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A chic leather jacket is the ultimate wardrobe staple: add it to any outfit for instant edge whether you’re rocking athleisure, a formal dress or jeans and a T-shirt. From edgy motorcycle styles, classic trench coats or boxy puffers and bomber fits, leather jackets continue to be a best selling item year after year, never going out of style.

“A leather jacket [is] something that can be passed down for generations,” says Liv Schreiber, a NYC-based wardrobe stylist and social media influencer. Fashion experts note that the leather jacket just never goes away and “have been around since the early 1900s but have been a style staple since the 1950s when they were adopted by greasers and Hollywood bad boys,” says Amanda Constantine, Good Housekeeping Textiles Lab Home and Apparel Reviews Analyst. “In the ’70s and ’80s, aviator style jackets were popular, as well as punk rock jackets adorned with studs and patches. In the ’90s, oversized leather jackets were in to pair with grunge fashion, and in the early 2000s, long trench versions grew popular, a la The Matrix.”

The Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab partnered with Liv Schreiber to find the best leather jackets for women. GH analysts evaluated over a dozen leather jackets in the Lab, looking at the jacket’s construction, ease of laundering and unique features. Then, we had testers wear each jacket to give feedback on fit, comfort, appearance and more.

Our top picks:

Note that leather requires special cleaning and care, so GH experts also included faux leather jackets that cost a fraction of the price without sacrificing style. After shopping our best leather jacket picks, keep reading to learn how to clean leather, the different styles of leather jackets and expert shopping tips. Pair these stylish leather jackets with a warm pair of boots and classic jeans.

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1

Best Overall Leather Jacket

AllSaints

Dalby Leather Biker Jacket

Outer material 100% lamb leather
Care Professional leather clean
2

Best Value Leather Jacket

Quince

100% Leather Motorcycle Jacket

Outer material 100% top grain leather
Care Spot clean only
3

Best Size Inclusive Leather Jacket

Universal Standard

Leeron Leather Moto Jacket Black

Outer material 100% leather
Care Professional leather cleaner only
4

Best Leather Jacket on Amazon

Levi’s

Faux Leather Belted Motorcycle Jacket

Outer material 100% polyurethane
Care Machine washable
5

Best Classic Leather Jacket

ABLE

Maha Leather Jacket

Outer material 100% lamb leather
Care Professional leather clean only
6

Best Oversized Leather Jacket

Madewell

Washed Leather Oversized Motorcycle Jacket

Outer material 100% leather
Care Professional leather clean only
7

Best Bomber Leather Jacket

Rag & Bone

Andrea Leather Jacket

Outer material 100% lamb leather
Care Professional leather cleaner only
8

Best Shearling Leather Jacket

Abercrombie

Sherpa-Lined Vegan Leather Shearling Jacket

Outer material 88% polyester, 11% cotton, 1% viscose with 100% polyurethane coating
Care Spot clean
9

Best Lightweight Leather Jacket

Aritzia

Autumn Shirt Jacket

Outer material 100% polyurethane
Care Machine washable
10

Best Leather Trench Coat

Wilsons Leather

Mary Long Single Breasted Trench

Outer material 100% genuine leather
Care Professional leather cleaner only
11

Best Leather Blazer

Princess Polly

Jocelyn Faux Leather Blazer

Outer material 100% polyurethane
Care Hand wash
12

Best Professional Leather Jacket

Free People

Stevie Blazer

Outer material 100% viscose with 100% polyurethane coating
Care Machine washable
13

Best Moto Style Leather Jacket

Spanx

Leather-Like Moto Jacket

Outer material 92% polyester, 8% elastane with polyurethane coating
Care Machine washable
14

Best Leather Puffer Jacket

APPARIS

Jemma Puffer Jacket

Outer material 57% polyurethane, 43% viscose
Care Dry clean only

What to look for when shopping for the best leather jackets

When shopping for a new leather jacket, there are many considerations to take into account before making your purchase. GH fiber scientists teamed up with Schrieber to provide insider shopping tips. However, it’s most important that you actually like the jacket: it needs to be comfortable and something you see yourself wearing regularly!

✔️Silhouette: Leather jackets are available in a variety of different styles, including the classic biker or moto shape. Today, there are tons of stylish silhouettes like sherpa-lined flight jackets, chic blazers and long and cropped styles too, so everyone can find a leather jacket that fits their personal aesthetic.

✔️ Material: Before purchasing, check the jacket’s fiber content to ensure you know if it’s real leather or a faux leather alternative. The site listing should say “100% real leather” or “genuine leather” if it’s truly a high quality leather material. Leather tends to be rigid and stiff at first, but will mold to your body shape with use. For faux leather styles, most are made with polyurethane or another plastic-based finish.

While faux leather styles are vegan, it doesn’t mean it’s a sustainable buy as producing these faux leather alternatives has an extensive environmental impact. On the other hand, real leather production involves the harsh treatment of animals and excessive greenhouse gas emissions from raising livestock.

✔️ Hardware: Luxury jackets use high quality hardware that gives it an extra edge. When shopping, make sure to note the look and color of the hardware to ensure you like its look as some leather jackets feature bulky zippers or extra snaps for an edgier look.

How should a leather jacket fit?

Comfort is key! When trying it on, make sure to lift your arms up and move around to ensure it’s comfy to wear in all positions. Leather does mold to your body, so the fit can actually improve with time. Schreiber says, “I order one or two sizes up because I prefer the baggy look.” Most testers agreed and went with a jacket one size up. Make sure to try the jacket with different tops on, including a sweater, to make sure you truly like the fit. Schreiber says she has a few leather jackets with different fits so there’s a jacket that goes perfectly with every outfit.

How to clean a leather jacket

When it comes to deep cleaning a genuine leather jacket, GH cleaning pros recommend leaving it to a professional leather cleaner. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping Institute Home Care and Cleaning Lab Executive Director, recommends using this Leather Care Kit for spot cleaning at home. Check out our full guide on how to clean your leather jacket at home for more cleaning tips, and for faux leather jackets, you may be able to machine wash the jacket, but always follow the care label closely for the best results.

Why trust Good Housekeeping?

Emma Seymour is a senior textiles product analyst at the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab where she has tested all types of apparel items like denim, workout leggings, jackets, sneakers and more for the past four years. She tested over a dozen different leather jackets in Lab and reviewed nearly a hundred online before making these selections. Liv Schreiber ​​is a fashion stylist and lifestyle influencer most known for her TikTok videos.

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