A jean jacket is the ultimate autumn accessory to keep you warm on crisp fall evenings without weighing you down.
Of course, finding the right jean jacket to complete your look is easier said than done. That’s why we talked to professional fashion experts, stylists and personal image consultants about their favorite jean jackets across a variety of styles and prices.
Whether you’re shopping for a versatile closet staple or a statement piece to elevate your outfit, read on to find the perfect jean jacket for every budget below.
Universal Thread Women’s Denim Jacket ($25, originally $29.99; target.com)
Universal Thread Women’s Denim Jacket
“For the price, this Target denim jacket by Universal Thread hits all the marks,” says fashion director, stylist and vintage shop owner Loredana Buonopane. “The wash and cut is a classic.”
Old Navy Classic Jean Jacket for Women ($36, originally $39.99; oldnavy.com)
Old Navy Classic Jean Jacket for Women
Fashion stylist Liz Rundbaken loves the “timeless” wash of this Old Navy jacket and says that it has the ideal level of structure: “It’s more fitted so you can avoid that boxy look if that’s not your thing, but not so fitted that you can’t layer underneath.”
Everlane The Modern Jean Jacket ($88; everlane.com)
Everlane The Modern Jean Jacket
“This is a more fitted jacket made from comfortable, organic cotton,” says Cassandra Sethi, a personal stylist and image consultant with Next Level Wardrobe. “I love the buttons on this.”
Hidden Jeans Frayed Hem Denim Jacket ($98; nordstrom.com)
Hidden Jeans Frayed Hem Denim Jacket
For that “easy low-key everyday style,” TV host and fashion expert Melissa Chataigne recommends this distressed jacket from Hidden Jeans, whose faded wash and fringed raw hems are perfect for weekend wear.
Universal Standard Kelsey Denim Jacket ($128; universalstandard.com)
Universal Standard Kelsey Denim Jacket
Rundbaken calls this the “Goldilocks of denim fits.” Not too fitted, and not too boxy, but “just right.” Universal Standard is also known for its wide range of sizes, ranging from 00 to 4XL.
Anthropologie Pilcro Denim Trucker Jacket (starting at $138; anthropologie.com)
Anthropologie Pilcro Denim Trucker Jacket
If you like your jackets a little sleeker, Rundbaken recommends Anthropologie’s Pilcro Trucker, which features “beautiful curved seams” and comes in standard, petite and plus sizing. “I also love the frayed edges, which soften the look and add interest without a lot of distressing.”
Madewell The Jean Jacket in Lunar Wash ($118; madewell.com)
Madewell The Jean Jacket in Lunar Wash
Three different stylists praised this dark-wash jacket from Madewell, with Chataigne deeming it the kind of classic piece “that will never go out of style.” Buonopane loves that it’s “a true black without all the unwanted frills,” while Rundbaken says, “The fit is just as cool classic as you can get.”
Calvin Klein Denim Utility Jacket ($67.12, originally $89.50; calvinklein.com)
Calvin Klein Denim Utility Jacket
“This is a fashionable upgrade to your classic jean jacket,” says Sethi. “I love the frayed hem, snaps and oversized pockets.”
AG Jeans Robyn Jacket ($215; agjeans.com)
AG Jeans Robyn Jacket
Sethi also recommends this sleek piece from AG Jeans, which features “a fitted, tailored silhouette” that makes it perfect for casual weekends and days at the office alike.
Sandro Paloma Rhinestone Seam Denim Jacket ($520; nordstrom.com)
Sandro Paloma Rhinestone Seam Denim Jacket
This glamorous jacket from Sandro is worth the splurge, according to Rundbaken. “As an ‘80s style denim jacket with rhinestone-encrusted seams, this jacket is truly a special one. It’s the ideal jacket for day to night out.”
Levi’s New Heritage Trucker Jacket ($49, originally $98; bloomingdales.com)
Levi’s New Heritage Trucker Jacket
Cropped jackets are great for accentuating your waist and transitioning between seasons. Rundbaken recommends pairing this option from Levi’s “with short or long dresses or high-waisted pants,” adding that it “ups the cool factor of any look.”
Gap Factory Cropped Denim Icon Jacket ($28.97, originally $69.99; gapfactory.com)
Gap Factory Cropped Denim Icon Jacket
For an excellent and even more affordable option, Chataigne calls Gap Factory’s Icon Jacket “a great summer-to-fall transitional piece.”
Hudson Cropped Trucker Jacket ($175; shopstyle.com)
Hudson Cropped Trucker Jacket
This is another great transitional piece, says Rundbaken. “It’s small enough to pack for cooler nights and can even work under coats when it gets really cold. It strikes the right balance between slimness and boxiness, and I especially love how it blouses a little in the back.”
Nasty Gal Organic Denim Cropped Jacket ($27.60, originally $69; nastygal.com)
Nasty Gal Organic Denim Cropped Jacket
Rundbaken also loves that this cropped jacket from Nasty Gal is “relaxed” and “cool” at the same time. It also happens to be made from sustainable organic denim, making it a “guilt-free” score.
Free People Bruo Denim Jacket ($128; freepeople.com)
Free People Brando Denim Jacket
Multiple stylists recommended this cropped, light-wash Free People jacket, with Buonopane calling it an “instant, casual but stylish outfit maker” and Rundbaken praising its “boxy cropped silhouette.”
Forever21 Plus-Size Hooded Denim Jacket ($39.99; forever21.com)
Forever21 Plus-Size Hooded Denim Jacket
Chataigne loves this “cozy” and “affordable size-inclusive option from Forever 21,” which comes in sizes 0X to 3X and features a removable French terry hood — perfect for strolling through light drizzles or days when you want a little extra warmth.
Hollister Crop Hooded Jacket ($32.97, originally $54.95; hollisterco.com)
Hollister Crop Hooded Jacket
Rundbaken calls this Hollister jacket “a great neutral fall staple” whose sweatshirt sleeves make it “extra cozy.”
BlankNYC Two Fer Denim Jacket ($148; revolve.com)
BlankNYC Two Fer Denim Jacket
For a little “cool girl elegance that will never go out of style,” Chataigne recommends this gray-toned jacket from BlankNYC. The darted waist adds a bit of polish without sacrificing comfort.
H&M Oversized Denim Jacket ($39.99; hm.com)
H&M Oversized Denim Jacket
Oversized jackets that are too, well, oversized can be unflattering, cautions Rundbaken, which is why she recommends this affordable option from H&M. “I really like the cocoony feel of this jacket and the fact that it still reads oversized but that it is not too long. I also love that this jacket is made of 100% recycled cotton, so this fast fashion find is a sustainable one.”
Banana Republic Factory Oversized Medium Wash Denim Jacket ($49.99, originally $99.99; bananarepublicfactory.com)
Banana Republic Factory Oversized Medium Wash Denim Jacket
This option from Banana Republic Factory is another piece that received multiple plugs from our stylists. Chataigne calls it “a workhorse jacket for Zooms, casual office days and weekend fun” and notes that it basically “works with everything in your wardrobe.” Adds Sethi, “This is a classic oversized silhouette for a great price.”
Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket ($79.50; levi.com)
Levi’s Ex-Boyfriend Trucker Jacket
Buonopane calls this 100% cotton Levi’s jacket “perfect for layering a sweater underneath when the fall chill sets in.”
Frame Le Oversized Jacket ($378; frame-store.com)
Frame Le Oversized Jacket
This is a great “traditional denim jacket with the perfect oversized cut,” says Sethi, who also praises Frame’s sustainable manufacturing process. If the price tag is a little hard to swallow, the same cut in a different wash is currently on sale at Bloomingdale’s ($226.80; bloomingdales.com).
Love & Other Things Faux Fur Trim Denim Jacket ($114, originally $162; asos.com)
Love & Other Things Faux Fur Trim Denim Jacket
Bright pink fur trim makes this denim jacket “a fun and girly option,” says Rundbaken.
Sanctuary Women’s Minka Faux Fur Denim Jacket ($93.01 to $112.95; amazon.com)
Sanctuary Women’s Minka Faux Fur Denim Jacket
With its “snuggly faux fur sleeves,” Rundbaken calls this jacket the kind of piece that makes you “want to grab a cup of hot cocoa and go on an autumn stroll.”
Billabong x Wrangler Ride On Denim Jacket ($149.95; nordstrom.com)
Billabong x Wrangler Ride on Denim Jacket
Chataigne recommends this Billabong and Wrangler collab for a more traditional look, saying, “This plush faux fur brings ultimate comfort for those chill days without sacrificing style.”
Madewell Sherpa-Lined Denim Zip Jacket ($168; madewell.com)
Madewell Sherpa-Lined Denim Zip Jacket
Soft Sherpa lining and an ever-so-slightly oversized fit make this Madewell jacket perfect for those “extra-cold days,” says Sethi.
Levi’s Retro Collar Sherpa Jacket ($178; levi.com)
Levi’s Retro Collar Sherpa Jacket
Rundbaken praises the stylish vintage vibes of this number from Levi’s, featuring “a fuzzy collar you just want to wrap your neck in.”
Scotch & Soda Denim Teddy-Lined Aviator Jacket ($298; scotch-soda.com)
Scotch & Soda
Scotch & Soda Denim Teddy-Lined Aviator Jacket
For a more luxe retro option, Sethi recommends this Scotch & Soda jacket. The teddy collar is actually removable, essentially giving you two jackets in one and making “this a go-to piece for your closet.”
Uniqlo Denim Trucker Jacket ($39.90; uniqlo.com)
Uniqlo Denim Trucker Jacket
“Bar none, [Uniqlo has] the best-quality denim for the price point,” says Rundbaken, who recommends this dark-wash trucker style.
Everlane The Denim Jacket ($98; everlane.com)
Everlane The Denim Jacket
Rundbaken calls Everlane’s jacket “the embodiment of a classic,” thanks to its “perfect regular fit,” ideal shade of blue and ethical manufacturing process.
Levi’s Vintage Fit Denim Trucker Jacket ($98; nordstrom.com)
Levi’s Vintage Fit Denim Trucker Jacket
This is Rundbaken’s favorite faded black jean jacket, because it “doesn’t look too gray or too mottled, and the vintage fit ups the cool factor.”
River Island Blue Hooded Denim Jacket ($104; asos.com)
River Island Blue Hooded Denim Jacket
“The wider shoulders and more narrow waist give this jacket a more interesting shape,” says Rundbaken, “but allows the jacket to retain its more classic feel.” The hood is also detachable.
Levi’s Men’s Sherpa Denim Trucker Jacket ($98; macys.com)
Levi’s Men’s Sherpa Denim Trucker Jacket
For added warmth, Rundbaken recommends this “iconic Levi’s denim jacket,” which “gets an autumn upgrade with faux Sherpa lining.”