The History Of Denim Jackets, From The 1880s To Today

It’s a classic staple.

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There’s no piece of clothing quite as classic as a denim jacket (well, besides its cousin the jeans). Ahead, TZR does a deep dive into the evolution of the iconic outerwear, including how it went from a workwear staple to a high-style item.

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Levis Strauss invented jeans in the 1870s and after their instant success, he wanted a top to go with them. Thus, the denim jacket was born in 1888. The outerwear, which was adopted by cowboys and railroad engineers, was originally named the “Triple Pleat Blouse.”ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images