How To Rock A Leather Jacket

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Edgy, sophisticated and cool - those are just a few words that may come to mind when you look at someone wearing a leather jacket. Not only is a leather jacket a versatile must-have for every closet, but it's also a classic outerwear staple.

Leather jackets have been popular for years and years, and for good reason. They're great for fall or spring weather, and they're easy to layer on top of hoodies, tees, and more. Adding a timeless leather jacket to your closet will give you so many more options and a way to bring some fresh style to any outfit. However, it can be confusing to figure out which type of leather jacket to get, and what to wear it with. Thankfully, it's simpler than you'd think.

Finding the right one

There a few things you may want to avoid while shopping for a leather jacket, and some things to look for.

Biker jackets

  • Cross-body zipper
  • Cropped cut
  • The 'classic' form of a leather jacket

One of the most popular leather jacket styles is the classic 'biker' style, with consists of a cropped cut, wide lapels, and a cross-body zipper. Although it's certainly a flattering, classic style of jacket, you might prefer something more modern.

Bomber jackets

  • Zipper on the front
  • Hip length
  • A popular, modern style

Leather bomber jackets are a great alternative. A simple zip-up front and hip-length hem are the basic qualities of a bomber jacket, and the cut is very flattering as long as it fits properly.

Shearling

  • Soft lining for comfort and added warmth
  • Has a vintage feel

Shearling leather jackets are also great choices, and it might actually be considered the most stylish type of leather jacket. You can find shearling-lined leather jackets in multiple cuts and styles, including shearling-lined leather bombers.

Cafe racer jackets

  • Modern and masculine style of jackets
  • High collar

Cafe racer jackets are also extremely popular choices, especially because of the collar and masculine cut.

Field jackets

  • Long hem
  • Multiple pockets
  • Belted at the waist

The field jacket style stands out among other leather jackets, due to its front pockets and belted waist. If you're looking to find a leather jacket in a brown hue, this style looks especially great in brown.

Flight jackets

  • Originally for pilots
  • Usually has a sheepskin collar
  • Straps across the neck

Designed for warmth, flight jackets are typically lined with fleece. However, they're equally fashionable as they are warm. They're also another style that looks particularly good in brown shades.

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Important things to remember

Whichever style you choose, the fit is one of the most crucial qualities. Racer jackets and bombers look better when the fit is slim, but biker jackets can look good with a looser fit.
You'll also want to be sure that there is enough room to fit a sweatshirt underneath for the purpose of layering.

The color is another important thing to keep in mind. Black or dark brown leather jackets are always a smart choice, whereas light brown or other colors can draw unwanted attention. Versatility is also important, and a neutral dark brown or black leather jacket will be simple to wear with other items in your closet.

Another thing to think about while browsing leather jackets is the quality and price. It's better to invest in a well-made leather jacket or fake leather jacket than to choose one that is obviously cheaply made. Shiny fake leather draws attention in the wrong way, so it's best to choose one that is clearly well-made.

Department stores such as Barney's New York and Macy's carry selections of leather jackets, as well as brands such as Allsaints.

Specialty brands - companies that sell primarily leather jackets - are also great places to shop for a leather jacket.

Belstaff is a brand that has been selling motorcycle gear since the 1920s, and currently offers many different styles of leather jackets.

Independence Brothers is another brand that specializes in high quality leather jackets, in a large variety of styles and colors.

Unfortunately, the high prices of quality leather jackets may be discouraging. However, if you're on a budget, you could try browsing some second-hand stores. You'd be shocked what you might find!

What to wear with it

Even though a leather jacket is a stylish choice of outerwear, even the best leather jackets can look unflattering if it's worn with the wrong shoes or jeans. Treating the jacket as the central part of your outfit is a wise choice - think of the rest of your outfit as complementary to the jacket.

Slim, well-fitting jeans and a t-shirt are great when paired with almost any leather jacket. Black leather boots or a pair of stylish sneakers are good choices, and derby shoes also pair well with a leather jacket.

If you're worried about color in your outfit, you shouldn't hesitate to add a subtle pop of color or a pattern. A printed button-down shirt or a colored tee can look great with a leather jacket, as long as the rest of your outfit matches. Think monochromatic: sticking to mostly black, white, and gray is always a safe choice. And you can still spice it up with a colored or patterned shirt. Overall, the key is to be sure to stick to neutrals, black and white, and avoid anything that draws too much attention. The jacket should be the most eye-catching part of your outfit.

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Why a leather jacket is your new best friend

If you're still not convinced that a leather jacket is a must-have addition to your closet, you should consider the benefits.

Leather is a tough material that'll protect you from scrapes or minor cuts, and it helps protect against the elements. It's extremely water-resistant, and is a great jacket for fall months or spring weather. And when layered above a hoodie, it can provide extra warmth for when it gets cold. Choosing a style with extra lining such as a flight jacket or shearling jacket can also be a smart idea if you're looking for something practical for chilly months.

If you're concerned about how much a leather jacket will cost you, keep in mind that a good quality leather jacket will last for years and years - even decades. As long as you care for it properly, it'll be well worth your money.

Pros

  • Lasts for years
  • Extremely stylish and timeless
  • Warm and great for fall

Cons

  • A good quality one may cost you more than you'd like to spend
  • It shouldn't be worn with bright colors or anything that might clash

Anyone can see why leather jackets are so timeless and sophisticated. It can be difficult to figure out how to style them, though, which is why these suggestions are useful. If you have doubts, just remember to keep it simple - the jacket is what's supposed to stand out and turn heads.

Hopefully this article was helpful to you in choosing the right leather jacket, and figuring out what to wear it with. If you follow these guidelines, you're guaranteed to rock whichever leather jacket you choose.