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.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best jean jackets for women to wear this spring and beyond, with one find starting at $51.
Luxury options include pieces by Versace (in a jungle print that calls to mind Jennifer Lopez’s iconic Grammy dress) and Off-White, while sustainable choices include styles by Levi’s (based on a vintage 1953 style, made partly from Tencel Lyocell) and Frame (sewn with thread made from recycled water bottles and made without toxic bleach and other harmful chemicals).
Read on below for picks loved by the likes of Beyoncé, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Kidman, Kerry Washington and more.
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1. Levi’s Heritage Fit Trucker Jacket
Levi’s gives its classic silhouette the eco treatment with this vintage-inspired trucker jacket, which is made from a blend of cotton and sustainable Tencel Lyocell. 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. Versace Palm Print Denim Jacket
Versace’s iconic jungle print (we all remember when Jennifer Lopez wore it to the 42nd Grammy awards) gets a jeanswear makeover. This cotton-blend collared jacket hits just below the hips and boasts gold-tone hardware with the Italian fashion house’s emblem, stitched panels, and a logo plaque on the back.
3. Frame Le Oversized Jacket
, and Kate Bosworth are among L.A.-based Frame’s starry fans. For spring, the luxe label teamed with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a nonprofit that advocates for a circular economy for the fashion industry. This sustainable version of the cult-fave brand’s oversized denim jacket is made from organic cotton and is 90% biodegradable, and it’s sewn with thread made from recycled water bottles. The denim’s wash is made using energy- and water-saving techniques without toxic bleach and other harmful chemicals and materials.
4. AllSaints Two-Tone Denim Jacket
For an edgy silhouette, try U.K.-based AllSaints’ cropped gray jacket with chest pockets. It has an oversized fit in the sleeves and a cool stepped edge finish on the hem and cuffs.
5. Veronica Beard Jean Cara Jean Jacket
Relive the ’80s with this light wash denim jacket by Veronica Beard, a favorite of Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kerry Washington. The faded acid wash and distressed finish give it a vintage-inspired look, making it a great piece for adding a casual edge to your ensemble.
6. Mother The Mountain Drifter Jacket
If the psychedelic ’60s is more of your throwback jam, Mother’s embroidered denim jacket will fulfill your nostalgic fashion dreams. This boxy silhouette has a classic bright blue wash, and it’s embellished with trippy designs (think magical mushrooms and playful snails)that will bring you back to decades past.
7. Off-White Multi-Pocket Riserva Jacket
Helmed by Louis Vuitton menswear creative director Virgil Abloh, luxe streetwear label Off-White is beloved by high fashion lovers and hypebeasts for its edgy and elevated silhouettes (not to mention its ironic use of quotation marks). This utilitarian-inspired denim jacket has chest and side flap pockets, a detachable waist belt, and a frayed hem. It’s finished with Off-White’s signature screen-printed typography across the back.
8. Rag & Bone Nico Denim Jacket
For a sleek, slim-fit look, cult-favorite label Rag & Bone offers effortless comfort with this black jacket. It’s made of rigid 12-ounce Turkish denim had features classic metal rivet buttons for a vintage-inspired touch.
9. 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.