10 Best Men's Leather Jackets Under $500

Not many articles of clothing can transcend time and style, but a leather jacket is one of them. You can't get more refined than with a classic leather jacket that echoes back to legends like Marlon Brando and James Dean. By leather, I mean real leather, not the faux material that doesn't stand a chance against rugged conditions or hold up on its own as a statement piece. Sure, shelling the money out for a genuine leather jacket may be a stretch, but when you think of how long that jacket will last and the possibility of passing it down as a heritage piece, the price becomes reasonable. However, finding an affordable leather jacket can prove to be a difficult task, so here's a list of ten worthy jackets under $500 that you should consider adding to your wardrobe.
 
•    Independence Brothers Minimalist Bomber ($300)
 
Made of 100% Grade A lambskin leather, this minimalist bomber fit leather jacket is sure to mold into any style that it is added to. This sleek fit jacket can be customized through the Independence Brothers, assuring that you receive a high quality piece that fits your tastes perfectly. Customization includes color, zipper metal, interior lining and even leather type. The interior and exterior pockets offer plenty of practical space for your belongings while serving their decorative purposes with a trademark patch design.
 

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•    Selected Homme Leather Biker Jacket ($332)
 
This midweight leather jacket features a characteristic button collar that could easily sit below a biker's helmet. Even if you're not the biking type, this jacket would pair perfectly with any casual look, whether sits over a comfortable Henley or a basic white tee and a pair of distressed jeans. Regardless of the outfit, this leather jacket will elevate the look to a new level of rugged sophistication.
 

•    Massimo Dutti Nappa Jacket with Seam Detail ($258.75)
 
This slim fit jacket flatters most body types and pairs well with relaxed fit pants. The jacket is supple due to its construction from genuine sheepskin leather, offering protection from wind and chills. This jacket features unique zippers across the cuffs, as well as tabs to adjust the fit so that it's perfect for your wrists. Several interior pockets are also included to keep your belongings safe.
 

•    Alpha Industries Men's MA-1 Leather Flight Bomber Jacket ($365)
 
With a 100% genuine leather exterior and 100% polyester interior, this bomber is as close to the authentic war flight jackets as you can get. A cigarette pocket is featured on the left sleeve, much like the original 1940s style. Alpha Industries actually has a history with the US government's armed forces and they have made their NASA approved designs, an ode to the original MA-1, available to you for purchase. Now is your chance to rock this iconic WWII look in the present!
 

•    Vanquish Lamb Nappa Leather Jacket ($295)
 
This Japanese brand incorporates an unconventional yet modern flair into this minimalist design with its silver toned hardware. The jacket features woven logo tags and silver zippers along the cuffs. In addition to this, a button cuff collar also has the logo embellished around it. A sporty double zipper design is incorporated into the middle zipper of the jacket. This genuine leather jacket is sure to earn looks of appreciation on nights out.
 

•    Scotch & Soda Lightweight Leather Jacket ($498)
 
Although this jacket is cutting it close to the price limit, the dollars are well worth it because of the delicately washed look that this cowskin leather sports. Finding jackets that are the right amount of distress is hard, but this one is just enough to look casual but not so much that it looks secondhand. With its shirt-like fit, this flattering jacket will go on your body with ease and give off an effortlessly relaxed look. If "cool" is the vibe you're going for, then this jacket is the perfect choice.

 
•    Blank NYC Russian Navy Suede Jacket ($198)
 
You don't see suede leather jackets too often, but this one is unique. Inspired by casual workwear, this 100% leather jacket comes in a practical navy color that will pair with any outfit, whether its casual or formal. The collar on this one allows it to be dressed up to fit those fancy occasions while the pockets give the piece a more utilitarian look with plenty of space for storage.
 

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•    Buck Mason Bruiser Moto Jacket ($495)
 
This timeless leather moto jacket is the epitome of a heritage piece, one that will outlast your lifetime and still cruise through the next with ease. Made of high quality lambskin leather, this durable jacket will elevate any outfit to a higher level of luxury without sacrificing comfort. The details in this piece speak for themselves.

 
•    Golden Bear Virgin Wool-Blend Leather Bomber Jacket ($297)


A bomber that has heavy varsity influences, this jacket is perfect for youth who stroll around high school or college campuses. Of course, it fits anyone who's feeling nostalgic, too. Although the center is made of a rich, virgin wool-blend, the sleeves on this are supple brown leather that matches the details across the design. The semi-fit look makes it perfect for layering.
 

•    Allsaints Lark Leather Jacket ($498)
 
The epitome of minimalism, this matte black leather jacket exudes chic elegance. With its all-black look, including the zippers, this jacket can fit formal and informal settings seamlessly. In fact, you can simply throw it on top of a clean button-down instead of a blazer before you head into the office. The point collar makes this a versatile piece to add to your wardrobe today.

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Now that you have a reasonable guide of affordable leather jackets to go off of, it's time to pick one that suits your needs and style. Although these options should have given you a clear idea of what to look for in a leather jacket, which is an important staple in any men's wardrobe, you may have some ideas of your own. Is there a leather jacket that you think is missing from our collection? Are you going to add one of these pieces to your own collection? What else do you look for in an ideal leather jacket? Please do share in the comments below!