Leather jackets, once reserved for the cool, ostensibly “bad” kids who chose to sit in the back of their high school classrooms, have gotten a re-brand. These days, seemingly every person owns one — and wears it to death this time of year, hence the fall epithet “leather weather.”
Eager to get in on the action, but unwilling to commit to a full-on leather moto for reasons financial and/or ethical? Thankfully, it’s 2017, we live in a wonderful, pluralistic world (although it may not seem it sometimes) and fashion is more democratic than ever. Just because you hold firm principles or stick to a strict outerwear budget doesn’t mean you have to wear a jacket that’s flimsy and depressingly ill-fitting or (cringe) makes an awful creaking noise when you move.
These days, finding a quality vegan leather jacket — or faux leather or leather-look or vinyl or suede-effect or whatever you’d like to call it — is fairly easy, if you know where to look. Upscale brands like Stella McCartney, Shrimps and Vika Gazinskaya offer luxe, wear-forever options; Free People, ASOS and Vero Moda practically explode with affordable, reliably hip designs.
We’ve culled the best of both worlds in the slideshow above. Shop our picks of the best vegan leather jackets for fall today, sling ‘em jauntily over your shoulder tomorrow.