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How to Wear the Levi's Trucker Jacket

Updated: May 29, 2021

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Spring is finally here so it's essential for you to know how to work alongside the unpredictable weather. Thanks to this quick and easy style guide you'll be able to wear the absolute menswear staple piece that is the Levi's trucker jacket.

Not many brands have such affiliation with denim than Levi's. The company, founded in 1853, soon shot to fame after they started creating denim overalls for workers, before creating the now iconic 501 in 1890. That love soon spread into creating high quality workwear that was durable and versatile for all conditions. But enough about history, we're here to tell you how to wear, style and create looks with the infamous Levi's Trucker jacket.

The great thing about trucker jackets is that they are one of the easiest pieces for you to have in your wardrobe. They're both formal and informal all in one, allowing you to add a huge statement to your outfit without having to do much. Take a look below at how you can really nail this iconic piece of outerwear this season, without having to do much at all.

Levi's Trucker Jacket

With Levi's Type Three Sherpa Trucker jacket you'll be able to satisfy all of your seasonal needs. With over 150 years of experience under their belt, at Levi's it's not all about bottoms. They know a thing or two about outerwear as well.

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The Trucker Jacket is one of Levi's most famous creations PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest

They originally started producing denim jackets in the early 1900's and launched the Type One. With this jacket only featuring one pocket on the chest and a cinch back, Levi's dished out the Type Two a few decades later. This time they added another pocket and got rid of the cinch back. However, it's the Type Three that became their signature denim jacket. Launched in 1962, this now iconic jacket features triangular pocket flaps on each side and is one of the most exemplary representations of Americana.

Levi's Trucker Jacket Type Three

This jacket owes its nickname 'Trucker' to a group of passionate Japanese collectors that simply went crazy about this denim jacket. These Japanese denim heads noticed that truckers were the ones who were getting the best out of these jackets. They would wear the hell out of them whilst being on the road and thus truly made them their own. Charmed by the results of this lived-in look, the trucker fans contributed to the rise in popularity of the Type Three.

Their vintage jackets are extremely coveted items but if you don't have the time to grab yourself one of those, you can start your own history with a brand new trucker jacket. This season you can rely on the sherpa insulation to keep your chest warm against the cold temperatures whilst paying homage to the classic star-spangled banner style. And in case you want some room for multiple layers, ditch the sherpa lining and opt for the classic trucker.

Black Trucker Jacket

If you're looking to put an urban spin to your outfit with an ultimate American feel, this black jacket is exactly what you need. The versatility of black makes this piece of outerwear a great choice for a night out. There's no reason to keep things overly formal and wearing this jacket in your true size will guarantee a natural and tailored fit.

Whether you prefer a classic denim jacket or you want to enjoy the warmth of the sherpa lining, Levi's got you covered. You can go for a stand out all black look, or mix up the colours a little for a more spring vibe by adding in pastel tones.

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Kit Harrington wearing a black Levi's Trucker Jacket PHOTO CREDIT: Pinterest

Sand Trucker Jacket

The sand jacket is the perfect addition to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe. As we all know sand is a key seasonal hue and by adding this piece to your outerwear collection you'll be able to work this colour into your casual outfits. The beauty of the sand colour is that you can team it with pretty much anything, but to really make it stand out from the rest of your outfit then go for an understated all-black look.

As you can see in the image below, Jake Gyllenhall carries this sand colour incredibly well when teamed with some other all black pieces in his wardrobe. As the black creates a neutral backdrop for the sand jacket to make a statement, it makes the jacket the centre piece. If you're looking for something different this year then you should definitely think about making a sand trucker jacket part of your wardrobe.

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Jake Gyllenhall is testament to how wearing a trucker jacket can elevate your style PHOTO CREDIT: Zimbio

Suede Trucker Jacket

There's nothing smoother than a suede jacket. They're a great move away from their traditional denim Trucker jacket counter parts and also create added depth and dimension to your outfit, without having to do much other than look good.

Now, if you want to elevate the tone of your suede jacket, team it up with a simple black jumper and a pair of tailored black or charcoal trousers. In case you're aiming for a slightly more formal look, you can finish everything off with a pair of black brogues. However, if you want to keep things smart casual opt for a pair of dark desert boots. You can even go as far as completing the look in a full suede circle. Remember to keep your suede boots a shade darker than your jacket to create some balance instead of a matchy-matchy mess.

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A suede Trucker jacket is an essential for this year

Plaid Trucker Jacket

Thanks to the evolving silhouette of Levi's denim jackets, you can now fully enjoy its slim cut as opposed to the boxy shapes of the 40's and 50's. For example, you can choose to go a size down with this plaid trucker jacket for a skinnier and shorter fit. In case you want a more comfortable feel, you can wear it oversized without looking droopy.

Considering that the tartan pattern is the main show stopper here, you want to keep things relatively simple with the rest of your clothing. A simple white T-shirt or shirt will work perfectly with this jacket and teamed with either jeans or chinos for a great casual look.

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How to Wear the Levi's Trucker Jacket

Type Three - Japanse trend setters loved this piece and it's easy to see why, layered denim with a shearling neck is great for A/W

Black - subtle, monochromatic and easy to wear. Pair it with pastel blues and dark jeans for layered colours

Sand - create bold statements by wearing all black and making the sand the centre piece

Suede - seasonal hue that is also a fantastic way to create a formal look without having to do much

Plaid - this is more of a statement piece, perfect for those sunny buy cold winter days

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You can't beat a good a good quality Levi's Trucker jacket PHOTO CREDIT: Levi's

On That Note

With all the different colours and textures available to you from the Levi's range, you'll certainly find the jacket that suits you best. However, if you already have a reliable jacket and you're looking for additional elements to complete your outfit, don't forget to swing by our shop. Keep on top of all the latest arrivals to introduce new key pieces to your wardrobe.

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