The best leather jackets are as soft as butter, well-fitting at the shoulder, and preferably under £1K. But this latter point is surprisingly hard to find, as as soon as brands start to incorporate this luxe fabric, price tags shoot up. Luckily, as the leather jacket has evolved into a wardrobe staple, high-street brands have blessed us with more affordable versions that look so much more refined than they might have done a few years ago within the same price bracket.
Sylvie Mus wearing a vintage leather jacket.
So finding a high-street leather jacket that still hits the requirements is about looking for one that champions the small details. Thoughtfully positioned pockets will add a utilitarian touch, whilst hardy zippers will streamline the silhouette, giving a polished effect.
Real leather jackets on the high street are still not going to be what many of us would consider "affordable", and you're still looking at price tags of £300 or up in many instances, but that's a whole lot less than your average designer style. It's also always worth checking out pre-loved stores for secondhand styles, or to go out thrifting and have a good snoop around for something special. Leather is incredibly durable and often gets better with age, so we highly recommend having a browse on Ebay or Vinted if you're in the market.
But, if you're tight for time and know that this is an item you'll get heaps of wear out of well into the future, we’ve scouted out the very best high-street leather jackets available to buy right now.
SHOP OUR HIGH-STREET LEATHER JACKET EDIT:
Wear with a black dress and ballet flats as we move into the new season.
A leather bomber jacket will elevate your trans-seasonal styling.
We love how beautifully this one drapes.
Natalie Munro is Who What Wear UK’s news writer. Previously freelance commerce writer at British Vogue, Natalie’s experience spans journalistic and styling roles, which have seen her work on shoots for publications such as British Vogue, Vogue Ukraine, AnOther Magazine and Elle UK and write for publications including British Vogue and Conde Nast Traveller. With an interest in uncovering the latest fashion trends, Natalie takes a leading role in identifying news and trends for Who What Wear UK, with a particular focus on celebrity style and emerging fashion trends.
I Haven't Shopped at J.Crew in Months—These Elegant Picks Are Now in My Cart
By Grace O'Connell Joshua
I Spent 7 Hours Digging Through Saks—39 Items I Discovered That I Now Need
The perfect pastime.
By Aemilia Madden
I'm a Fitness-Loving Fashion Editor, These Are My 5 Go-To Leggings
Every brand, tried and tested
By Rebecca Rhys-Evans
I'm a Plus-Size Fashion Editor—These 28 Styles Are on My Spring Wish List
I want all of these ASAP.
By Chichi Offor
5 Issues Everyone Has With Skinny Jeans, and How to Fix Them
Read this before your next shopping trip.
By Bobby Schuessler
The 10 Best White Tank Tops of All Time, According to Me
Here's how to wear it.
By Anna LaPlaca
It's My Job to Find Amazing Shopping Picks—These 9 New Buys Are Too Good to Miss
A fashion editor's favourites.
By Remy Farrell
I Did a Massive Amazon Deep Dive—30 Chic Under-$50 Items I'm Telling Everyone About
Because budgeting can be easy *and* cute.
By Grace O'Connell Joshua