The first denim jacket was created in the 1880s by none other than Levi Strauss, founder of Levi's. Strauss is credited with inventing jeans in 1870 as a breathable utility garment for miners, railroad engineers, and cowboys, so he likely didn't anticipate how widespread this simple concept would become among fashion-conscious buyers.
Following the unexpected success of his jeans, Strauss came up with a denim top called the triple pleat blouse to match. Again, this denim jacket was geared toward manual laborers. The jacket was durable and the seams holding the pleats could be removed if the wearer needed extra room.
The denim jacket has come a long way since then, earning a reputation as the 1950s all-American rebel boy's outerwear of choice. Perhaps it was James Dean's iconic denim jacket in Rebel Without a Cause that helped stereotype the garment, but regardless, the movie flung denim jackets into high demand. In fact, denim and designer leather jackets became so synonymous with juvenile delinquency that many schools banned them altogether.
Other celebrities seen sporting denim jackets included Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Geena Davis, and a young Sarah Jessica Parker. In more recent years, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears have worn jean jackets, many times with denim shorts, jeans, or skirts to match. If you're in the market for a few designer jackets, you simply can't go wrong with a classic.
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While the denim jacket has never gone out of style, it has enjoyed a style revolution, resulting in the trendy, colorful, and sophisticated options available today. From designer blazers to vests, denim is everywhere, and we couldn't be happier!
Anyone can wear denim, but there's an art to making it your own. With a denim jacket, you can dress it up or down depending on the occasion, but it's important to always think in layers. To snag the classic denim jacket look, consider styles offered by Prada, BCBMAXAZRIA, Club Monaco, or Elie Tahari.
Prefer some colorful denim? You can't go wrong with MICHAEL Michael Kors, Theory, Joie, Ellen Tracy, or J Brand. To dress down your professional attire, choose a demin blazer from Vertigo Paris, RACHEL Rachel Roy, or Marisa Minicucci.
Our selection also includes chic, modern silhouettes with multiple pockets, asymmetrical zippers, short hems, and high necklines. Compare styles from 7 For All Mankind, Lafayette 148 New York, Kelsi Dagger Brooklyn, Joe's Jeans, Diane von Furstenberg, and others to find those must-have looks to add to your collection.
No matter your personal style preferences, thredUP has the selection you need to attain your fashion goals on any budget. Shop the latest offerings to discover preloved, gently worn garments at up to 90% off retail. Your pocketbook will thank you for it!