The Best Leather Jacket Styles for Men

I wear boots. I wear jeans and usually just sort of a beat-up T-shirt and a leather jacket. If I bring more leather jackets home, my wife will kill me.  Justin Theroux


The timelessness of the leather jacket does depend on what color you choose.

Like suits, neutral colors such as black or brown are your best bet, but nowadays even navy or a dark olive green is available.

Depending on the leather and design, jackets can be more formal or casual.

For a more formal look, a classic biker jacket is your best bet, not the double-rider but single-breasted with a zip front and clean.

Smart-casual could also be a biker jacket but in suede or a close fitting bomber style with a leather collar instead of ribbed cotton.


Casual would be the bomber with ribbed cotton trimmings or the double-rider with the buckles and zips.

Breaking it down; the cleaner looking the leather jacket the more formal, the more hardware and pockets the more casual looking.

The fit of the leather jacket will change depending on style.

But unlike an imperfectly fitting jacket or blazer, leather jackets can’t be altered easily and it’s expensive.

You will find nowadays a forearm seam on most leather jackets, this will make it easier to shorten the sleeve length (Do not allow anyone alter from the shoulder, it will ruin the finish and shape!).

So what should you look for? The jacket should sit right on the shoulder line and contours of the body.

A biker style jacket will fit snug overall, while a bomber will be roomy. To rectify this, depending on personal taste try going up or down a size.

James Dean

A leather jacket isn’t really designed for wearing over bulk layers – more a fine-gauge sweater or tee – so buy the smallest size that fits, allowing for a bit of stretch to occur.

Your arms should be able to move freely, however, and not feel overly tight and uncomfortable.

Steve McQueen

In the end, it is a personal preference but keep in mind the above and please gents stop the swimming motions while trying jackets on!

(Do you really walk down the street like an Olympic butterfly swimmer?)

Marlon Brando