Continuing our search of the web’s most affordable goods, we present 5 genuine leather jackets for $300 and under.

In our ongoing quest to bring our fellow Highsnobs insider tips on where to find great gear at a cost that won’t break the bank, our Affordable Alternatives series has so far included men’s silver jewelryelongated teesall-black sneakers and selvedge denim, amongst others. This week, however, we’re focusing on something a little more rebellious, bringing you a selection of leather jackets all under $300.

While there’s no arguing that leather jackets – from Schott’s iconic and rebellious Perfecto to more contemporary streetwear styles – are a timeless part of men’s style, they’re certainly not cheap. Tanning hides is a notoriously expensive business and many of the cheaper options out there resort to nasty artificial leathers, or feature awkward, boxy cuts. Having already outlined 4 Things to Check Before Buying a Leather Jacket, we’re now rounding up a selection of five great jackets made from genuine leather that won’t force you to starve or go homeless.

River Island Black Leather Biker Jacket – $260

Taking the classic Perfecto-style motorcycle jacket and removing its unnecessary accoutrements – namely the waist belt and buttoned chest pockets – River Island’s take on the biker jacket is a seasonless staple that will work with virtually any look – whether you’re pairing it with a hoodie Kanye-style or adding a rebellious edge to sharp tailoring. Buy it here.

ZARA Leather Jacket – $299

A super clean varsity-style bomber sporting a suede body accompanied by genuine leather sleeves and trimmed pockets, ZARA’s spin on the leather jacket offers a contemporary, sportier aesthetic that will work effortlessly into any streetwear look – from dressed-down with sweatpants and sneakers to formally with tailored trousers and leather boots. Cop yours here.

H&M Suede Biker Jacket – $249

Forgoing rich glossy finishes in favor of buttery sueded leather, this softer take on the classic biker jacket will work effortlessly with a casual outfit of neutral tones – think washed denim, beige knits and flannel shirts – suitable for those who want to keep their getup a little more understated. Shop it here.

ASOS Leather Bomber Jacket – $189.50

A slender take on the chunky MA-1 military bomber, ASOS come through with an easy-to-wear piece similar to those from recent Supreme and Givenchy collections – albeit with a slimmer silhouette, minimal detailing and a fraction of the price – proving once again why the in-house label remain ahead of the game when it comes to affordably priced high-fashion alternatives. Get yours here.

Topman White Leather Biker Jacket – $280

A real statement piece, this coke-white take on the classic biker jacket will suit the more adventurous dressers out there – just make sure you keep the rest of your outfit toned down or else you’ll look like a washed-out rapper or Columbian drug baron. We’d pair this with an all-black outfit of sneakers, jeans and crewneck sweater. Get it here.

For more well priced versions of high fashion pieces, check out the rest of our Affordable Alternatives series.

Words by Alec Leach
Freelance Writer/Editor/Consultant

Alec Leach grew up in Brighton, England, but now lives in Berlin