How to Buy and Wear A Leather Jacket For Men

How to Buy and Wear A Leather Jacket For Men
No matter your age, style or body type; a leather jacket is a versatile and easy to wear piece regardless of the season. Whether you've paid a month's wages for one, or you've gone a little cheaper, you can always style it to suit the occasion and us at Idle HQ are going to show you how. Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store shopthelook

How To Wear A Leather Jacket

Whether you're going for a more formal look, or you want to dress it down for a casual approach, a men's leather jacket is a classic piece of menswear you can always rely on. Let's take a look at some of the most popular styles and how to style them.


What to Wear With A Leather Biker Jacket

The leather biker jacket is one of the most versatile and easy to wear jackets going. Opting for the most iconic pairing; try wearing your black leather biker jacket with a plain white T-shirt and a pair of raw denim jeans. This an instantly classic and casual look, perfect for most day-to-day occasions. Team this look with a pair of trainers for a casual and comfortable ensemble, or add in some Chelsea boots for an elevated getup. You can also use the same key pieces to create a timeless brown leather jacket outfit. Deciding what to wear with a brown leather jacket can be confusing but thanks to its neutral earthy tones, it can typically be teamed with the same items as its black counterpart.

What to Wear With A Leather Varsity Jacket

A varsity jacket is a great way to introduce leather that's a little more preppy into your wardrobe. Like most leather jackets, the varsity is steeped in history which only adds to the vintage feel of any outfit featuring this iconic piece. Think an American college student in the 1950's or 60's and team your leather varsity jacket with a hoodie and a simple t-shirt underneath. Mix in a pair of navy chinos and trainers casual look that's sure to impress.
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Worn Leather Jacket

What to Wear With A Suede Leather Jacket

A suede leather jacket is a great way to add detail and texture to your wardrobe. Looking just as good in both black and brown, the choice is really down to personal preference. We've gone for a suede bomber jacket for this look, but you could always go for a suede western or biker jacket if you'd prefer. Team your jacket with a simple black t-shirt, keeping the look casual and stylishly contrasted, then throw on a pair of black jeans with a black pair of boots to tie the whole look together and you'll be good to go.
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Pair a suede bomber with black jeans for a casual look

Types of Leather Jackets

The style of your leather jacket is something very personal. Everyone is different, we all like different things and likely expect different qualities from our selection. Whether you're into the biker style, or you're after something a little preppy like a varsity jacket, you can rest assured that there's something out there for everyone. Check out some of the best leather jackets for men below so you'll be all clued up if you're wondering how to buy a leather jacket.


Probably the most popular style of leather jacket going, the biker style was pioneered by the American brand Schott. They were the first to invent the modern biker jacket, the Perfecto, that's just as, if not more, popular today as it was in the 1920's. With the ability to take you from a casual to a formal setting in no time at all, it's no wonder why the biker jacket has been so popular.



The bomber jacket is a style that was initially seen during the first World War. Pilots would wear a leather jacket, typically lined with shearling, to keep them warm whilst they were up in the air. Over the years the bomber jacket has had it's fair share of variations, but you can't beat the classics. This type of leather jacket is a great addition to any man's wardrobe as it offers you a plethora of options with styling as is well suited to any time of year. Many would know the bomber jacket in its nylon form, but you can also pick up a smooth leather or a suede version to mix things up, easily making it one of the best men's leather jackets.
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Some biker jackets are tighter than others


The western is probably one of the lesser known leather jacket styles, but it's just as versatile and stylish as it's more popular counterparts; however, the furthering of men's fashion knowledge over the past few years has led to an increased awareness, with Western's slowly becoming commonplace in most men's retailers. When styling, think of the western jacket as you would a denim jacket as it's pretty similar in terms of silhouette. Suede versions have become particularly popular as they offer a sleek and slightly more formally suited alternative to a leather jacket.
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A man wearing skinny jeans and a leather jacket


The origins of the varsity can be traced back to the bomber jacket with both being virtually indistinguishable in terms of shape and build. Many of you will instantly picture American college students when thinking of a varsity jacket, and you wouldn't be far wrong. During the 1950's, the varsity jacket was worn by the sportsmen at the universities as a sign of support and school spirit. Nowadays, you don't need much school spirit to sport a varsity jacket. More appropriate for a casual setting, the varsity jacket will keep you snug and stylish no matter the weather.
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A man wearing a leather bomber jacket with a black T-shirt


As with many items of clothing we're still wearing today, the Aviator jacket has its origins in the airforce. Where the bomber jacket changed over the years to become a more sleek and streamlined shape, the aviator jacket stayed, more or less, the same. The quintessential aviator leather jacket is made from shearling and in a dark brown colour, making it the ideal statement piece. To our joy, it's made a bit of a comeback in recent years with most retailers, both high-end and high-street, now offering their own spin on the style.


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