After an extended season of bikinis and tees, it’s finally the time of year to start thinking about fall layers. For some people, a leather jacket is an obvious essential. But you don’t have to go for the classic black motorcycle jacket. Moto jackets, band-collar jackets, and modern draped silhouettes are all on the table. And browns, blues, and other shades are getting easier and easier to find.
If you’re thinking about trying a new style for the very first time, you probably don’t want to make a giant investment. Sure, a high-end leather jacket is worth the money for many people. But what if you’re looking for something a little more budget-friendly? Read on to check out our top picks of leather jackets that cost $300 or less.
1. Suede moto jacket
BLANKNYC’s moto jacket illustrates what happens when you pair a classic silhouette with an unexpected color. The cut is a pretty classic motorcycle jacket, but it’s constructed of soft suede in burgundy or olive green. The suede, combined with the wide collar and removable belt, plays into the season’s 1970s trend while the hardware and other details keep it classic.
2. Mixed media moto jacket
Via Spiga’s leather moto jacket is the style for you if a classic black moto jacket is on your wish list. This jacket is constructed of glossy lambskin and soft suede, with arcing seams in the back and stretchy insets on the inner sleeves. (Both details are important for a flattering but comfortable fit.) Notched lapels and zip cuffs add to the classic appeal, while the mixed media construction add something fresh and new.
3. Quilted leather jacket
Bernardo’s quilted leather jacket is sleek and edgy in either black or brown. If a wide collar or lapels aren’t your thing, the stand collar may be perfect for you. The style incorporates quilted details, unique paneling, and zip cuffs. This is a great style if you favor minimal or modern style, and is a luxe but budget-friendly entry into the wide world of leather jackets.
4. Stand collar leather jacket
Marc New York’s stand collar leather jacket offers a contemporary twist on a moto jacket. Knit panels on the sleeves and the sides make it comfortable to wear and easy to move around in. The asymmetrical front-zip closure gives this jacket a more modern feel than many of the more traditional styles of leather jackets. And the two color options, either light brown or black, are both easy to match with just about everything else in your wardrobe.
5. Fold collar leather jacket
AQUA’s leather jacket is another softer take on the leather jacket. With a fold-over collar, this design is sleek and streamlined. It’s constructed with rib-knit panels at the sleeves and sides to keep the fit close while still enabling you to move around easily. The black leather and silver-tone hardware are a classic combination for a leather jacket, but the asymmetric front and seaming details make it unique.
6. Leather-feel biker jacket
The Kooples’ leather effect jacket is a great choice if you want a luxe leather look and feel, but aren’t sold on the idea of actual leather. This style nails the biker jacket look, with notched lapels, a front-zip closure, zipper cuffs, and slash pockets. The details are both luxe and classic — a combination that’s difficult to find whether you’re looking for real leather or not.
7. Faux suede biker jacket
Dolce Vita’s faux suede jacket is another solid choice for those who would prefer not to wear real leather. This biker jacket has tons of attitude, with a notched collar and asymmetric front-zip closure. The jacket also features a belt with a buckle and edgy zip cuffs, and nobody will ever know that it isn’t authentic suede. Which makes this the perfect jacket for pairing with black jeans and all of your favorite tees for fall.