about replacing it. As a bonus, they are not particularly more expensive than some lesser-known labels. Buying a Levi's jacket means buying a timeless piece of fashion that has yet to go out of style.
Perhaps you want to branch out from the usual blues and blacks of denim jacket but you want to do so in a way that isn't too overwhelming or eye-catching. If this sounds like you, this jacket will tick those boxes. The light pink colour is fresh and bright, particularly suited to the spring or summer months.
To balance out the slightly more bold pink, the cut and shape are very standard, which a wide range of people will appreciate. The pink colour also makes it easier to wear with blue or black denim on your bottom half without having to fully commit to the 'double denim' look.
The cropped shape of this jacket is extremely flattering and not so short that it doesn't sit perfectly with trousers. The light blue shade keeps the essence of a traditional denim jacket but lightens it up and makes it look less heavy.
It has an accessible range of sizes, going down as far as a 6, and fits snugly without being too tight. This jacket bridges the gap between being formal and informal subtly and manages to be both fun and sophisticated.
It's summer, it's hot, but you still want to bring a layer with you just in case the temperature dips. This is when a jacket like this comes in. White is a clever choice because it is just as wearable as blue or black denim but it's much less heavy.
The standard fit will suit a range of people and this jacket can easily be dressed up to look more formal or dressed down to seem more chilled. With a good range of sizes, everyone has access to this simple but effective denim jacket.
Whilst this jacket doesn't stray too far from the traditional blues of denim, it does combine panels of different shades in a way that is experimental and fun. Interest is even added to the seams which are delicately frayed along the bottom.
The length is cropped, allowing you to show off the rest of your outfit, which – in this case – might involve a matching pair of trousers! It is quite a bold piece and is perhaps more suited to a younger age, but you're sure to get a lot of compliments wearing something this eye-catching.
If you're looking for a jacket to wear throughout the colder months, then this is the one for you. It beautifully combines the classic denim jacket material and shape with white borg lining, resulting in the ultimate cold-weather clothing companion.
Combining different colours and textures makes this denim jacket interesting, but it also means that it's not one that can be worn year-round. If you're shopping for a chic winter warmer, though, look no further!
Another alternative style of denim jacket, this one comes in an oversized, longline fit. The large front pockets and clean sharp edges make it reminiscent of military-style pieces.
It comes in a wide range of sizes, plus the oversized style means it covers even more on either end of the spectrum. Unfortunately, it's not the best for showing off your outfit, and the beige colour means you'll need shoes and accessories to match, as it won't go with everything!
A perfect example of how you don't have to feel limited by the usual blue or black denim, this jacket uses khaki green to create something special. It is not just with the colour that this jacket innovates either, as it has an interesting shirt-like fit and covered buttons.
Whilst this denim jacket might look cool to some, the fact that it doesn't look much like a jacket might mean it is not exactly what people are looking for. Though ideal for casual occasions, the khaki also makes it look less smart.
Updating the traditional denim jacket by cropping it and adding silver hardwear, this style is sure to appeal to the young and trendy. That said, it is black and will therefore go with a range of colours and outfits, and it still has all the hallmarks of a more traditional denim jacket like pockets and a collar.
The jacket's contemporary style might not be the most long-lasting – a more edgy design is likely to go out of fashion faster. However, this is a pretty minimalist twist on the classic blue denim option, so it'll likely be easy to style for years to come!
This denim jacket stands out from the crowd thanks to its striking design. It is a longline cut, meaning the main body of the jacket is a relaxed fit, but the length reaches down to the thighs. The Borg lining and collar are perfect for keeping warm, so that extra length won't go to waste in the colder months!
Although this jacket's differences might appeal to some, they might put other people off. It will end up being the statement piece of any outfit, so if you'd prefer to show off all the elements of your ensemble, this won't be the best option!
Written and researched by Emma Cramp
No. 1: Levi's｜Original Trucker Denim Jacket
No. 2: Roman Originals ｜Women Jean Denim Jacket
No. 3: French Connection｜Macee Denim Jacket
No. 4: Skylar Rose｜Denim Jacket With Attached Hoodie
No. 5: Hollister｜Patchwork Denim Jacket
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