The best women's leather jackets

  • Leather jackets are not a cheap closet staple, but they are one of the most versatile and timeless.
  • If you're looking for quality at a reasonable price, we recommend DSTLD's Leather Moto Jacket as the best option overall.
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The right leather jacket can last for years — growing softer and more customized with every wear. But, finding the perfect version can take time.

Like other investment pieces that you won't purchase frequently, we'd suggest prioritizing quality over price alone. A great leather jacket may cost you a few hundred dollars, but the price per wear should break down to something far more forgivable over time. 

The classics — moto, biker, bomber, zip-up, trucker — are all great to consider, but we'd suggest going with something that will complement the majority of your wardrobe. While we appreciate embroidery and patches, we appreciate them less on a staple we plan to own for decades.

Here are the best women's leather jackets you can buy

  • Best overall: DSTLD Leather Moto Jacket
  • Best plus-size leather jacket: Eloquii Moto Jacket
  • Best petite leather jacket: Madewell Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket
  • Best affordable leather jacket: Everlane The Modern Leather Jacket
  • Best vegan leather jacket: BlankNYC Life Changer Moto Jacket

Updated on 12/16/2020 by Mara Leighton: Rewrote the intro, added sizing options, and updated links and prices. 

The best leather jacket overall

DSTLD's Leather Moto Jacket gives you the look of a classic moto and the quality of a designer jacket at a fraction of the price.

Pros: Real leather for under $400, classic moto style that will go with everything

Cons: Not warm enough for really cold temperatures, some sizes are currently waitlist-only

Sizing options: XS-L

DSTLD offers quality leather goods and denim for a fraction of what you might pay at other retailers, and its Leather Moto Jacket is one of the best values you'll find online. 

The traditional estimated retail cost of the Leather Moto Jacket is listed at $1,600, but you'll pay $350. 

It's a classic cropped moto style with a shiny, almost patent finish and is available in two types of metal hardware. 

Insider Reviews senior reporter Mara Leighton has called it a mainstay of her closet for years. Over the years, it's only gotten softer and more customized with time — though it may feel stiff at first.

The best plus-size leather jacket

Eloquii is known for its selection of stylish plus-size clothing, and the brand's Moto Jacket is the perfect versatile choice to wear with dresses, jeans, or jumpsuits.

Pros: Classic moto jacket style, available in sizes 14-28, convincing faux leather

Cons: None to speak of

Sizing options: 14-28

The ideal leather jacket is one that truly goes with everything in your closet. The Eloquii Moto Jacket delivers exactly that, in a stylish faux leather package that looks just as good as the real thing and comes in sizes 14-28.

Because it's vegan leather, this jacket carries an affordable under-$150 price tag and has a tiny bit of stretch to give you that perfect fit. It gives you that classic moto jacket look that hits at hip-length and complements a variety of outfits, from dresses to jeans.

The quality of the faux leather reportedly mimics the real thing quite convincingly.

The best leather jacket for petite women

The Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket from Madewell is the everyday jacket you've been waiting for because it goes with your entire wardrobe and is built to last.

Pros: Quality leather for under $500

Cons: Runs small

Sizing options: XXS-XXL

While not strictly a petite style, Madewell's Washed Leather Motorcycle Jacket runs on the smaller side and is available in sizes XXS through XXL. Plus, the lived-in washed leather finish gives this jacket the quality of a well-loved staple from the moment you take it out of the box.

This is a Madewell bestseller and for good reason. It goes with everything and, at $498, it's a relative steal as far as leather jackets go. Madewell is known for its quality basics, and the Washed Leather Moto Jacket is no exception.

The best affordable leather jacket

The Modern Leather Jacket from Everlane is a modern take on a vintage classic, and $300 is a great price for premium leather.

Pros: High-end leather for $300, modern silhouette 

Cons: Pockets placed slightly high

Sizing: XXS-XL

High-quality, under-$300 leather jackets are a rare breed indeed. This option from Everlane is $298 and made from premium, super-soft leather that's also fully traceable, from the farm to the garment factory. Its traditional retail cost, according to Everlane, would be closer to $700 with markups.

In terms of style, the Modern Leather Jacket is a refreshed vintage staple. There are the classic details like a point collar and a center-front zip, and contemporary updates like a fitted waist and a straightforward matte finish. There's also minimal pipe detailing — so the only interruption to the jacket is the zippers, one in front and one on each arm that you can zip closed or open for extra room. It's available in three colors. 

The 100% lambskin leather is soft and supple. I found it true to size, though some reviewers mentioned that, like many leather jackets, it may feel slightly tight at first before being worn in. There's enough room in the shoulders and arms, and the fitted waist is feminine without being restrictive. The sleeves extend beyond my wrists (which I personally prefer in a leather jacket) and the pockets are deep enough for my hands, though the cropped design means they're placed a little higher than natural.

All in all, The Modern Leather Jacket is a great, high-end piece for one of the cheapest price tags I've encountered. — Mara Leighton, Insider Reviews senior reporter

The best vegan leather jacket

The Life Changer Moto Jacket by Blank NYC is the kind of topper that will have people saying "I can't believe it's not real leather!"

Pros: Vegan leather, under $100, timeless style

Cons: Won't last you quite as long as real leather

Sizing options: XS-XXL

If you want a nice vegan leather jacket, The Life Changer Moto Jacket by Blank NYC hovers around $100 and is one of the best-looking options on the market.

The Life Changer is a classic black moto jacket with gold hardware and a relaxed fit. As the proud owner of a different (no longer available) Blank NYC jacket, I can attest to the quality of the vegan leather — it both looks and feels like the real thing. While it may not have the "improves over time" kind of longevity of genuine leather, at $98, it's reasonable enough for me to replace it after a few years. This is one of those pieces that truly never goes out of style.

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