Men Leather Jackets
The term “leather jacket” doesn’t connote a single style or item. You’ve got options, and they all create a very distinct image from the others. Even within a specific style, different colors and textures can create very different looks.There’s no one “best” jacket. It’s a matter of personal taste and the look you’re aiming for.
Different leather jacket styles are usually distinguished by the length of the coat, the way it closes, and the size and cut of the lapels and collar (if any). A few popular families have emerged over time:The original bomber jackets were designed for the crew of the planes they get their name from. The style hasn’t changed much since.
Bombers are waist-length leather coats with a soft inner lining. Traditionally, the lining extends to the turndown collar, making a swatch of it visible on either side of the chin. Fleece, flannel, and corduroy are all common liners. The waist and sleeves cinch tight, usually with elasticized openings.Typically, these are no-frills jackets designed to keep the wearer warm and protected. They tend to zip straight up the front, and have roomy flap or side pockets. They fall toward the casual end of leather jacket options.
The classic American take on the leather jacket, this is the one people think of when they imagine Harley-riding bad boys. Marlon Brando wore one in The Wild Ones, and the style has been a cultural icon ever since. (It’s also sometimes called the “Perfecto” jacket, after the Schott brand jacket that launched the look.)
Large, spreading lapels and a flared collar, all with snaps to fasten them down in wind, give the double rider its distinctive look. The front zipper typically runs at an angle, opening wide to form one lapel and allowing the other to fold out from underneath it. (There are a number of different construction methods, however, and the shape and angle of the lapels can vary widely depending on brand and model.)
Its associations are rough and rowdy, but a double rider can dress up nicely, so long as it isn’t too heavy on buckles, snaps, and other flashy extra bits.
Short for “motocross,” and sometimes called “cafe racer” jackets, motos are snug, streamlined jackets with a small snap collar, or in some cases no collar at all. They lack the warm lining and elasticized openings of a bomber, and the flaps and snaps of a double rider.
In a natural leather color or plain black, these are the dressiest option for a leather jacket. They’re simple and streamlined, making them a more neutral item than the other styles.
Because the style is associated with racing, moto jackets often come in brighter colors, sometimes with stripes or other patterned panels stitched together. Naturally, that dresses the look down, and can seem a bit too much like a costume if you don’t actually have a bike to ride and a helmet close to hand.