Uncontested star of the mid-season wardrobe, the leather jacket is a great piece to invest into: it will last for a lifetime, elevate hundreds of different looks, and make you feel cool even on the toughest days. The secret is to choose it wisely, favoring handmade options of course, but also considering the right style for you. If you don’t know where to start, here’s our guide to the 5 best leather jacket styles.
A simple guide to choose the right one for you
Classic Biker Leather Jacket
When in doubt, go classic! The leather biker jacket is a cult you can’t go wrong with, a failsafe option to add an edgy spin to any look, whether it’s black or brown leather, worn over a simple white T-shirt or a maxi floral dress. It’s easy, effortlessly cool, and it truly goes with everything.
Its story starts in the early 1900s, when military pilots and plane crew members used to wear leather jackets when on duty. However, the biker as we know it today was officially born in 1928, when NYC-based designer Irving Schott created the first leather biker jacket for Harley Davidson’s motorcyclists, calling it The Perfecto. The iconic exposed metal zipper comes indeed from this original use: it was asymmetrically placed so it wouldn’t obstruct motorcyclists’ movements.
Biker jackets are crafted from sturdy and hard-wearing leather, featuring chunky hardware and loose-fitting silhouettes. You don’t need to be a biker or a musician to own yours, but you’re surely allowed to feel (and dance) like Sandy from Grease while wearing it. Grab your favorite and… You're the one that I want, You, ooh, ooh, honey.
Collarless Bomber Jacket
If you lean more on the minimalist side, the leather bomber jacket is the one for you. Modern evolution of the biker, it features a boxy shape and a simple zip fastening in the centre. The absence of collar makes for an overall understated look that, although not for everyone, it’s certainly versatile and easy to pull off. Less outfit-defining than the biker, a collarless bomber will work as a functional cover-up during Spring or Autumn, both on casual and more formal outfits.
Most probably the chicest style of all, the leather blazer puts the premium fabric to an unexpected use. Tailored, sophisticated and dramatic, the leather blazer is the option to go for if you’re after a style statement.
Choose it to complete your smart office workwear, or to simply elevate a casual jeans-and-top situation. The secret on how to style this leather jacket is to have fun with it and build your outfits around it, as you would do with any other blazer in your wardrobe.
Leather Trench Coat
The longer the leather, the better. With its middle length and belted closure, the trench-style leather jacket offers a little extra coverage in comparison to the other designs, being a great outerwear option for colder days. (Try it in Winter too, with smart layers underneath!)
Crafted from thin and soft leather, the leather trench features a sleek and slouchy silhouette that is comfortable and lightweight. Wear it with separates to balance its flared effect, and opt for a pair of heels to give its length the right attention.
Cropped Leather Jacket
A stylish take on the classic leather jacket, the cropped design is refined yet fun at the same time. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s flattering on both tall and petite women.
Although not really covering, it is an excellent style to experiment with during warmer days. Wear it with a pair of high-waisted trousers to play on proportions.