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8 Leather Jackets for Men That Have a Timeless Style

Want an instant style upgrade? Consider one of these jackets.

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Schott NYC One Star Perfecto black leather motorcycle jacket

Whether it’s moto-style, a sophisticated suede number, or a classic biker jacket, when you throw on a leather jacket and it’s hard to not feel a bit more confident. That’s because the right leather jacket — that is, the one that not only fits right but feels right for your particular style — is transformative. The best men’s leather jackets have a magic power, adding the right bit of edge to your look without overdoing it.

When it comes to leather jackets, fit is crucial. Look for a leather jacket with a modern, not relaxed fit, the kind that hugs your shoulders and has a slightly higher armhole yet leaves room for light layering. A leather jacket should also be able to be zipped up, unless it’s a moto-style leather jacket, which are often left unzipped. Again, think comfortable and tailored, but not skin-tight. Nail the fit, the care, and the color, and you’re well on your way to finding a reliable jacket you can rock all the time.

And no matter your preference, there are plenty of modern leather jackets to choose from. Now is a great time to search for one, as the leather jacket is a timeless way to bridge the gap between the heat of summer and the chill of fall. The best wear easily with a t-shirt, a henley, or denim shirt in equal measure. Here are some of our favorites, across all prices.

How to Care for a Leather Jacket

Caring for a leather jacket isn’t all that different than caring for leather shoes, although you’re not going to be polishing your leather jacket to a gleaming brilliance. However, using leather conditioner in areas of heavy wear, like the sleeves, can add both durability and a rich finish. Light stains can be carefully removed by lightly blotting a damp cloth, but suede and nubuck jackets should be taken to a professional cleaner (and hey, you might even want to take your more expensive, real leather jacket to the cleaners, too).

Leather jackets are designed to mold to your body the more you wear them, so make sure you store your jacket in a cool, dry (not damp place) and hang it on a sturdy, preferably wooden hanger, like the kind you’d use to hang a suit or blazer (yes, you should treat it with that much care). Proper hanging and storage helps the jacket retain its shape, giving you a solid piece of heirloom-worthy outerwear.

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