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.
Yohji Yamamoto Underlayer-Hem Jeans Jacket
Technically, this jacket isn't made of denim, but of a wool-linen blend manipulated to look like denim. It also trades plain brass buttons for more formal black ones. But this thing could not be sleeker. The extended poplin layer – that shirt-looking thing that sticks out of the bottom – provides more coverage and a sense of dressed-upedness that the other jackets on the list don't have. You get the sense that this would look just as appropriate at a formal dinner as it would at an art opening. [$1,650; barneys.com]