11 Stylish Denim Jacket Outfit Ideas for Men (And How to Wear Them)

Modern outfits for a classic item.

Jean jackets are probably my favorite item of casual clothing. I like how denim jacket outfits have an edgy look that other types can’t match. Only leather jackets come close really, but they cost a lot more.

These jackets are also super versatile. When wondering what to wear with a denim jacket, men have plenty of choices. Most wardrobes are filled with items that go with these pieces.

This article will explore eleven great denim jacket outfits you can try. I’ve started off with some of my favorites, before looking at other options from around the web.

First Up: What Should a Guy Wear With a Denim Jacket

I like wearing my denim jacket with slim-fit denim and chinos. Black skinny jeans are a go-to for an indie rock look, but most colors will do as long as you’re willing to embrace double denim.

And while I like slim-fit denim, you can easily wear a denim jacket with on-trend baggy jeans or pants. Just make sure you get the fit of your denim jacket right so it balances the outfit.

I’m also a firm believer that denim jackets are more versatile than you think. While the classic trucker jacket will always bring to mind a certain casual look, other styles (such as the black denim jacket in this post) give you more room to experiment. These allow you to wear them with smart items like slacks and pants.

11 Men’s Denim Jacket Outfits, and Why They Work

Outfit 1: With a Sweater

Denim jacket with sweater and jeans
The Brdwlk

This first denim jacket outfit keeps things simple. Wear it over a sweater for a look that will easily get you through most situations in spring and fall. The jeans and jacket are quite dark, so in this denim jacket outfit I wore a light-colored sweater to break it up. The outfit would go equally well with chinos.

Outfit 2: Navy Denim Jacket with Navy Chinos

Denim jacket with navy chinos
The Brdwlk

I like this outfit because the texture of the chino pants is different to the denim jacket. Even though the color is the same, it still works. The light t-shirt and sneakers finish the look off well. This outfit would also look good with the jacket unfastened.

Outfit 3: Double Denim

Denim jacket blue jeans
The Brdwlk

Wearing a denim jacket with jeans gets a bad rep but you can pull it off if you’re confident enough. In this denim jacket outfit, I chose a jacket and jeans that are very similar in color to show it can work. The key to this fit is the light t-shirt, because it breaks up the colors of the jeans and pants.

Outfit 4: With a Striped Shirt and Chinos

Black Denim Jacket Breton Shirt Navy Chinos
The Brdwlk

This is a simple outfit that looks good because of the contrast between the material of the jacket and the chinos. Wearing a Breton shirt is also a good way to break up the darker colors of the rest of the outfit. In case you can’t tell I love striped shirts. Black denim jackets also tend to be more versatile than blue ones.

Outfit 5: With a Check Shirt

Black Denim Jacket Check Shirt Skinny Jeans Jeans
The Brdwlk

Wearing a check shirt with a denim jacket is a classic combination that I wear frequently. I love how the light shirt and sneakers complement the darker colors of the jacket and jeans. I like to do up my top button when wearing a denim jacket and a shirt but you don’t have to.

Outfit 6: With a Chunky Knit Turtleneck

Denim jacket with turtleneck
The Brdwlk

Outfit 7: With Slacks and a Sweater

Black Denim Jacket Gray Pants Red Sweater
The Brdwlk

I like wearing my black denim jacket with gray slacks. Black and gray are two colors that go really well together and it results in a relatively smart look. I don’t think it would work as well with my blue denim jacket, though. Maybe with blue slacks it would be ok.

Outfit 8: Denim Jacket Over a Hoody

Denim Jacket Red Hoody
Matthew Fassnacht

Wearing a denim jacket over a hoody is a great way to ad some warmth to your outfit. I like the contrast between the bright red of the hoody and the light colored jacket. The worn and ripped denim jacket fits with the casual vibes from the hoody and oversized t-shirt.

Outfit 9: Over a Shacket

Denim Jacket Shacket T-shirt
Logan Weaver

Denim jackets make a great layering piece. Pairing one with an overshirt and a t-shirt is a good way to create an interesting look. I also like the slightly longer style of jacket in this post.

Outfit 10: With Dark Jeans and a Black T-shirt

Denim jacket black t-shirt
Mark West

One way to make double denim work is to ensure the colors of your jeans and jacket contrast. This denim jacket outfit does that really well by pairing a light blue jacket with black jeans. The look is finished off with a black t-shirt that keeps the color pallette simple.

Outfit 11: Over a Puffer Coat

Denim jacket padded coat
Tuce Ahok

Wearing a denim jacket over a puffer coat is definitely an unusual way to wear a denim jacket but it works in this image. This is partially down to the way the blue goes with the blue of the denim. This is probably the warmest of the denim jacket outfits on this list.

Outfit 12: With a White T-Shirt

Denim jacket black jeans white t-shirt
Sebastian Pociecha

If your still stuck when deciding what to wear with a denim jacket, just put one over a white t-shirt. This is a simple look that is almost guaranteed to work no matter the color of your denim jacket or your jeans. Pop the color like in the image above to give your look an edge.

Turtlenecks are one of my favorite items and they look great with a denim jacket. I especially like to pair a chunky one with jeans and my jacket. This has the extra benefit of adding an extra layer of warmth to the outfit.

How to Wear a Denim Jacket: Common Questions for Men

Are denim jackets in style for men in 2022?

Denim jackets are absolutely in style at the moment. The denim jackets that are popular at the moment are slightly looser than they were a few years ago. The ones in this article are good examples.

What trousers go with a denim jacket?

Most kinds of casual pants go with denim jackets, especially chinos and jeans. In fact, at the moment the trend for wearing double denim (denim jackets with jeans) is quite popular. You can also wear a denim jacket with smart pants or slacks in some situations, such as when the jacket is a relatively smart one: ie well fitted and a solid, unfaded, color.

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Duncan Elder

Duncan is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Boardwalk. He's a menswear writer who has spent the last 15 years developing his own sense of style, which lies at the cross-section of mid-noughties indie and Uniqlo-inspired minimalism.

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