The Best Leather Jacket You Can Buy For Under $500

While lamenting the end of summer has begun to take up more and more of our time, the close of the season also marks the exciting transition to fall fashion. There are a few things that are sure to get us psyched for less-humid and more-breezy weather — from chunky booties to wool coats and plaid. But what really makes us celebrate autumn is finally being able to bust out our leather moto jackets — the quintessential throw-on-and go piece with the power to make any outfit edgy.

Finding the perfect-fit moto that will live in your wardrobe for years requires investment and heavy research. Luckily, the science-meets-fashion geniuses over at Rank & Style have saved us some major shopping time by rounding up the internet's 10 best leather jackets under $500 — with Banana Republic's black-leather moto jacket taking the top spot. It's the perfect balance of oversized and feminine. Plus, with quilted leather, epaulettes, and spread-collar details, this staple is clearly a winner.

The ultra-luxe leather jacket nails the fine line of looking casually cool but polished. The buzz around the jacket is no joke, either. One Banana Republic commenter exclaims, "Bought this jacket while on a weekend getaway to Seattle and have worn every day since. I get so many compliments on it, too. It just fits so well. It's an investment into timeless style, a must-have piece." Another notes in more detail that "this jacket truly exceeded all of my expectations. I am very picky when it comes to black leather for boots, jackets, and handbags, as it can easily look 'cheap.' This jacket is so soft and buttery (Not shiny/pleather-looking at all). It smells of luxurious leather and has the weight and details of true quality... I couldn't be happier with this product." Sure, the idea of a drop in temps might mean you no longer have an excuse to eat ice cream every day, but fall is the best time to exit that summer slump and trade in your rotating shorts for cozier trends — like denim everything and fringe shoes. But thankfully, we still have a while left before it's time to let go of the current season. You'll certainly find us hanging on to our cutout dresses and rooftop bars for as long as we can.