If there’s only one thing in your wardrobe that works all year round, it’s the denim jacket. The perennial favourite in the fashion world has really grown into its own since starting as a utilitarian work piece for cowboys, railroad engineers and miners during the 1880s.

Till today, the denim jacket continues to stay at the top of wardrobe must-have lists. For something a little less predictable, Dries Van Noten has a tapestry-inspired piece that sees vintage parrot prints all over. It will also be hard to not smile at Saint Laurent’s shark embroidered piece, which sees its mascot of the season make a colourful appearance at the back. If you want to keep things safe without compromising on quality, Ralph Lauren has just the jacket for you.

Here, we have five denim jackets that will keep your street style sorted for the entire year.

Maison Kitsuné embroidered striped denim jacket

Maison Kitsuné keeps to its specialty of keeping it playful yet clean, with simple fine stripes that run down the entirety of this denim jacket. At the back, the brand’s name is embroidered in retro cursive — reminiscent of those on vintage cars — though we wouldn’t recommend mucking around in the garage with this jacket. Wear yours with tapered trousers and a plain T-shirt for days out in town.

S$493, Maison Kitsuné

Saint Laurent shark-appliqued distressed denim jacket

If Jaws were alive, he’d be so proud — Saint Laurent summons the Great White this season as the favoured motif for his collection. At the front, Anthony Vaccarello applies his tailoring know-how to create a denim jacket that will easily transcend time and trends. At the back, however, is where the fun is at; a large ‘Sweet Dreams’ shark motif greets you with a teeth-baring grin, giving this jacket a good dose of fun.

S$2,213, Mr. Porter

Neil Barrett denim patchwork jacket

Inspired by some of Neil Barrett’s favourite childhood movies, it was only natural that some of the pieces from his spring collection had a retro-cool feel to them. This jacket applies symmetry via contrasting denim panels and satin trims for textural interest. Finish the ensemble with your favourite white sneakers, and you’re good to go from work to after-dark activities.

S$1,944, Harrods

Ralph Lauren Purple Label Selvedge denim trucker jacket

A combination of lightweight Japanese Selvedge denim and fine Italian craftsmanship, the classic American staple receives impeccable tailoring thanks to Ralph Lauren which gives it a great fit and versatility within your wardrobe. Details such as contrasting stitches aren’t overlooked, making this jacket one that will last for years.

S$1,120, Ralph Lauren

Dries Van Noten parrot tapestry-print denim jacket

Always inspired by art, Dries Van Noten’s denim jacket offering applies ageing tapestry and hand-looming techniques to make for one of the most unique pieces out there. Parrots and foliage prints add colour to the jacket, while waist tabs and buttons are crafted in an understated copper tone. Wear this vintage-esque piece with dark jeans or black trousers.

S$802, Mr. Porter

Shatricia Nair
Deputy Editor
Shatricia Nair is a motoring, watches, and wellness writer who is perpetually knee-deep in the world of V8s, tourbillons, and the latest fitness trends. She is fuelled by peanut butter and three cups of coffee a day.