A black leather jacket is something you only have to buy once—that is, if you get it right. Every fashion lover knows that a leather jacket is the gift that keeps on giving. It can switch up the vibe of any outfit in a flash, making the simplest looks seem oh-so-chic and turning a sundress into an edgy statement, because it’s always helpful to have a light layer handy when the sun goes down and the temps drop. With so many options out there, finding your leather-clad soulmate is easier said than done.
To help you out, we did the heavy lifting and found 21 perfect black leather jackets that meet all your outerwear needs. Ahead you’ll find everything from on-trend silhouettes to an under-$50 style, and of course, Acne Studios’s iconic moto (AKA every fashion editor’s wardrobe holy grail). You might not wear your leather jacket everyday, but rest assured that you’ll have it for life. Here, find our favorite picks.
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Faux Leather Belted Motorcycle Jacket
This classic moto is a fan favorite. For evidence, see its over 2,500 rave reviews.
Lightweight Leather Jacket
Channel your inner Sporty Spice with this athletic-inspired jacket from Coach.
Gabby Shirt Jacket
Think of the overshirt as the ideal layer for unpredictable weather. It’s lighter than your average leather jacket and takes inspiration from men’s oversized shirts.
Natalia Leather-Look Trench Coat
For a little more heft, try a longline leather coat. With buckle cuff details and a removable belt, this style by Apparis is more ’70s than The Matrix, but we support both aesthetics.
The ’90s Blazer
Shiny Croc-Effect Faux-Leather Blazer
Steal Monica Geller’s style and invest in a leather blazer. The ’90s staple is making a swift comeback, so hop on the trend with this croc-patterned coat before everyone else does.
Classic Leather Vest with Side Lace
Rethink the western trend with a leather vest. We suggest styling it with a billowy white blouse and a denim mini skirt. It’s almost too stylish, if such a thing existed.
A Studded Staple
Beaded Leather Jacket
With studded embellishments, this jacket is the snazzy alternative to classic black leather.
The Classic Moto
Ultimate Leather Motorcycle Jacket
This should be one of your top contenders if you’re looking to invest in a forever jacket. The classic cut is made of thick leather that will wear beautifully over time.
Women’s Faux Leather Dad Bomber Jacket
Not everyone is down with the biker jacket. Maybe this bomber by Levi’s is more your speed.
Embossed GG Leather Jacket
A sartorial gem worth rearranging your monthly budget for.
Vigoss Faux Leather Puffer Jacket
Keep it comfy with this modern take on the puffer silhouette.
Lightweight Cowhide Cafe Racer Jacket
Schott has been making leather goods for over 100 years, and its jackets basically defined the industry standard. The Perfecto style is historic, but we love the pared back cut of the brand’s Cafe Racer, too.
Mock Core Leather Moto Jacket
For fashion insiders, an Acne leather jacket is the holy grail. Its core moto comes with a big-ticket price, but rarely does one regret making the splurge. It’s a lifer.
Faux Fur-Trimmed Jacket
Tired of the same old leather styles? This feathered version is unlike any other.
The Cold-Weather Pick
Shearling-Lined Leather Jacket
Take flight with this weighty option, reminiscent of aviator jackets. The timeless cut is lined with cozy shearling, making it perfect for winter days.
Women’s Faux Leather Jacket
Not only is this versatile jacket affordable, but it’s also available in both standard and plus size ranges.
Keep It Casual
Leather Jean Jacket
The same beloved cut as a denim jacket but with the upscale sleekness of leather? Yes, please.
Cute & Cropped
Cropped Double Front Pocket Leather Jacket
Ideal for pairing with high-waisted jeans and mini skirts alike. (Or for petite folk who look like they’re swimming in oversized styles.)
Vintage Leather Jacket
Simple, timeless, and versatile. You’ll find yourself reaching for this staple time and time again.
Worth the Splurge
Cropped Leather Jacket
A high-quality leather jacket is one of those last-a-lifetime pieces worth splurging on.
Faux Leather Jacket
This tailored collarless silhouette is decidedly more feminine than your average biker style.
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