Best denim jackets for women—jean jackets that work year-round

The coolest of cover-ups, these are the best denim jackets to add to your wardrobe

Best denim jackets
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When it comes to trans-seasonal dressing, the best denim jackets are our greatest wardrobe go-to. 

Why? Because the best denim jackets are a worthy investment, guaranteed to be worn over and over again. Created by denim legend Levi Strauss back in 1880 (having also made the first pair of jeans ten years earlier), denim jackets were originally designed to be a durable piece of clothing worn by cowboys, miners, and railroad workers. Although denim jackets have evolved since then, they certainly haven’t shaken off their cool aesthetic.

Lighter than the best winter coats or best leather jackets, the best denim jackets are a great layering tool so you can wear them year-round. If you opt for an oversized style, you can layer over chunky knits for extra warmth, and wear them slouchy over dresses when the sun is out.

Just as trends for the best jeans come and go, denim jacket fashion varies too. From the oversized jean jackets of the 90s to the distressed styles of the ’00s, the best denim jackets have been worn by countless style icons like Meghan Markle, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Rihanna. And let’s not forget the iconic double denim trend rocked on the red carpet by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake in 2001. 

“The best thing about denim jackets is that they actually get better with age,” says Joely Chilcott, Acting Fashion Editor at woman&home. “The worn-in look gives them that cool retro finish that’s looser and comfier to wear too. Although some denim jackets can feel stiff when you first buy them, the more you wear, the comfier they get.” 

Where to shop for the best denim jackets

Short on time? No problem. These are our go-to brands for finding the best denim jackets in a hurry 

  • Good American - plus size pieces from $89/£83.46
  • H&M - affordable denim from $29.99/£19.99
  • Levi's - the original jean jacket from $79.50/£70
  • Zara - fashion-forward designs from $39.90/£27.99

The best denim jackets as chosen by our fashion team

If you’re in the market for the best denim jackets, we’ve done the hard work and rounded up our favorite styles you can snap up now and wear forever.

Best black denim jackets

Mango Cotton Denim Jacket

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1. Mango Cotton Denim Jacket

RRP: $59.99/£35.99
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Very versatile+Soft material

When a blue jacket seems too casual, let this black cotton number slide in. Just as cool and rebellious as its blue sister, but with a smarter aesthetic, it’s perfect for throwing over a fancy frock in the evening. The darker hue makes it a stylish transitional piece too, toughening up floaty summer frocks and making them autumn-ready. With a slight stretch, this has a snug fit that’s soft on the skin. A worthy addition to your collection.

ASOS Design Original Denim Jacket in Black

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2. ASOS Design Original Denim Jacket in Black

RRP: $36/£25
Sizes: US 0-14/ UK 4-18
Reasons to buy
+Lived-in look+Good for petites

The slightly washed hue gives this jean jacket a more lived-in look. It has a cropped finish and a regular fit so is perfect for petite people and teaming with high-waisted jeans. A black denim jacket looks effortlessly chic thrown over a white t-shirt for a pared-back monochrome look. Alternatively, give it a dressier spin and wear with a silky cami dress and barely-there sandals.

Burberry Feelee Denim Jacket

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3. Burberry Feelee Denim Jacket

RRP: $1790/£1,350
Sizes: UK6-UK12
Reasons to buy
+Designer style+Makes a statement 


If you want a denim jacket that makes a statement then this Burberry will do just that. It blends different types of denim for a soft and comfortable feel and the silver studs give a glam but fierce finish to the look. You can even save some money on this with the 24s half price sale that gives 50% off a selected number of items.

Best cropped denim jackets

H&M Boxy Denim Jacket

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4. H&M Boxy Denim Jacket

RRP: $29.99/£24.99
Sizes: XXS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Partly recycled fabric

With distressed detailing and a raw hem, this one ticks all the cool boxes. H&M are pros when it comes to affordable and well-made denim and this one has heaps of top reviews from happy customers. It has a boxy, oversized fit for a relaxed finish and can come up slightly large so you may want to downsize if you want a tighter fit. The cotton content is partly recycled too, ticking that sustainable fashion brand box.

NA-KD Organic Contrast Seam Denim Cropped Overshirt

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5. NA-KD Organic Contrast Seam Denim Cropped Overshirt

RRP: $59.95/£40.95
Sizes: XXS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Contrast stitching+Smart dark wash

Darker washes tend to look smarter, so if you’re looking for more polish in your denim then this one's for you. It has a classic cut with statement contrast stitching for extra interest, making it look way more expensive than it is. The shorter hemline makes it easy to pair with high-waisted styles and if you want to go all-out, opt for the coordinating jeans too. For extra bonus points, it’s crafted using sustainable materials, win-win!

Zara Cropped Denim Jacket

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6. Zara Cropped Denim Jacket

RRP: $49.90/£29.99
Sizes: XS-XXL
Reasons to buy
+Good for petites+Budget-friendly 

If you’re petite and concerned about oversized styles drowning your figure, then this cropped style from Zara is a front runner. It has a close-fit and features an unfinished hem for that laidback cool-girl vibe. The lighter-hue makes it a go-to for throwing over floral frocks but it would look equally chic paired with wintery textures too. Try adding a pair of leather-look leggings or a vinyl skirt.

Best oversized denim jackets

Good American Good 90s Jacket

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7. Good American Good 90s Jacket

RRP: $179/£169
Sizes: XS-5XL
Reasons to buy
+Cute colour+Inclusive size range

Shake up your colour palette with this super sleek lilac number for a fresh update. The oversized fit gives it that 90s aesthetic and perfect for layering over cable-knit jumpers or a chunky roll neck in the winter. When it comes to inclusive denim, Good American has got you covered too, going up to 5XL. Complete the retro look and team with a pair of mom jeans and chunky white trainers.

All Saints Piper Denim Jacket

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8. All Saints Piper Denim Jacket

RRP: $185/£119
Sizes: US 00-10/ UK 4-14
Reasons to buy
+Cool acid wash+Easy-to-wear

This slouchy jacket from All Saints is guaranteed to make any outfit look achingly cool. Featuring acid-wash grey, shank buttons and a frayed hem, it takes the classic denim cover-up up a stylish notch. Minimal styling is needed with this one—layer over a hoodie and jeans for a casual weekend getup or wear with your LBD for a rock’n’roll evening look that will get you noticed.

Stradivarius Oversized Denim Jacket

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9. Stradivarius Oversized Denim Jacket

RRP: $49.90/£29.99
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+90s inspired+Budget-friendly

Keep it classic and effortless in this cool blue number. With distressed detailing and an oversized fit, it’s bringing all the 90s vibes to your wardrobe. Tap into the nostalgia and wear with matching denim jeans or mix it up and wear over cute tea dress and stompy boots for a festival-ready look.

Best white denim jackets

Destroyed Long & Lean Trucker Jacket

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10. Destroyed Long & Lean Trucker Jacket

RRP: $128/£118
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Longer hem+Room for layering

This longline denim style taps into shacket territory making it the perfect transitional piece for that tricky in-between weather dressing. With plenty of room for layering, you can wear it over a simple white tee or a thick wooly jumper. It has an oversized, slouchy silhouette with ripped detailing for a casual finish. Keep it polished and team with other neutral hues for a chic tonal look.

Gap Icon Denim Jacket with Washwell

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11. Gap Icon Denim Jacket with Washwell

RRP: $69.95/£49.95
Sizes: XS-XXL
Reasons to buy
+Soft fabric +Slight stretch for comfort

Gap’s Icon Denim Jacket is an everyday essential and the white iteration deserves a spot in your denim rotation too. Customers highly rate its true-to-size fit and soft, 100% cotton fabric. It has minimal stretch but fits neatly to your figure, allowing for plenty of movement without being too stiff. It’s also part of Gap’s WashWell program, which uses less water than conventional methods.

Khaite Richard Denim Jacket

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12. Khaite Richard Denim Jacket

RRP: $680/£580
Sizes: XS-L
Reasons to buy
+High-end quality+Investment piece

White doesn’t have to mean stark white and ecru is a stylish alternative that’s easier on the eye (and less risky when you’re holding a coffee cup!) High-end fashion brand Khaite’s denim offering is polished to perfection and this ivory number is no different with luxe-looking gold tone buttons and softly washed cotton. An investment piece that will stand the test of time.

Best Levi’s denim jacket

Levi's Ex-boyfriend Trucker jacket

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13. Levi’s Ex Boyfriend Trucker Jacket

RRP: $98/£110
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Oversized fit +Can be customized 

This boyfriend-style jacket also has a slightly oversized fit for a relaxed silhouette. An elongated hem and longer sleeves give the OG jean jacket a modern update and a cooler finish. You can even get it customized with your name embroidered on the chest for an extra personal and unique touch. Available in five different washes, it’s part of Levi’s sustainable collection too. Wear with your Levi's jeans for a head-to-toe denim look. 

Levi's Original Sherpa Trucker Jacket

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14. Original Sherpa Trucker Jacket

RRP: $98/£110
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Sherpa lining for warmth+Classic style

As expected, Levi’s denim jacket collection is packed full of gems so you’re bound to find one to suit you. We’re spoilt for choice tbh! For a more-wintery take on the typically spring style, this sherpa lined jacket gets our vote. A fuzzy update on their classic trucker style it will keep you warm during the colder months. Crafted from 100% cotton with a regular fit, it has soft quilted lining in the sleeves too.

Levi's Louella Jacket

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15. Louella Jacket

RRP: $118/£130
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Retro feel+Zip fastening

Take the classic denim cover-up to new heights with this 80s-inspired bomber. With a pointed collar, zip fastening and ribbed cuffs and hem it gives the retro fabric a fresh and feminine update. Just as versatile as the rest, wear with a pleated midi skirt or team with wide-leg trousers and trainers for a relaxed sporty look.

Best long denim jackets

Whistles denim zip front cargo jacket

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16. Whistles Denim Zip Front Denim Cargo Jacket

RRP: $199/£99
Sizes: US: 0-14/UK: 4-18
Reasons to buy
+Relaxed fit+Organic cotton

Step away from the classic button-up style, and give this trendy zip-up number a go for a modern refresh. It has dropped shoulders and a relaxed fit, adding to the casual aesthetic. The statement cargo pockets give it a bit of a utility vibe that would look great paired with khaki or camel. Crafted from 100% organic cotton, it’s lightweight and more sustainable too.

Ted Baker Gellier Raw Denim Tie Waist Utility Jacket

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17. Ted Baker Gellier Raw Denim Tie Waist Utility Jacket

RRP: $295/£175
Sizes: US 2-12/ UK 4-14
Reasons to buy
+Super flattering+Utility style

For a more feminine silhouette, this belted style is a winner. With a longer length and a built-in belt, it cinches you in at the waist for a flattering finish. The darker hue keeps the aesthetic smart and the utility inspired pockets gives it a cooler edge. Go head-to-toe and wear with the matching skirt or team with khaki slim-fit trousers and cream mules for a sophisticated office-worthy look.

Nudie Jeans Nina Worker Denim Jacket

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18. Nudie Jeans Nina Worker Denim Jacket

RRP: $230/£155
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+Sustainable +Extremely versatile

Taking inspo from traditional French workwear with a nod to 90s denim this shirt-like jacket has a utilitarian feel. Perfect for teaming with your wardrobe basics—a pair of black jeans and a tee or layering over a maxi dress, it’s extremely versatile and looks just as good buttoned up as it does worn open. Nudie takes pride in their sustainability and you can check out the production process on its website for full transparency.

Best denim coats

J Crew Relaxed Trench Coat in Denim

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19. J Crew Relaxed Trench Coat in Denim

RRP: $278/£311
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Reasons to buy
+Smart aesthetic+Timeless style

Combining two timeless classics—denim fabric and a trench design—J Crew has given the cool fabric a sleeker edge and we love it. Featuring a smart double-breasted cut with a relaxed fit, it makes smart-casual dressing a breeze. Keep it polished and wear with tailored trousers and a pussybow blouse for your 9-5 getup.

Madewell Denim Oversized Chore Coat in Laurelton Wash

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20. Madewell Denim Oversized Chore Coat in Laurelton Wash

RRP: $158/£158
Sizes: XXS-XXL
Reasons to buy
+Longer length+Good for layering

A duster-length take on the iconic shirt jacket, this oversized piece of outerwear will make weekend dressing a breeze. It has a bright blue finish for a vintage appeal and a longer length for extra coverage. Thicker than your average shacket, you’ll be able to take it straight through to winter too, making it an all-year winner.

Slvrlake Maverick Born to Run Jacket

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21. Slvrlake Maverick Born to Run Jacket

RRP: $679/£491
Sizes: XS-L
Reasons to buy
+Statement style+Premium quality

If you’re really looking to make a statement with your denim then look no further than this coat from cult LA brand Slvrlake. Drawing inspiration from the old and new and using top quality materials, this midi-length coat features flared sleeves and a flattering a-line cut. Quirky and elegant, keep the rest of your outfit minimal and let the coat take centre stage.

Best sherpa denim jackets

Wrangler Heritage Sherpa Jacket

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22. Wrangler Heritage Sherpa Jacket

RRP: $149/£100
Sizes: XS-XXL
Reasons to buy
+Vintage style+Longer hem

Sherpa-lined denim jackets have that same casual-cool appeal but with added warmth ensuring wearabilty during winter too. This classic vintage-looking jacket from jean experts Wrangler has an oversized fit and a longer hem with a cozy sherpa interior. As easy to style as your regular denim, offset the slouchy style with a pair of skinny jeans and over-the-knee boots.

Gap Oversized Denim Sherpa Jacket

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23. Gap Oversized Denim Sherpa Jacket

RRP: $118/£79.95
Sizes: XS-XL
Reasons to buy
+True to size+Warm for winter

Another must-have from denim pros Gap, this non-stretch sherpa lined denim jacket has an oversized fit for that throw-on and go vibe. The perfect winter replacement to your cotton denim jacket, layer over knit dresses, cashmere joggers or matching denim jeans. It fits true to size so there’s no need to size down and you can snap it up in regular, tall and petite too.

Isabel Marant Dipauline faux-shearling denim jacket

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24. Isabel Marant Dipauline faux-shearling denim jacket

RRP: $690/£610
Sizes: US 2-6/ UK 6-10
Reasons to buy
+Extra warmth+Designer style

Elevate your denim with this fluffy number from designer Isabel Marant. With an asymmetrical fastening and a faux-shearling lining, it’s a bolder take on the classic cover-up that will see you through the colder months in style. Made from non-stretch fabric, it has a looser fit leaving room for layering underneath. 

How to style a denim jacket

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Once you’ve added a denim jacket to your capsule wardrobe, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. From throwing over your favorite summer dresses to doubling up the look by teaming it with the best jeans, denim jackets are incredibly versatile. They also have that vintage aesthetic that gives your outfit an effortlessly cool edge.

“Cropped styles are great for the summer, especially in lighter washes including ecru and white for a fresher take. Finishing at the waist, they’re super flattering too,” adds Joely.

There are heaps of different styles and washes too. Whether you’re after an 80s inspired acid wash or an oversized borrowed-from-the-boys look, you’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to hunting down your dream denim. If you’re after something smarter, look for darker washes in a more fitted cut for a more polished evening look.

Charlie Bell

Charlie is the Acting Deputy Fashion Editor across multiple women’s magazines and also a freelance fashion, beauty and lifestyle editor. 

She bagged her first magazine job in 2009 and has previously written for titles including Woman & Home, Closer and Dare. Over the years Charlie has embraced anything that was thrown at her from styling celebrities to testing out the best jeans on the high street to writing about must-have beauty buys. 

With a weakness for a printed midi dress, Charlie is on a mission to shop more sustainably and loves finding new ethical brands and second-hand buys. You can follow her on Instagram @fashionabell_