The 10 Coolest Denim Jackets For Fall Layering

by Sidney Burds

The 10 Coolest Denim Jackets For Fall Layering
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Bare arms and thin tops will need a little layering help to give them longevity into the cooler months. It’s time to break out the tried-and-true jacket to end all jackets: the denim jacket.


You can never go wrong with a classic denim jacket. The styling possibilities are truly endless. Sweaters, tanks, dresses and even denim on denim can look incredibly cool.


Keep reading for our top 10 denim jacket picks that will make the perfect transition pieces as we head into our fall wardrobes. Even if you already have a classic version you love, who’s to say you don’t need one with full fringe?


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Free People Rumors Denim Jacket


You can never have too much black in your wardrobe. If laundry day at your home is dominated by dark washes, this Free People denim jacket is a must. The slight fading on the fabric gives this jacket a lived-in feel as if you've had it for years. It gives it a look of history when you're really just starting your long term relationship.

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Dark Wash

Levi's Dad Trucker Jacket


Denim jackets aren't always known for being cozy. Sometimes denim can feel a little stiff in the cold. If you're wanting a jacket to snuggle up in, wear this Levi's jacket. The inside and collar are lined with sherpa to add extra warmth. It also hits on the teddy coat trend in a less bulky, casual way.

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Sherpa Trim

Understated Leather Denim Moto Jacket


Is the normal denim jacket silhouette not exciting enough for you? How about one covered in studs? This Understated Leather denim jacket is an attention grabber for sure. It has a traditional moto jacket cut, front zip closure, oversized lapels and multiple pockets. Amped up with stud embellishments, wear this rocking denim jacket with ruffled frocks and sneakers to balance out its tough look.

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Alice + Olivia Jeans Boxy Cropped Jacket


This jacket gives the rest of your traditional denim washes a run for their money. It's a non-stretch denim jacket but with a leopard print pattern. The rock-and-roll vibe gets pushed even further thanks to the distressed cropped hemline. Wear it with your favorite high-waist jeans and some trendy fall ankle booties.

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Animal Print

& Other Stories Belted Workwear Jacket


The faint of heart need not apply. This jacket is only for the most dedicated denim lovers. Made of organic cotton, this long, rigid jacket hits below the hip and has a belted waist. It goes beyond denim jackets and can actually be worn as a denim top! Go big, or go home with a denim-on-denim pairing: maybe with a kick flare jean or a midi-length sweeping skirt.

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All Out Denim

H&M Denim Jacket


Distressed denim has its own time and place, but if you're wanting your denim jacket to look more refined, wear this H&M jacket. This black wash denim shows no signs of wear or tear that's common on denim styles. Instead, it looks tailored and polished with clean hemlines and a fitted silhouette. It's an excellent option for dressing occasions that you're sometimes unsure of like casual Fridays at the office.

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Back in Black

Everlane The Cropped Denim Jacket


High waist bottoms reign supreme in your wardrobe. And why shouldn't they? They nip at the small of your waist, giving an ever flattering hourglass shape. Since this is the cut you gravitate towards, a cropped jacket like this one from Everlane is an ideal pairing. It will taper in where your bottoms begin, only emphasizing your curved-in waist shape even more!

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Crop It

Levi's Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket


Though we've never had an ex with this good of a style, we would have definitely kept this jacket with zero regrets. Picture fall concerts, tailgates and more in this fun fringe jacket. It has a men's cut, so you can actually wear layers underneath without your movements feeling restricted. This jacket also comes in a black wash that makes the denim material look almost like leather.

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Madewell Denim Chore Coat


There's a certain amount of wear and tear that vintage pieces have that's hard to recreate, but we feel this Madewell jacket comes close. Rather than being completely faded all around, it's worn in places that would naturally show signs of aging over time. Strategically distressed along the collar, hem, sleeves and pockets with authentic looking patches, it's vintage style without the musty, second-hand smell.

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Lived In

Free People Sieze The Day Jacket


Free People took a denim jacket and an army jacket, blended them together and created this casual-cool camo print jacket. It's a unique piece that will feel right at home with any eclectic wardrobe. Rugged enough to take on the cooler elements, start wearing this piece ASAP with a T-shirt, denim cut-offs and slide sandals.