The Non-Denim Trucker Jacket

April 27th, 2015

The classic American trucker jacket is a wardrobe staple that’s perfect for Spring layering (although you can also use it to insulate a larger jacket or even a blazer, which has become something of a micro trend).

Most commonly seen in denim, as in the classic Levi’s Trucker, this versatile jacket design has been replicated in just about every fabric known to menswear. To get you thinking, here are three trucker jackets that are a little more style-forward than the traditional denim version.

Cream Stretch Cotton

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A cream or off-white jacket in a lightweight cotton looks very smooth on a cool Spring day, especially combined with other pale neutrals like beige and heather grey.

Whichever fabrication you chose, make sure the trucker jacket fits slim through the body, narrow through the sleeves with high armholes, and the hem hits just a few inches below the waist.

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  • Vintage Ralph Lauren sunglasses via Kings of Past ·
  • Off-white stretch cotton trucker jacket by Reiss ·
  • Hand knit sweater by Gucci ·
  • Tropical wool trousers by Hugo Boss ·
  • Suede loafers by Ralph Lauren
  • · Green striped oxford shirt by Gitman Brothers

Mint Bengal Stripe Oxford Shirt

Vintage Khaki Twill

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For the less “clean and pristine” crowd, I recommend going vintage. You can find these jackets just about anywhere…you just might have to take them to the tailor to slim down the body (remember you can’t lengthen the sleeves, unfortunately).

I found this one in a vintage warehouse and loved the color. My plan was to have it slimmed down, but the slightly boxy and oversized look grey on me. It works well with a casual shirt that has some character (like this paint splattered denim band collar) and a trim chino.

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  • Shades by Steven Alan ·
  • Khaki twill cotton trucker by Lee (Vintage) ·
  • Denim band collar shirt by Gucci ·
  • Light grey cotton chinos ·
  • Suede ankle boots by Jack Erwin

Lightweight Blue Suede

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I love me a suede trucker jacket, especially one that is lightweight and unlined. This one is so light that it literally blows in the wind, making it the perfect “casual luxe” jacket for a night out near the beach.

If you’re struggling with “business casual” outfits (well, first, you should be using the Style Guide) than get yourself a well-fitted trucker jacket in a non-denim fabric (something a little more suave, perhaps) and pair it with a simple fitted oxford, a tailored trouser, and a contrast waistcoat. And don’t forget to mix up the fabrics – here I’m combining pieces from Fall/Winter (flannel lapel waistcoat) and Spring/Summer (pure linen trousers) to find the perfect in-between weight.

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Donegal Tweed Vest in Monochrome

Marine Linen Trouser

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

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