A workwear staple, there’s practically nothing more “Americana” than the denim jacket. Innovating on the “Bleu Serge de Nîmes,” indigo workwear produced in Nîmes, France, modern denim—and in this case, the denim jacket—has Levi Strauss to thank. Starting with the Triple Pleat Blouse in 1880, Levi’s would set the standard for the contemporary denim jacket with the release of the Type I denim jacket (also known as the 506XX blouse) in the early 1900s.

That style would continue to see updates into the 1950s with the Type II, and yet again in the 1960s with the Type III. Of course, by that point, Levi’s was no longer the only game in town when it came to denim outwear. While the San Francisco label had established the template, multiple brands have—and continue to—produce their own takes on the modern denim jacket, infusing it with new details or design tweaks along the way. It’s so ubiquitous, that it might be difficult to select one from the metaphorical mountain of options.

Whether you’re interested in learning a little more about Levi’s current iteration on the denim jacket, or are in the market for something a little more runway-inspired, Grailed’s got you covered. These are some of the best denim jackets.

Best Denim Jackets for Men
1. A.P.C. Veste Jean Work Jacket
2. Gucci Embroidered Denim Jacket
3. Helmut Lang Painted Stripe Denim Jacket
4. Kapital Kountry Boro Denim Jacket
5. Levi’s Type III “Trucker” Denim Jacket
6. Maison Margiela Patchwork Denim Jacket
7. Patagonia Steel Forge Denim Jacket
8. Rick Owens DRKSHDW Worker Jacket
9. RRL Lot 271 Denim Jacket
10. Visvim 101 Denim Jacket
11. Neighborhood Stockman Denim Trucker
12. Reese Cooper Distressed Denim Jacket
13. Lee Rider Jacket
14. Kapital "Bones" Appliqued Denim Jacket
15. Fear of God Cropped Denim Trucker

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