Virgil Abloh wearing a blue denim jacket and Louis Vuitton sunglasses
Highsnobiety / Julien Tell

Highsnobiety’s How-To series is a toolkit for your future wardrobe, equipped with sets of tips and related products to help you style some of the industry’s most seminal silhouettes.

Leading on from the first installment of our budding How-To series, where we styled the best cardigans for men, we now turn our attention to the denim jacket. Indicative of timeless design, and regarded worlds over as the staple of all staples, the denim jacket is an unwavering style icon, and foundational to the wardrobes of the world’s best-dressed. Fortified by a compelling subcultural history, denim as a fabric forsakes the formality of ageless alternatives, surpassing the likes of chino cloth with pure, unadulterated personality.

Much like the iconic MA-1 bomber jacket, the denim jacket spans a seemingly infinite number of style strata, used in both an auxiliary capacity, and as the standout piece. And like other timeless designs, the denim jacket only gets better with age, developing a sort-of patina, highlighted by frayed edging, loose thread, and discoloration. Having outfitted everyone from punks to preps, the denim jacket remains wholly relevant in 2020, with the likes of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White™, and Demna Gvasalia’s Vetements continuing to reinterpret the silhouette, while never moving too far away from its original form.

Shop a list of the best denim jackets for men in 2020 below, together with tips on how to style them for summer.

Double Denim

Highsnobiety / Eva Al Desnudo

Rooted in utilitarianism, the denim jacket featured above references the design’s earliest applications as a piece of workwear. Expertly juxtaposed against a pair of denim pants and a crushed fabric shirt, we see that the taboo of donning double denim might not be as serious as everyone first thought. Replicate this look with a pocket-heavy iteration from Dsquared2, the Contrast Stitch Pocket Shirt from Jacquemus, and a pair of Saint Laurent shades.

Multi Pocket Denim Jacket

Multi Pocket Denim Jacket

$885

DSQUARED2

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

Buy at Luisaviaroma
Contrast Stitch Pocket Shirt

Contrast Stitch Pocket Shirt

$300

Jacquemus

Buy at Farfetch
Silver SL 250 Sunglasses

Silver SL 250 Sunglasses

$365

Saint Laurent

Buy at ssense

The Power of Print

Highsnobiety / Eva Al Desnudo

Denim will forever be one of the greatest materials to print on. Not only does the material take to paint exceptionally well, but as it decays, so does the print, developing a patina as unique as the fabric itself. Reminiscent of denim’s “punkier” beginnings, the outfit above, paired with some bold white Cuban boots, alerts us to the advantages of contrast. An alternative can be shopped below if you can’t bring yourself to part ways with your black leather stompers, but still want to work with contrast.

Les Oranges Print Denim Jacket

Les Oranges Print Denim Jacket

from $391

Casablanca

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)
Les Oranges Print Straight Leg Jeans

Les Oranges Print Straight Leg Jeans

from $341

Casablanca

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

Square-Toe Leather Boots

from $700

Acne Studios

(Available at 2 Merchants)
(Available at 2 Merchants)

New Age

Highsnobiety / Eva Al Desnudo

There is something very special about teal-colored denim. The way the fabric reacts with the color develops a shade so unique, that iterations made from it often stand out from the rest. Seen here layered over the top of an open button-down shirt, and a pair of corduroy pants, alternative takes such as this deserve a home in any respectable Spring wardrobe. Start moving towards a look for the future with pieces like the green cotton denim jacket by MSGM, and a fitting pair of green corduroy pants courtesy of Norse Projects.

Reflective Patch Denim Jacket

Reflective Patch Denim Jacket

$252

MSGM

Buy at Farfetch
Albin Corduroy Trouser

Albin Corduroy Trouser

$279

Norse Projects

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $60

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $60

Buy at END.
Small 'Forever Fendi' Camera Bag

Small 'Forever Fendi' Camera Bag

$880

Fendi

Buy at ssense

Layered Up

Highsnobiety / Eva Al Desnudo

As we learned earlier, layering denim on top of more denim is not actually a bad thing… in fact, we only want to encourage it moving forward! As each layer wears down in its own time, wearing such pieces together deepens each outfit by presenting a patchwork of indigo shades. So, with that being said, start maximizing the surface area and impact of your next denim ensemble with the Oversized Denim Shirt from Raf Simons, a relaxed pair of Carhartt jeans, and a printed hoodie from Highsnobiety’s latest drop.

Oversized Denim Shirt

Oversized Denim Shirt

$729

Raf Simons

Buy at Raf Simons
Relaxed Dungaree Jean

Relaxed Dungaree Jean

$50

Carhartt

Buy at Carhartt

Hoodie "Inner Life"

$99

Highsnobiety

Buy at Highsnobiety

Tried and True

Highsnobiety / Eva Al Desnudo

The example above is everything a denim jacket deserves to be: well-worn, repetitively washed, and worn on top of just about anything. And who better to create a denim jacket in this context than industry-leader Off-White™, matching perfectly with the refined Mafile Plastron Shirt from Jil Sander, and a pair of cargo pants from Yoon Ahn’s groundbreaking brand, AMBUSH.

Logo-Print Cotton Denim Jacket

Logo-Print Cotton Denim Jacket

$795

Off-White™

FREE SHIPPING & RETURN

FREE SHIPPING & RETURN

Buy at Matchesfashion
Mafile Plastron Cotton & Linen

Mafile Plastron Cotton & Linen

$590

Jil Sander

FREE SHIPPING

FREE SHIPPING

Buy at Luisaviaroma
Belted Cotton-Poplin Cargo Trousers

Belted Cotton-Poplin Cargo Trousers

$625

AMBUSH

FREE SHIPPING & RETURN

FREE SHIPPING & RETURN

Buy at Matchesfashion

Featured outfits

Double Denim

  • Dsquared2 Multi-Pocket Denim Jacket
  • Jacquemus Contrast Stitch Pocket Shirt
  • Saint Laurent Silver 250 Sunglasses

The Power of Print

  • Casablanca Les Oranges Print Denim Jacket
  • Casablanca Les Oranges Print Straight-Leg Jeans
  • Suicoke Tamb-B Rubber Boots

New Age

  • Levi’s Iconic Original Trucker Jacket
  • Fung Lan and Co. Corduroy Pants
  • Issey Miyake Black Pleats Flat 3 Bag

Layered Up

  • Raf Simons Oversized Denim Shirt
  • NONoon Goons Playtime-Print Hooded Sweatshirt
  • Carhartt Relaxed Dungaree Jean

Tried and True

  • Off-White™ Logo-Print Cotton Denim Jacket
  • Jil Sander Mafile Plastron Shirt
  • AMBUSH Belted Cotton-Poplin Cargo Trousers

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