Trend Report: Denim Jackets Have Gone Off the Chain

Elysian’s Look at Fall’s Edgy New Jackets

You probably have one sitting in your closet. It’s demure, dependable, neutral. Like the quirky best friend in a rom-com movie. The denim jacket has been a closet staple for decades. Not necessarily because it’s a stand-out piece, but rather because it isn’t. A denim jacket is what you wear with a sequined skirt when you want to dial down the shimmer. Well, it used to be.

This fall, the denim jacket has taken center stage, and instead of being the quirky best friend, it’s the star of the show. Top designers are upping its wow factor with embellishments, bright colors, distressing and innovative tailoring. No matter which direction you choose to go in, the main thing to remember is that when your denim isn’t demure, your best bet is to pair it with a neutral backdrop.

Pearls, studs, toggles and beads. Yup, we told you denim jackets had gone off the chain.

Alena Akhmadullina
Studded Denim Jacket

Pearls are turning up in the most unexpected places this season. First on your shoes and now on your jacket.

$1,245 |

J.W. Anderson
Toggle Detailed Denim Jacket

A duffle coat and a jean jacket fell in love and then the toggle denim was born. She’s a beautiful baby, isn’t she? The perfect accompaniment to your fall turtlenecks.

$990 |

Alexander McQueen
Convertible Denim Jacket

If you can’t decide between a cropped denim jacket and a hip-length one, now you don’t have to.

$2,785 |

Sunset & Spring
Embellished Denim Jacket

Remember what we were telling you before about pearls? In this case, the distressed condition of the jacket is juxtaposed with pearly sleeves in sort of a Sandy-meets-Danny scenario from the musical Grease.

$128 |

Pearl Studded Jacket

We love the tough-girl vibe of Bagatelle’s pearl studded jacket, which goes great with white denim jeans.

$148 |

They say great minds think alike. This fall, top designers are in tandem and they’re thinking: oversized denim.

Maison Margiela
Oversized Denim Jacket

The shoulders are fitted then the silhouette tapers outward, ending mid thigh. It’s Margiela, so of course the tailoring is going to be purposeful.

$1,290 |

Oversized Layered Denim Jacket

You can wear a small denim jacket under a larger one, but it probably won’t look as cool as what Monse came up with.

$1,250 |

Indigo Bissau Denim Jacket

The crisp indigo wash and angular silhouette make this Totême jacket a standout.

$440 |

T by Alexander Wang
Daze Denim Jacket

If you’ve been wondering what the cool kids are going to be wearing this fall, now you know.

$450 |

Oversize Red Denim Jacket

We weren’t sure whether to file this one under “oversized” or “colorful,” but either way, it’s definitely a winner.

$375 |

ColorfulMarc Jacobs
Mickey Printed Denim Jacket

Cartoon figures and high fashion kind of have a thing going. Monse has been obsessed with Snoopy for a while. Jeremy Scott for Moschino has referenced everyone from SpongeBob to Shrek. And here’s Marc Jacobs doing his thing with Disney.

$550 |

Frame Denim
Military Patch Pocket Jacket

Casual and classy at the same time.

$295 | modaoperandi.comAcler
Priestly Collared Denim Jacket

When you dress in marigold, the sun goes with you.

$305 |

Celine Denim Jacket

Today’s forecast: cloudless skies.

$325 |

Loewe + Paula Ibiza Sequined Patchwork Denim Jacket

Loewe’s spirited denim jacket was designed through a collaboration with the Ibiza shop, Paula that has been a mainstay on the island since the 1970s.

$1,350 |


It’s funny that designers go through so much trouble to distress their wares because when we used to visit grandma with a hole in our jeans she would make us take them off so she could patch it up. Granny might not approve, but don’t worry, your distressed denim jacket will put you right on trend this season.

Ralph Lauren
Isabele Safari Jacket

Italian craftsmen who’ve been schooled in denim art, bleached, stone-washed and sanded this jacket into its current state.

$1,609 |

Greg Lauren
Brando Patchwork Effect
Motorcycle Jacket

We don’t fully understand everything that is happening here but it definitely makes a statement.

$4,565 |

M’O Exclusive Patchwork Denim Apron Jacket

Beautifully crafted from repurposed denim aprons, the B-Sides jacket is proof positive that it’s a good idea to recycle, reuse and reduce.

$425 |

Gucci Embroidered Denim Jacket

There’s a lot going on here that we’d like to ask Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele about. What does the rabbit embroidered on the back mean? Why the word “Hollywood” across the front? What’s the significance of the flowers? But in any case, the uniqueness of it all makes this a collector’s item for sure.

$3,200 |

Stella McCartney
Blue Shoulder Rip Denim Jacket

We don’t know who Stella hired to rough up her jackets but we bet they had fun doing it.

$1,095 |

A belt or a touch of spandex in the denim twill gives you a fitted body-con silhouette.Acler
Golding Denim Jacket

Black contrast stitching, tortoise buttons and a curvy silhouette make this denim as posh and sexy as can be.

$295 |

Tiered Ruffle Denim Jacket

Ruffles and a fitted silhouette give this denim jacket a ladylike appeal.

$595 |

Proenza Schouler
PSWL Belted Denim Flap Pocket Jacket

Sometimes the most fabulous thing you can wear is the simplest.

$575 |

Nina Ricci
Indigo Denim Jacket

Nina Ricci’s denim jacket is the epitome of casual luxury. Contrast stitching on stretch indigo denim makes it both elegant and comfortable.

$1,290 |

Victoria by Victoria Beckham
Belted Denim Shirt

Nothing much to see here, just a perfect little denim shirt with marigold stitching that you’re going to want to wear every day when a t-shirt alone isn’t enough to protect you from fall’s chill.

$580 |


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