Trust Us, You Can Pull Off Leather…Everything

It’s been a weird year for getting dressed. If you’re shaking off the style cobwebs, breaking free of your sweatpants, and need some pointers on where to go next, we’ve got you. All week long, GQ Recommends is exploring What to Wear Now: the clothes, designers, bold moves and big vibes that matter at this precise moment.

If the idea of wearing leather clothing that isn’t a biker jacket makes you think of fetish clubs or TV mobsters, you haven’t been paying attention. Over the last couple of years, the swankiest, supplest material on the planet has been having a real moment in menswear, in every imaginable form: blazers and trousers, button-ups and bucket hats. Whatever your poison, it’ll simultaneously deliver a jolt of fearlessness and an air of lush luxury to your fits. 

You don’t need to be the frontman of a hair metal band to pull this stuff off, either. Treat your leather pants like just another pair of pants, your leather shirt like any other shirt, and you’ll be shocked to discover just how easily and effortlessly it syncs up with the rest of your wardrobe. You’ll look and feel like yourself—only a teensy bit sexier.  If you’re ready to get your hind into some hide, we’ve gathered up dozens of the finest designer leather goods worth investing in immediately. Don’t let this prime leather weather go to waste, folks!

Go Beyond the Bomber

For a long while there, only two kinds of leather jackets really mattered: Brando-in-The Wild One motorcycle jackets and Top Gun-style bombers. Lately, though, our tastes and definitions have broadened for the better—whether it’s a hardy chore jacket, a tailored trench, or a Tony Soprano car coat, it’s never been easier to track down leather outerwear that feels exactly right for you. 

Acne Studios “Lopris” bonded leather jacket

1017 Alyx 9SM leather jacket

Cowhide Formal

Bracelet, $120,  by A.P.C.

Blazer, $6,190, by Tom Ford. Pants, $1,695, by Ami Paris. Boots, $210, by Blundstone. 

Adam Sandler’s Uncut Gems slimeball unwittingly ushered in a new era of relevance for the leather blazer. This is how you win in one: keep the rest of your fit as simple and understated as possible—maybe just a tank or tee, maybe a cashmere sweater—and let the jacket shine bright like an Ethiopian opal. 

Wilsons Leather “Vince” leather blazer

Sunflower single-breasted crocodile-effect leather jacket

Tagliatore leather tailored blazer

Saint Laurent leather blazer

Alexander McQueen double-breasted leather jacket

Keep On Truckin’ 

Still the absolute easiest way in to wearing leather: swap your trusty denim trucker for one these bad boys.

Deadwood “Frankie” leather jacket

Han Kjobenhavn vegan leather shirt jacket

Marni leather trucker jacket

Iron Heart Japanese horsehide Type III jacket

Buttery Button-Ups

Jacket, $6,500, and shirt, $7,800, by Fendi Men’s. 

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