How to Buy and Wear a Leather Jacket – Tips Every Guy Needs to Know.

by Jamie Wilson

Reviewed & updated: October 19, 2022 by Jamie Wilson BA

A leather jacket has the potential to be one of the most stylish and sophisticated pieces in a guy’s wardrobe. But only if you know how to rock it correctly. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a step by step guide of how to pull off a leather jacket perfectly, so read on for more. 

For decades many style icons have effortlessly rocked the leather jacket. It’s a symbol of complete style and total flair. However, actually wearing one yourself can be more difficult than it looks. Making sure you wear it with the correct outfit, and actually finding one that fits you well isn’t a simple task. That’s where we come in with our team of knowledgable editors and stylists. We’ve compiled the ultimate guide on how to rock a leather jacket like a true legend.

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Types of Leather Jackets

There are so many different types of leather jackets on the market it can often be hard to define which one might be best for you and your personal style. Biker jackets, racer jackets, leather bomber jackets, the list goes on. Although to the untrained eye all of these may look the same – to anyone who’s in the know regarding menswear there are some key differences.

Biker Jacket

The biker jacket is easily the most iconic of all leather jacket styles. It was first popularised by biker gangs hence the name, and his since adorned the likes of Alex Turner, James Dean, and many more. Biker jackets genuinely consist of many straps and buckles, giving a vintage style look. Brands such as Schott consistently release solid biker jacket renditions year after year.

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Leather Bomber Jacket

I’m certain you’re all familiar with bomber jackets. Pioneered by military fighter pilots, this silhouette has become a modern classic. Leather bombers have also become increasingly popular, and can be a great centre piece for an outfit.

Racer Jacket

Racer jackets follow a more conventional style, fitting proper and sitting tight on the body. There’s no sign of buckles or straps here, we’re talking pure streamlined goodness. If you couldn’t guess, the name originates from the days when this sort of jacket with the necessary motor-sporting attire.


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How to Wear Your Leather Jacket

Once you’ve sourced and purchased your ideal leather jacket, the real issue is how you’re going to wear it. They’re a classic and timeless piece, and must be rocked with a carefully curated outfit to avoid looking ridiculous. Basically, our first port of call would be to keep the outfit classic. Nine times out of ten, and leather jacket will look absolutely awful paired with a pair of tracksuit bottoms and trainers. You’ve got to go for that classic look, we’re talking about tailored trousers and Chelsea boots sort of style.

Buying a Leather Jacket

When it comes to buying a leather jacket you’ve really got to do your research. There’s many horrible copies on the market which will simply look terrible for want of a better phrase. First off, you need to make up your mind on whether you’re going to splash out on real leather or not. Obviously, faux leather isn’t an option to rule out. Genuine leather is expensive and out of the budget range of many customers, so that’s where faux comes in. Don’t fool yourself and go for a sub-par jacket though, even with copies you want to get the most out of your money.

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On That Note

Hopefully, after reading our thorough guide, you should now be an expert in rocking the leather jacket. It’s not an easy piece,  but once you get the hang of it we can assure you that it’s a wardrobe staple. You’ll be looking slick in no time. Make sure you stay locked into our blog for all the latest menswear news, style guide features, and so much more – you’d be a fool not to.

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