How to Buy a Leather Jacket

Written by Marc | 02/03/2017


How To



So you want to purchase a leather jacket but are not sure what style is for you? Or perhaps you want one but are worried the investment for a quality jacket won’t be worth it? Then fear not, because we’re here to help. Below, you’ll learn everything you need to know about leather jackets before you take the plunge and purchase one for yourself.

Leather jackets have become one of the most versatile outer layers that you can own. Consequently, they’re also quite an investment. From a causal outfit with a t-shirt and jeans to the outerwear of your shirt and tie business attire, the leather jacket has become a great autumn-winter option for any and all occasions, so it’s key to get this timeless piece right the first time around.

One of the first things to consider is whether you want real leather or faux. For obvious ethical reasons we recommend faux, but it is true that real leather age’s better and can look more expensive than faux. The upsides of faux are that it’s cheaper and can look almost identical to leather, although it may not last as long.


Faux leather is growing in popularity and is becoming increasingly available to buy over real leather. For a jacket, which will work for most people and with most styles, the Armani Jeans Faux Leather Jacket from Mainline is a great choice. The removable hood gives this jacket added style options over many others, so if you want more flexibility in regard to your style then this will be a good choice for you.

If you’re after real leather, a simple style will again suit a lot of outfits, and this Diesel L Marton Leather Jacket available at Mainline is a great option for most. This style will work with both hoodies and t-shirts worn underneath and will look great in most situations.

Not only will your personal style affect what jacket you should buy, but your body shape will also play a big part in the type you choose. A very popular style over recent years has become the bomber, such as this Armani Jeans Leather Bomber Jacket. Multiple versions of this jacket style can be found, including varsity-style jackets with leather sleeves and a fabric interior. This style is also quite simple and minimalistic, which makes for an even easier jacket to style.


The opposite of the simplistic bomber is a biker-style jacket, which contains more flair and should always be worn with confidence. If you’re looking for a more rockstar style or want to stand out in a crowd, then the leather biker jacket may be the style for you.

There are many alternatives to the bomber, but whatever you choose you should make sure the fit suits you. The jacket should work as your second skin, so to speak, fitting snugly but still allowing room for another jacket or a hoodie underneath in colder weather. For some materials, it is recommended to go down a size as the leather will stretch after a few days of wearing. If you would prefer a faux leather jacket, these tend to stretch less and so should be bought in your regular style.

Leather jackets can be bought in numerous colours, with the most common being black and brown in real leather, but faux colours are often more diverse, ranging from the usual black and brown to more vivid colours such as red and green. This choice is completely personal preference, so if you’re feeling more adventurous and brave you might consider a brighter colour or a brown jacket such as this Belstaff Warrington Leather Jacket from the website.

Ultimately, only you can decide on the jacket you want to wear, but above are a few important points to consider before you make the purchase. Buy whatever feels best to you and goes with your personal style as after all, you’ll be the one wearing it!

Written by Leanne Revell

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