Sing a song of denim and the rough-hewn shirt jacket. Play it in the country and at runway shows everywhere. Add it to your wardrobe as the summer turns to fall. Alright, you get the picture. Denim is back and not just in those trust-worthy jeans you always wear. This fall, it’s the denim shirt jacket taking fashion by storm. People have been quick to peg this trend on the 90s renaissance and Canadian tuxedos, but we think it’s just dudes enjoying a relaxed, unstructured top that doesn’t overdo it. After all, these shirts don’t scream 1990s nostalgia like a denim corset or acid-wash jeans. They simply represent easy Americana and the industry’s bent toward an industrial aesthetic. Not convinced a denim shirt jacket fits into your wardrobe for the fall? Here are the best ones on the market to help change your mind.
INDIGO DENIM SPORT SHIRT by RALPH LAUREN
Inspired by military utility jackets from the 1940s, this hand-distressed jacket showcases the rugged side of American vintage.
SLIM-FIT DENIM SHIRT by UNIQLO
Slim yet broken in, this heavy shirt is designed to look like casual workwear while retaining a sophisticated air you can wear for a night on the town.
CARNAC JACKET by A.P.C.
Visually plain but not lacking when it comes to detail work, this oversized jacket draws its inspiration from Pioneers way back in the 19th century.
THE JACK IN SEA WASHED DENIM by TAYLOR STITCH
Designed to fit better and last longer than other denim shirts, this design looks especially sexy with the sleeves rolled up.
RODEO DENIM JACKET by OUR LEGACY
Just in case denim shirt jackets weren’t American enough, the folks at Our Legacy decided to mix in patch pockets and a rodeo theme for good measure.
INDIGO DENIM SHIRT by GANT RUGGER
Why not step it up a notch and embrace the European side of denim attire? This slim-fit shirt is just the rustic top to wear to the office this fall.
LIGHTWEIGHT SHIRT JACKET by BURBERRY
Diving headfirst into European denim, here’s a vibrant second layer from London fashion house Burberry. Indigo denim never looked this scrumptious.
SELVEDGE DENIM SHIRT by WALLACE & BARNES
Boasting authentic workwear pockets and selvedge denim from one of Japan’s oldest mills, this is the vintage shirt you should be wearing with those tough-to-match white jeans.
DENIM SHIRT JACKET by H&M
Simple and inexpensive without looking cheap, this shirt jacket from the fashion gods at H&M will be an excellent addition to your manly fall wardrobe.
HUNTER SHIRT by PAIGE
Sometimes you need a navy denim shirt to throw on over indigo jeans. If lumbersexual is how you roll, this hunter shirt fits perfectly.
14oz DENIM ZIPPED OVERSHIRT by MKI
An English company inspired by the forward-thinking youth subcultures of Japan, MKI do their denim a little differently. Why not try light-wash for a change?
MULTI-POCKETS DENIM SHIRT by SALVATORE PICCOLO
Of course Salvatore Piccolo makes denim seem like high-fashion. The spaghetti Western cowboy effect going on here is so worth a try this fall.
1955 SAWTOOTH DENIM SHIRT by LEVI’S
It would be criminal not to include the signature denim brand on this list. Inspired by ranch days of old, this emblematic shirt has all the makings of a true modern cowboy.
Embrace the denim shirt, gentlemen. It’s not merely some tired 90s trend, but a rugged expression of Americana masculinity. With one or two of these shirt jackets in the closet, you’re sure to attract all the attention you deserve.
— Timothy Vest