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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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.
In order to choose the perfect leather bomber jacket for you, you'll want to consider a few things.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I had my heart set on buying a brown leather jacket (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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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 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
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.
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;
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.