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Since I was in 8th grade I have been on the hunt for the perfect leather moto jacket. Soft buttery leather, something that works with not against my shape, not too cropped but not too long, a style that can zip up when it's cold but also looks great as a topper over lightweight dresses. I think I may have found it; below is my Universal Standard Leeron Leather Moto Jacket review.
Thank you to Oscar for being my date for this photoshoot; isn't he the best accessory? BTW this post originally published in 2019 but I updated it in 2023 with new information about this jacket since it is still sold by Universal Standard but now comes in new colors. Real on to learn more!
In 9th grade, I found a pretty fantastic leather moto jacket at Express of all places. It was on clearance but I still had to pay my mom back in installments. I wore the heck out of that jacket all through high school and still have it in my closet.
It's funny, back then I found it so timeless but now I put it on and see the shoulder pads and dolman sleeves it looks like the epitome of the late '80s/early '90s. I keep trying it on, hoping the dated details will fall in line with the “what's old is new again” fashion cycle. It never works; it likely won't be worn again unless I attend a costume party.
Last year I found a petite moto jacket from Topshop and it was pretty great. I should say is pretty great; it's still in my wardrobe. However, it's from Topshop so one can't be surprised by the heavy lower-quality leather. It is also insulated, so while it's a cute jacket to wear on a crisp fall day, it's not one that can be made part of an outfit and worn indoors. Also, the sleeves are a tad snug; no way I can wear it over a sweater.
Universal Standard Leeron Leather Moto Jacket Review
I wanted classic moto styling, no weird “feminine” updates that make the piece look dated more quickly or cheap. I didn't want detail overkill – sure there will be zippers and snaps, but I didn't want studs or superfluous hardware. And I'd love to have a jacket that is so soft I can push up the sleeves; even if they're the right length for my petite frame, I still love the look of a jacket with the sleeves pushed up, with or without the under layer showing at the hem.
So when I saw the Universal Standard “Leeron” leather moto jacket I got super excited. And I knew many of you were also on the hunt for a great size-inclusive leather moto, so I decided to write a completely honest Universal Standard Leeron Leather Moto Jacket review.
Dude, the Universal Standard Leeron leather moto jacket is nice. Like niiiiiiice. It's super soft buttery leather, not too shiny, clearly looks luxe. The hardware instead of being silver is black which makes it look a bit more elegant and easy to wear with any metal of jewelry.
What I love is the Universal Standard Leeron leather moto jacket is a true moto jacket – it has a proper belt at the bottom. It has two zipper pockets and a small pocket with a snap flap that is just the size for your lipstick or something of similar size. The collar snaps down, no wonky collars popping up yet you can still zip it up against the cold.
I have a large bust and many jackets tent out from my bustline. This one is soft enough that is has a bit of drape. The sleeves of the Universal Standard Leeron Leather Moto Jacket are long for me, but the leather is so soft I can push up the sleeves and still be comfortable (tip: push up the sleeves with them slightly unzipped, then zip them closed when they are at the right location. This will help them stay up).
The jacket is lined in a soft polyester knit; this jacket is NOT insulated and best for fashion or days above 50 degrees. However, I can fit a sweater under this coat which makes it more practical than my heavier moto jacket from Topshop. I'd say the only thing that makes this jacket not perfect is the sleeve length.
How I Styled the Leather Moto Jacket
As for the rest of the look, this is a pretty standard out-and-about look for me. The striped top is a cotton sweater I got from J. Crew eons ago. I find striped tees to be so useful in a wardrobe; here is a review of my favorite striped tee that's less than $25. Imagine if I wore this same look with a solid tee, it wouldn't look as cohesive and like an ensemble.
The bag is from ALLSAINTS and I got it through Rent the Runway Unlimited. It's a great bag but I likely wouldn't spend so much on a bag like this. With Rent the Runway Unlimited, I have been able to keep it for two months, and once I tire of it I can replace it with a new piece.
I am updating this Universal Standard Leeron moto jacket review because since writing it, this size-inclusive leather jacket is now available in even more colors! In this post, you can see me wearing the same leather moto jacket in white. For 2023, the Leeron jacket is available in Camo (a grayish olive green color that looks super luxe) and Chili Chocolate (a brownish burgundy color). I recently attended a Universal Standard trunk show and saw the new colors in person and they are so elegant, unique colors yet as versatile as a neutral, and just as buttery soft as this black moto I've rocked since 2019!