While denim jackets and cropped puffer coats are two of fashion’s cutest outerwear options, they can’t hold a candle to all the best leather jackets (and faux leather, of course) available right now. There’s just something about leather jackets that makes them incomparable to any other type of outerwear. Perhaps it’s the effortless edge any ensemble gets when paired with the style. Or maybe it’s due to the jacket’s versatility—and the fact that it looks good with just about any piece in your closet. There are endless reasons to love leather and faux leather jackets, so if you don’t already have one (or three) in your closet, allow us to help you change that.
Unlike other outerwear styles, leather jackets have an edgy quality that’s completely unmatched. You can add one to your favorite floral mini dress and watch as it instantly transforms into the cool-girl ensemble of your dreams. Or, use a leather jacket to elevate your go-to all-black ensemble. Black jeans, a black tee and black booties worn together is already good, but with a leather jacket on top, it becomes a truly Instagram-worthy ensemble. No matter your personal style, you can make any outfit a little bit edgier with the help of the best leather jackets.
Of course, not all leather jackets look the same. Just like other outerwear, these beauts come in all shapes, styles and colors—so the outfit (and shopping) possibilities are endless. Though you might immediately picture a classic black moto style when you think of leather jackets, that’s only one of the many options when it comes to this classic outerwear pick. Sure, it’s the most popular, but if the motorcycle vibe isn’t for you, there are still so many leather and faux leather jackets you can add to your wardrobe.
In addition to the classic moto style, there are also bomber jackets and leather blazers from all your favorite brands and retailers—along with plenty of hues that were made to stand out. Black and brown leather looks are a given, but if you want a unique style, you can opt for trendy colorful leather jackets, too. Just when you thought your fall and winter outfits couldn’t get any cuter, these jackets are here to prove you wrong.
No matter your budget, style or leather preference (Real and faux are both great options!), there’s a leather jacket waiting to make its home in your closet (and on your Instagram feed). Shop some of the best leather jackets below, then watch as your favorite cold-weather ensembles become edgy street style looks in mere seconds. Talk about a game-changing piece!
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Best Leather Jackets: Moto
Leather moto jackets have stood the test of time—and they’re definitely not going out of style any time soon. While originally this type of jacket was meant for folks hitting the open road on their motorcycles, it’s become a classic look for fall and winter. These jackets are ridiculously versatile and sure to add a little bit of edge to any of your favorite cold weather looks.
This 100% premium lambskin leather jacket is not only a classic moto style, but available in sizes XS through 3X. Reviews say that you might want to size up one size on this gorgeous piece, though!
For a faux leather moto jacket, this option from BLANKNYC is a great choice. And at under $50, it’s definitely an incredible price, too! Gorgeous fall outfits, here we come.
This Michael Michael Kors genuine leather moto jacket comes in both black and a light brown, so you can choose which color fits your style best.
Best Leather Jackets: Blazers
Workwear, but make it edgy. Some of the best leather jackets come in blazer form—and we’re certainly not mad about it. Swap out your favorite oversized blazer for a hot second and try on a leather look for size. You’ll likely fall in love with how these jackets look and feel. There’s nothing like a little leather (or faux leather) to give you a boost of confidence.
This vegan leather blazer is a great option for those who want faux leather—or folks who might be on a budget. You can score this jacket for around $100, and it’s sure to become a staple in your fall and winter wardrobes.
If you’re in the mood to splurge a bit, FRAME’s ’70s Leather Jacket is a must-have. It has such a cool, vintage vibe that will serve you well for years. This jacket is definitely an investment piece worth shopping.
Fans of ELOQUII already know their faux leather jackets are great—and the brand now has an impeccable faux leather blazer in their collection, too. The sleek design and button detail make this jacket swoon-worthy.
Best Leather Jackets: Bomber
Just like blazers, bomber jackets are only made cooler when they’re leather. This look is a little bit more unique than the classic moto style, but just as easy to style. Try pairing one with your favorite graphic tee and denim skirt for an easy fall outfit, or a chunky turtleneck and jeans when the temperatures get even cooler.
If you’re a fan of sherpa, allow us to introduce you to your new favorite jacket: this leather sherpa aviator bomber from Levi’s. It’s a great inexpensive faux leather option that will keep you nice and cozy this season.
Um, a faux leather bomber jacket for under $40 is a game-changer. This Wild Fable jacket (available in sizes XS through 4X) is about to become the most affordable faux leather option in your closet.
For fans of real leather, this Everlane jacket is definitely a must-shop. Traditionally, this piece would retail for $700, but Everlane is offering it to us all for under $300. The classic black hue is a fan-favorite (and selling out quickly), but it also comes in pink and blue options!
Best Leather Jackets: Faux Leather
Of course, real leather isn’t for everyone. For those who want a vegan option, you can’t go wrong with a faux leather jacket. Don’t worry, though. These pieces are just as gorgeous as their real-leather counterparts—but can often be a bit less pricey than other options. Might as well stock up on a few, in that case!
This faux leather jacket features some seriously cute oversized lapels that will give your fall and winter looks a softer leather look. If you’re not into super edgy styles, this option is definitely for you.
OK, the fringe detail on this Blank Denim faux leather jacket is just too cute to resist. Make a statement while still keeping a sleek and edge silhouette.
For a chic and easy cropped look, try this faux leather moto jacket from Torrid. It’s the staple your wardrobe definitely needs this season.
Best Leather Jackets: Colorful
If the classic hues of black and brown just don’t do if for you, opt for some colorful leather looks this season. You still get the same leather jacket silhouettes, but in gorgeous hues like reds and greens. These are some of the best leather jackets for a truly unique look—and perfect for folks who want to stand out in a crowd.
This bright yellow faux leather jacket will take you from fall and winter into spring without a hitch. It’s totally an all-seasons must-have—and a ridiculously good price point.
Of course, who could resist this hot pink moto jacket from ELOQUII? Paired with your favorite all-black ensemble, this jacket is definitely a show-stopper.
There’s just something about this hunter green vegan leather jacket from Noize that speaks to us. Maybe it’s the fact that the color is truly perfect for fall and winter, or maybe it’s the incredible price. Either way, we’re adding it to cart.
A version of this article was originally published in 2016.