Types of Leather Jackets Style & Which One To Choose For Winter

You cannot go through the winter without at least considering the purchase of a respectful leather jacket. But which models will be available, and which ones do you like the most? As the investment in a piece of these is not low we are providing here a guide so you know what are the most common types of leather jacket and you can choose something with your style.

Most Common Types of Leather Used in Jackets

Bovine leather is the most common, but goatskin, sheep and even pig parts are not hard to find in specialty stores. Basically what changes from one to the other is the thickness, weight and texture, being the bovine the most full.

It is also necessary to list the suede (photo), which is nothing more than the leather used with its rustic side out and the nobuck, bovine leather sanded until gaining some velvet roughness, both widely used in footwear, but which may arise in jackets and coats.

Currently we find many jackets made of synthetic leather (PU) and the so-called ecological leather, the basis of a type of rubber, but both have low durability compared to animal leather, the look sometimes leaves something to be desired, however some models are very well-made being almost impossible to distinguish them.

Most common colors Of the Leather Jackets

Brown and black bomber jacket womens & mens are basic colors for leather jackets, as they are the most common dyeings of this raw material, but variations such as oil, navy, brown, pinion, wine (photo), graffiti, caramel and beaver are increasingly popular. Strong colors are more common in women's models, but are gradually migrating to the men's wardrobe, such as red, green, turquoise and violet.

Types of Leather Jacket

1 - Perfect Leather Jacket:

The most iconic leather jacket - and probably the one that first comes to your mind when we talk about it - is the specimen was named perfecto in honor of cigarette brand preferred by Irving Schott its creator in 1928 and today the Schott NYC is synonymous with impeccable leather jackets.

In its trajectory the model perfect conquered stars of cinema like Marlon Brando and James Dean, besides the rockers like Elvis Presley and the punks of the Ramones. It became a symbol of rebellion when dressing gangs and motorcyclists, personifying the bad boy, as much in the TV, as in the cinema.

Main features: large lapel, zipper closure, zippered pockets, cut that enhances the silhouette. Some models may have shoulder pads (just like ornaments) and fillers at strategic locations to protect in the event of a motorcycle crash

2 - Racer Jacket (Biker Jacket)

Motorcycle leather jacket and biker jacket are terms used for most jackets used by motorcyclists, so many people confuse the models. The racer jacket can be considered minimalist compared to perfect , its competitor in the preference of the galera that lives on two wheels and can be seen in films like "Fury on Two Wheels" and "The 24 Hours of Le Mans" in models more fussy, aimed at competition, and in "Easy Rider" in a more traditional design. Tom Cruise is such an enthusiast.

Main Features: It has no lapel, only a small collar that, when buttoned, protects the neck, its closure is made by a zipper and many of them have two zippered breast pockets and two waist-length pockets that fit to warm hands and store small objects, but do not close. Some more sportive models may have colored bands on the arms or cross the shoulder piece to the waist and the cut is well hit to the body.

3 - Bomber / Flyer Jacket / Aviator Jacket

Leather bomber jackets were created during World War I to keep the pilots warm in the airplane cockpits, which were then open. Since then the bomber has undergone several modifications, always marked with a code. Then we have the MA-1, the first, the A-2 and the B-15 of the 40's, the MA-1 launched between 1949 and 1950 and then migrated to the police force uniform in a nylon version, between others. One film that eternalized the bomber jacket was "Top Gun" with, again, Tom Cruise.

Main features: wide collar that may or may not be covered by skin, zipper closure, but can be made with buttons in some rare cases, transverse pockets at the waist, elastic cuffs that avoid getting cold air through the sleeves, even material used at the bottom of the part. Since the bomber had the function of protecting against the intense cold the heavy lining is almost a rule, that is, its trim tends to increase the volume of the trunk.

4 - Varsity Jacket / College Jacket / Baseball Jacket

It was at the renowned University of Harvard that the college jacket was born as a way to identify the most prestigious athletes, since it was only allowed to be used by players who had won the most important games of the championship. In the 1930's what was a sweater became a leather-sleeved jacket and became popular to the point of becoming part of the traditional clothing of American students and a symbol of the culture of that country, then migrating to the professional league baseball teams . Today the model has become so popular that it has won the world and totally made versions of leather.

Main Features: Elasticated cuffs that do not allow the cold to enter, collar on the same material, often adorned with stripes, button closure, and knife-type pockets only at the waistline that can be vertical or transverse. The sleeves in different color and the embroidered letters referring to teams and universities are their biggest differential.

5 - Military / Safari Jacket

We talked about this jacket model a short time ago and it also has its leather version, although the original one is made of twill. Like bomber, which also originates in the military, but in aeronautics, the military jacket is identified by the codes of the models, so it is possible to know the changes that it has undergone over time, although the leather ones are, as a rule, inspired on the M-38, the first model, from 1938, with a more classic look.

Key Features: Zippered pockets for both chest and belly height, shoulder earmuffs, button and / or zipper closure, slightly longer length, below waistline, lightweight lining and trim that may vary, drier in some and a little loose in others.

Three Brands You Have to Meet

Belstaff - classy and stylish English brand that currently has David Beckham as his advertising boy. It makes breathtaking coats and jackets, with leather that goes from the traditional cattle to the flashy croco. The trim and finish of the pieces are of an impressive precision, living up to the fame of the brand.

Schott NYC - creator of the classic jacket perfect, dream of consuming 10 out of 10 motorcyclists, has varied models, it is even difficult to choose one! Nowadays, the production of other clothes and a line of accessories is also dedicated, all with the traditional quality that is peculiar to it.

BottegaVeneta - Italian designer specialized in footwear and leather bags that took his know-how to other pieces, among them the leather jacket with touches of style and details that only the Italians could create.

Editor's note:

Now that you are already inside the most common types of leather jacket just choose the one that pleases you the most. We will soon talk about combinations using the parts cited in this article.


Graduated in Economics from PUC-SP and Financial Planner certified by IBCPF. He began his career as an equity analyst at WeBulksale.com and has more than 12 years of experience in operations desk, fund management, investor relations and equity allocation.