The biker jacket is without a doubt the apex predator of effortlessly cool outerwear; there is no style of coat or jacket in history that possesses even a comparable aura. I myself own two biker jackets – both leather, and both black. But the rugged charm of the rock ‘n’ roll cornerstone is not confined by leather, nor, though I love it so dearly, by black. For today’s post, I thought I’d try my hand at finding the best biker jackets currently available online at less than £100, and whilst this may sound an almost-futile task, with £100 being an extremely conservative price-tag for a biker jacket, I actually had quite a lot of success. What helped was widening my horizons beyond the typical, and aforementioned, black leather pieces, and looking at fabrics and colours I might not have looked at before. Don’t fret, there’s no fluorescent teal mesh biker jackets in the list. I’d like to think I managed to find something for almost everyone – not quite everyone though, there’s always going to be that one guy. Don’t be that guy. These are cool jackets.
I guess we should begin with the classic, though, this time, faux-leather has won over genuine leather – don’t say I never did anything for the vegans who read my blog. H&M’s black biker jacket has all the conventional details, and exudes characteristic cool at a highly discounted rate to that of a Schott Perfecto. I mean, of course it’s no Schott, but for £49.99, it’s a real steal.
Second up, and also £49.99, is Zara’s faux-suede jacket in tan. I think tan and suede (or faux-suede) is a stunning combination, and I’ve wanted a jacket like this for a long time. This would be ideal for those who want a warmer layer that won’t bulk up an outfit. Snug but sleek.
I’ve always been a huge advocate of grey leather biker jackets, and I’m very surprised I don’t actually own one considering how good I think they look. This one by ASOS is £66, and features biker panelling on the sleeves and belt detailing at the waist. I quite like the roomy fit too, which is not something I say often; I’d wear this layered over a monochrome-checked flannel and a white long-sleeve top.
I really felt the temperature drop this week, and it’s always this time of year I think to myself, “why do I not own a wool coat?” The answer, being honest, is that I find most winter coats to be quite unattractive, and not in-keeping with the sort of stuff I like to wear. Topman have solved my dilemma. Well, I say solved, I can’t afford to buy a jacket at the moment but if I had £85 then the dilemma would indeed be solved. Their wool-rich black biker jacket does something which I rarely see at high-street prices; it manages to mingle a warm winter fabric with biker design without ending up clunky, bulky and ugly.
The final biker jacket of the lot looks like something straight out of a Coach collection. Not as luxurious, sure, and faux-suede rather than genuine, but River Island’s black borg-lined biker jacket is the best winter biker I’ve ever seen at less than £100 – £85, to be precise. It’s uncluttered, cool as you like, and probably the best bet if you, like me, are currently having to throw on as many layers as you can to keep warm without looking like Joey Tribbiani.
Hopefully, you guys found at least one piece you liked in this post. Let me know which style you prefer, and whether you’ll be picking one up for the coming winter. How do you style your own biker jackets? Personally, whilst I really do love some of these pieces, nothing will ever surpass the classic black leather for me.