First worn as a flight jacket in the early 1900s, the leather jacket has been a man's must-have for over 100 years. For many people, however, being able to wear a leather jacket is a flight risk.
It makes sense given the numerous roles the leather jacket has played since its aviator, including on the big screen with Marlon Brando in The Wild One and the 1970s. As a punk band held the leather jacket hostage, I went centre stage.
With so many options, how should a leather jacket be worn today? Continue reading for a thorough guide on dressing for the occasion.
A leather biker jacket
The Leather Perfecto—an asymmetrical, lancer-fronted motorcycle jacket—roars along to punk rock tunes for a fusion of biker and badass. Big On The Details— With metallic hardware (made of zips, buttons and press studs), front pockets and shoulder lapels, the Perfecto is designed to pack a sartorial punch (on the face) as an off-duty look. Is.
Ripped denim and a vintage-wash T-shirt add rocker rebellion, while plaid shirts add a touch of Nineties and some colour to an otherwise monochrome affair. Pair with boots (biker or Chelsea) or creeper-sole Derby shoes for a new wave punk feel. accessories with a metal jeweller. Sneakers are in, too, but make sure they're a low-key variety (white is best) rather than the latest Yeezy.
Leather jackets with hoodies,
Getting on the athleisure train doesn't always mean windbreakers and shell jackets (and Lycra). The Perfecto leather jacket is an essential piece of outerwear, paired with sweets for a definite luxury.
A hoodie – in soft cotton jersey and zip-through construction – over a tracksuit, over black track pants with cuffs on the hem for relaxed street style. Choose a leather duffle bag to tuck into a jacket as a fashionably functional accessory.
Finally, keep your feet clean with active shoes or low-cut leather kicks. The former—when you're going to the gym, the latter—is perfect for days out.
Varsity and bomber leather jackets
Not everyone wants to look like they're in a band or just stepped off their Harley. Then consider the preppy look. The varsity-inspired bomber is classic and collegiate but with leather sleeves that add a little something to your day.
When it's not leather, it's warm and naturally luxurious wool. Black and navy are subtle colours that keep the jacket minimal and chic.
Style the varsity jacket with slim blue jeans and a charcoal knit, buttoning up the top for an open-frame look (and Italian sprezzatura). Grungy accessories give it a less sports-like feel: fingerless gloves for fingerstyle, black wafers, and even a smart leather folio with an intelligent list of leather jackets.
When it comes to style, Parisian men are in a league of their own. Simple, great. In actual minimalist design, a spread-collar leather jacket (like the Harrington with its shirt-inspired collar) is a sleek outerwear option for day-to-night dressing. The coat—along with formal wear with its collar—is best crafted in lightly textured leather (such as calfskin). It should fit and sit like a piece of clothing.
Stick to a dark palette – black and white with hints of brown to soften the monochrome. Depending on the temperature, play with knit layers or a crisp button-down shirt between skinny-cut black jeans or wool pants. Chelsea boots or leather lace-ups maintain Parisian refinement.
Leather jackets with shirts and ties
A leather jacket works in the modern office too. Stick to a uniform bomber for work (not a biker) and consider tan or brown suede instead of polished black. Finally, avoid embellishments and heavy padding, letting the weight and cut-off suede hug the shoulders.
Keep all zippers and buttons together and keep pockets to a minimum. Likewise, opt for a minimal collar and cuffs – nothing too ribbed (it'll look more corporate than corporate).
Add a sharp shirt and tie combination and avoid the jacket. Goodbye, busy work look
What should I wear with a leather jacket?
A classic look with a leather jacket paired with a plain white t-shirt and black jeans. However, due to its versatility, you can experiment by combining it with different looks.
How should a leather jacket fit?
How your leather jacket fits is up to you. We'd always recommend opting for a slimmer fit. However, some men prefer a more extensive older look.