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Best Leather Jacket 2019: How to Pick a Leather Jacket, Best Styles


Another season of men’s fashion trends has arrived and leather jackets are still the coolest piece of outerwear. It’s been almost 70 years since the leather jacket became famous thanks to Hollywood bad boys like James Dean, Marlon Brando and Steve McQueen, but the jacket is still around – and more essential than ever.

Leather jackets have remained cool for so long that they’ve become one of the most versatile yet statement-making pieces of clothing you can own. A great leather jacket can be worn on the weekend with jeans, a threadbare vintage tee and old sneakers, but it can also add some edge to slacks, a button-up shirt and dress shoes.

Because leather jackets are so versatile and timelessly stylish, they’re well-worth researching and shopping around for. They can get expensive, but because they’ll last so long (and look better with age) a great leather jacket is worth a splurge. Of course, this sort of big purchase is daunting, so we rounded up some of our favorite leather jackets for every style and price point to get you started.

1. Topman Leather Biker Jacket

BEST BUDGET

If you’re not ready to spend too much on a leather jacket, you still have some solid options. Case-in-point: this $220 genuine leather jacket from Topman. It showcases a classic biker look, an eye-catching asymmetrical cut, and a relatively low-key style that’s great for upgrading your night out wardrobe.

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2. Coach 1941 Varsity Jacket

BEST VARSITY

One way to elevate the throwback high school staple varsity jacket is with some high-quality leather. That’s what designer Coach did with this minimal jacket, creating a unique go-to that’s great during warmer seasons or as a layering tool when it gets colder.

Varsity Jacket Leather coachImage courtesy of East Dane

  

3. Cole Haan Washed Leather Jacket

BEST TRAVEL

The versatility of leather jackets makes them ideal travel companions. If you plan on packing your leather jacket often, we suggest a lighter, more affordable jacket like this one from Cole Haan. This will make it easier to layer, and you won’t worry too much about loosing or damaging it on your adventures.

Brown Leather JacketImage courtesy of Nordstrom

  

4. Lamarque Leather Biker Jacket

BEST CAFE RACER

The cafe racer is another iconic leather jacket style, befitting a more minimal look. We like this one from Lamarque because it stays true to its moto racing heritage with quilted shoulders, a banded collar and an all-black color.

Black Leather Jacket RacerImage courtesy of Nordstrom

  

5. Andrew Marc Kilmer Shearling Jacket

BEST FLIGHT

Flight jackets typically offer more warmth, along with a unique aviator-inspired vibe. They’re slightly less casual, and look good with chinos or slacks and fresh sneakers or winter boots.

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6. Levi’s Bomber Jacket

BEST BOMBER

For a more casual, playful leather jacket, go for this Levi’s bomber. It has a vintage style that looks best with jeans and tees, adding some grown-up texture.

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7. Schott NYC Leather Moto Jacket

BEST OVERALL

Marlon Brando wore a Schott biker jacket in The Wild One in 1953, starting a 70 year craze for this specific jacket. For the fashion purist, this is a grail piece that you can wear everyday and still give to your kids. It’s slightly more expensive at $880, but for a famously bad-to-the-bone leather jacket, that’s actually a deal.

Leather Biker Jacket Schott vintageImage courtesy of Nordstrom

  

8. Theory Morvek Lkelleher Leather Jacket

BEST MINIMAL

If your style leans toward minimal, there’s still a leather jacket to fit your closet’s aesthetic. This one from Theory, the minimalist pros, features a stripped-down look that pairs especially well with office and dressy attire.

Black Leather Jacket TheoryImage courtesy of East Dane

  

9. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket

BEST DESIGNER

Saint Laurent has carved out its own place in the world of leather jackets. Instead of flashy logos or a hyper-modern shape, they opted to elevate the classic biker jacket with unbelievably high-quality materials and a perfect fit. If you can swing it, this is one of the best big-ticket fashion items that money can buy.

Biker Jacket Saint LaurentImage courtesy of Mr. Porter

  

10. Brioni Leather Bomber Jacket

BEST SPLURGE

Did you recently stumble across a suitcase full of cash in the forest? Here’s one great way to spend it: Brioni’s $9,500 leather bomber jacket. It’s a Bugatti, ten pounds of caviar and some diamonds in jacket form.

Brown Leather Jacket ExpensiveImage courtesy of Mr. Porter




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