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From Geena Davis’ pearl-studded Jett Paris piece in Thelma & Louise to the teen gang uniforms in The Outsiders, denim jackets have shaped some of the most iconic film characters. Since its debut in the late 1800s by denim inventor Levi Strauss, jean jackets have gone from blue-collar workwear essentials to versatile wardrobe staples worn by truckers and Hollywood stars alike.
Now that balmier weather is arriving soon, we’ve rounded up some of the best jean jackets for women to wear this spring and beyond. Whether you’re pairing your piece with low-rise denim or baggy jeans, check out our favorite picks from brands frequently spotted on A-listers, including Everlane, Mother, Frame, Levi’s and more.
1. Levi’s Shacket Trucker Jacket
Levi’s gives its classic silhouette the oversized treatment with this workwear-inspired shacket trucker jacket, which is made from a blend of cotton and sustainable Tencel Lyocell. Part oversized shirt and part jacket, this denim piece takes its shape from the California-based brand’s original 1953 Type II Trucker Jacket and features pleated detailing and two flap pockets.
2. Everlane The Modern Jean Jacket
Everlane’s Modern Jean Jacket adds a sustainable twist to the classic denim style. Perfect with your favorite basic tee or a dressier blouse, it’s made of 98 percent organic cotton and 2 percent elastane, and the sustainable production process uses less water, microplastic-free dyes, recycled trim and no harmful chemicals. (Angelina Jolie, Meghan Markle, Adele and Carey Mulligan are among the stars who have been spotted wearing Everlane.)
3. Retrofête Women’s Ada Denim Jacket
This puff-sleeved denim jacket by Retrofête brings a little bit of cottagecore and a little bit of country to your spring looks. It’s made of mid-weight stretch denim and has adjustable cinching in the back.
4. Polo Ralph Lauren Military Denim Field Jacket
5. Rixo Rhae Quilted Denim Wrap Jacket
This quilted denim wrap jacket from Rixo has a mandarin collar and is finished with playful ties, giving it a whimsical and vintage touch to anyone wants to add effortless cool to their spring wardrobe.
6. Isabel Marant Étoile Tadia Short Denim Jacket
Known for her bohemian-cool aesthetic (and her Hollywood following), designer Isabel Marant has put her effortless spin on the classic denim jacket. This cropped jacket from her Étoile line features playful shoulder pleats, a loose fit and distressed detailing.
7. Hidden Jeans Frayed Edge Denim Jacket
For an edgier look, Hidden Jeans’ frayed hem denim jacket will earn you style points. This light wash jacket with an ombre hem has just the right amount of distressing for those who don’t want to go too far into punk-rock territory.
8. Wrangler Women’s Stretch Denim Jacket
You can’t go wrong with a dark wash denim jacket, like this one by classic jeans brand Wrangler. Available in multiple colorways, this jacket has a bit of stretch so you can move comfortably all day.
9. DL 1961 Tilda Shirt Jacket
We love DL 1961’s denim shirt jacket for roomy front patch pockets, relaxed workwear fit and subtle distressing on the edges. Even better: The Piece is made of 100 percent sustainable cotton that uses less water during production.
10. Wild Fable Denim Trucker Jacket
Not all of the best women’s denim jackets need to break the bank, as evidenced by this light wash trucker jacket from Target’s in-house brand, Wild Fable. This versatile piece will take you through spring and summer to fall, and it features a relaxed fit with a hem that hits just below the waist.
11. Madewell Workwear Collection Herringbone Denim Chore Coat
If you’re a fan of workwear-inspired style, Madewell is always a reliable source. The brand’s herringbone denim chore coat was inspired by flea market finds and is made of two-toned denim with a retro herringbone texture, making it an effortless piece of outerwear for those casual spring days.
12. AG Jeans Robyn Jacket
AG Jeans is often spotted on no shortage of stylish stars, including Gisele Bundchen, Olivia Palermo, Emma Roberts, Sofia Vergara and many others. This piece from the premium denim brand is one of the best black jean jackets, as the dark wash lends itself to dressier occasions as well as casual ones.
13. Lucky Brand Women’s Tomboy Trucker Jacket
Go ahead, break the no-white-after-Labor-Day rule with this trucker jacket by Lucky Brand. It’s made of a rayon and spandex blend, so expect a comfortable fit that allows room for movement.
14. Frame Le Oversized Inverted Jacket
Florence Pugh, Jessica Alba and Kate Bosworth are among L.A.-based Frame’s starry fans. This inverted version of the cult-fave brand’s oversized denim jacket was made by splitting, flipping and sewing another piece to this silhouette for a one-of-a-kind look.
15. Ética Hunter Denim Jacket
Brie Larson, Lucy Hale and Emmy Rossum are just a few stars who’ve worn sustainable denim brand Ética. The brand puts an eco-conscious spin on the classic blue jean jacket with this versatile piece, which was produced using less water and energy in a fair-trade factory. It’s made of a cotton and Lycocell blend that’s approved by Bluesign, which means it doesn’t contain any chemicals that are harmful for your health or the earth.
16. Mother The Back Road Jacket
If the ’60s is more of your throwback jam, Mother’s oversized denim jacket will fulfill your nostalgic fashion dreams. This boxy silhouette has a classic bright blue wash with subtle fading, roomy sleeves, side slit pockets and fleece and shearling patchwork on the back that evokes coziness. The chest features the remnants of two patch pockets for an extra vintage-inspired look.
17. Kedera Pearl-Embellished Denim Jacket
Reminiscent of Geena Davis’ embellished look by L.A. label Jett Paris in Thelma & Louise, this denim jacket by Kedera adds a modern touch to the ’90s character’s outerwear. It’s adorned with pearls and crystals across the shoulders and the distressed finish lends a vintage-inspired aesthetic.
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