What’s the epitome of casual, rugged and refined cool? Easily wearable no matter who you are or what you have planned? The classic leather jacket. From Brando and Dean to Beckham, leather jackets in their various iterations are the widely accepted finishing touch for everything from a crisp white pocket tee to a grey henley to a chambray dress shirt and tie.
There’s a style out there for everyone, from rough-and-tumble moto jackets to bomber jackets to leather military jackets that add flair, form and function to your favorite style staples. And there’s perhaps no better time to break out a great leather jacket than early fall — it ditches the weight of your heavy winter parka but it can stand up to a bit of a chill as you crunch leaves underfoot. In the right fit — ideally slim and sharp — it can work in place of a blazer just as seamlessly as it can at a weekend rock concert.
Our picks for the best men’s leather jackets are detailed below, and trust us — you’re going to want to buy more than a few of these.
Schott Vintage Fitted Leather Motorcycle Jacket
When we first got wind that our favorite gear purveyors at Huckberry (assuredly, one of the best online shops for men) were stocking an assortment of handsome, timeless and seriously rugged Schott leather jackets, well, we were impressed (and jealous). And the arrival of the Schott Vintage Fitted Leather Motorcycle Jacket calls for its inclusion on this list — no doubt about it. It’s an iconic jacket that’s well worth the investment, made to be worn each and every single day.
With a reputation that precedes it, this Perfecto leather jacket is a stone-cold American icon, crafted with classic touches like nickel-plated brass hardware and hand-cut leather — all rolled into one to make this a jacket you won’t be able to live without. It’s the perfect leather jacket to wear with beat-up black jeans and black leather boots, plus a white tee — that’s a look dating back decades that you can still wear to this very day. And of course, it’s all possible thanks to this Schott leather jacket. Don’t sleep on this one, folks.
Taylor Stitch Leather Moto Jacket
This is the type of jacket that just jumps right off the page at you — it’s that stunning. Done up by Taylor Stitch in conjunction with the fine folks at Golden Bear, it’s based on an authentic, decades-old jacket — yet this piece has been updated for modern times, and that’s a very good thing indeed.
They’re handmade in San Francisco, and features everything from an insulated diamond-quilted liner to YKK zipper hardware, not to mention that rich whiskey brown steerhide leather and optional espresso and Loden steerhide leathers. It’s beautiful, it’s timeless and it’ll be the last leather jacket you need to buy. Make it a staple of every outfit you can dream up.
Frye Calfskin Leather Racer Jacket
When the longest-operating shoemaker in the U.S. offers up a leather racing jacket to compliment their one-of-a-kind leather boots, you’d best stand up and take notice. This motorcycle-friendly offering from the brand draws it’s inspiration from 1960’s racer culture complete with a band collar and snap-tab throat latch for those who put serious miles on their motorbike. And no need to wear it for two decades before it starts looking the part, as the racer jacket comes with a life’s worth of patina already worn into it for an authentic vintage look.
Spidi Metal Jacket
The best part about finding a stylish new leather jacket that you’ve had on your wish list for some time? It’s got to be the potential to make it entirely your own through both your own adventures and the unique twist you put on it in terms of styling potential. Take the sleek, futuristic-leaning Spidi Metal Jacket, the perfect modern leather jacket to add to your wardrobe right now.
Superdry Indiana Leather Jacket
For those who seek a forward-thinking edge when it comes to their outerwear collection, and particularly when searching for one of the best leather jackets out there, you’ve got Superdry and pieces like the seriously sharp Indiana Leather Jacket. In an inky Black leather, it’s the perfect pairing with slim black denim and yes, naturally … black leather Chelsea boots.
Orvis Romano Leather Jacket
Orvis has long made tough, heritage-quality gear for the field and for the modern gentleman explorer, and that adage holds true with the Romano Leather Jacket, a potential new favorite when it comes to your outerwear rotation (especially heading into early fall). We love the use of goatskin leather, sure to break in over time, plus the rugged layering options you’ve got (try it with dark denim and a thermal henley).
Levi’s Leather Trucker Jacket
If, when you first think of Levi’s, your mind immediately jumps to the iconic brand’s slim denim and classic denim trucker jackets, well, that’s perfectly fine. But there are other areas in which this heritage denim maker is excelling, chief among them stylish complements to the brand’s perfect denim — as in, the rugged, edgy and seriously cool Levi’s Leather Trucker Jacket seen here.
Tom Ford Icon Biker Jacket
If you follow Tom Ford, you know the iconic brand is continually pushing the envelope when it comes to entering (and conquering) new categories — take everyday items like sneakers and cologne, plus the Icon Biker Jacket, and add the unique Tom Ford edge. When wearing this jacket, there’s no wrong way to go.
Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket
If you want a leather jacket that can absolutely do it all — and then some — reach for the stellar Roland Sands Ronin Leather Jacket. Made from hand-waxed and finished leather and featuring a snap collar and front pockets for plenty of storage space, it’s absolutely the right jacket to wear when you need a dependable finishing touch for a motorcycle ride. It’s built for the road yet stylish enough to work at the office or a concert, and with its great looks, you’ll want to wear it all those places and beyond — for the price, that’s versatility that can’t be beat. – Shop Now
Belstaff Outlaw Jacket
If there’s a brand we think of when we think of outstanding, heirloom-quality leather jackets, it just might be Belstaff. The brand makes some of the best leather jackets, no doubt about it, and the Outlaw is but a prime example of the type of jacket you’re going to want to buy now, then wear all the time. With quilted shoulder detailing and a razor-sharp cut, plus a hefty price tag to match, it’s an incredible leather jacket for what you’re investing in it. – Shop Now
Frye Strabler Leather Moto Jacket
Frye is yet another brand that makes truly badass, one-of-a-kind leather boots, so it’s no surprise that they make an incredible leather jacket for the guy who appreciates rugged, classic style. The Stabler Leather Moto Jacket is an icon in its own right, built to last and to get better with age — to say the very least. The medium-hand vintage finish gives it a weathered look right from the go, and that’ll make it easy to wear right after you buy it — we highly doubt you’ll want to take it off. – Shop Now
Schott Cafe Racer Leather Motorcycle Jacket
From time to time, the very best and essential leather jackets need no introduction. That’s certainly the case with Schott, who continually ups the ante when it comes to dependable quality and style. The brand’s Cafe Racer is a sleek example of what you want your next leather jacket to look like — it’s made from heavyweight, chrome-tanned leather for a soft feel and sleek look, and the slim silhouette gives it a rugged edge that simply can’t be topped. That goes for styling it with a short-sleeve henley in the summer, or a chambray shirt in the fall and winter — there’s no wrong way to style it. – Shop Now
Buck Mason Moto Jacket
The brand that makes your favorite T-shirts, essential denim and rugged henleys is back at it again — and in a big way. The new Moto Jacket from Buck Mason is a sight to behold, and then some. It’s the latest outerwear introduction from an American-made brand that gets things done the right way when it comes to terrific basics.
Built with heritage quality, the Moto Jacket is made in the States with 6oz. Calf hide leather in a crisp black colorway that’s all about downtown cool. With a belted front, slant hip pockets and all the bells and whistles of classic moto jackets, it’s your new go-to piece of outerwear this fall — and every season (and year) thereafter. Wear it with black denim and leather Chelsea boots for a slick look, or team it with a denim shirt and silver knit tie. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to styling. – Shop Now
Orvis World Traveler Leather Jacket
Leather jackets can exude more than just downtown cool — the right leather jacket can also act as a heritage style staple, ready to be worn in the field or in town in equal measure. That’s how we feel about the Orvis World Traveler Leather Jacket, a simply beautiful piece that would pair well with tough chore pants and leather moc toe boots just as well as it would with inky blue denim and a crisp white Oxford. – Shop Now
Schott Perfecto Leather Motorcycle Jacket
When it comes to iconic leather jackets, Schott practically wrote the book. The Schott Perfecto is among a set of legendary silhouettes developed decades ago by the iconic brand, and they’ve got some serious staying power. This particular jacket is still designed and made right in America using the brand’s classic attention to detail and rugged style — it’s nearly the definition of the perfect leather jacket, and the best part is that you can snag it for under a grand. It’ll more than make up for that initial cost, with quality and longevity that’s known worldwide. What are you waiting for? Your new fall jacket is here. – Shop Now
Frye Rabin Racer Leather Jacket
The hits keep coming in terms of standout leather outerwear and gear from Frye — if you’ve ever tried out any of the brand’s boots or perhaps a jacket or two, you know they deliver consistent quality and classic style. The Rabin Racer Leather Jacket does that as well, this time with a bit of badass edge thrown in. Wear this jacket with slim black denim and scuffed moto boots (like style icon Justin Theroux might do). To us, you can’t beat that style. – Shop Now
Theory Leather Jacket
Sometimes, the best leather jackets eschew bells and whistles and opt for minimal, straightforward style that goes with just about everything in your closet. That’s certainly the case with this leather jacket, made from lambskin leather and featuring a two-way zipper that’ll add a dash of daring to a broken-in pair of black jeans and slick suede Chelsea boots. It’s definitely a piece that’s worth the extra cash, particularly when you consider that you can use it as a sharp, slightly rebellious replacement for an unstructured navy blazer if the time is right. And the rest of the time? It’ll do just fine layered up over a broken-in crewneck sweater. – Shop Now
Bonobos Leather Bomber Jacket
It should come as no surprise that a brand that excels at extremely wearable, everyday staples like chambray shirts, Oxfords and chinos can also do one heck of a leather jacket. This bomber jacket is slick as can be, with a slim fit and a warm flannel liner to keep you cool when things get chilly this season. The great thing about the versatility of this jacket is that it would reliably pair well with everything from Glen plaid suit trousers and black chukka boots to your favorite set of inky blue selvedge denim. Don’t sleep on it too long — a great leather bomber jacket is a fall essential. – Shop Now
Coach Leather Racer Jacket
Assuredly, you know Coach for the brand’s beautiful leather accessories, and perhaps even their handsome and recently revamped menswear — including pieces like this essential, jaw-dropping leather jacket. Done in the racer style, this premium jacket cuts a sleek silhouette, no matter how much time you spend behind the wheel of your whip. In short, it’s worth the grand-plus final bill. – Shop Now
Orvis Foxdale Racer Leather Jacket
Orvis is the brand trusted by field-ready explorers and adventurers, and likely your grandfather and your own father, too. That’s because they make gear to exacting specifications, built to last and with special touches — a la the Foxdale Leather Racer Jacket. It’s at once modern and timeless, featuring a vintage finish and a snap collar for when you hit the road. This jacket works well with a light wash denim shirt and dark blue denim — just add leather moto boots. – Shop Now
Belstaff Leather Bomber Jacket
The great thing about a leather jacket — particularly a leather jacket with the versatility of a classic bomber silhouette — is that sense of classic cool it gives the wearer. That’s absolutely the case with the Leather Bomber Jacket from Belstaff, yet another worthwhile apparel option to keep in your arsenal this fall season. Wear it with a crisp white tee, slim black jeans and high-top sneakers. – Shop Now
Boss Arinos Leather Bomber Jacket
Looking for a classic leather bomber jacket? One that’s sleek enough for holiday travel and ready for a night out on the town? That’s this handsome leather bomber jacket from BOSS, assuredly one of the best men’s leather jackets. It’s slim, it’s essential and you can even wear it like your favorite blazer. To us, that means navy chinos, a white Oxford and black Chelsea boots — rock that look to to the office or on a tailored date this season. – Shop Now
The Real McCoy’s JH-1 Horsehide Leather Jacket
If you want authenticity and beastly, tough construction in all facets of the menswear arena, The Real McCoy’s delivers when it comes to the gear they stock — to say the very least. Take the Buco Horsehide Leather Jacket, a seriously true-to-detail jacket that also happens to be an heirloom piece. At least, we think so. It’ll cost you more than $2K, but it’s worth it — again, according to us. – Shop Now
Alpha Industries G-1 Leather Jacket
There are certain times you don’t need to mess with a classic — like this time, thanks to Alpha Industries and the exceptional G-1 Leather Jacket. It’s got a serious old-school vibe, the type that would wear well with a crisp white T-shirt and slim khaki chinos. That look is as timeless as it gets, and for the price, that’s nearly unbeatable. We think you’ll be very pleased — to say the least — with the results of picking up this quality leather jacket. – Shop Now
Thursday Boot Co. Motorcycle Jacket
You know Thursday Boots for the brand’s enviable, extremely high-quality dress boots, waterproof wingtip boots and durable hiking boots — but did you know they also make a heck of a leather jacket? The outerwear line from this excellent footwear brand recently launched, and we think pieces like the beautiful Motorcycle Jacket are instantly classic and easily wearable. Try pairing this slick moto jacket with slim black denim and a white henley to head to a rock concert — it’s a jacket that oozes authenticity and tough style. – Shop Now
Rogue State Vintage Moto Jacket
On occasion, not every leather jacket has to be prohibitively expensive. In fact, this Rogue State Distressed Moto Jacket is the epitome of rugged and versatile style — it’s everything you want in a leather jacket and then some. Featuring a slim fit and two chest zipper pockets, it’s pre-worn for a lived-in, rugged and tough look. Although it’s sharp enough to function as a blazer in a pinch, it would perhaps work best with other simple, classic basics — think a heather grey pocket tee and slim black denim for your next rock concert, or bar crawl. – Shop Now
Diesel Biker Jacket
Diesel certainly sticks to its guns in the menswear department — in this instance, that means slim, clean and minimal style staples that are made to be worn on a night out in the city, or preferably jetsetting internationally. That explains the design of its sleek Leather Biker Jacket, an affordable leather jacket to wear with slim black dress pants, a black Oxford and a black knit tie. – Shop Now
Abercrombie & Fitch Flagship Leather Jacket
The A&F brand continues to impress us each and every season with the way it’s been reinvented and reimagined for the rugged, modern man. Seriously, it’s true — gone are the days of gaudy tees and cargo shorts, and in its place are stylish pieces like the Flagship Leather Jacket. Taken in total with the brand’s slim, perfectly faded denim and classic pieces like tough henleys, it’s a winning outerwear piece that’s going to change the way you (and others) think about this brand. – Shop Now
Johnston & Murphy Leather Jacket
You surely know Johnston & Murphy for the brand’s exceptional leather boots and dress shoes — so a stylish, premium leather jacket from the brand would be the perfect complement to finish off your ensemble, right? Without a doubt. Quilted polyfill lining adds an extra dimension of warmth and functionality to this handsome, tailored number. Wear it on your commute, then keep it handy to wear to happy hour. – Shop Now
Alexander McQueen Leather Biker Jacket
Lauded during his life and now legendary in the years since, the design legacy of Alexander McQueen has definitely lived on to the present. That’s perhaps most evident when it comes to the Leather Biker Jacket, finished with stylish zippers aplenty and a heck of a price tag to top it all off. You won’t need another leather jacket after you buy this one. – Shop Now
Schott 50’s Oil Tanned Leather Moto Jacket
If you want to truly go all-in when it comes to picking up your next leather jacket, well, you might as well start with Schott. Practically the gold standard when it comes to timeless leather jackets, the ‘50’s Oil-Tanned Leather Moto Jacket is truly badass and built to last. It’s an everyday-type of leather jacket, if ever there was one. – Shop Now
Johnston & Murphy Lightweight Lamb Double-Collar Jacket
In addition to its impressive and well-crafted line of classic men’s footwear, Johnston and Murphy also gets it right when it comes to durable, heritage-inspired men’s outerwear. This luxurious lambskin leather coat is a prime example of that commitment to craft, what with style details like a neat double collar and USA-made construction that simply can’t be topped. This is a dressy leather jacket fit for special occasions, and what’s great about the style is that it would handsomely complement a pair of Johnston & Murphy shoes, too.If that’s not enough, know that it’s built to last and should fit right into any stylish ensemble you can think of. – Shop Now
Belstaff Weybridge Leather Jacket
Belstaff’s impeccable heritage and knack for making stunning, heirloom-worthy pieces is second to none. And when it comes to recognizable and exceptionally wearable pieces like the brand’s Weybridge Jacket, that’s particularly true. With the brand’s signature attention to detail, it’s got the durability you need in all the right places, from the fitted body to the sturdy front zip chest pockets and covered zipper. It’s available in a range of colors, but the rich black-and-brown shade seen here should work admirably. The slim fit and quilted sleeve and shoulder detailing make it moto-ready, but for that price, you should certainly rock it in as many different style situations as possible. – Shop Now
Iron & Resin Elsinore Leather Jacket
We’ve long admired the road-ready toughness and potential that Iron & Resin brings to the table, even with gear as simple and yet functional as its motorcycle gloves. Well, add the rough-and-tumble Elsinore Leather Jacket to that list, a truly tough and hard-wearing jacket to take on the road, and also keep handy to head to your favorite bar in town on the weekend.