The best leather biker jackets to invest in now and wear forever

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A leather jacket is a real investment, and there’s nothing more classic than a biker style. 

There is always a frisson of excitement when autumn is on the horizon. The increasingly shorter days and slightly cooler evenings usher in the opportunity for new layering pieces, signalling that it is time to think about those key outerwear looks (check out these new-season winter 2020 coats) that will help navigate your wardrobe into the new season.

While we expect to be in heavy duty coats by November, there is a sort of reprise in these upcoming in between months that calls for versatile and lighter outerwear pieces

There will undoubtably be many a trend-led jacket and blazer option to lead you and your wallet astray as you meander through the ‘new in’ sections of your favourite sites, but perhaps we can tempt you to try out a wardrobe staple that we almost certainly guarantee will become your go-to jacket in both autumn and spring. 

Rick Owens a/w 2020
Rick Owens a/w 2020

The leather biker jacket is a firm favourite of the fashion crowd. Although it is often requires some hefty investment, due to the expensive fabrication, leather is a material that will really stand the test of time. Like a fine wine, leather improves with age, ensuring this an item you’ll look forward to wearing again and again.

Most synonymous with rock and roll, the first biker jacket was actually originally created by Irving Schott in 1928 for Harley Davidson and the classic silhouette has really stood the test of time. 

While it’s had its fair share of catwalk glory listing the likes of Moschino and Rick Owens as fans, the leather biker jacket remains largely unchanged from its original design, making it more than an everlasting fashion trend, it’s a true style statement.

Although a true biker jacket must have the asymmetric zip detailing and metal hardware, the style has enjoyed many a reinterpretation at the hands of some of fashion’s greatest creators, with prints, embellishment and embroidery details being injected on any given season.

a/w 2020 Moschino
a/w 2020 Moschino

So what makes a great biker jacket?

If you’ve got some money to invest then opt for a soft buttery leather as this will age well and be beautifully comfortable to wear. However vegan and faux leathers have greatly improved in the last few years and will certainly offer similar characteristics if you don’t want to wear animal skin.

The beauty of a leather jacket is that it looks pretty much perfect with everything. Worn with denim jeans and a t-shirt you conjure up an instant rock chick look, but paired over a pretty day dress or even sequins and you’ve reinvented this simple, timeless style statement once again.

We’ve rounded up seven biker jackets that can ease you into autumn but ensure you’ve got a style piece that will last for years to come.  

If you love leather jackets, you should also check out the latest leather trousers to buy here.

  • The Kooples

    Leather jacket: The Kooples
    Leather jacket: The Kooples

    A leather jacket is an investment piece. So, while the outlay is great, you will reap the reward for seasons to come. This The Kooples leather jacket is an investment perfect for any capsule wardrobe. 

    Shop The Kooples leather jacket, £395

  • Mango

    Leather jacket: Mango
    Leather jacket: Mango

    This deep tan hue is perfect for autumn and spring and works beautifully with indigo denim for a real Wild West vibe, don’t forget your cowboy boots.

    Shop Mango leather jacket, £119.99

  • Weekday

    Leather Jacket: Weekday
    Leather Jacket: Weekday

    A classic biker is all about the hardware, look for multiple zips and popper studs detailing to add authenticity to your jacket. Worried it’s too tough? Pair with a pretty floral dress to soften the overall look. 

    Shop Weekday leather jacket, £225

  • Zara

    Leather jacket: Zara
    Leather jacket: Zara

    Of course black is the classic choice but if you’ve already got the wardrobe staple down why not try a lighter colour for size. This ecru faux leather jacket is a style steal at £49.99 and will look amazing over printed dresses.

    Shop Zara ecru faux leather jacket, £49.99

  • Norma Kamali at Matches

    Leather jacket: Norma Kamali at Matches
    Leather jacket: Norma Kamali at Matches

    If you’re looking for something a little more streamlined then this Norma Kamali jacket is worth checking out. The silhouette gives a nod to the classic biker style with an asymmetric zip, but the overall body of the jacket is far more tailored, making this a great replacement for your favourite blazer.

    Shop Norma Kamali at Matches faux leather jacket, £350

  • Whistles

    Leather Jacket: Whistles
    Leather Jacket: Whistles

    If you’re feeling more earthy tones then this gorgeous khaki leather jacket in buttery soft leather is a real all year round piece. Great with summery whites and creams and still super chic in the winter with brown and indigo hues this lightly tailored fit is a really winner.

    Shop Whistles khaki leather jacket, £299

  • Violeta by Mango

    Leather jacket: Violeta by Mango
    Leather jacket: Violeta by Mango

    While woven jackets used to be a tough find in plus size, luckily the market has come along way and this red faux leather jacket from Mango’s plus size collection Violeta is an excellent pop of colour to inject into your wardrobe this season.

    Shop Violeta by Mango faux leather jacket, £79.99

  • Off-White at Farfetch

    Off-White at Farfetch
    Off-White at Farfetch

    This classic biker silhouette is given an Off-White makeover with ring zip detailing and printed ‘Off-White’ labelling on the back of the jacket, in white paint. The belt at the hem of the jacket is great for drawing attention to your waist.

    Shop Off-White at Farfetch leather jacket £1,775

Hero image: The Kooples / Zara

Further images: brands own 

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