I'm a Fashion Expert—5 Leather-Jacket Styles That Will Always Be In

A good leather jacket is like a fine wine, it only betters with age. It can journey with you from date night, to a work event, to Sunday brunch with the girls. In even better news, investing in a 'leather look' piece also doesn't have to break the bank, because lots of these pieces can be found in nearly every high street store, as well as your classic dreamy designer pieces.

Want to spice up that mini dress? A leather jacket is the answer. Trying to add a little 'je nais se quoi' to your white button down and boyfriend jeans? Enter the leather jacket. The opportunities are truly endless, and you'll look good no matter what the trend climate may dictate. It's the ultimate versatile wardrobe staple.

Remember that the best leather jackets get softer with time, but retain their shape. (Although, leather does stretch a little after the first few wears, so buy a snug size if you want a close fit.) Naturally, finding The One is hard—it's a commitment. But we've edited the current options with a ferocious, hard-to-please eye, bringing you the greatest leather jackets you can buy right now.

Our pick of leather jackets are so much more than a line-up of black bikers. (However, should a classic moto still make your heart skip a beat, that's entirely acceptable.) The leather jackets of today range from sleek and sophisticated blazers, leather trenches you'll want to live in, buttery textures in various colours, and your classic relaxed fit 'wear it with anything' Hailey Bieber-style biker.

There really is something for everyone, so scroll down now to shop the crème de la crème of the fashion world's best leather jackets. Thank us later...

1. The Blazer


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Style Notes: If you like your jackets to err on the minimalist side, look for a leather blazer. A boxy shape makes this the ultimate casual yet elevated piece.

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2. The Trench


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Style Notes: Want to opt for a substantial coat to shelter from the cold? Here's all the proof one needs that leather can be the answer. We're seeing leather trench coats everywhere, a guaranteed green tick from the fashion crowd.

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3. The Shearling


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Style Notes: Whether you're after a cropped shearling jacket to wear over a black mini dress, or want to opt for a layered look, you can never go wrong with this choice. We like to wear ours bundled on top of a chunky knit and paired with some cream tailored trousers. 

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4. The Biker


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Style Notes: We can't overlook a cult classic. Our wardrobe (and our hearts) will always have space for a classic relaxed-fit biker. Edgy, easy and effortless, this piece goes with everything.

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5. The Bomber


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Style Notes: Leather bomber jackets have a sporty nuance that gives a retro edge. The softer edges are opposed to the classic leather-jacket structure, adding a relaxed feel. 

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Up Next: No LieThese Editor-Approved Coats Are So Warm They Feel Like Actual Duvets.

This piece was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.