What do greasers, cowboys, hippies, rock stars, and rappers all have in common? Yes, you are right – the jean jacket. An article of clothing that stands out in America's history is synonymous with change, independence, and freedom. Its seams, stitching, and, of course, denim represents revolution and hard-working American tradition.
The journey of the jeans jacket began in the early 1900s when Western workers adopted denim as their uniform for its durable yet versatile cotton textile. It was this image of the workingman—a tried and true cowboy—that sparked pop culture's interest in the jacket's rugged glory.
Soon after, the James Deans and Steve McQueen of the '50s and '60s slipped into the jeans jacket's rebellious sleeves to go against American society's newfound penchant for materialism, urbanization, and conformity—giving the jacket its quintessential excellent status.
Taking the iconic piece a step further were the punk-rock vanguards that ruled the blue hue from the late '60s into the '80s. A denim jacket, distressed T-shirt, and distressed, studded jeans became a visual representation for rock bands' anti-establishment anthems.
In the '90s and early 2000s, hip-hop and pop artists gave the classic statement a contemporary twist, while the jean jacket's underlying philosophy remained the same. The garment was a knock to the 'suits' of the world, its informal yet edgy heritage made it the perfect item to stick it to the man.
Today, the trendy Sherpa men’s denim jacket is still celebrated for its place in sartorial history. It has, and always will be, an outlet of expression. Trends come and go, but the jeans jacket continues to reinvent itself, time and time again.
How is the material made?
Denim was first created by hand when it was first invented by a technique called 'weft and warp.' To make its blue color, manufacturers used a special indigo dye that was imported from India.
However, by the Industrial Revolution, machinery had been developed for faster production of denim on electric looms. The indigo dye is now created synthetically to reduce costs and make the material more accessible than ever before.
On the other hand, Sherpa is a fabric made from polyester (fleece), acrylic, or cotton and is sometimes called 'faux shearling,' named for its resemblance to the wool-lined clothing worn by the Sherpa people of Nepal. Sherpa mimics the bumpy texture of sheep's wool. Here are some benefits of Sherpa:
- Synthetic material is easy to clean;
- The loft makes Sherpa-lined products incredibly warm;
- Can insulate better than shearling, without the weight or bulk;
- It Wicks moisture and dries quickly. It's less expensive than other products;
- Mimics the look of wool but does not use animal products.
Ways to style the Sherpa jeans jacket
- Denim jacket with a dress. It's the perfect way to seem anything more relaxed! To bring down the formality of any clothing, pair it with a jean jacket.
- Black jean jacket. An oversized black Sherpa jean jacket with the sleeves rolled up is the way to go in this modern era! A black jean jacket can replace your black blazer.
- Denim jacket with athleisure. Your sweatshirt and sweatpants have a new best friend! A hoodie looks great with a cropped denim jacket and your favorite track pants. You will look pulled together and not so casual when heading out the door on Sunday morning.
- Denim jacket with detailing. Try a denim jacket with suede or leather describing for the fall, and stand out!