When we think of old, posh, and stylish, the vintage leather jacket comes to mind instantly, which is as much a part of men’s fashion today as it was decades ago. It is crazy to imagine that something designed such a long time ago would still be relevant, much less blend in so well alongside our modern sense of fashion and style.
But assuming that modern vintage leather jackets are just the designs from the old days without any innovation or change would be wrong as well. The antique genre of jackets is heavily inspired by the historical pieces of men’s upper wear, but they are also tweaked and tinkered to flawlessly fit the modern clothing landscape.
What is a vintage jacket?
A vintage jacket, in the context of this article, refers to high-end leather jackets that have been designed and made to look as close to old and antique as possible, without having any of the disadvantages of actual old jackets, like molding, condition, faded color, etc. These classic looking vintage jackets allow the modern generation to easily experience the flair and style of antique times without having to build a time machine.
While vintage clothing, in general, has always had a cult following and a dedicated spot in men’s fashion, it is the modern trend of vintage-looking leather jackets that has soared in popularity over the years. Especially for the last decade or so, more and more people are getting aware of these exciting uppers. One thing that separates the popularity of vintage jackets and the rest of the leather jacket craze is the fact that the vintage look is not limited to one specific style. There are all sorts of different designs available on the market, from vintage bomber jackets to classic biker jackets.
Are vintage leather jackets in style?
Before we talk more about the different beautiful and affordable jackets that you can buy and ways in which you can style them, we have to know if it’s even worth getting a vintage leather jacket. The answer to this question is yes. Vintage style jackets are experiencing their biggest popularity decade ever. Thanks to this continually increasing surge in popularity, these kinds of antique styled clothing, not just jackets, are super in right now.
This increase in public awareness is going to go even further high in the upcoming years, and there is one primary reason behind it. That being the distinct look and aesthetic of these jackets. They are not something that blends into the crown or something that is difficult to notice. So, one person wearing a vintage-looking brown leather jacket will present this dressing style to hundreds of people. Then many of them will also get aboard the vintage train, continuing the cycle of ever-growing popularity.
Is vintage leather real leather?
While it is easier to say that, yes, vintage leather is real leather, we have to understand that vintage is not a type of leather. In reality, it is a way of dyeing and finishing a piece of leather to look antique and old, while in fact, it is a brand spanking new. This is not to say that vintage leather is fake or low quality, far from it. (There are obviously many fakes out there, but) many other high-quality jacket makers and we use top of the line full-grain leather for our vintage leather jackets.
The nuances in style & material
Vintage leather jackets offer some of the most unique and interesting styling options, vogue trends, and outfit crafting in the men’s upper fashion industry. Let’s take a look at the best from our vintage leather jacket collection:
Youngster Distressed Black Leather Jacket
Let’s start off our list with a jacket that is unique in every way possible. The leather used in its creation is goatskin, which is processed in an unusual, and uncommon snuffed finish, which further adds to the jacket’s uniqueness. But what truly separates this vintage leather jacket from the rest is its striking design. A design that is the perfect mixture of old and new and goes impeccably with modern clothing.
The look of this jacket is striking enough that you can just wear it over a straight black t-shirt jeans combo and still stand out from the crowd. The distressed black color ensures that it doesn’t just blend in with other black garments, while the contrasty white stitching and the peculiar design features give the jacket a personality of its own. It also gives you plenty of options when it comes to styling. You can either incorporate lighter colors and some patterns to compliment the jacket or wear dark, plain colors to draw attention toward the jacket and making it the center point of your outfit. The choice is yours to make.
Gatsby Distressed Brown Leather Jacket
Let’s continue our discussion about our premium offerings and about a jacket that is radiating timeless style and peerless fashion.
The Gatsby distressed jacket is a prime example of a jacket that shows the vintage look’s real strengths. The design is terrific and amazingly crafted, with the clean and simple body, perfectly placed cross-stitched shoulder and elbow pads, and a snap button collar. But the design, as great as it is, is not the star of the show, by any stretch of the imagination. That crown goes to its tremendously distinct color and the patterns that form within it.
The color of this vintage leather jacket is an artistic mix of dark chocolate-brown and light greyish-brown, with lighter color appearing as a pattern (which is unique for every single jacket) dispersed on the primary color.
This distinct color, combined with a simple design, allows you to create some very interesting outfits. The most obvious of which is achieved by pairing this jacket with straight blacks and dark browns. An example of this working well would be a black V-neck, black jeans, and a pair of low-top black sneakers.
Ionic Distressed Brown Leather Biker Jacket
The vintage ionic biker jacket is designed to be as minimal as possible while also boasting a color and overall demeanor that can only be described by the word “unique.” But just because something is one of a kind doesn’t mean that it’ll also be suitable as an actual day-to-day fashion statement. An apprehension that this jacket passes with flying colors, as its simple design and rustic colors are an excellent fit for all sorts of different outfits and styles.
For example, pairing your vintage leather jacket with a white t-shirt and dark blue jeans provides you with a look that you can pull off in your day to day life while combining this jacket with a white or light-colored shirt with a brown or black tie and a pair of formal pants will dress you up for that upcoming office meeting.
Allaric Alley Distressed Brown Leather Biker Jacket
If you are a big fan of the distorted distressed color of the previous two jackets, but their design is too simple and basic, then the Allaric Alley vintage brown leather jacket is the perfect piece of upper wear for you. Its design is angular, bold, extravagant, and, most importantly, confident. The biker influences are very apparent and at the forefront of the design, with the notch collar, zipped cuffs, and a built-in belt on the waist level. The best way to describe this jacket’s style would be by mentioning that, even though this jacket doesn’t have them, the general vibe of this jacket is very reminiscent of the frilled leather jackets that were extremely popular a few decades ago.
The best way to style this jacket would be to combine the old and the new, this vintage leather jacket, a set of modern sneakers, a pair of light blue ripped jeans, and a white or light grey button top t-shirt. This is just one example of the many possible outfits that you can craft and styles that you can experiment with, with this jacket. The only thing to keep in mind is to stay light on patterns and colors because the jacket has plenty of arty patterns and also a statement color that does not work well with vibrant and bright hues.
Danny Quilted Brown Leather Biker Jacket
Do you want a biker design, but with less excessive features like belts, pockets, and unnecessary zippers? Then the Danny Quilted jacket is the perfect fit for you, as it has all of the upsides of a confident biker design with a signature color, without any of the additional features. Even though it just looks like a simpler version of the Allaric Alley jacket, the outfitting opportunities are entirely different.
The audacious design allows you to get into the realm of high fashion and streetwear pretty quickly. Still, the lack of on-jacket features and visual elements will enable you to be much more flexible, especially in the accessories department. You can try on stuff like ripped jeans, checkered shirts, and hooded sweatshirts to create a style of your own. But the most significant benefit comes from the use of accessories. You can raise the style points of a plain black outfit but incorporating some fun accessories like watches, leather belts, metal rings, fancy scarfs, and beanies, etc.
Francis B-3 Distressed Black Leather Bomber Jacket
Now let’s get away from the topic of biker jackets with distressed color, and talk about something different, something that we haven’t covered yet, and that is a vintage themed black leather jacket. Black is the most popular color for the men’s fashion, period, so it is a surprise to no one that a vintage bomber jacket in black is one of the best antique jackets you can buy on the market.
What this jacket lacks in small details, it makes up for in its final presentation as a complete package, a jacket that is complete with its black leather exterior with bright white fur lining. Made from real sheepskin leather, this jacket is as warm and comfortable as it is stylish. The simple colors of the jacket allow for some pretty interesting color combos and contrast in your outfits. Still, the design of this jacket is striking enough that you can wear it over almost everything and raise the fashion standard in the room you are standing.
Forest Double Face Shearling Jacket
The jackets we’ve talked about so far have all been, to an extent, a modern spin on the classic designs and jackets of the old, but this and the next entry on our list is heavily inspired by the past, and they certainly look like it.
The forest double shearling jacket is an excellent example of what high-end old jackets looked and felt like, especially in the warmth and comfort department, as it is a shearling jacket. If not for the immaculate new condition, people might actually assume that it is a jacket from a few decades ago. The distressed brown color is complemented well with bright white fur lining, and the use of a dark brown leather belt, and dark brown stripes along the pockets, shoulders, and front zippers.
When it comes to styling a jacket that looks and feels genuinely antique, you have two main options. You can either hone in on the whole vintage aesthetic or try to create a healthy contrast between vintage and modern. Both of these methods are completely valid and will raise your fashion game to the next level.
Drakeshire Brown Leather Jacket
Speaking of jackets that look actually old and antique, the Drakeshire dark brown jacket is on the cutting edge of vintage leather jackets, as its design doesn’t even include any zippers that were invented and popularized in the 1850s, so this jacket is meant to be even older than that, and it shows. After the prominent design, the second thing that jumps out about this jacket is its unusually dark and artsy brown color, as it is not a shade of brown you see these days.
When it comes to styling such a jacket, you have to treat it with a bit of respect. While you can try to emulate the clothing that went with these kinds of jackets decades ago, these kinds of vintage outfits only work once in a while and are not ideal for consistent use.
To understand the best way to wear this jacket, we have to look at it in another context. Let’s imagine that an actual 150 years old leather jacket is hung in a museum. What you’ll notice immediately is that the area around the jacket in the display case is very open and empty, so the eyes of the viewer are drawn towards the jacket. This is precisely the best way of incorporating this jacket in your day to day life by wearing minimal and muted clothes, and making the jacket, the center point of your entire ensemble.