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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 the autumn leaves and chillier weather are arriving soon, we’ve rounded up some of the best jean jackets for women to wear this fall and beyond. Ahead, check out our favorite picks from brands frequently spotted on A-listers.
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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. Isabel Marant Étoile Bolinea Cropped 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.
3. Hidden Jeans Frayed Hem Crop Denim Jacket
For an edgier look, Hidden Jeans’ frayed hem denim jacket will earn you style points. This light wash jacket has just the right amount of distressing for those who don’t want to go too far into punk-rock territory.
4. 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.
5. 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 fall to spring and summer, and it features a relaxed fit with a hem that hits just below the waist.
6. 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 fall days.
7. 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.
8. Blank NYC Faux Shearling & Denim Trucker Jacket
This faux shearling and denim trucker jacket by Blank NYC is great for making a statement while staying cozy. It features an oversized trucker fit, a comfortable lining and a front zip closure.
9. 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.
10. Frame Le Oversized Jacket
Florence Pugh, Jessica Alba and Kate Bosworth are among L.A.-based Frame’s starry fans. The luxe label recently 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.
11. Ética Hunter Denim Jacket
Brie Larson, Lucy Hale and Emmy Rossum are just a few stars who’ve worn sustainable denim brand Ética. For fall, 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.
12. 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.
13. Mother The Mountain Drifter Jacket
If the psychedelic ’60s is more of your throwback jam, Mother’s embroidered denim jacket (which is now on sale) 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.
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