There are a lot of ways men can dress, and there are many staples you should own; black and navy suit, crisp white shirt, and the list can go on and on. As someone who rarely wears a suit or a blazer, I use outerwear as my go-to when I want to add additional sophistication to a look, and a [good] leather jacket does just that. What I've found is that many men do not own a quality leather jacket, but it's a must-have for every man.
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Leather jackets are available in a variety of silhouettes that will suit every shape, and they're a real investment piece. But before you run off to buy one, there're a few things you should know and look for in one.
1. Give yourself a budget. Before you run out and purchase a leather jacket, decide how much you want to spend. A higher price often indicates better quality with softer leather, industrial hardware, and better fit. You can find quality jackets at varying price points, so know how much you want to investment before you run out and buy one.
2. Decide on the style. Once you set your budget, know what type of jacket you want. There are leather bombers, biker and flight styles. Try on different ones and purchase what will be best for your body and lifestyle. *Avoid a leather blazer at all costs.
3. Pick the right skin. Leather jackets are constructed from animal skin, so before you buy, know where your leather is coming from. Taking time to select the right skin will determine your comfort, performance, and how long your jacket will last.
Treat your leather jacket as an investment piece that will last you for years. If you don't own one, here are 20 different styles I've selected to help you narrow down your choices.