The 17 Best Leather Jackets for Men, According to Stylish Guys With Great Taste

The 17 Best Leather Jackets for Men, According to Stylish Guys With Great Taste

JAMES DEAN, Steve McQueen, and Marlon Brando all knew the power of a damn good leather jacket. The best ones can instantly transform your basic everyday outfit into a ruggedly stylish look. But you can’t just thrown on any leather jacket. You have to take into account fit and material if you want one that’s made to be worn for a lifetime—and even pass on to your kids someday.

Best Brown Leather Jacket

Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Cafe Leather Jacket
Schott

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Best Motorcycle Jacket

Bruiser Leather Moto Jacket
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Best Black Leather Jacket

Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Cafe Leather Jacket
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Best Suede Leather Jacket

Italian Suede Snap Dylan Jacket
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Best Heirloom Piece

West Villiage Leather Jacket
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Best Leather Bomber Jacket

Golden Bear Leather Bomber
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Best Racer Jacket

V Racer Jacket
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Best Vintage-Inspired Jacket

Leather Flight Jacket
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Best for the Office

Zip Jacket in Leather
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Leather Jacket With Zipper Pockets
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A leather jacket’s timeless appeal also means it looks great on guys at any age. Sure it will cost you a pretty penny, as some of the finest options can reach well into the four-figure mark, but when keeping fit, style, and quality in mind as you find your perfect match, you’ll find the best leather jackets are always worth the investment (just make sure you take care of it).

“Well-maintained leather will last a lifetime,” says Ramell-Coreen, an embroidery artist at Smokey Vale, a menswear store in New York City. “There are plenty of brands that make leather jackets at reasonable prices.” Ahead, we found the best leather jackets for men to buy at every price point, for all types of wear.

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Best Brown Leather Jacket

Schott

Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Cafe Leather Jacket

Leather Type
Full Aniline, drum-dyed, hand-cut, drummed cowhide leather

Best Motorcycle Jacket

Buck Mason

Bruiser Leather Moto Jacket

Leather Type
Semi-vegetable tanned lambskin

Best Black Leather Jacket

Schott

Waxed Natural Pebbled Cowhide Cafe Leather Jacket

Leather Type
Full Aniline, drum-dyed, hand-cut, drummed cowhide leather

Best Suede Leather Jacket

Todd Snyder

Italian Suede Snap Dylan Jacket

Leather Type
100% Calf Suede

Best Heirloom Piece

Billy Reid

West Villiage Leather Jacket

Leather Type
100% Lamb Leather

Best Leather Bomber Jacket

Flint and Tinder

Golden Bear Leather Bomber

Leather Type
2.75 oz espresso naked oily nubuck leather

Best Racer Jacket

Belstaff

V Racer Jacket

Leather Type
Lambskin cheviot leather

Best Vintage-Inspired Jacket

Ralph Lauren

Leather Flight Jacket

Leather Type
100% cow leather

Best for the Office

Theory

Zip Jacket in Leather

Leather Type
100% Lamb Leather

Wilson’s Leather

Leather Jacket With Zipper Pockets

Cole Haan

Men’s Smooth Leather Jacket

Overland

Jason Sheepskin B-3 Bomber Jacket

Polo Ralph Lauren

Lambskin Leather Café Racer Jacket

The Jacket Maker

Alberto White Shearling Black Leather Jacket

AllSaints

Survey Slim Fit Leather Blazer

Alpha Industries

B-3 Sherpa Mod Bomber Jacket

AllSaints

Harwood Leather Jacket

What to Look for When Buying a Leather Jacket

When shopping for a leather jacket it’s important to think about where you’re planning to wear it. Motorcycle jackets are more rugged, while racer and trucker jackets are meant to be worn for date nights or the office.

“I look for two kinds of leather myself: One that will age well when worn for more rugged activities, and one that has soft and supple leather for more fashion-forward outfits,” says Ramell-Coreen.

Always go with a leather that’s full, durable, and supple. Traditional cowhide leather, which is more durable and thicker than other leathers, is typically found in old-school motorcycle jackets. Lambskin is a great option for those who want a leather that’s softer and lighter. And if you want to change things up, you can try a suede leather to give your outfits some added texture and dimension

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Your investment is less about what’s trending and more about your style and wearing patterns. If you write down what you like and stick to high quality leather, you should find yourself with a leather jacket you’ll love for years to come.

How Should a Leather Jacket Fit?

While an outdated adage said to buy a size up when shopping for leather jackets, we recommend sticking to your size.

“However, if you find yourself stuck between two sizes, the tighter option will stretch over time,” Ramell-Coreen says. “The only time I’d say to size up is if you’re working out and trying to gain weight. Also, when shopping for a leather jacket, wear the clothes you would wear with the jacket. Trying on a jacket with a sweater on feels different than without it.”

Oversized jackets may feel cozier, but they’re not as flattering. It’s important to understand how leather jackets are traditionally cut. The torso of the jacket should closely skim your body with a hem that hits right at your waist or belt. It might feel shorter than other jackets in your closet, but this is a correct fit for a traditional leather bomber or motorcycle jacket.

How to Take Care of a Leather Jacket

For starters, never throw your leather jacket into a washer or dryer. That will pull all the moisture out of the leather, causing it to shrink and crack, as well as damaging the metal hardware (i.e. zippers).

“A gentle wipe down with a semi damp cloth and spray mink oil works wonders for longevity of items worn more often,” says Ramell-Coreen. “Consider a leather conditioner works for jackets that may sit around in your closer longer without wear, as the formula will penetrate deeper into the leather to help preserve it longer.”

If your leather jacket gets wet from being caught in the rain, hang it up or lay it on a towel and dab up any moisture with a dry cloth before letting air dry. You can also add a tiny amount of leather conditioner to help keep the water from pulling our all of the leather’s moisture.

And if your leather jacket gets absolutely soaked—to the point of there being potential mildew growth—roll up some dry towels and stuff them in the arms of your jacket. You can then dab off some of the moisture and hang your jacket or lay it on your dryer with a towel in between. We don’t, however, recommend taking a blow dryer to your leather jacket.

For the past two years, Men’s Health fashion editors and writers have been trying and testing tons of different men’s leather jackets. To narrow down our favorites, we evaluated leather jackets based on their durability, style, comfort, and price point. We also considered leather jackets that had at least 1,000 five-star ratings on e-commerce sites we trust.

John Thompson
Gear and Commerce Editor
John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology.

Cristina Montemayor
Cristina Montemayor is a freelance writer and journalist living in Austin, Texas, covering beauty, grooming, style, and culture.

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