If I had to point to ONE piece that is well worth the investment, it’s a leather jacket. I’ve had mine for years, and the cost-per-wear at this point is really, really low. But it turns out that Mike is no less obsessed: he wears his leather jacket to work, on weekends, on date nights, and he rarely travels without it. He also crashed his bike (and/or skateboard? might be both…) while wearing his leather jacket, and it quite literally saved his hide.
If your guy is a total badass, leather-jacket-wearing kind of guy….he probably already has one he loves. But if your guy is a little like Mike (who was initially a little hesitant about the whole thing), I’ve rounded up our favorite leather jackets for guys. Our ideal leather jacket isn’t covered in hardware and studs, it’s more…subtle. Yet still plenty badass…for those Dads who are still studs, haha.
1. The One Most Similar To Mike’s
Classic shape, clean lines — a leather jacket with motocross vibes is my top pick. Easily a piece he’ll wear forever. (NOTE: the link below shows a different photo, but rest assured that it IS the exact same jacket…I just linked to the retailer that had all sizes stocked.)
2. The One With The Coolest Vintage Vibe
Frye can basically do no wrong, and I’m wildly obsessed with this color. So unexpected and cool.
3. The Best Brown
That Frye gorgeousness above is almost sold out, but if you’re looking for brown….I really like this one. The shape is very similar to Mike’s (also available in black!!) but I’m really into this brown/tan color.
4. The Vegan One
Affordable, but doesn’t look like plastic. Banana is really good at this faux-suede stuff.
5. The One That’s Currently On Crazy Sale
Another motocross style leather jacket (like Mike’s), but this one has almost 42 5-star reviews, and is on sale for $199 (down from $595). Whoa.
Marc New York Leather Moto Jacket, $595 (on sale for $199)
6. Reader Fav: All Saints
I was tipped off by a bunch of readers: All Saints jackets are seriously good quality, but half the cost of the really expensive ones. I love this style for guys.
7. If You Want To Gently Veer In a Trendy Direction…
It takes a certain kind of guy to not look like a tool in this style of leather jacket (Scotti’s husband Zack is one of them). Mike? Not so much. But if you can pull it off, it’s gooooood.
8. The One That Can Easily Be Dressed Up
Love the clean lines of this Theory leather jacket. They’re known for their workwear, and this is no exception. Wear it to work over a suit and tie, or out on date night.
9. A Few Additional Details…
I like the little extra on the sleeves — going in a badass direction, without being over-the-top.
10. If A Leather Jacket And A Denim Jacket Had A Baby….
….you’d get this. Even though this jacket has a decidedly casual vibe, it’s polished enough to wear with work pants, etc.,
Does your guy have a leather jacket yet? Would love to know if we missed any favorites…