When the weather starts to get cold, there is one trusty staple that we can turn to that we know will keep us feeling warm and looking cool: A leather jacket. A classic leather jacket is the perfect "halfway piece" for the days when we wake up and it is freezing outside (when the heck did it become November?!) but we are not mentally prepared to go full-on winter coat just yet.
While buying a high-end leather jacket may seem like a good investment (and in some cases, it is) they tend to be really, really expensive. Like, I'm-not-going-to-eat-for-a-month-because-I-want-a-real-leather-jacket expensive. Thankfully, though, there are a number of faux-leather (or as I liked to call them when I was buying them from Limited Too in the sixth grade, "pleather") options out there that look just as amazing and won't break the bank. Plus, they're cruelty free, which is always a major, major benefit not only to our wallets but to our consciences, too.
Here are 15 of the best leather jackets in every color, shape and category category that you'll want to wear, layer with and re-wear all season long. Plus, you'll still be able to afford go out in them, because they're all under $200.
1. Best Classic Moto
Now where are the keys to my Harley?
2. Best Draped Collar
BB Dakota James Black Vegan Leather Jacket, $103, Lulus
Pair with a scarf and a choker for some seriously strong neck accessories game.
3. Best With Denim
Blank NYC Faux Leather Sleeve Denim Jacket, $108, Bloomingdales
You'll never need to decide between a leather jacket and a jean jacket again!
4. Best With Fur
Topshop Faux Leather Biker Jacket, $100, Topshop
There is pretty much no cooler item to add to your wardrobe than a green fur moto jacket that you will want to wear every day of the rest of your life.
5. Best With Shearling
Suede Jacket, $150, Zara
The best way to add a little extra warmth to your faux-leather jacket? With a faux-fur lining, duh.
6. Best Cropped
Plus Size Moto Jacket, $30, Forever21
More for style than warmth, but still chic AF.
7. Best Colored
Mango Blue Leather Jacket, $78, ASOS
Blue is the new black, trust me.
8. Best Brown
Bagatelle Faux Leather Moto Jacket, $40, TJMaxx
The perfect jacket for the fall-to-winter transition.
9. Best Not-Boring Neutral
Wilsons Leather Womens Polished Classic Leather Cycle Jacket, $154, Jet
Believe it or not, red is actually considered a neutral. Try pairing it with any item in your closet and you'll see that it's true.
10. Best Bomber
ASOS Faux Leather Jacket With 80's Styling, $98, ASOS
Going for a sportier look? This oversized bomber fits easily over even the bulkiest sweaters, which will bring your layering game to a whole new level.
11. Best Metallic
Metallic Leather Jacket, $150, Zara
What better way to add a little umph to your all-black winter uniform than with a metallic gold moto jacket? It's literally the coolest thing I've ever seen for under $150. (Adds to cart)
12. Best Pastel
Living proof that you can wear baby pink all year round.
13. Best Patent Leather
First & I Cropped Patent Pu Jacket, $58, ASOS
14. Best Trench
Plus Sized Faux Leather Jacket, $35, Forever21
What's better than a leather jacket? A leather coat, of course.
15. Best Embellished
Invasion of the Body Patchers Moto Jacket, $128, NastyGal
This. Is. Everything.
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