The denim jacket has been a constant wardrobe workhorse for the last several decades, never disappearing when trends favored other popular outerwear options such as motorcycle- or military-style jackets.
For this spring, the casual, comfortable and timelessly chic jean jacket comes in countless styles such as a belted 1970s-inspired option as well as selections with ripped and frayed details, various washes and abbreviated sleeves.
"The denim jacket is perennial. It is seasonless, ageless and transcends trend," says Meritt Elliott, Los Angeles-based stylist and co-designer of fashion label the Great. "While it has weaved its way through fashion history, it essentially has never gone out of style."
In addition to being a perfect layering piece for Los Angeles' weather, another appealing factor of the denim jacket is that it conveys the personal style of whoever is wearing one.
"Whether it's rolling your sleeves, popping your collar or buttoning your jean jacket all the way to the top, how one styles the classic jean jacket cannot only change the look and feel of an outfit but define somebody's personal style," says Emily Current, stylist and Elliott's co-designer.
Including 1980s acid wash, raw edged hems and oversized work-wear-inspired styles, there's a denim jacket for every person and style this season. Here are some of the best selections for spring:
J Brand "Harlow" Jacket in Surface, $238, at www.jbrandjeans.com
Jordache Vintage Remix "Axl" denim jacket, $390, at www.jordache.com
3x1 jacket, $295, www.3x1.us
7 For All Mankind Raw Edge short-sleeved jacket, $285, at www.7forallmankind.com
Joe's Jeans Wildfire Crop Jacket, $265, at www.joesjeans.com
Tibi Denim Cropped Jean Jacket, $365, at www.tibi.com
The Great "The Shirt" denim jacket, $375, www.Net-A-Porter.com
Citizens of Humanity Borderline jacket, $398, at www.citizensofhumanity.com
Alexander Wang Axle cropped jacket, $310, at Alexander Wang, 212-977-9683 and www.AlexanderWang.com
Sea printed denim jacket, $403.53, at www.farfetch.com
Rag & Bone x Jean Santa Cruz jacket, $350, at Rag & Bone stores and www.rag-bone.com
Frame Le Patch pocket belted denim jacket, $330, at Net–A-Porter.com and Frame.com
Mother "Bruiser Fray" denim jacket, $288, at www.motherdenim.com
AG "The Robyn" jacket, $215, at www.agjeans.com
Madewell Joshua Tree jean jacket in rossie wash, $138, at www.madewell.com
MiH Painter's Parka, $445, at www.MIH-jeans.com