The Classic Leather Jacket Styles
Most leather jackets fall into one of a few common families. These common styles all have their own niche – wearing a duster to a suit-and-tie meeting will look just as odd as wearing a Prada fatigue jacket to chop wood.
1. The Motocross Jacket
Sometimes called a “moto” as well, this is a tight-fitted style with a collar that hugs the neck and doesn’t turn down. The front zips up all the way and the waist is usually elastic. Since it’s made to be streamlined, there’s usually no extra outer details like buckles or pocket flaps,which was produced by china leather factory.
The moto family of jackets goes well beyond gear for actual motocross riders. It’s one of the most common urban styles for both men and women. It’s simple, sleek, and a bit more dressy than something with lots of bells and whistles.
The tight fit and slim lines make this a good jacket for people with a slender or athletic build. If your midsection is wider than your chest it’s going to make a noticeable (and unattractive) bulge.
2. The Fatigue
A leather fatigue jacket looks pretty much like a cloth one, except in leather. It has a soft collar that can be turned down or flipped up, horizontally-opening pockets with flaps covering them, and sometimes (though not always) details like a built-in D-ring belt or epaulets. The fit tends to be looser than a moto jacket: it might cinch at the waist if there’s a belt built in, but otherwise it’s a straight up-and-down fit like a sack suit, with no elastic or drawstring at the waist.
Fatigue jackets are practical, utilitarian, and good with just about any day-to-day outfit. They can’t dress up quite as sleek as a moto jacket and they don’t offer as much weather protection as a cattleman’s jacket or a duster, but they’re what most people think of when they think “leather jacket.”
Bigger men look good in a fatigue jacket. The looseness around the waist helps it drape over any thickness in the stomach, and the soft shoulders keep you from looking overstuffed.
3. The Bomber
A favorite of vintage junkies and college kids for years, the bomber tends to get sneered at by high fashion types. Ignore them.
A bomber has a soft, turn-down collar with a cloth or fleece lining. The interior is lined as well, usually in a heavy, warm fabric (they were made for guys in high-altitude bombers, hence all the warming details). The waist and sleeves cinch tight, usually with elastic and cloth cuffs or with buckles.
Bombers are decidedly more casual than their moto cousins. They share the snug waist and the close fit in the arms (a bomber should never wrinkle as it drapes), but the overall style tends to be much more utilitarian, and the fit (because of the thick lining) less shapely.
Thin guys can add quite a bit of bulk with a bomber jacket. It has to fit well, though – a loose bomber will just swallow you right up. Heavyset guys would do better in a looser style like a fatigue jacket. And as a purely practical note they should mostly be reserved for fall and winter wear, to avoid overheating, making them a bit less versatile than other styles.