Check out our picks for the best men’s denim jackets — we think you might find your new favorite piece of outerwear this season. The spring and summer months are well-suited for a denim jacket, but autumn is just as prime for breaking out this menswear essential. Crafted from durable cotton in varying shades and degrees of distress — from an inky, dark indigo to a light wash with a hint of stretch — the denim jacket can pull double or triple duty. Layer it under a bulkier field coat, wear it on its own over a striped henley, or team it with a cable crewneck sweater on particularly chilly days. Your fave fall jacket (the denim jacket, that is) looks great at a rock concert, at a bar crawl, at your next tailgate — anywhere that calls for casual, rugged, and versatile style. Start wearing it now and watch the style points rack up.
Buck Mason The Jean Jacket, $248
Be prepared to pay up — and look all the better for it — with the weathered, classic-leaning Buck Mason Jean Jacket. Worth the price (and then some), this Japanese-denim jacket features a soft wash for a pleasing, faded finish. Wear it with black jeans and a Buck Mason pima crew tee for a laidback look on the weekends.
Abercrombie & Fitch Denim Jacket, $98
Want to really shake up your fall style? Shelve your dark denim for a light wash number, like this denim jacket featuring 2 percent elastane for stretch and comfort. The color teams well with olive chinos and tan suede chukkas in particular, although it’ll also look at home under a field coat with dark blue denim jeans for a mix of rugged layers.
Flint and Tinder Stretch Denim Trucker Jacket, $158
A master of classic American style and American-made quality, Flint and Tinder nails both with its new Stretch Denim Trucker Jacket. Cut with a slightly longer slim fit, this piece is the ideal complement to gray, selvedge denim jeans and broken-in leather boots on breezy fall nights. It performs admirably when compared to the rest of our picks for the top denim jackets.
J. Crew Stretch Denim Jacket, $118
You can always look to a reliable American retailer to offer up a clean, slim take on the denim jacket. Featuring stretch denim from Japan’s Kurabo, the lauded selvedge denim producer, this jacket fits right in with black denim jeans, tan chinos, or gray corduroys.
Todd Snyder Made in Los Angeles Denim Jacket, $298
Todd Snyder, authority of American menswear, is back at it for the fall season with an extraordinary denim jacket (made in Los Angeles, to boot). A premium price comes with premium looks. With a crisp, dark finish from Cone Denim, it could be the last denim jacket you own … unless you buy another one of our picks.