On lists of basics every woman should own, one piece is often overlooked: the denim jacket. Maybe it's because it plays second fiddle to its partner in the Canadian tuxedo. Or perhaps it's due to workplace dress codes that frown upon anything that could be considered jean-like. But it's time to make sure you have this versatile piece in your closet.
So we're rounding up the best of the best just for you. Since the team at Who What Wear spends lots of time shopping (both on and off the clock), we're taking a moment to recognize our favorite jean jackets out there. From simple and cropped to fleece-lined (for cold weather), these denim jackets are worth eyeing for a spot in your weekly rotation.
"The denim jacket I've worn the most, by far, is an old Gap denim jacket that I think I've owned since college (at least). After all these years, it's still in great shape but so perfectly worn-in it will take a very special piece to replace it (if that ever happens). Since I bought mine so long ago, I can't find the exact style on the site, but this one comes close."
"I'm really into cropped denim jackets right now. Who knew we could keep reinventing a simple denim jacket?"
"It's not every day you come across a great crop like this. It also stands away from the body in the back, which makes for a cool silhouette."
"I found a vintage version of this jacket at Goodwill back when I was in college, and truth be told, I still wear it all the time. While it's not the most polished piece I own, I love that it keeps me cozy while adding a relaxed twist when layered over a summery dress."
"I'm so obsessed with my Levi's trucker jacket I wrote an entire story about it. I love that it's 100% cotton (so it has a vintage feel) and is just oversize enough to be able to layer a sweater underneath."
"I love this denim jacket from Reformation. It's easy to wear with everything from dresses to jeans. This raw hem also adds a fun texture to any look."
"I own a couple of jean jackets, but the one I pretty much live in is a medium-wash one from Mother with a sherpa collar. I bought it in a medium because the small was sold out, but now I love the oversize fit. It's my go-to most days. (It provides the perfect amount of warmth fall through spring in L.A.) I wish I were bold enough to pull off denim-on-denim so I could wear it when I'm already wearing blue jeans. My Mother jacket style is sold out, but this Drifter variation is similar."
"I bought an authentic vintage Levi's jacket years ago, and it's still the one I always reach for because of its true-blue wash and boxier fit. This trucker jacket may be a modern version, but it comes surprisingly close to my own beloved denim jacket."
"Lately I've been really into denim jackets with an oversize fit. This one from Khaite has a relaxed fit but also feels elevated with the brand's signature gold-accented buttons."
Now scroll down and pick the denim jacket that's right for you.
A classic denim jacket to go with everything you own.
Style this with all of your high-waisted bottoms.
The ivory hue of this feels like an elevated step up from your standard blue-denim jacket.
Add this to your ensemble when you want a relaxed feel to your look.
This jacket has been Kaia Gerber–approved.
We can't get over the '80s feel of this silhouette
This is not your everyday denim jacket.
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Dale Chong.