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How to Style a Leather Jacket

There are few pieces of clothing as timeless as a leather jacket.

​It is a simple item that adds masculinity, edge, and style to anyone’s wardrobe. Not only does a leather jacket flatter every body type, male and female, it also serves—quite literally—as a second skin that can keep you warm and protected in almost any environment. It’s practical. It’s stylish. It’s a classic. Long story short, every closet needs one, including yours.

Purchasing your own leather jacket can feel much like a rite of passage into adulthood, as it will last you well throughout the years and provide for you in both versatility and reliability. That being said, styling them may seem daunting. They are statement pieces full of plenty of personality, which can be intimidating.

Purchasing your own leather jacket can feel much like a rite of passage into adulthood, as it will last you well throughout the years and provide for you in both versatility and reliability. That being said, styling them may seem daunting. They are statement pieces full of plenty of personality, which can be intimidating.

​We’re here to put your worries at ease with a basic step-by-step guide on how to go about finding, purchasing, and styling a leather jacket in a way that is personal and fashionable.

We’re here to put your worries at ease with a basic step-by-step guide on how to go about finding, purchasing, and styling a leather jacket in a way that is personal and fashionable.

What You'll Need To Find Your Style

There aren’t many things you will need in order to style a leather jacket—other than a leather jacket of course. This tutorial will require a few essentials, but will mostly involve your personality, style, and confidence.

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    ​A Leather Jacket – If you don’t have one already, we’ll help you pick one that suits you.
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    ​Your Wardrobe – Leather jackets are so versatile, what you already have in your closet probably already works! You won’t need to go out and purchase anything new unless something really stands out to you.
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    ​Pinterest, Magazines, etc. – Essentially, anything that inspires you to help you figure out your own sense of fashion.
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    A Little Creativity – At the end of the day, styling your jacket will be up to you, and there are no wrong answers, so dare to step out of your comfort zone (and don’t limit yourself by saying, “I can’t pull that look off.” You totally can.)

Step 1: Figure Out Your Look

​Start by evaluating your closet and asking yourself what your personal style is. Do you feel rugged and masculine when you look in the mirror? Maybe you float more toward preppy items?

​If you’re having trouble identifying your style, try to find inspiration in your favorite magazines or Pinterest. If you have a favorite celebrity you would like to emulate or a character you like, get an idea of what that person wears and use that as inspiration.

If you’re having trouble identifying your style, try to find inspiration in your favorite magazines or Pinterest. If you have a favorite celebrity you would like to emulate or a character you like, get an idea of what that person wears and use that as inspiration.

​Another important thing to keep in mind is your lifestyle. Do you work outside frequently or do you spend most of your time at a desk? Is your home located up north, or do you live in a temperate climate? Leather jackets are naturally warm pieces that are generally informal—make sure you are aware of what kind of style is going to suit the life you are already living.

Step 2: Decide How Much You Want to Spend

Two main factors determine how much a leather jacket will cost: the material and the brand. Whether or not name brands are important to you is a personal preference, but we can help you learn the difference in leather quality.

Full grain and top grain leathers are made from the whole outer hide of an animal. It’s thick, authentic, and the most expensive. If durability and warmth are high on your list of priorities, we recommend you invest your money here. Full or top grain will give you the best bang for your buck and produce jackets that last lifetimes.

Genuine leather is made from the inner hide of an animal, making it a little thinner, a little less durable, and a little cheaper. This may be a good option if you aren’t worried about your jacket’s resilience to the elements.

​We recommend staying away from bonded leather. Its low prices are tempting, but bonded leather is rarely worth the price in comparison to genuine or top grain leather.

We recommend staying away from bonded leather. Its low prices are tempting, but bonded leather is rarely worth the price in comparison to genuine or top grain leather.

Step 3: Pick Out Your Leather Jacket

​Leather jackets are an all-encompassing term that covers a variety of different styles. At this point in your journey, you can use the information you’ve accumulated in Steps 1 & 2 to find your ideal leather jacket.

The Biker

​It’s easy to spot a leather biker jacket when you see one, and purchasing one might feel intimidating. Forever a common favorite, the biker jacket is full of rebellious spirit and youthful style.

It’s easy to spot a leather biker jacket when you see one, and purchasing one might feel intimidating. Forever a common favorite, the biker jacket is full of rebellious spirit and youthful style

The Aviator

​The aviator jacket was originally made for military men to keep them warm during flight. These jackets are often lined with a thicker fabric on the inside, such as fleece or flannel, for additional warmth.

The Racer

​This particular model is for those who like to keep it simple. Racer jackets are understated and fitted, pockets and a snap collar being their most intense features. They come in a variety of colors and are the easiest jacket to dress up.

Step 4: Learn to Layer

Now that you have all the details worked out, it is time to start putting it all together. There are a few articles of clothing that will pair perfectly with a leather jacket every time without fail. As you start adding pieces, remember that leather jackets are already quite warm, so there’s no need to bulk them out with too many layers.

For a casual day of errands, dress your jacket down with any t-shirt. Stark white gives you a classic greaser look, while graphics make your look little more modern.

Want to look a little more put together for a night out or a date? Go for a crew cut sweater in a neutral color like heather grey or cream to look both masculine and polished.

Darker button-ups made of denim or flannel can contribute a look of sophistication and readiness to your look.

Step 5: Stay Dark On the Bottom

The style of your leather jacket will influence what kind of jeans you go with—and I say jeans, because when you’re wearing a leather jacket, you should really be wearing jeans.

​Generally, darker denim works best with leather jackets. You’ve most likely selected a black jacket, as they are the most popular and versatile. In this case, solid black or dark stone-washed jeans can really pull your look together. Or, if you’re keeping it casual, this might be your chance to make your old ripped jeans fashionable.

​Perhaps you went a little bolder and selected a brown leather jacket. With brown, you still want to stay true to darker colors, but be sure to select jeans the same tone as your jacket. If the jacket is more of an ashy color, go for cool-toned blue or distressed grey jeans. For warmer browns, pick out pants that are more jewel toned, or reach for your blackest black.

Perhaps you went a little bolder and selected a brown leather jacket. With brown, you still want to stay true to darker colors, but be sure to select jeans the same tone as your jacket. If the jacket is more of an ashy color, go for cool-toned blue or distressed grey jeans. For warmer browns, pick out pants that are more jewel toned, or reach for your blackest black.

Step 6: Balance Your Look with Shoes

There are generally two pairs of shoes that will always look good with a leather jacket, no matter what ensemble you’ve chosen for the rest of your outfit: sneakers and boots.

Sneakers in almost any color will complement your casual t-shirts and sweaters well. Brightly colored shoes especially can make for interesting fashion statements that balance the natural confidence of a leather jacket. We tend to stay away from pastels, though—the softness clashes too jarringly with the ruggedness of leather.

If you went with a biker jacket, feel free to marry them unapologetically to your favorite pair of boots. Trust us on this: a biker jacket needs biker boots. In fact, boots work with any leather jacket, especially when you want a little added edge.

​Ultimately, remember not to underestimate the power of your kicks to finish a look, and make sure you chose a pair that complements the feeling of your outfit.

Conclusion

Everyone’s personality and wardrobe is different. At the end of the day, this tutorial on how to style your leather jacket is a guideline that will hopefully inspire you to feel comfortable enough to reach for pieces instinctively on your own. Leather jackets should give you a sense of security and satisfaction, so don’t let their presence in your closet intimidate you. Let it encourage you instead!

​Remember to let us know how you feel! Did this tutorial help you? Be sure to let us know in the comments below what you think, and feel free to share if you enjoyed.

Which Leather Bomber Jacket is For You?

​The leather bomber jacket is a classic piece of outerwear that gives the man who wears it the appearance of being adventurous, strong and stylish. With so many variations on the original style worn by military pilots, how do you choose the best one for you?

The leather bomber jacket is a classic piece of outerwear that gives the man who wears it the appearance of being adventurous, strong and stylish. With so many variations on the original style worn by military pilots, how do you choose the best one for you?

Quality leather isn't cheap, so you'll be better off putting some thought into the fit, color, type of leather and overall style of the jacket you buy. Tailoring leather is costly and difficult, and cheap leather wears out quickly to much disappointment. A good leather jacket can be worn in almost any situation and will last a lifetime.

Quality leather isn't cheap, so you'll be better off putting some thought into the fit, color, type of leather and overall style of the jacket you buy. Tailoring leather is costly and difficult, and cheap leather wears out quickly to much disappointment. A good leather jacket can be worn in almost any situation and will last a lifetime.

​In order to choose the perfect leather bomber jacket for you, you'll want to consider a few things.

What weather conditions do I want to wear this bomber jacket in?

Many leather bombers come in light, athletic styles. The leather is flexible without needing to be broken in, is lined with a light material, maybe the jacket includes a hood, and the cut and style is more reminiscent of something a baseball player might wear, rather than a pilot. These are great for men with a sporty edge to their look or who live in warmer climates.

Other jackets come lined with a quilted material, giving more warmth to the jacket. The leather may also be of a sturdier, heavier quality.

Even warmer still is the classic, shearling lined leather bomber. This is the perfect jacket for cold weather, as it is very warm and also it can withstand the elements. If you're looking for the classic, rugged look that will keep you comfortable all winter, this is the bomber jacket that you are looking for.

There are several different kinds of leather that are used to make clothing, some of a much higher quality than others. If durability is a concern, top grain or full grain leather, which is cut from the outer hide, will last longer than "genuine leather", which is cut from the inner hide and is generally thinner. "Bonded leather" refers to scraps of leather that are pressed together and chemically bonded, resulting in a low quality material.

While cow hide leather is the most commonly used for jackets, there are many other hide choices out there such as bison, steer, pig or lamb skin, so check those out if you're looking for a different texture and feel.

What Kind of Style Am I Trying to Recreate in my Wardrobe?

​Leather jackets can be used to make any look pop with a rugged confidence. Some styles, like the biker or moto jackets, give men the rebel-without-a-cause look. The bomber is a bit less James Dean and a bit more Indiana Jones than the motorcycle riding looks. Bomber jackets are taken directly from the styles of jackets worn by military pilots and they carry with them the look of a put together, but risky character. Play up the military history even further with some trendy military style boots.

Leather jackets can be used to make any look pop with a rugged confidence. Some styles, like the biker or moto jackets, give men the rebel-without-a-cause look. The bomber is a bit less James Dean and a bit more Indiana Jones than the motorcycle riding looks. Bomber jackets are taken directly from the styles of jackets worn by military pilots and they carry with them the look of a put together, but risky character. Play up the military history even further with some trendy military style boots.

​Not just a utility item, bomber jackets come in a lot of different cuts. The original was designed to be fitted around the hips using elastic, and closely they follow the form of the body to allow the wearer good mobility. However, you can find many oversized cuts that might suit your style better. If you like to wear large or baggy shirts and sweaters, then you'll want to go for one of these bigger cuts. It's trendy with some styles of leather jackets, like a motorcycle jacket, to let your longer t-shirt hang below the bottom of it, but not with the bomber. Keep whatever shirt you're wearing underneath and inside of the jacket.

Do I want black, brown, or another colored leather?

​Originally, bomber jackets were brown to match military uniforms. Brown leather gives the feeling of a working, active man. You can find a lot of brown leather that already looks worn, making you appear even more like you spend your free time fixing engines or discovering hidden tombs. 

Black leather still carries with it a rebellious, bad boy spirit. Black bomber jackets are associated with smart, urban living. The kind of guy who knows his way around things, can hack any problem, and knows where the best nightclub is, would naturally go with a black over a brown bomber. 

You can also find plenty of less conventional colors, like maroon, blue, green etc. If you want a statement piece rather than an everyday jacket, then maybe a strong color is what you're looking for.

Originally, bomber jackets were brown to match military uniforms. Brown leather gives the feeling of a working, active man. You can find a lot of brown leather that already looks worn, making you appear even more like you spend your free time fixing engines or discovering hidden tombs.
Black leather still carries with it a rebellious, bad boy spirit. Black bomber jackets are associated with smart, urban living. The kind of guy who knows his way around things, can hack any problem, and knows where the best nightclub is, would naturally go with a black over a brown bomber.
You can also find plenty of less conventional colors, like maroon, blue, green etc. If you want a statement piece rather than an everyday jacket, then maybe a strong color is what you're looking for.

How Do I Wear ​The Jacket?

​Leather jackets don't need a lot of dressing up to look stylish. Even with just a simple t-shirt, well cut jeans, and a pair of boots you'll be dressed for a range of occasions. The most important things to remember is that your jacket should fit you right and everything in the rest of your outfit is in good condition. If your clothes are unclean and falling apart, there's little a high quality leather jacket can do for you. However, there are some exceptions to this rule. For instance if the struggling artist vibe is what you're intending to give off, some rips in your shirt could pull everything together. As for fit, if the jacket is too big and makes you look like you dug into your dad's closet, or too small and you look like you were in your girlfriends closet, the appearance that you're a man in control of your life will be lost. Unlike a lot of other clothes, leather isn't easy to tailor, so be extra mindful of how things fit when trying jackets on.

Don't Overdo It

​Be careful to not overcomplicate styling the outfit you wear with your leather jacket. While these jackets have a lot of associations with uniform, monochromatic looks, you can bring whatever pair of nice denim, simple leather boots, or cozy flannel you already have in your closet and you will be dressed in a solid outfit. Resist the temptation to step out in head to toe black leather unless you're actually getting on a motorcycle. You can certainly put together some eye catching ensembles in head to toe leather, but you'll find that the button ups and hoodies that are already in your closet pull together a look that is both a little on the sophisticated side, yet still casual enough for every day wear.

What to Wear with a Brown Leather Jacket

I had my heart set on buying a brown leather jacke​t (rather than the more clichéd black version) ever since my best bud bought it a few years ago. I'd borrow it now and then for a special date or for travel. When I bought a brown leather jacket a couple of years ago, I wore it on repeat starting pretty much the next day. That brings me to a question that many jacket owners might have asked themselves - What to wear with a brown leather jacket?

Like I mentioned, I wore it for just about everything from going out for a movie to casual bumming around at a friend's place. There are many versatile ways to wear a brown jacket, but you might find yourself running out of ideas on wearing your favorite jacket from day to night. There's a ton of use you can get out of your brown leather jacket. Here, I am going to share some great ideas that I came up while using my favorite staple!

Things You Will Need to Create Different Looks

You can create different looks for different days using your imagination and your favorite brown leather jacket. You need some basic shirts, t-shirts, and accessories to create different looks with your jacket. You need to pull out some things from your wardrobe and use them to create stunning and diverse looks for various occasions. You will need the following for each look.

Look 1-Casual
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    A simple white t-shirt. You can also use another lighter colored t-shirt of your choice though while offsets brown nicely and give this look a casual feel
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    You can also use another lighter colored t-shirt of your choice though while offsets brown nicely and give this look a casual feel
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    Blue denim
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    Converse shoes or trainers. If you want to be a bit more dressy, you can opt for brown suede chukka boots with this look
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    If you want to be a bit more dressy, you can opt for brown suede chukka boots with this look
Look 2-Rugged
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    A checked shirt. You can also use a denim shirt to enhance the ruggedness of this manly look. You can layer this look with a dark colored t-shirt for colder climates and to add more dimension to it
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    You can also use a denim shirt to enhance the ruggedness of this manly look
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    You can layer this look with a dark colored t-shirt for colder climates and to add more dimension to it
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    Rugged ankle-length boots
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    Blue denim
Look 3-Sophisticated and Chic
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    Oxford shirt
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    Slim fit jumper
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    Brown suede derby shoes
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    Chinos or Slim fit denim

Now that you have pulled out these basics from your wardrobe, you’re all set to create amazing, versatile looks with your brown leather jacket. In this next section, I will explain how to amplify each of these looks to make you look like a rock start every day!

Look 1-Casual

I love this look because it makes me feel put-together without too much effort. You can use just about any basic t-shirt with this look, but white is my personal favorite. It gives this look a casual yet clean effect while being entirely effortless to create.

The great thing about this look is that despite being casual, it can work with a variety of leather jackets ranging from varsity to biker. You can pair the t-shirt with well-fitting jeans and causal converse shoes to take this look to another level. If you want to add more versatility to this look, you can choose to wear it with beige suede chukka boots.

This is my everyday go-to look and is great for autumn and mild winter. Plus, I sometimes layer this look with a tone-on-tone woolen scarf for added warmth. The possibilities are endless if you want to use your brown leather jacket for a casual, everyday look.

Look 2-Rugged

For a more masculine, brooding look, I like to pair my favorite brown leather jacket with a checked or denim shirt. This look is great for looking manly without seeming like you're trying too hard. I like to pair a checked shirt with blue denim to complete this look.

This look also works great with a denim shirt and jeans. The brown leather complements the blue making it a super manly (workman style) look. I like to complete this look with a pair of rugged brown boots. If you live in a colder place, you can choose to layer with a darker colored t-shirt for added warmth.

 I can vouch for this look, and it always has the ladies swooning!

Look 3-Sophisticated and Chic

The brown leather jacket is extremely versatile, and this look is a testament to that fact. You don't need to be afraid to venture into the chic zone with your favorite jacket. In fact, it is effortless to create a sophisticated yet edgy look with the brown leather jacket.

I try to create a clean, slim silhouette in this variation by paring an oxford shirt with a slim fit jumper. This instantly glamorizes your leather jacket in a chic and understated way. You should complete this look with well-fitted chinos for best effect.

Just be careful to maintain the silhouette by not bulking up the look by adding keys and your phone or other stuff in your pockets. You can use a classic messenger bag with this look to carry all your things without adding bulk to this look..

This is a great day to night look. I often find myself wearing this look to work, and heading out for a date later in the evening without changing anything.

Some Pro Tips

The brown leather jacket is quite versatile, and I have enlisted some ideas on what to wear with a brown leather jacket, but there are some.

Style Is Important

While picking a brown leather jacket, it is essential to choose a style that works best for you. You need to make sure that the leather jacket you pick fits you well. Some simple things to look for in a well-fitting leather jacket include the sleeve.

A key attribute in well-made leather jackets is that the arm holes are high-cut. This ensures that the jacket remains close to your body. You should make sure that the sleeves aren't too long, but an inch or two above the cuff is fine.

You can try on a jacket one size smaller than you think you need for a snug fit. Be sure to choose a good fit because you can’t take it to your tailor later to take it in a bit. Plus, you should ensure that the shoulders fit you well and do not droop. Your jacket should be comfortable and allow a full range of motion without gathering up.

Also, please stay away from “knee-length” leather jackets! The waist of the jacket should fall right around your belt. Some jacket styles like the fatigue style can fall a couple of inches below your belt line which is alright. Just make sure you don’t buy a floor length duster!

Color

There are many color variations even within brown jackets, so choose a color that works best for you. Light brown jackets are great for rugged wear like on the plains because the sun, rain, grease and other factor bring out a myriad of colors in this type of jacket. If you’re a fan of cowboy boots, then this hue will work best for you.

Darker colored brown leather jackets work great if you like matching your shoes with your jacket. This color works great with lighter colored button down shirts. This color lends the jacket intensity without taking it to an area where you can scare people.

Material

Depending on your usage, you need to choose the material for your leather jacket. The full-grained leather is a great option for the grained look prevents the appearance of scratches and other kinds of marks. You can opt for high-quality leather options if you have the cash to splurge, and there are multiple variations available if you’re on a budget.

You can choose to go with a suede jacket which looks really chic but can be heavier due to the chemicals used to treat it. It isn’t the best option in case it pours though you can create a very sophisticated look with this style. If you manage your clothes well, suede can be a great option!

You can choose a shearling leather jacket if you live in a colder climate because of its warm and practical attributes. Shearling is a great material for leather jackets but may be a bit more expensive than other variants.

I hope that my experiences with my favorite jacket will help you with styling your brown leather jacket every day. The key to what to wear with a brown leather jacket is to experiment and have an open mind because the possibilities are endless. You can wear this versatile jacket in so many ways, and I practically live in it.

I hope that these tips have been useful to you. If yes, then don’t forget to leave a comment and share this article with your friends so that they can experience the many joys of owning an awesome brown leather jacket!

Where To Find Cheap Leather Jackets For Men

If you want to add some much needed "edge" to your persona, a leather jacket should do the job. It is one of those articles of clothing that straddles the fine line between rugged and stylish.

Countless movie stars have worn it to perfection in iconic roles, from James Dean to Frank Sinatra, Harrison Ford, Hugh Jackman and Keanu Reeves, just to name a few. But finding a cheap leather jacket for men is no easy task. Here is a guide on the why's and how's (and do's and don'ts) of hunting for cheap leather jackets.

A Bare-bones Leather Jacket 101

You May Not Look This Good But You'll Look Great

Here is the deal with leather jackets: good quality leather can cost a bomb. Think north of $500 or even $1000. Real leather is expensive, and not for nothing either. A high-quality leather jacket is like fine wine, in that it gets better with age. It's all about patina.

You don't need to become an expert on leather, but if you can identify a good quality natural leather article from the fake stuff, it is an advantage.

There are several avenues you can explore in your quest for the right leather jacket at the right price. They range from brand new at stores, to thrift stores, used and vintage listings online.

Buying Brand New From Store

Okay There Aren’t Any Jackets Here But You Get It

This is the most straightforward option, but also the most expensive. How much is too much for you, regarding asking price? This will determine your luck in finding the right jacket for you. The best US brands will cost you dearly. But you can still find less than stellar quality stuff, in real leather, for under $500 and even under $300 at most stores and outlets like GAP and Zara.

But if your budget is even lower than that, you might want to look at the next best option, which is again filed under the "easy and straightforward" category.

Get Things "Faux."

Not Exactly The Best Option But Hey Do What You Can

For those of you who can't or don't want to drop hundreds of dollars into real leather jackets, faux leather is the affordable alternative. Many people don't even get the difference between the two. These can be had for as low as $50 or less brand new. Just don't expect them to last as long as the real thing, or develop that awesome looking patina. On the plus side though, you do get to flaunt your vegan credentials!

Again, quality and price can make a difference here as well. For dirt cheap prices, you will get Made in China jackets that have been cobbled together using glue. Steer well clear of these, as they will fall apart in no time. When buying leather, what you need is stuff that has been sewed or stitched together. Those will last the longest and are easy to repair as well.

Not satisfied with the fake stuff? If real animal hide at rock bottom prices is still what your heart yearns for, get ready to do some digging your local thrift stores.

Bargain Hunting At Your Local Thrift Store

Alright, this one calls for a warning from the outset: there is no guarantee that you will find what you are looking for, like ever. You could make the find of your lifetime with a killer aviator jacket from WW II, or you could just as easily end up sifting through cheap faux leather jackets bought from the above-mentioned stores. It is all about luck, and persistence, and lots and lots of patience.

They Don’t Usually Look This Nice But Its Possible

Don't let those words discourage you from looking at your local thrift stores. But if you need a leather jacket on the double, our advice would be to buy a cheap one new and keep digging at thrift shops. But if you want to save some extra dollars by buying from thrift stores, here are some bits of wisdom, courtsey of Thriftanista In The City:

Avoid anything with bits of fur: Avoid suede: Focus on the stitching: Don't worry about the linings:

  • Avoid anything with bits of fur: this is about real fur, not the faux variety. Real fur will take a lot of maintenance and cleaning, and is probably not worth the effort when you are buying from a thrift store. Jackets with faux fur linings are more manageable and worth a punt if you like the style/fit.
  • Avoid suede: The material is fragile and requires a lot of maintenance. Plus, it is quite hard to find one in acceptable condition second hand.
  • Focus on the stitching: Jackets with tight stitches are highly desirable. As we already mentioned, if it is glued together, give it a miss.
  • Don't worry about the linings: In leather jackets, these are often the first casualty with the passage of time. And they can always be quickly patched up if things are terrible. Otherwise, no one will notice them anyway, as they are hidden away inside

Pay A Visit To The Vintage Store

Mess But Super Cheap Stuff

This is more of an extension of the thrift store shopping. But while you can be guaranteed lower prices at a thrift store, a vintage store is more of a mixed bag. Leather items thankfully have longevity on their side.

So you can expect to find perfectly wearable jackets at a vintage store. But expect their prices to be anywhere from rock bottom to sky high. Long story short, its got to do with warehousing and bidding policies.

For the best results while vintage shopping, do your homework on the best brands from bygone eras. And inspect the jacket well, look for holes, wear and tear, the works. Try it on for size. And if you can get pally with the proprietor of the store, it could help throw some good deals your way.

Browse on Ebay

This is such an obvious move; we probably don't even need to put it here on this list. But for completion's sake, we feel that this should be mentioned here. You can find two kinds of leather jackets from sellers online. In the brand new category, expect to find some good deals, especially on real leather stuff.

But more interesting is the vintage leather jacket query. That one throws up a mix of really expensive and affordable options. Some of them even date back to several decades ago if not more. But you know the drill with buying stuff online: What you see is what you get. Just make sure that the seller has a dependable refund or returns policy to avoid getting burned.

Conclusion

Finding a cheap leather jacket for men is not that hard, provided you are willing to make a few compromises. Getting that dream vintage jacket can be quite hard, expensive, or a combination of the two. But as they say, great things in life don't come that easy. Keep on the lookout for good deals online, keep digging at your local thrift and vintage stores, and you could soon get your hands on what you seek. Good luck with that!


How To Get A Petite Leather Jacket

A leather jacket is one of the most timeless, classy, and sought-after wardrobe staples. However, not all leather jackets are created equal. In order to achieve the sexy, put-together aura, your leather jacket must meet two important standards: it has to be well-made with high-quality leather and it has to fit you like a glove.

The Right Fit Makes The Difference

Buying a first-rate and well-fitted leather jacket in standard sizes is easy because so many companies choose to maximize their profit by selling only standard-size leather jackets. But, what do you do if you are a bit shorter than the average? How can you find the perfect leather jacket in your price range?

Understand the Basics of a Good Leather Jacket

The first step to getting a good jacket as a short man is to understand what kind of fit will be the most flattering for your frame. It can be tempting to wear a jacket that is bulky because it feels rugged and manly, but for petite guys, this will actually have the opposite effect. Instead of making you look larger, a leather jacket that is too large will make you look much smaller than you are.

No Matter Your Size They Can Make It

As such, smaller men should focus their attention on finding more fitted styles. To get the right fit, focus your attention on the three main problem areas that can overwhelm your frame and make you look smaller: the shoulders, the sleeve length, and the jacket length.

Shoulders

Having big, broad shoulders is every guy's dream, and a lot of guys make the mistake that thinking if they wear leather jackets with large shoulders (or worse, shoulder pads!), they'll be able to achieve that sexy, big-man look.

Unfortunately, the reality is that when you wear shoulder pads, you are only making the rest of your body look smaller. A good leather jacket will fit your shoulders snuggly, giving you a nice smooth silhouette. Avoid jackets that are too tight, as well, as this will make your jacket, no matter how expensive, look cheap.

Sleeve Length

Even if your jacket is perfect in every other way and fits you like a glove all through your torso, the sleeves can be a deal breaker. In order to avoid looking like a child in a grown-ups jacket, you will need to choose the correct sleeve length (or invest a bit of time and money into a good, specialist tailor, which we'll talk about later).

The sleeves of your jacket should hit around your wrist. It can be as much as a 1/4 inch longer to give you a little bit of slack in the arms to keep you covered as you move. Any more than a quarter inch and you will end up looking more childish than manly.

Jacket Length

Finally, the length of your jacket matters. Jackets that are too long for your torso will only succeed at making you look shorter than you really are, whereas jackets that are too short will risk looking too feminine. Look for leather jacket styles that hit just below the waist, which works also to elongate your legs.

Well-Known Styles that Work for Petite Guys

If the criteria above seems a bit overwhelming, that's okay: we have several well-known styles that will help you narrow down your search.

The Fitted Racer Jacket

A fitted racer jacket is a simple classic. It is clean cut, with a simple zipper closure right down the middle, and it avoids looking too bulky because it doesn't have large pockets on the chest.

This jacket highlights everything that a shorter guy should look for in a leather jacket. The lack of added bulk from pockets or shoulder pads won't make you look smaller, and the simple cut will highlight your best features.

The Double Rider Style Jacket

Another classic style, a double rider jacket features an off-center zipper and a double-breasted style. Its history as a motorcycle jacket means that it is one of the more cropped jacket styles, which works for the benefit of a shorter guy. With a cropped style, you'll be able to elongate your legs.

The Double Rider Piece Of History

One tricky part of a double rider style jacket is to be sure that the collar lies flat across your chest and that the hardware is not cheaply made. If the collar sticks up or if the hardware of your jacket tarnish easily, you'll risk looking cheap.

The Ribbed Cuff Leather Bomber

This style has recently made a comeback, and for good reason. It is a relatively basic leather jacket, and its most distinguishing feature is the sleeves. The sleeves are made to be a bit loose and large, with a ribbed, cotton-material holding them in place at your wrists.

As long as the body of the jacket doesn't have extraneous pockets that will add unnecessary bulk to a small frame, you'll be able to easily pull this jacket off. Even better, for guys who don't want to worry about going to a tailor, this style is usually very forgiving in the sleeves because of the ribbing.

Don't Forget to Tailor Your Sleeves

After choosing a great leather jacket from a traditional retailer that fits your body like a glove, you'll want to transform that jacket to the perfect leather jacket by having the tailor adjust the sleeves. Because leather is such a tricky material, you will need to find a specialist who is willing to work with you, and you will need to be willing to pay anywhere from $75-100.

This Model’s Sleeves Are On Point

The benefit of having a tailor adjust your sleeves after you choose your jacket is that you can then focus your attention solely on the fit of the body.

Shop in High-Quality and Specialty Stores

In addition to carrying high-quality leather jackets and well-known brands, high-end department stores and leather specialty stores tend to have a wider variety of options for leather jackets. While the price-point for these stores can be higher, the quality of materials and the quality of the fit generally justify the expense.

One of the best tricks for getting this quality for cheaper is to keep an eye on the sales for these stores. Toward the end of the season, leather jackets will start to go on sale, and you'll be able to score a name-brand jacket for a fraction of the price.

The Bottom Line

When all else fails, the option to have a leather jacket that is custom-made can be the most appealing option. The benefits of getting a custom-made jacket are that you have absolute control to make the jacket exactly the way you want it to be.

With A Custom Leather Jacket You'll Be A Boss

For a short guy, this means that you can easily choose the style that won't overwhelm your frame, you'll be able to skip trying on a million different jackets, and you won't have to worry about going to a tailor to made any minor adjustments to make your jacket perfect. A custom made jacket is already perfect.

For high-quality, well-priced, custom-made leather jackets, be sure to check out Independence Brothers. With a variety of styles, a well-tested process, and world-wide shipping, you are certain to get the sleek, sexy look you've been looking for.


Where To Get A Plus Size Leather Jacket

If you're in need of a plus size leather jacket, then you've got more than a few options in seriously high-quality garments to choose from. It can be a highly involved process, but once you've found your perfect fit, it will feel like a fated encounter.

Plus Size Jackets Can Look Great

Though there are many places where plus sized leather jackets can be found in a great quality, a large quantity of vendors unfortunately can't say the same. The trick to finding quality plus size leather jackets is to qualify businesses based on how well they know plus size body types' needs.

The following are all some of the best measures that you'll want to take in order to guarantee that you have the best chance of finding a jacket that does your needs justice.

Deciding on your leather jacket's style

Though the plus size leather jacket market of the distant past may not have offered the most diverse options in different styles beyond faux leather, the modern market is far more rich in variety than before. Since the heightened interest in plus sized clothing designs that emerged in the international fashion industry near the beginning of the new millennium, many immaculately styled plus sized leather jackets have been brought to life.

What Style Defines You

When it comes to the aesthetic appeal of your leather jacket, consider just what kind of image you want to cut with the jacket's contour. The style factor of a leather jacket isn't just determined by the way it's front is designed, but the overall silhouette created by its trim. Naturally, you are going to be much more capable of cutting a striking figure in your leather jacket if you avoid investing in one that just looks like a glossy box on your shoulders.

The bold lapel-flaring biker jacket is a timeless champion of the people that hasn't lost a single bit of its rebellious luster in the current year. The contour created by the jacket is capable of being both smooth and edgy at the same time, complementing a personality that is both fiery and fashion-forward. If you want to bare your buttons and zippers to the world with pride, then a biker jacket can be your best buddy.

If you're a bigger fans of subdued look, you would be better off with the smoother racer jacket style than the bold biker jacket style. A racer jacket can still preserve the big lapel appeal that characterizes the biker jacket, only without quite as much glittering metal on the surface.

Considering plus size body type needs

Wherever it is that you decide to look for a plus size leather jacket's style, you're going to want to make sure that the interpretation of "plus size" that the vendor has in the first place is truly considerate of its meaning.

The Right Measurements Make The Difference

Though there are many who would assume that plus size clothing is synonymous with large clothing, this is a common misconception. Plus size clothing can't be as easily kept on uniform scale of proportions like the regular sized variations can; because of this, the manner in which they're designed is generally done in a more distinctly form-fitting way.

When shopping for your jacket, make a point to look into how much care has been taken to distinguish garments that are created with consideration to the definition of plus size. A good sign that a store has properly taken account of the difference between large clothing and plus size clothing is if the two have been given separately designated store departments or catalogs.

Any online catalogs or brick and mortar stores that have plus size clothing and larger size clothing in the same area for browsing likely won't provide an easy time finding a good fit. As far as stores that do fit the bill, Kohl's, H&M and JCPenny are all smart places to begin looking for plus size jackets that you can try before you buy with confidence.

Look for businesses with body type-based buying options

Before you go on your search for plus size clothing, you're going to want to consider your precise body shape. Though many people may misinterpret plus size to simply be a description of someone who is on the healthier side, there are very different variations in the proportions of plus size women that need to be taken account of in order to determine what leather jacket will fit the most flatteringly.

Some Stores Get It Others Dont

Though the differences in body contour when interpreted through metric measurements are infinitely variable, plus size body types can generally be categorized into five general groups:

  • Petite
  • Rectangular
  • Pear-shaped
  • Apple-shaped
  • Hourglass

The petite designation applies to women who are on the lower end of the 5' ladder (generally between 5'0" and 5'3"), the rectangular designation is for a body shape that is mostly free of curves, the pear-shaped designation is for more bottom-heavy bodies with a narrower neck and shoulder with, the apple-shaped designation is more uniformly round body types with a broader neck and shoulder area, and the hourglass shape describes bodies with relatively proportional curves.

Depending on your unique body type, certain cuts of plus size jackets are going to be more flattering than others.

Petite body types are best off with understated jacket cuts that doesn't overtake the figure, rectangular body types fare well with jackets that simulate curves with slightly convex frames, apple shaped body types do well with looser fits, pear-shaped body types are popularly complemented by jackets that emphasize their top half with pronounced shoulders, and the hourglass body types goes well with waistline-flattering jacket cuts.

While the above guidelines are fairly well-tested trends, don't feel the need to fixate too much on obeying concrete rules for your jacket cut. Ultimately, you'll be able to determine your ideal fit through the feeling. A leather jacket is a garment that isn't just meant to cut a striking image, but also feel completely natural and empowering on you. The more relaxed and at-home you feel in your leather jacket, the more organically you'll be able to exemplify its contour.

Summary

With Time And Effort You'll Find It

If you want to have the best chance at acquiring a plus size leather jacket that is exactly what you need in terms of style and fit, then you're going to want to look for the vendors that have a clearly demonstrable understanding of how important the differences between uniquely proportioned plus size body types are.

Ideally, you should be able to try the leather jacket on before you make a purchase. There is no better way assess the compatibility of your body and a leather jacket than getting a direct feel for it. If you're searching online, simply make sure to closely examine how thoroughly the vendor has considered the distinction between plus sized and large size.

How to Order a Custom Leather Jacket

Did know that leather jackets are among the most worn fashionable clothes ever? That's right. For over a century, leather jackets have increased in popularity, and everyone can afford them now. They come in different types, sizes, and colors.

This has motivated people to want unique jackets made specifically for them. The inspiration for men wanting a custom leather jacket springs from the undisputed reality of how it makes one look classy, trendy and on the rare occasion, even funky!

However, knowing how to order a custom leather jacket and wanting to have one are two very different things. The former being the hardest. Luckily, the following considerations should help you.

How to buy a custom leather jacket

Custom Leather Jackets Express Yourself

Do you want to have that classic Hugh Jackman look like in X-Men or the rockstar Michael Jackson style? Or rather, do you have your own style in mind? Read on to learn the things you should do.

Decide on the skin you want

Kangaroos, cows, goats, deer, ostriches, alligators...there are plenty of differnt skins you can choose from. The most durable and affordable are cowhide. But if you are prepared to go an extra mile and dig in your pocket for the ultimate in durability, there is always horsehide. Determining which hide you want for a leather jacket influences its price, texture, and weight.

Extra soft leather used in the fashion world comes from lambskin. It is comfortable but tends to tear more readily which is why it isn't used for motorcycle jackets. Goatskin, on the other hand, is flexible and durable and is even still used by the Air Force and the Navy for their flight jackets.

How do you want to wear it?

Do you want a formal look, a casual look or a combination of the two? The idea of your leather jacket should be decided beforehand for a designer to know whether he or she will give you a rocker look, a professional style or the downtown look. If you are looking for a jacket that you can comfortably wear to your workplace, you had better steer off from the rock star look.

What about leather jacket colors?

Which Color Fits You Choose Wisely

Personally, I'm a fan of black leather jackets, and it is one of the things I highly consider before ordering one. The same goes for you. Know your color before you order a custom-made leather jacket.

Did you know that rare colors like white or red are more expensive? Obviously, this would take a longer time to make as they often have to look for that exact shade you want. There are other colors though, black, brown, tan, light brown, etc. Choose a color that goes with what you'd feel most comfortable with and make sure that it would match your outfits.

Black is super versatile and can go with many clothes combinations like white T-shirts and blue jeans. You can also try a mix of black and white in your jacket. Brown jackets give you a trendy rugged hipster look, and it looks great with man buns and thick beards!

How does it fit?

Normally, one would just walk to a store and try out several leather jackets until he finds one that fits them perfectly. For a custom made leather jacket, considering everything is done as per your instructions, knowing your size is the priority. A detailed measurement of your chest and the waist while you're wearing a shirt is very important, remembering that you have to wear something else before you wear the jacket.

You wouldn't want to look like a clown because of large armholes in your coat that gives it an oversized look, or because of having one that the shoulders do not embrace your shape. Imagine going to your workplace with a knee length leather jacket early in the morning! I know, I know, Keanu Reeves looks great in that black leather trenchcoat in The Matrix but those rarely can be passed off by mere mortals.

What type do you want?

Leather jackets come in several design types, and it will do you good to consider the type of jacket you want. There are several types one being the flight jacket that gives you a military edge with flap pockets, turndown collars with cinching waist belts. You could also go with a bomber, which has a front zip and tight cuffs and a turndown collar lined with fur for warmth. Other quintessential styles include the double rider and the moto.

Decide on the grade of leather

Grades Of Leather Determine Longevity

After deciding on the skin type, take a second and do a little scrutiny on the grade of leather that you want. This determines the texture, weight and the lifespan of your jacket. For example, a full grain leather, which is made from the outer plus the inner skin of an animal is a bit rough with animal blemishes but incredibly lasts long.

If you go with genuine leather, you should know that it has a limited life for it is made from the inner hide and is often treated with chemicals to makes it extra smooth. Other options include top grain leather, which has been made by peeling off the full grain part and smooth ending it by sanding. It, however, doesn't last long as a full grain leather. Then there is the bonded leather, which is made from bits of leather glued together. It is low quality and doesn't last very long.

Finally, finding a quality supplier of custom leather jacket

Brands, Stores and Websites Do Your Research

This is the last consideration to make before ordering your custom leather jackets. Being aware of the construction you want, as well as its tailoring goes a long way in preparing you to make the right decision with your leather jacket. Bespoke leather jackets are the most expensive and take time. They are completely customized and are built from scratch.

Another option you could go with is the pre-made pattern and standard sizing you find in most stores. Alternatively, there are ready to wear leather jackets, which can be adjusted to your measurements in a store that you purchase it from.

Where you will get these custom leather jackets is another matter. Whether it is a bespoke tailor, a departmental store, stores meant specifically for leather coats and leather products, or even if it is from other boutiques or online shops, you have to be well aware of your store.

It will help you know specifically how long, how much or what type and quality of a leather jacket you will get. Ask around, look for online reviews or visit them if they have a retail location to check out the quality of their garments.

Caring for your leather jacket

After you've successfully bought your leather jacket, you have to know how to ensure it serves its purpose for as long as possible. Here's a summary how:

  • The first thing is to check the label for instructions on how to maintain it
  • Wiping with a soft, clean cloth with a very mild leather soap and water is the simplest way to clean your jacket
  • Oil your leather jacket several times over it's lifetime to keep it from cracking. Olive oil suffices. You can also use vinegar in a pinch to clean a difficult stain
  • Heat will damage your coat. Ensure you dry it under optimum temperatures

For a detailed way of cleaning and maintaining your leather jacket, check out how to care for a leather jacket.

Conclusion

Buying a custom leather jacket is not an easy thing to do, and it requires patience and many considerations like your size, the type of the leather jacket, the color, grade and type of skin you want, as well as the source and the store you ought to get it from. Whether you want to look like Hugh Jackman or Michael Jackson, the pleasure of owning a unique garment and knowing just what you want is enough to give you a lasting look that will impress others and yourself.


Finding Cool Leather Jackets

There is really nothing quite like the strong, sleek smoky appeal of a well-fitting leather jacket, but if you're going to look for one, you're going to want to keep a few things in mind about it just how to go about the process in a way that gives you a garment that feels like an extension of your personality and a second skin at the same time.

You Don’t Need A Bike To Look Cool

Even though a leather jacket might appear to be a relatively simple garment from a distance to the untrained eye, the ways that the jacket can be constructed and fitted constitutes an entire universe of potential variations and subtleties that played to different visual strengths and tastes of those who wear them.

The perfect leather jacket can look as powerful as modern piece of jet-black armor, while the wrong leather jacket can make you look like a zippered trash bag. If you're going to go about the process of finding cool leather jackets the right way, you're going to want to keep the following aspects of the process in mind.

Settling on your ideal style

Plenty of people make the mistake of just going out to buy any old leather jacket without actually knowing the style of leather jacket they're interested in in. There are a number of stylistic variations of jackets that use a leather constitution, and depending on the style that you choose, your entire outfit will have an entirely different contour than it would with another style.

Don’t Be This Guy Be Cool

If you're after that timeless romantic rebel appeal, then the biker jacket is probably going to be right up your alley. If you're looking for something that's a little bit lighter and less aggressive than the iconic biker look, then a racer jacket does away with most of the buckles and buttons and opts for relatively low-maintenance look.

If you're interested in getting a leather jacket to serve you well during the colder months, then the heavy bomber jacket is going to be a better choice because of its relative bulk compared to slimmer biker and racer variations. A more extremely bulky variation of the bomber jacket is the flying jacket, originally manufactured to help World War II pilots survive exposure to frigid rushing winds in mid-flight.

The bulk of the jacket that you choose should be related to the season that you intend on wearing it the most often in. While the slimmer variations of leather jackets will be better-suited for the spring and fall months, wintertime will be far more suitable for the thicker variations of jackets that give you a little bit more resistance to the seasonal chilliness.

Picking the right fit

Aside from the aesthetic appeal of the leather jacket, you're going to want to pay a lot of attention to how the jacket fits when you first put it on. Unlike softer materials, leather is one does not respond very cooperatively to adjustments or tailoring. Buying a leather jacket is most likely going to be a journey of trying on many different options to see which one feels well-broken in on the first wear. When you find that perfect fit, it will almost feel as though the jacket has found you.

The Right Fit Makes The Difference

Even if you've been searching for a long time, the time spent looking for a leather jacket fit that feels good on your frame will always be well-worth it. On the other hand, settling for a leather jacket that feels either too small or too bulky on will ultimately just wind up being an expensive disappointment.

The leather jacket should feel like a partner that you have great chemistry with, aging gracefully and complementing you for as long as you have it. When you have a good-fitting leather jacket, you can be confident in the fact that you will be able to have that fit stay consistent in the long haul.

Make sure that the jacket is not too tight around the underarms, doesn't make your profile looks too boxy due to excessive bulk and pinched fabric, and provides enough leeway around the waist to feel form-fitting but not necessarily constrictive.

Material

Even if you don't happen to be someone who is usually particularly picky about the different materials of jackets that you have options of choosing from, leather jackets are garments that are highly affected by the specific material that they are made of.

Material Is Everything Choose Wisely

The constitution of the material that your leather jacket is composed of will have a very great effect on its durability, and as these jackets are intended to last for years, the environment that you live in and the amount of moving around that you do in it should factor into the kind of material that you can depend on the most.

The most common variety of leather jacket material is calfskin, which many people report to have a relatively accommodating fit without being too snug or loose. In a sense, calfskin should be called the "medium-grade" or "vanilla" of leather jacket materials.

Slightly bulkier jackets have constitutions made of more rugged hide such as crocodile, which tends to be slightly more coarse than the standard calfskin variety but also has a little bit more resilience. You might also prefer a crocodile or alligator skin due to the subtle surface pattern of the jacket that vaguely resembles the textured hide of the animal.

Goatskin, pigskin and lambskin are all varieties of leather jacket material that each have their own's particular degrees of softness and pliability. Be advised that the thinner the material of the leather jacket, the less resilient that it will be to long-term damage. Because leather jackets can be very expensive to fix, you want to be sure that whatever material you decide on has the toughness to stand up to whatever elements you're going to be exposing it to on a regular basis.

Hide Layer Style

Last But Not Least Quality Is King

In addition to the toughness of the material, the style of the hide layering will also play a role in the feel of the jacket. A full-grade hide will take the entire hide of the animal to implement into the jacket, including the top layer and bottom layer for a "fuller" feel.

An exclusively top-grade or bottom-grade hide jacket, on the other hand, will be slightly lighter to the touch but also potentially more liberating. Let the "heft" of your jacket hide layers be something that you take into consideration when thinking of how it's weight might factor into the comfort over time.

Conclusion

A perfect leather jacket should be a purchase you only have to make one time if you do it right, so spending as much time as possible to survey your different choices is perfectly reasonable.

The price of an authentic, high-quality leather jacket can easily be as much as $700 on the lower end, but when considering the amount of time that the jacket will last and the way that it will improve with age, this price should be considered well-worth the years of comfort and style that it will provide.


The Most Popular Leather Jacket Types

Have you decided it’s time to get your first leather jacket? Or are you adding another one to your collection, and you’re having trouble deciding on which style to get?

Popular Leather Jacket Types Which Defines You

I’ve been a huge fan of leather jackets for as long as I can remember. My grandfather and father both rode motorcycles, which meant leather jackets were everyday wear for them, and I quickly followed suit.

A high-quality leather jacket is expensive, but considering how long it will last, it’s worth the money. You just need to make sure you choose a style that works well for you. That’s why I put together this list of the most popular leather jacket types so you can find your match.

The Double Rider

The Double Rider Badass Bikers

If you asked me to pick the type that is most associated with the leather jacket, I’d pick the double rider, and I wouldn’t be the only one. This type of leather jackets is easy to spot, since it sports an asymmetrical front zipper that’s slightly to one side and prominent snap lapels.

The Double Rider was designed as motorcycle wear, which means it’s durable and functional. That and it’s use in popular culture has led to this type of leather jacket being the most rebellious, edgy choice. Arnold Schwarzenegger wore one of these as the titular character in the “Terminator” movie series, and numerous music stars have also chosen these jackets.

Despite the edginess, this is a versatile type of leather jacket. It can instantly elevate a casual outfit or make dressier clothes, such as a long-sleeve button-up, a bit cooler. You probably wouldn’t wear this to a job interview, unless the job was at a biker bar, but other than that you can find plenty of ways to match a Double Rider with the rest of your wardrobe.

The Bomber

The Bomber Flight Jacket Timeless cool

Right up there with the Double Rider in terms of popularity is the Bomber jacket, which has its own iconic style. These are also known as flight jackets because they were worn by pilots in the days of unenclosed cockpits. Because of their intended use, they were designed with warmth in mind.

They often have either a fur lining or a fur collar, making them an excellent choice as cold-weather wear. This type of jacket also usually has ribbed cuffs to stay tighter to the wrists and keep heat in. There may also be a placket over the front zipper to deal with high winds.

The Bomber is also a versatile choice that can add to most outfits. It works just as well with t-shirts and jeans as it does with a button-up and a pair of slacks. It’s not nearly as edgy as a Double Rider, making it a good choice if you have a more clean cut style. It can still project a rugged appearance, though, especially once it’s broken in. After all, this was Indiana Jones’ jacket of choice.

One important thing to keep in mind when choosing a Bomber jacket is how warm it will get. A thick fur lining will keep you nice and warm if you live in a cold climate, but if it gets warm where you live, you’ll want to opt for a lighter Bomber.

The Moto

The Moto Jacket Subtle But Stylist

Now, we’re getting to the types of leather jackets that are still popular, but not quite to the extent of the two above. The Moto, short for motocross and also called the Café Racer, is essentially a stripped-down motorcycle jacket.

There won’t be nearly as many zippers, and instead of flaps, this type of jacket may have a small collar. The reason for the minimalist design is that these leather jackets were made for racers, who needed a jacket that offered protection but didn’t add much drag at high speeds.

The minimalism of this type of leather jacket gives it a more contemporary style, and it’s less edgy than the more popular types of leather jacket. This makes it more appropriate for formal occasions. The Moto jacket is best in warm to slightly cool weather because of how light it is. Since it contours to your form quite a bit, it’s best to avoid wearing it with more than a light layer underneath.

The Fencing Jacket

The Fencer Ultra Trendy

The Fencing Jacket is modeled after the jackets worn by fencers when they compete. This type of leather jacket is unique for its zipper, which is very asymmetrical. If you saw the zipper of the Double Rider jacket and thought they should have taken it a step further, then the Fencing Jacket is for you.

High-end designers are typically the ones who offer Fencing Jackets. This is one of the more unique leather jacket looks, and it isn’t nearly as versatile as the more popular styles. This is a jacket that makes a statement when you wear it. For that reason, it’s better as a type of leather jacket that you add to your existing collection. If you’re shopping for your first one, it’s better to go with one of the more versatile options that you’ll get to wear more frequently.

Other Types of Leather Jackets

The Trenchcoat Style High Risk High Reward

The four options listed about are the most popular leather jacket types, but there are others available. These other types can vary in popularity depending on the current trends.

The leather peacoat was a popular choice for a few years. These only work with dressy outfits and not as casual wear. It’s usually better to go with a standard wool peacoat, which is more versatile.

The Varsity jacket is popular among the younger crowd, although these often aren’t all leather. They can work well as casual wear, but not in professional settings.

The “Matrix” movies made the leather trench coat somewhat popular. That being said, these are definitely a fashion statement and don’t work as casual or professional wear. If you want to stand out, you’re probably better off with a Fencing Jacket.

Now you have an idea of the most popular leather jacket types on the market. While a large part of deciding on a leather jacket is how you think the jackets look, you can narrow down your options by figuring out which style fits what you want.

Do you like to rock an edgy look? The Double Rider works well for that. If you want a timeless, classic style, both the Bomber Jacket and the Double Rider offer that. The Moto keeps it simple while also looking very modern, and the Fencing Jacket can be a fun choice if you’re looking to branch out with your collection.

How To Know Which Leather Jacket Color Is For You

Buying a quality leather jacket is no small task. Many options exist, and sorting out the genuine from the fake takes time. The few options you are left with after this won’t be cheap either. For the strong style statement it brings, and the extended period it will occupy in your wardrobe, I dare say, it is a worthy investment. For a man ready to make this investment, a question persists, which leather jacket color is for you?

Color speaks a lot about your personality. Therefore, the answer to knowing which leather jacket is for you is to be found with what character you portray. With leather jackets, however, you rarely get it wrong when you stick to the classics and keep it simple. Thus, here are a few classic leather jacket colors you should consider

Black Leather Jacket

Black Leather Jackets Formal and Badass

Long are the days when black was only worn at funerals. Today, black apparel portrays extremes. Punk and Goth personas remember? It is the power of elegance, sophistication and authority.

A black leather jacket can be used to make various statements. For instance, if you want to bring out your “badass” self to the masses, this is the jacket for you. It will speak tons about you, of your power and intelligence yet at the same time conceal and promise mystery. 

Consequently, I do agree with the popular opinion that it can be a lady’s kryptonite. If yours a persona similar to a spirited rock star, or that of an individual who travels on his own path and is the authority, you will wear the jacket well.

If you prefer a more formal look too, the black jacket will do. The color possesses a more modern appearance and commands authority more than any other leather colors. For this reason, it should be your preferred jacket for formal events. Just make sure it is the right cut and fit without the extreme modifications rock stars at times put on their jackets.

Brown Leather Jacket

Brown Leather Jackets Casual and Adventurous

Brown is associated with an adventurous spirit. When you wear it, you exude stability and smartness as it portrays you as being grounded and solid. It is best worn when you need to work hard or be better organized. When purchasing a brown jacket, you will have two options to choose from; light and dark brown

  • Light Brown Jackets – They are often to be found worn by people in the field, on the plains or by archaeologists about to go rogue. A huge plus with light brown coats is the varying colors it will acquire with continued exposure to the sun and rain. If you frequently wear cowboy boots, a light brown leather jacket is perfect for you.
  • Deep Brown – A dark brown jacket works just as well as a black one to intensify your look. Brown does, however, have an advantage over black as it’s a bit more suburban. It is also likely to match with more of your shoes and belts effortlessly as well as bolder pastel colored shirts.

Regardless of light or deep brown, both would be excellent choices for the outdoors. Brown jackets are more casual compared to the black jacket; thus, a brown jacket would be a perfect everyday outfit.

Contemporary Leather Jacket Colors

Red Leather Jackets Masculinity and Power

Although black and brown are the main choices, modern fashion has brought with it colored leather. The result has been more leather colors to don such as grey, red, tan, dark green and even white.

These colors experiment with different aspects of masculinity and how much an individual is willing to push his. All the same, if you feel drawn to a more wild color, and you have the guts to pull it off, feel free to try. You should note though, that very few men accomplish the look.

For versatility, black and brown remain the top choice. If you are shopping for your first, genuine, leather jacket, avoid colored leather, like gray, red or army green; at least for now. Black and brown will be more acceptable even if worn almost every day. Picture wearing red leather daily for a week, people would notice, and not in the good way that elicits compliments.

A leather jacket is not just another piece of clothing in your wardrobe. More than any other apparel you wear, your choice of jacket will matter as you will be making a statement. While figuring out the jacket for you;

  • Figure your budget range – You will be making a fashion statement, you do not want to make a wrong one.
  • Ensure it fits right – There are few things as depressing as spending hugely on a jacket only for it not to fit. For this reason, take time to try on the jacket or get the right measurements if buying online it.
  • Sweat over the details – Ensure you are comfortable with the finishing touches and how they are customized. Zippers and buttons might seem a minor detail now, replacing them would be costly.

A well-chosen jacket will upgrade many daily looks and maintain ruggedness and masculinity. It is also guaranteed to offer you decades of service so take your time while shopping for the right one. So the next time you go for shopping, ensure that the color you go for reflects your personality.