5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

The only jackets you need right now

The leather jacket is widely considered as the ultimate wardrobe essential. After all, it’s a classic menswear item that’s been made famous by James Dean, Marlon Brando and any well-dressed model worth his Balenciaga drop. However, not all of us are blessed with good looks and a lean build, so you need to consider your choices carefully as picking up the first option on the shop floor won’t do you any favours (unless you want to look like a Top Gear fan or a dodgy garage dealer, and we doubt that you do). Luckily, we at Gentleman’s Journal have selected the six finest jackets that’ll keep you looking effortlessly cool this season, from soft suede to full leather options. You can thank us later…

The one for rock ‘n’ roll purists

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

When it comes to rebel-rock aesthetics, few houses do it better than Saint Laurent. This biker jacket is crafted from 100% lambskin and is made with a silk lining for a butter-soft fit. For full impact, wear with a plain crew neck T-shirt and dark denim.

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

Classic motorcycle jacket by Saint Laurent

£2995

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The one for spring

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

As a timeless item, a leather jacket needs to be bought in a dark colourway. However, if you want something with a drop of colour, you won’t go wrong with this option by Sandro. Its navy blue design is neutral enough to keep things classic, but also light enough to wear during spring. The contrasting collar, hem and cuffs also add the right amount of detail without drawing too much attention.

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

Suede jacket by Sandro

£630

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The one for every occassion

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

Thanks to its minimalistic design and rugged (yet contemporary) aesthetics, this suede trucker is perfect to wear for date night, to the bar or in the airport terminal. It’s also unlined, making it the ideal mid-layer piece.

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

Suede trucket jacket by Valstar

£795

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The one for jet-setters

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

If Top Gun is more your thing, then check this piece out by Dunhill. The detachable shearling collar can be buttoned on or off depending on how harsh the British wind is, and it’s also complete with a warm quilted lining and rib trims. Happy flying.

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

Shearling aviator jacket by Dunhill

£2695

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The one for every man

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

The perfect blend between a biker jacket and a bomber, the ‘Charlie’ by Parisian label Officine Generale is a must-have as it can be worn as a main jacket during the transitional periods or placed underneath a wool coat during winter. Moreover, its regular sizing means that it’s suitable for almost all builds.

5 of the best leather jackets to channel your inner James Dean

Charlie suede bomber jacket by Officine Generale

£870

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