The men’s guide to styling a denim jacket

17th March 2017

In 2017, we’re going to witness the most stylish influencers introducing edgy Americana vibes into their everyday looks, the type of style that wouldn’t look out of place at the hottest summer festivals such as Coachella. If you’re looking to replicate this, then a classic denim jacket is the perfect piece of outerwear to help you nail this trend.

Whether you fancy doubling up on denim like Kanye, rocking an oversized jacket like The Weeknd or being smart like Idris Elba and wearing it like a shirt, there’s really no wrong way to embrace the look.

If you’re still unsure as to how to wear a denim jacket then don’t worry, we’ve broken it down in this quick guide. Check out our jackets available here on the site, then feature yours in your look, following the tips below for some serious style points:

How should a denim jacket fit?

True denim doesn’t give much, in terms of fit and stretch, so the jacket you choose now needs to fit well. We recommend grabbing two – one in a slimmer fit for a smart look and an oversized one for a more off duty style.

Here’s what to pair with those jackets:

Wear the trousers

When it comes to choosing what trousers to wear with a denim jacket, you’ve got plenty of options:

  • Jeans

Double denim is a trend that doesn’t give up, so embrace it. However, it’s best to avoid doubling up on the same shade. Instead, we recommend you always look for slim fit jeans that are a darker colour than the denim jacket you’re looking to style up – if in doubt, you can’t go wrong with black.

  • Chinos

Comfy, stylish and easy to wear, you probably have a few of these hanging in your wardrobe right now and a khaki or tan pair work well with denim. Opt for the well-fitting denim jacket and pair this with chinos, canvas trainers and a plain white t-shirt for casual, everyday vibes.

  • Shorts

Jean shorts are perfect for the spring months as the weather turns a little warmer – whether you’re just hanging out in the beer garden or heading out on an impromptu bike ride. Choose a pair that sit at knee length, great for teaming with your oversized denim jacket.

Layer it up

What you wear under that jean jacket sets the vibe for your whole outfit, so here are a few options:

  • Cable knit jumper

Leave the parka coat behind, now that spring has arrived, and instead grab a chunky cable knit jumper to wear under your oversized denim jacket on cooler days. Mixing textures adds a little interest to your look, and a cosy jumper makes you look approachable when chatting to that cute barista in your favourite coffee shop at the weekend. Finish off with slim fit jeans, suede desert boots and an oversized scarf.

  • Plaid

The plaid shirt is considered a staple wardrobe piece now, so don’t throw yours out anytime soon. We recommend a red plaid shirt for this look, worn under your fave oversized denim jacket, then roll the sleeves back but let them peek out from under the denim. Finish with some darker colour, slim fit jeans and a pair of leather look trainers.

  • Plain white T

You can’t go wrong with a basic t-shirt and here we’re talking about that plain white t-shirt you probably have ten or more versions of. Slip one of these under your oversized denim jacket, then rock with black jeans, tan ankle boots and you’re ready for whatever the day can throw at you.


Need that little additional something to finish off your look? Sprinkle some of these extras on:

  • Beanie hat

You can’t go wrong with a simple, knitted beanie hat – throw one on when you leave the house to finish off your denim look.

  • Rucksack

Not only is this accessory mega practical, it’s a great way of completing a casual look. Wear yours slung over one shoulder – this looks great with the jean shorts and white t-shirt combo. Don’t forget to check out our range of stylish bags here.

  • Sunglasses

A pair of good looking shades work with any look, but pairs yours with a denim jacket and you’ll instantly create a laidback, nonchalant vibe. You can’t go wrong with wayfarer styles but aviators also look great with everything.

Ready to go? Don’t forget to share your denim jacket looks on Instagram, using the hashtag #MySuperdry

Feature image photo credit: @JRojasDesign