Few menswear items come packaged with as much attitude, heritage, or unfiltered masculinity as a leather jacket. Synonymous with punks and pilots, motorcycles, and Marlon Brando, the leather biker jacket is high-testosterone menswear, but it’s also a surprisingly versatile classic. No well-edited wardrobe is complete without one.
Today, the garment is likely to be one of the most expensive additions to a wardrobe, so don’t be a rebel without a clue – make a wise purchase. If for no other reason, a good leather jacket is one of the few long-term relationships you’ll have in fashion.
Befriend the biker jacket on casual days
Nothing says ‘off-duty’ like a biker jacket and comfy separates – ideal for when you want to look low-key yet stylish on run-around days. Slip the jacket over a contrasting hoodie for easy layering between seasons – the soft jersey tones down the edginess of the leather-look fabric and silver hardware. Still firmly attached to your loungewear? Try a pair of luxurious cashmere joggers instead to elevate the look for spring.
Think outside the box with tonal shades for work
A khaki biker jacket offers an ultra-wearable twist on the classic, taking it beyond the street and into the smart-casual arena. If your workplace allows for a more relaxed approach, team your biker jacket with a longline shirt and cross-body bag. Balance the close fit of a boxy biker jacket with cropped wide-leg trousers and boots or smart loafers.
Hit the town in a sleek leather biker jacket
If you’re considering investing in a wear-forever jacket, look no further than this premium real-leather biker by Autograph. Crafted from sustainably sourced leather, it features an asymmetric zip fastening and a quilted lining for additional warmth. In short, it’s the ultimate day-to-night cover-up, whether you pair it with graphic stripes, like this striking dress or daintier florals. Then, add knee-high boots for a night at the theatre or dinner with friends.
Which type of leather you opt for depends on what you want from the jacket. If after something buttery soft, prioritize calfskin or lambskin, but bear in mind that it may not be as durable as a thick biker-type hide.
When weighing up a leather biker jacket, don't stop at the leather itself. "Check for the quality of zips and buttons. Zips should run very smoothly and freely, while buttons will be made of natural materials like horn, mother of pearl, and corozo. A cheaply made garment will rarely have high-quality trims.”