When it comes to making a statement, nothing hits like a leather jacket. We repeat: nothing. Perhaps it’s decades of being culturally force fed rebels and rogues riding motorbikes in films and TV, or maybe it’s the military connections. Whatever it is, few pieces of clothing in this world come with such concentrated cool as a leather jacket.

You know the names. Brando and Dean. Pitt and Hardy in the modern day. Leather jackets are synonymous with heart throbs and a special kind of cinematic badass. Not everyone can pull off a leather jacket but if you can, the style rewards are plentiful. So whether you’re looking to channel a rebel without a cause or you’re on the hunt for something bulky and shearling-lined for the winter, here’s our pick of the best men's leather jackets to buy in 2024.

What to look for in a leather jacket

Whilst there are other colours on this list, as it transcends traditional ideas of the leather jacket into suede and nubuck, first and foremost we would recommend a black leather jacket. Whilst the odd brown one does take our fancy, leather jackets are an excuse to wear black.

It goes without saying, but you want the best possible product in this department. It’s the golden rule of leather goods, whether considering luggage or shoes. Higher price tags will mean better materials, which in the long term, counts. Specialist tanning processes involved in some of the leather jackets below mean that the jackets themselves will age with such character that you’ll feel like you’re wearing a slightly different jacket each time.

How to style a leather jacket

The versatility that comes with a leather jacket means it’s a pretty effortless piece to style. As previously mentioned, if you can get away with it, for some of the more contemporary jackets it’s an excuse to go all black. Black jeans, motorcycle boots or something with a Cuban heel.

For vintage-inspired styles match wider and slimmer silhouettes with denim of similar proportions. Layer underneath with overshirts and workwear pieces. It’s also a chance to channel the greats. White T-shirts and light wash denim are all part of iconic leather jacket film looks for a reason. Be a rebel with a stylish cause.

Best men's leather jackets to buy now

Belstaff Chart Shearling-Trimmed Leather Jacket

When it comes to contemporary leather jackets, Belstaff is king. Inspired by vintage styles but with designs firmly in the present. This Chart shearling trimmed jacket in black takes inspiration from 50s flight jacket styles. Cut from soft leather, with a minimal detail construction, two button down pockets sit on the front with a throat latch at the top for securing the collar. A shearling collar ensures comfort and warmth.

Acne Studios Shearling-Lined Full-Grain Leather Jacket

A roomier jacket from Acne Studios, this '70s inspired number is great for layering. Made from soft grained leather with shearling for insulation, the collar is a standout feature that would go well with a roll neck underneath. Front slip pockets ensure warmth for your hands with the shearling trim around the hem and cuffs a good alternative to ribbing.

Tom Ford Full-Grain Leather Biker Jacket

You can always trust in Tom Ford for sexy and sleek. This full-grain leather biker jacket being a prime example, with the eponymous fashion house making this particular style a runway mainstay. A crucial sartorial investment if ever there was one. The jacket is made in Italy from full grain leather and cut for a slim fit. The classic buckle collar finishes off a jacket that’s made for all black looks, pair it with black jeans and biker boots.

Saint Laurent Cropped Embellished Leather Biker Jacket

Some brands are at their absolute best when making leather biker jackets and this Saint Laurent number drips with rebellion and attitude. Crafted in Italy from age leather, the jacket fits slim with a slightly cropped silhouette. Epaulettes, zipped cuffs and an adjustable belt are all ticks on the trademark biker jacket checklist, with silver-tone studs and tie details welcome additions on the side. Wear with all black everything. A Cuban heel boot would be very on brand.

Theory Selk Nubuck Shirt Jacket

Last but not least, something a little different when it comes to men's leather jackets. This Selk Nubuck Shirt Jacket by Theory is a serious leather upgrade on classic workwear. Made from supple premium nubuck leather, the jacket is finished off with a pointed collar and contrast buttons. A great piece for casual dressing, wear it over a T-shirt with chinos and leather sneakers.

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