Denim jackets – the one statement piece that can inject instant style hit to your outfit, whilst remaining casual and comfortable. Worn with an insouciant swagger, a denim jacket coupled with a plain white shirt or loosely draped over the shoulders gives off a vibe of youthful confidence.

If you’re feeling extra confident, try the “Canadian tuxedo” look. Take your denim jacket to the next level and pair it with a pair of well-fitted (not too loose, and not too tight!) denim jeans for a look that screams you’re a fan of denim and you’re not afraid to show it.

If you want to avoid this awkward JT double double denim look, play with colours and textures. If your denim jacket is a light-wash blue, combine it with a darker pair of jeans to avoid looking gimmicky or too matchy matchy. And don’t be afraid of a little distressed denim!

Below, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite denim jackets worn by some classic characters on film. Consider this an inspirational look book for your next double-denim outfit.

Ryan Gosling in Drive (2011)
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In his portrayal of a laconic driver speaking in monosyllabic grunts, Ryan Gosling’s character maintained his mystery by donning a signature dark blue denim jacket. Bring your own death stare for added intensity.

Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club (1985)
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Judd Nelson’s oversized classic blue wash denim jacket brings an element of effortless cool to his bad boy character in this classic 80’s John Hughes film. Add a red plaid button-up between your white shirt and jacket for an extra pop of colour!

Martin Sheen in Badlands (1973)
badlands denim on film
Source: GQ

Playing an outcast on a rampage, Martin Sheen’s character in Badlands never compromised comfort or style in this stylish denim get-up: plain white shirt, denim jacket, jeans, and a cool panama hat to top it all off.

Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider (1969)
easy rider denim on film

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Whilst directing and starring in this film, Dennis Hopper wore a double denim get-up on set. Recreate the look above by going for a darker toned raw denim for some sleek appeal.

Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
ferris bueller denim on film

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Alright, so this technically isn’t a denim jacket, but who doesn’t love the look of this monochrome leather baseball jacket? You too can look this good on your day off. Simply pair with your favourite blue jeans for a chic off-duty look.

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