Denim is the ultimate American fabric and despite the fact that jeans get most of the attention, jackets made of the blue stuff are versatile and classic. Whether you're looking for something light-washed and simple or preparing for a week in the wilderness, there's something on the market for you to scuff up, wear in, and pass down to the next generation.
Here are the best jean jackets out there.
Gap 1969 Heritage Denim Jacket
If you're looking for a less expensive and super-classic denim jacket, go with Gap's 1969 Heritage style. It's the style on which more expensive denim jackets are modeled anyway. And, at just under $80 (and even cheaper if you get one of the many used or vintage ones available), you can really wear it out. Roll up the sleeves, get in a fist-fight, crowd-surf: you don't need to worry about it because this thing can take it. Some say it even looks better with years of wear and tear. [$79.95; gap.com]
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