We think it’s safe to assume you own a denim jacket. If you don’t, you’ve clicked on the right story. The latest crop of jean toppers come with fashion-forward flare—we’re talking major sartorial updates like bold shoulders, oversized silhouettes and ultra-tailored fits. In a spectrum of washes from pale to over-dyed (some styles offer a mishmash of both), it’s all about impactful details— raw hems, contrast topstitching and exaggerated sleeves being the most prevalent.
Thanks to the heavy resurgence of 80s and 90s-inspired fashion, It girls like Bella Hadid and up-and-comer Zoey Deutch have proven how the throwback trend can feel refreshingly modern whether you aim for a baggy silhouette atop layered separates or a trim two-piece set á la the Canadian tuxedo. Kendall Jenner has donned a denim-on-denim ‘fit in which an asymmetrical Balenciaga version appears decidedly fresh with simple skinny jeans—a fail-safe combination you can easily re-create.
Whether you’re looking to replace a timeworn version or are simply craving a fresh option to add into the mix, ahead, we’ve plucked 20 fashion-forward denim jackets at a range of price points. Give this so-now look a try.
The Fashion-Forward Denim Jacket
Kendall Jenner In Balenciaga
Zoey Deutch In Lorod
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Ravaged details loosen up this tailored version.
This jacket comes tattered with a loose-fitting silhouette.
A light wash, raw hem and oversized boxy fit is laidback yet sleek.
With a relaxed fit, this vintage-inspired wash has the ultimate lived-in look.
Channel the '90s in non-stretch denim tie-dye.
This moto version comes with an exaggerated collar and sleeves.
DENIMRUSH founder Aparna Avasarala turns denim jackets into one-of-a-kind wearable works of art. She revives vintage styles with hand-painted designs that are machine washable.
A tie-neck detail is a fresh update to a classic slim-fit style.
Utility meets drama by way of billowing curved sleeves, contrast detailing and sleek hardware.
Wear this rigid Japanese denim jacket as a contrast to fluid fabrics or with equally dyed jeans for maximum cool.
Hand-cut and resewn in L.A., this RE/DONE jacket is made from repurposed vintage Levi's.
In a cropped silhouette, this mixed denim jacket is retro-chic.
With a nipped-in waist, sculpted shoulders are modern and figure flattering.
Raw denim and utility accents keep this relaxed fit fashion forward.
Patchwork denim with frayed edges is decidedly bold.
For a '90s redux, go for stonewashed denim with exaggerated pockets.
Who knew a denim jacket could feel so feminine?
Get in on the western trend via a belted silhouette with flap pockets.
Voluminous shoulders and a corseted fit combine for the most pristine denim jacket we've ever seen.
This cropped light blue jacket is topped with tulle.