Tried And Tested: The Best 7 Leather Jackets On The High Street |
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When it comes to building that illustrious capsule wardrobe, investing in a good quality leather jacket should always be a priority. Versatile, stylish and the perfect throw-on throughout the year, you thankfully don’t need a designer name to get it right; the high street is awash with wearable, real leather designs that look the part. We tried and tested a selection our affordable brands have to offer – here’s the edit of our magnificent seven…

Balfern Leather Biker Jacket, £318 | AllSaints

Where? AllSaints

What? The Vintage Leather Balfern Jacket

Why we love it: Ever so slightly distressed, we love the rough edges and faded colour of this classic All Saints piece. It has all the tropes of a traditional biker – asymmetric zip detailing, tarnished silver hardware, buttoned epaulettes – with a hip length shape contributing to an overall boxy, androgynous vibe.

Made of: 100% sheep leather.

Downsides? Professional leather clean only.

Extra points for: The Acne-style belt detail and military-inspired khaki lining.


Ally Leather Biker Jacket, £425 | Reiss

Where? Reiss

What? The Ally

Why we love it: Reiss is a perennial hero for polished styles as illustrated by its Ally leather jacket. Slick black leather is butter-soft and detailing is sparse, making it the perfect biker style for beginners. Symmetrical zips lend a more grown-up, less aggressive feel.

Made of: 100% lamb leather.

Downsides? This is the most expensive of the bunch at £425.

Extra points for: Durability – the design and fabric give this piece staying power for countless seasons.


Onyx Leather Jacket, £295 | Hush

Where? Hush

What? The Onyx Leather Jacket

Why we love it: The subtle crop elevates this design from the pack as the mullet length makes it sit in the perfect position to be layered with dresses, skirts and oversized knits. The leather is butter-soft, and zip sleeve detailing makes it easy to slip over statement sleeves and chunky jumper cuffs..

Made of: 100% Lamb leather.

Downsides? The shoulders are a little padded – avoid if you’re already broad.

Extra points for:  The length and fit of this style give it cool girl edge over the rest.


Clare Leather Biker Jacket, £395 | French Connection

Where? French Connection

What? Clare Leather Biker Jacket

Why we love it:  The optional leather tie waist singles this piece out – on the surface it is a traditional biker, yet the cinching detail throws a feminine twist on a classic. The leather is substantial but impossibly soft – a dream combination.

Made of: 100% real leather.

Downsides? Removing the tie waist leaves the belt loops which distract from the clean lines of a classic biker.

Extra points for: Warmth – a quilted lining gives this year-round appeal.


Leather Jacket, £99.99 | Zara

Where? Zara

What? Leather Jacket

Why we love it: Zara’s prices are always competitive, but a 100% leather jacket for under £100 is unrivalled. There are also zero compromises when it comes to style – everything from zip detailing to pockets, weighty lapels to a belted hem, make it a must-buy on a budget.

Made of: 100% sheep leather.

Downsides? The lining is 100% polyester – you’ll have to ditch this one once the cold sets in.

Extra points for: The three A’s: affordability, affordability, affordability.


Leather Biker Jacket, £199.99 | H&M

Where? H&M

What? Leather Biker Jacket

Why we love it: H&M’s premium pieces never fail to astonish, from cashmere to shearling. This leather jacket smacks of Acne’s signature style (for 90% less) – it’s the polished leather and belt detailing that really get us.

Made of: 100% leather.

Downsides? The acute crop make it a bit of a trend piece – those after a classic should avoid.

Extra points for: Being dry clean-able.


Leather Biker Jacket, £169 | Topshop
Where? Topshop 

What? Leather Biker Jacket

Why we love it: This is another distressed hero – the slightly off-black colouring, tough detailing (note buckle-adorned lapels) make it a stand out for cool girls. It’s also thin enough to be the perfect layering piece – ideal with knits, shirts and dresses.

Made of: 100% sheep leather.

Downsides? It’s a little busy – those hesitant to invest in a biker should look to more simple designs.

Extra points for: The price tag – not quite as budget as the Zara offering, but still under £200.

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