Once upon a time, the denim jacket was simply a middle-school must-have that our moms made us wear when it was a little chilly out. Well, times have changed gals, and so have denim jackets. Not only does wearing one basically give you instant cool-girl status, but if you've got a great one, it may just be the only jacket you'll ever need. Recently, designers have given them even more of a nostalgic vibe by shortening the hem for a '90s-esque cropped fit, and as per usual with denim trends, we're totally obsessed. Below, we've rounded up the Top 10 cropped denim jackets on the market—all of which just so happen to be the perfect summer-to-fall transitional piece. From raw-cut hems and oversized fits to wear-with-everything dark washes, scroll below to discover and shop the jackets that made the cut. Opening image: everlane.com
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J.Crew Mercantile Cropped Denim Jacket
WHY YOU NEED IT: If anyone knows a staple piece, it's J.Crew. With a sleek dark wash and polished details, this is one of those pieces you'll wear on workdays, weekends, and everything in between. Did we mention it rings up under $70?
STYLE WITH: The slightly oversized fit allows for endless layering possibilities. Wear it with lightweight tees now and sweaters when the temps cool down.
Gap Distressed Crop Icon Denim Jacket
LOVED FOR: A slightly frayed hem gives this one just a touch of edge without going overboard. Plus, it has snaps instead of buttons—genius.
USERS SAID: "Dress it up, dress it down, this is so easy to style with many different outfits and looks. It's very comfortable too—not stiff like other denim jackets. Great investment!"
Eileen Fisher Cropped Denim Jacket
BEST FOR: The boxy, oversized fit of this jacket is perfect for nailing that model-off-duty vibe. From floral dresses and heels to leggings and sneakers, this will add instant cool to any ensemble.
HELPFUL TIP: When we say oversized, we mean it. Size down if you prefer a closer fit.
Gap Crop Icon Denim Jacket
WHY WE LOVE IT: "I don't think there's a single item in my closet that I wear more than this denim jacket. Whether I want to amp up a white tee, rock a denim-on-denim look, or just stay warm in my chilly office, it just always works. I have the oversized version too, which is just as perfect." —Kate Ferris, Staff Writer
LOVED FOR: This denim jacket has a super-soft, broken-in feel that you'd typically only find in a vintage piece.
H&M Short Twill Jacket
USERS SAID: "I have a short torso so cropped jackets sometimes look strange on me, but this one hits my waistline perfectly! The sleeves are nice and stretchy so there is plenty of room for movement, the cuffs hit the perfect spot on my wrists, and the color is gorgeous."
HELPFUL TIP: Grab it in powder pink if you're feeling fun—it'll pair with way more thank you think.
Madewell The Boxy-Crop Jean Jacket
LOVED FOR: Zig-zag stitching and vintage vibes add major cool factor this boxy jacket. Even better, it's on sale. You're welcome.
STYLE WITH: This jacket perfectly pairs with Madewell's wear-every-day Perfect Vintage Jean—it's a match made in heaven if we've ever seen one.
Everlane The Cropped Denim Jacket
USERS SAID: "This is without a doubt, the best denim jacket I have ever bought. The material is of great quality, and the fit is superb. I have a new favorite jacket now!"
FUN FACT: This jacket was created at the cleanest denim factory in the world. Unlike most retailers, Everlane works with an LEED-certified facility that recycles 98% of its water, relies on alternative energy sources, and repurposes byproducts to create premium jeans—minus the waste.
Forever 21 Distressed Denim Jacket
WHY YOU NEED IT: Sometimes fast fashion takes the cake. Case in point: this under-$40 jacket from Forever 21. Luxe buttons, substantial denim, and an on-trend raw-cut hem make it feel just as premium as (if not more than) finds from some of our favorite designer brands.
HELPFUL TIP: This piece can only be purchased online. In other words, clicking the handy little buy button below is the one and only way to snag it.