THE SPRING DENIM JACKET TREND
WHY YOU'LL WISH YOU HELD ONTO THAT DENIM JACKET YOU WORE IN THE 90S
Perhaps it's the un-ending versatility of denim that has made it a wardrobe staple ever since its inception in the 17th century - or possibly before, depending on the source. Since it was declared cool by American youth in the 1950's, (after being relegated for many years to the humble apparel of cowboys and miners) denim has undergone many incarnations.
From the sleek dark indigo of the 70's to the regrettable, deliberate distress and fading of the noughties, this season sees denim emerge as the perfect transeasonal fabric, especially for jackets. We picked five of our favourite styles to try now.
This mid-wash style with subtle fading from Acne encompasses all the classic features of the original denim jacket, but is cut slim in the body to emphasise a trim torso (or perhaps add to the illusion). This piece won't date and lacks the embellishment that would make it un-wearable next season.
A current favourite jacket gets the denim treatment with this jacket by cult brand Waven. The contrasting collar, waistband and cuffs give it a more casual feel, and the subtle distressed fabric gives it instant street cred.
The Vintage One
No list of denim jackets would be complete without a mention of pioneers Levis Strauss & Co. Every man should invest in the original, especially since it has been seldom improved upon for over 50 years. Featuring pleated detail on the front and authentic distressed areas on the sleeves, this is a jacket with history woven into its fabric.
The Trendy One
Not one for the fainthearted or shy and retiring, this blazer by Junya Wantanabe is a celebration of quirky patchwork, interspersed with leather and tweed. However, this is not a jacket to be taken too seriously and requires confidence and expert styling to make it work day to day.
The White One
There's something about white denim that is so crisp and fresh, making it ideal for a summer staple. This one from Whistles is clean in its detailing, with subtle stitching and hidden pockets, so the emphasis stays on the simple overall shape. Take advantage of this by pairing with more formal pieces for an elegant look.