A tisket, a tasket, a cool leather jacket…
Leather jackets have been around for decades and have never wavered on their badassery. Some people think they can’t pull off this wardrobe staple but that’s where they’re wrong. There are plenty of colors, cuts, and styles and one is bound to look and feel effortless.
1. All Black Leather Jacket Styles
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Nothing says “cool” more so than an all black leather jacket. Whether you keep it classic or choose to go more modern, this is one piece of outerwear that never goes out of style. Ever. From The Fonze on Happy Days to James Dean to Justin Theroux, this jacket is effortless and exudes “don’t f*** with me” vibes.
Wear it with a white t-shirt, denim jeans, and clean white sneakers (your choice whether these jeans are distressed or not) to throw it back to the greats. Nothing gives attitude in all the right places quite like an all black leather jacket.
2. Biker Leather Jacket Styles
Thanks to Sons of Anarchy, and, well, actual bikers, this is usually what comes to mind when thinking about leather jackets. It takes a certain je ne sais quoi to rock a leather biker jacket without looking like a poser or trying too hard. Pair it with a black t-shirt, black skinny jeans, black motorcycle boots, and tie a flannel around your waist for the perfect devil-may-care look.
Throw it over a dark sweater to change from preppy to artsy with the snap of a finger. Or, and hear me out here, wear it when you ride an actual motorcycle to protect your skin if you happen to skid and fall!
3. Bomber Leather Jacket Styles
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The bomber jacket is a style of jacket that should be in every man’s closet. Up the ante with a leather one, making you look a little more calm, cool, and collected as you head to your favorite coffee shop on your way to work – or back to your apartment if you work from home. Leave this on unzipped and even push the sleeves up a bit to show off a leather cuff or statement timepiece.
4. Brown Leather Jacket Styles
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Here is where the “everyman” can pull off a leather jacket look. The brown is more fashion-forward with a more classic feel than the rock-n-roll edge of the black version. Are you a jeans and polo guy? Put on a pair of Thursday Boots and a brown leather jacket and viola! Instant cool without looking like a poser.
Brown and black always look chic together so don your all black apparel, including black boots, and bring fashion into it with the brown jacket. Brown is not the typical leather jacket color, so any look you wear with it is sure to make you stand out in a crowd.
5. Coat Leather Jacket Styles
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Usually slightly longer, hitting right below the hips, and sporting a sports jacket style lapel, the coat leather jacket can look slightly more dated if not worn with the correct look underneath. In keeping up with the current trends, a leather coat can look young when paired with wide 90s chambray jeans and a long, boxy graphic t-shirt. Throw on a bucket hat and let the good times roll.
6. Dapper Leather Jacket Styles
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You wear the clothes. Don’t let the clothes wear you. What makes a jacket dapper? It’s how you wear it. It’s the attitude behind it. Be dapper and distinguished, and your jacket will be dapper and distinguished.
Tailoring is the secret to the best fitting clothes. A perfectly fit pair of light-colored pants, with a blue tailored button-up shirt, tucked in with a brown Hermes belt, aviator sunglasses, and brown leather jacket will have all the ladies (and men!) doing double-takes as you pass them by.
7. Embellished Leather Jacket Styles
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Did you know there is a way to make your already badass leather jacket even more badass? The not-so-secret secret is embellishments. Whether it’s with spikes (careful!) paint, buttons, or screen-printing, it all makes your jacket unique to you. Pop your collar, roll your sleeves, let all your buckles hang down and your jacket will give attitude for days.
8. Formal Leather Jacket Styles
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While the sound of this may sound like an oxymoron – formal leather – I assure you, it is not. You can rock this look in a multitude of ways. First, there is the actual formal leather jacket. Some look like blazers. Tom Ford and Ted Baker make two beautiful and elegant versions that work dressed up and dressed down.
Another way to formalize your leather jacket is with your actual outfit. Instead of jeans, wear nice dress slacks, the darker the better. Wear it with an equally nice dark button-up and a pair of bespoke patina Italian oxfords and you’ll be the best-dressed guy in the room. Or outside. I don’t know where you’re planning on going, just go, have fun, and look even better.
9. Hoodie Leather Jacket Styles
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There are hoodies worn under leather jackets and then there are leather hoodies. We are discussing the latter. A leather hoodie is pretty unique and makes its own statement. Styled as streetwear with Off-White x Nike kicks or Cactus Jack’s and you’ll be the guy that all the other guys are trying to emulate, but just can’t seem to, no matter how hard they try.
10. Leather and Demin Jacket Styles
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Leather and denim go together like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, and Starsky and Hutch. They are classic duos that will never go out of style. Indigo, chambray, black, white, green, or any color of denim, really, thrown on with a neutral t-shirt and a black or brown leather jacket of any of the above styles is never the wrong outfit idea.
Unless you’re going to a formal wedding. I would not wear any of those items. Opt for a tux instead.
11. Rugged Leather Jacket Styles
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Do you know what helps make a jacket rugged? If the man wearing it has a beard. But not just any beard – either some facial scruff or a well-manicured and groomed beard. Unkempt is just sloppy. But, if you are one of those individuals that have a hard time growing facial hair, you can make your look a little more rugged with a leather jacket or boots that have been worn in.
This tends to look better on a jacket of the chocolate brown variety but is not exclusive to this shade. Throw a flannel into the mix, either under the jacket or tied around your waist and you’ve got a start.
12. Vintage Leather Jacket Styles
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Vintage clothing is a generic term for garments originating from a previous era. Mixing vintage garments with new ones isn’t for everyone, but it doesn’t hurt to try. You can buy vintage jackets from eBay and Soul Revolver are two great online sources or go scouring local thrift stores for rarer finds.
13. Winter Leather Jacket Styles
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Best way to winterize a leather jacket? With sheepskin and sherpa, of course! Whether the added warmth is only around your collar or is the lining of your entire jacket, staying warm in the winter is essential to survival. And if you can look like a badass while doing it, why wouldn’t you?
So there you have it. A plethora of ideas on how to rock your old favorite leather jacket in new ways or buy one in a new style and figure out how to let it work for you. Have fun, experiment, and wear the jacket – don’t let the jacket wear you. And as always, confidence is always your best accessory.
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