Buying A Vintage Denim Jacket

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Denim jackets have been a classic part of wardrobes for many years, but they have only recently come back into fashion. With many celebrities starting to wear them, people are looking to get one for themselves. By finding the perfect vintage denim jacket, you will be able to differentiate yourself from the masses. If you don’t have prior experience with buying and wearing them, it can be intimidating when trying to find the one that is suitable for you. In the following paragraphs, you will discover how best to integrate one into your current wardrobe. 

What Choices Are There When It Comes To Vintage Denim Jackets?
The first thing you must decide when looking at vintage denim jackets is the colour. While the classic look is blue jean, there are many colour choices available to you, each with their own benefits. The most commonly seen colour is blue jean, and it is the colour that can be used with the widest range of clothes. It is a neutral colour, and therefore will be a staple in your wardrobe if you only wish to own a single denim jacket. 

The next most common colour for this type of clothing is white jean. Most coloured jeans are commonly worn by women. The next most important thing to choose is the wash. The most versatile and conservative of washes is medium to dark. Dark washes look much better in most circumstances. They portray a clean cut and put together appearance. This allows you to pair the jacket with many different options of casual yet chic clothes. Light washes are more casual. 

Finally, medium washes are the in between. They are used by people who like neither the dark nor the light colour washes. Identify what type of look you want the jacket to be. Most vintage denim jackets for men end down by the hip. Some men do wear longer cuts, but this can often make the jacket look oversized while the shorter jackets make it look shrunken. There are a number of add-ons that vintage denim jackets have, such as metal studs and distressed denim. It all comes down to personal choice.

What about the Big Brand Names?
Many of the big brands that were around 60+ years ago are still behemoths of the denim jacket industry today. Companies such as
Wrangler, Levi and Lee are very popular amongst vintage clothes hunters. Wrangler denim jackets were first made in the 1940s and came in lined versions and youth sizes. Their first and second versions are very sought after today. The first version was preferred by cowboys due to their ultra-modern design at the time. A Levi vintage denim jacket is the most commonly sought after. There’s any easy system that you can use to determine which time period your Levi vintage jacket is from. If it has hand warmer pockets then it was made between the mid-1980s and present times.  If there are no hand warmer pockets but it has a small, red e tab on it, then it dates from 1971 up to the mid-1980s. To define the exact period, there are subtle differences in the stitching down by the bottom most buttonholes. If the jacket has double row stitching beside the buttonhole, and also possesses just two chest pockets it is still from the previous period. Single row stitching with no e tab and no hand warmer pockets means that the jacket is most likely from mid 1960s to 1971. If you find a jacket with a large red e tab then you have one from the 1950s up until 1971 and are called the third edition. Also with a big e, the second edition jackets have vertical pleats down by the buttons and have two exterior chest pockets. Finally, the first edition jackets which were made before the 1940s has a lot number 506XX, possesses a single breast pocket on the left side with no pocket flap.

Have you purchased a vintage denim jackets?