I have received many, many requests for a post like this during my nearly eight years(!) of doing GOACA, and I’ve always avoided it, because for one, we all have different ideas of what affordable means. And also because leather jackets are so damned expensive—and the really cheap ones are so often poorly constructed and, well, cheap-looking—that I figured it was an impossible task. And, as it turns out, it’s not an easy one. I’d love to tell you that the perfect specimen can be had for under $100, but unless you’re willing to pick through the weeds on Etsy or at your local thrift store, that just isn’t the case. A good leather jacket is pretty much always an investment purchase, but I have found some that maybe won’t make you weep (or at least not copiously) when you receive your Amex bill, starting with this moto style from Madewell, which also comes in black.
I just posted this one from Everlane last week, but it’s one of the best of the bunch—so streamlined and un-fussy—that you’ll perhaps forgive me for posting it again.
Also from Allsaints, and also free of extraneous zippers, embellishments, and pockets: this shrunken bomber, which would look fantastic paired with a flowy floral dress.
I was hesitant to include this quilted jacket, because it’s from Mango, who I mostly don’t include here these days because so few of their clothes are available in sizes bigger than medium. But I just think it’s so good that I had to.
I set the price cap for this post at $500, and this jacket goes for just a hair above that, but I love its high collar and slim fit.
As you are maybe aware, I love a hoodie, and was obsessed with this one from Vince when it was in their store a while back. It’s at Nordstrom Rack now, priced at about half of what it originally retailed for.
I like the belt detail on this one from Universal Standard.