With so many styles of leather jackets to choose from, it can be tough to know where to begin. Thankfully, there are a few styles that consistently rise to the top, gathering inspiration from the past, but including modern sensibilities. A quality leather jacket also looks and feels better the more you wear it -- and a well-made leather jacket will last long enough to pass it down. But who wants to pass down a jacket that is just a relic of a bygone fad? Instead, invest in timeless styles of leather jackets that outlast trends and embrace leather’s vintage legacy.
One of this season’s best styles of leather jackets is the leather trucker jacket. The instantly recognizable features of trucker jackets include the waist-length cut, button front closure, buttons on the sleeve cuffs and front chest pockets, and the trademark vertical or slanted seams that run from the front chest pockets to the waist. You may think we’ve just described your favorite denim jacket, and it’s true that denim jackets are quite often constructed in the trucker jacket style. But aleather trucker jacket knocks it out of the park with comfort, style, and durability.
Buffalo Jackson has nailed the trucker styles of leather jackets in their Driggs Leather Jacket. With a cotton-lined interior and antique brass buttons, this jacket’s soft, premium 100% full grain goat leather feels like your favorite broken-in jacket from day one.
Another of our favorite styles of leather jackets this season is the leather moto jacket (or leather racer jacket). If you like the idea of a classic leather biker jacket, but want something a bit more clean cut and versatile than a proper biker’s wide flap collar and diagonal zip, a leather moto jacket is what you’re looking for. While this style of leather jacket still carries plenty of attitude for the modern rebel, it knows that less is more. A stylish leather moto jacket features soft leather, zip front closure, front zip pockets, side pockets, and a snap-over band collar.
A premium example of a leather moto jacket is Buffalo Jackson’s Thompson Leather Jacket. Crafted of soft, 100% lambskin leather and a comfortable, quilted lining, it feels like your favorite, well-worn jacket right from the start..
The oldest and original of all styles of leather jackets is the flight jacket (also called a bomber jacket or aviator jacket). This jacket was originally designed for WWI pilots who needed to stay warm at high altitudes, and its traditional, classic details include a relaxed fit, shoulder epaulets, standup collar, front slit or flap pockets on the chest, and side zip pockets.
Buffalo Jackson has an updated take on this classic leather style in their Legacy Leather Jacket. Designed to outlast trends and to uphold the leather jacket heritage, it is crafted of premium, 100% full grain leather with a stand up collar, zip front closure, and zippered sleeves.
After a resurgence in the 1970s, we are pleased to affirm that the fringed jacket is back. While fringe was originally a functional detail (to allow a garment to shed rain), leather fringe remains a western-inspired detail that gives any outfit a fun, vintage spin. Consider the Oakley Fringe Leather Jacket by Buffalo Jackson. With a slim fit and cozy, 100% sheep leather, this full-fringed leather jacket can be paired as easily with a sundress as with a flannel and boots.
A mid-length belted leather jacket is very on-trend this season, but is a classic silhouette that isn’t going out of style. The antithesis of the bulky, oversized, 80’s leather coat, a women’s belted leather jacket offers a trim and tailored look with the bit of attitude that leather brings. Choose premium leather and stick with a neutral color like brown, black, or olive to be sure this jacket stands the test of time.
Inspired by the pilot’s jackets in WWI, women’s leather bomber jackets are typically cut at the waist, offer a relaxed fit, zip closure, and are cinched at the sleeves and waist with elasticized openings. Women’s bomber jackets may have a shearling collar or no collar at all, but either way, they manage to carry the classic vintage style of this iconic type of jacket.
Women’s leather biker jackets (also called moto jackets or racer jackets) are the bomber jacket’s bold, edgy cousin, but the best ones achieve the look without trying too hard. Important features include a straight or diagonal front zip, zippered sleeves, and either a snap-over or stand up collar. Premium leather in a neutral color adds to the timeless versatility of this leather jacket style.
As you consider various styles of leather jackets, remember: the best leather jackets are made of fine leather and quality construction, both of which get even better with age. Shop Buffalo Jackson’s collection of leather jackets here.