Menswear | January 23, 2020 2:11 pm

The 10 Best Leather Jackets for Men

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The 10 Best Leather Jackets for Men

Okay, so you wanna look cool. In order to do so, you could take up smoking, get a tattoo, pierce a body part — or, you could forgo those somewhat permanent (and potentially damaging to your health) options and just buy a leather jacket.

Since their inception, leather jackets have been signifiers of cool. Originally sported by aviators and military members in the 1900s, the leather jacket has come to be associated with some of the coolest people and pop culture moments: the Punk movement, Marlon Brando in The Wild One, actual bikers, Brad Pitt in Fight Club, and most recently, Adam Sandler in Uncut Gems — the list goes on. But despite populating popular culture for what seems like forever, why is the number of men wearing leather jackets so small in actuality? Despite being frequently touted as an essential item every guy should own, the real-life men donning them are few-and-far between. Again, why?

My personal theory is that men, yes you, are afraid to wear them. As ridiculous as that may sound, with such bastions of coolness to live up to (I mean, we’re talking about Marlon Brando and Brad Pitt, people) it’s understandable why one might be hesitant to try it themselves. For all that fall into the camp of the reticent: don’t fear the leather jacket. While you may think they’re only reserved for fictional characters portrayed by extremely attractive actors, it’s completely feasible for any regular ol’ Joe to wear one and not look like an impostor. It’s just all about finding the leather jacket that’s right for you.

You’re probably inclined to think of biker jackets as being your only option for leather outerwear, but there’s plenty of iterations of the style, as evidenced below. If you’re at a loss for how to style one, it’s best to remember that simplicity is key: a white tee, jeans, pretty much any shoes and whatever leather jacket matches most with your sartorial preferences, and you’ll look like one of those enviable people who can look stylish without trying — and most importantly, you’ll look cool.

Mango Faux-Leather Biker Jacket

For those just dipping their toes into the world of leather jackets, this Mango option is a good entry point. Since it’s faux leather, you don’t have to commit to the investment price of real leather, so if you decide you like it, you can always move on to the real thing.

Barneys Originals Reefer Leather Jacket

This is your work-appropriate leather jacket: not quite a blazer but still streamlined enough that you’ll look professional and not like you belong in a biker gang. And it’ll easily transition to any post-work activities.

Everlane Leather Bomber Jacket

You might already own a bomber jacket but do you have a leather bomber jacket? If the answer is no, get this one. This Everlane number is made from supple lambskin and looks soft and smooth as butta. Plus, the bomber style is like getting two jackets for the price of one and means more versatility.

D73 Ring

For those willing to fully commit, this D73 jacket is about as close as you’ll get to the real deal. This jacket is favored by motorcyclists for its ability to contour to the body, meaning the more you wear it the more it’ll conform to your shape and be all the more comfortable and one-of-a-kind. It’s going to take a lot of confidence to wear this one, but I believe in you.

COS Leather Overshirt

While not technically a jacket, this leather overshirt is just too good to pass up. It’s very rare to see leather goods besides the standard brown and black, let alone a leather shacket in pale blue. Pull this one out come spring.

ALLSAINTS Drury Leather Biker Jacket

The more beat up a leather jacket, the cooler it looks. Save yourself years of putting a jacket through the ringer and buy one that’s already artfully distressed. People will think you’ve had this jacket for years and you’ll look like the most rebellious of rebels.

Levi’s Leather Trucker Jacket

A leather trucker is another safe entry point into wearing leather outerwear. This Levi’s one has a nice finish to it that prevents it from looking too leather-y, so at first glance people might not even realize it’s leather. But when they ask, you’ll have the pleasure of informing them that, yes, it’s genuine leather.

Buck Mason Bruiser Bomber Jacket

Again, you can’t go wrong with a bomber, so we threw another one into the mix. This one has less of a military vibe than the Everlane due to its zip pockets and fabric collar, but it will work equally great as an everyday throw-it-on-and-go piece.

Schott LC1259 Bombardier Jacket

If you really want to pay homage to the leather-wearing forebears, an aviation style jacket is the way to do it. The Bombardier jacket from Schott is nearly identical to those worn by old school pilots.

Lemaire Brown Leather Blouson Jacket

This is just a beautiful jacket. It might not be the most practical beginner leather jacket, but if it’s what you want (and you can afford it) then more power to you. The ‘dark earth’ color is a little more subtle and softer than your traditional black leather — ideal if you wanna look tough but also show you have a soft side.

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