Get Your Leather Moto Jacket On… {Shopping Guide}

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It was the mid-90’s when I was 16 and I wanted a black leather motorcycle “biker” jacket and I wanted one bad. You could find knockoffs for about $100 then in a hard, inexpensive leather {much like this one} & I was willing to settle for that. Yes, I would have preferred an original vintage leather, even then, but I asked my dad for a new one for Christmas that year, knowing it was in his wheelhouse of gifts he could deliver on. He lived in Vegas at the time so I was really specific and overly detailed in my request. I told him where he could get one, how much it would cost, what size and what color. It was really all I wanted that year.

Cut to Christmas Eve, 1993: exchanging gifts with my dad’s side of the family as we always did, and my dad handed me my gift. It was a large enough box and had weight to it and I knew it had to be my leather biker jacket I had dreamed about.

I opened the present… and I found a leather jacket alright. But instead of silver buckles and zippered hardware, there was a hidden zipper with a buttoned flap and rounded collar… and instead of straight arms and shoulders, it had the biggest 80’s shoulder pads and quilted puffy arms I had ever seen. By the mid 90’s big shoulders were NOT happening.

I tried to act excited. He could tell by the look on my face it was not what I wanted… and reassured me that it was very fashionable, extremely nice and cost over $300. I replied, but the jacket I talked to you about, dad, was only $100… and it wasn’t made for a woman in her 30’s back in 1987.

When I returned home later that evening I said, Merry Christmas Mom! Dad got you a new leather jacket! {she wore that thing into the next century… and probably still has it}

As the 90’s passed, so did my desire for the original biker jacket I wanted… but through the years I searched every thrift shop I could for the perfect fitting vintage version and it just never happened. I have a white leather one that I love {see it here and here} but still no great black one.

As the years passed and my style evolved, a sleeker leather moto jacket became my new object of desire but finding the perfect leather is not an easy task when you have my brain rattling around upstairs. So when I spotted this Helmut Lang waxed leather jacket last year at GILT, I admittedly splurged… and it’s. like. butter. and it fits. like a dream.

Recently, after spying my Helmut Lang Leather jacket in an outfit post, a reader sent me an email asking if I’d do a leather motorcycle jacket roundup in various price ranges and I thought it was a splendid idea.

While I love my patchwork leather jacket with a center zip that hits just at my hip bones {see it here and here}, the style I’m focusing on here is a shorter/cropped version with a flap and/or no collar & generally an off-center zip closure. I’m featuring leather and faux or leather-like options to hit all price points. {links below}

* Find more Helmut Lang here

Most Similar to Mine…

1 & 2. bebe Trapunto Stitch leather jacket $249 {most similar to mine}
3. Blank Denim Vegan Leather Moto Jacket $98
4. Express Crackle Knit Moto Jacket $88
5. Oasis Quilted Faxu leather jacket $96
6. Michael Michael Kors leather jacket $425 {avail in 10 & 16 only}
7. Express Crackle Knit Moto Jacket $88
8. 2b Trapunto Moto Jacket $49.95
9. Rick Owens leather biker jacket with shearling $3720
10. DKNYC Faux Leather Moto Jacket {Plus} $189

**Looking for more plus size options?
Check out The Curvy Fashionista for 5 Plus Size Leather Jackets to wear now!


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1. Acne Mape cropped leather biker jacket $1200
2. Nasty Gal Moto Zip jacket $88
3. Vintage biker jacket $428
4. True Religion leather moto/biker jacket $697

Wild Cards…

1. Red Leather Simone biker jacket $1275
2. 525 Plaid moto jacket $205
3. Iro Gray lamb leather jacket $766
4. Majess zip-off sleeves leather jacket $498

N/S. Theory quilted Madigan jacket $975

Happy Shopping…

And Happy Friday!


LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Olithée

    September 7, 2012 |

    Waiting for early october to go wearing mine again !
    Luv biker jackets !

  • Amy

    September 7, 2012 |

    great idea, love them all!

    xx amy

    Leopard and Lillies

  • yosivoyalamoda

    September 7, 2012 |

    Love biker jacket!!!


  • Punk Glam Queen

    September 7, 2012 |

    Great list of options! I love that motorcycle jackets have become a “staple”, they used to have such a stigma attached to them. Can I offer a little insight? I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was a kid, and now my husband and I have vintage British bikes (oh SO pretty!) “Moto” refers to “Motocross” racing and the jackets worn for that are quite different from what you’ve depicted. Actually if you google images of Steve McQueen riding a dirt bike, you’ll get the gist. Its a tab collar, snaps at the wrists, and waist. What you’ve depicted is the classic “motorcycle” jacket. Think Marlon Brando in “The Wild One”. (Crikey, I keep picking all British bikes! But they were seriously gorgeous, and quite popular in the 50s and 60s.) A traditional motorcycle jacket that will last for decades is made by Schott, its the “Perfecto” (actually Brando did wear that exact jacket in “The Wild One”.) They have a great history of the jacket on their site, and I can tell you both of mine are over 3 decades old and still going strong! They also do great colours (the pink and red are drool worthy) and offer occasional discounts if you sign up for their list. And no, I don’t work for them or get any kickback for this — It’s just something that’s driven me crazy since the whole fashion “moto” thing came about a few years back. Plus I’m a bit of a history nut!
    XXX Jet

  • thankfifi

    September 7, 2012 |

    aw, dads…

    ♥ ThankFifi

  • Mawiyah

    September 7, 2012 |

    Your Dad was so sweet and clueless – just like mine is now 🙂 I love the link to the Curvy Fashionista – I am a slim goodie, but I adore alternate styles! The “crackle” faux leather is right in my budget and its so fab! Thanks!

  • theglitterlife

    September 7, 2012 |



  • Maegan Tintari

    September 7, 2012 |

    @PunkGlamQueen… you’re TOTALLY right. I agree with you on all counts… however, when you google “moto jacket” all types of motorcycle style leathers show up… so that’s why I used that term. It sort of covered them all as far as the internet and fashionable/non-biker leathers are concerned, lol.

    Thank you for all your info and advice though. I love the history of it!!

    Happy Friday!

  • Jennifer

    September 7, 2012 |

    Love these jacket <3

    The Celebrity Look

  • Jennifer

    September 8, 2012 |

    I love the Oasis jacket!

    xo Jennifer

  • Sara

    September 8, 2012 |

    I saw some REALLY cute faux leather versions of this style at T.J. Maxx tonight. I’m considering going back for one this weekend.

  • Melina

    September 8, 2012 |

    love all the photos!
    You have a really nice blog, would be happy if we could follow each other 😉

  • zach chuang

    September 8, 2012 |

    I am a younger male who is married to a woman that is 50 years old. We met on cougarlovingc/0/m since I was 21. I fell in love with her shortly after meeting her and I love her more now than before. This is the most complete and loving relationship I have ever had. And to a person that posted before, I didn’t have any trouble getting girls my own age. And I do emphasize “girls”. Most women my age are not ready for a mature relationship even if they say they are. All

  • Life etc...

    September 9, 2012 |

    I’ve got a black leather jacket like one of the styles in that top collage and I love it! Definitely one of the best splurges I’ve made, and I’m still wearing it a few seasons later 🙂

    Life etc

  • Daisy Nguyen

    September 9, 2012 |

    LOVE leather jackets! SO excited for this season’s leather!

    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  • Life's a shoe

    September 9, 2012 |

    great look and great ideas!

  • Eric Murphy

    January 27, 2014 |

    Black leather jackets are always in style

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