Leather Jackets – An Image Of Rebellion

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Leather Jackets – An Image Of Rebellion

If ever an item of clothing portrayed an image of rebellion, contempt for the conventional, a disregard for rule books and regulation, look no further than the seminal leather jacket. Throughout the ages the leather jacket has become synonymous with outsider-cool, a rights of passage for the rebel within desperately trying to fight its way out.

Marlon Brando epitomised his rebellious nature terrorising small town America in The Wild One as far back as 1953.  The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, with their sultry, bratish punk behaviour would never have looked the same without a leather jacket on their back. While to this day it’s rock’n’roll, devil-may-care attitude is exuded through bands such as The Strokes and Kings of Leon.

Rules for Leather Jackets

However, even a leather jacket must adhere to some rules:

  • No hoods: It is not a rain-mac. You are not wearing this jacket to keep warm or dry, you a wearing it to look good.
  • Minimal zips/pockets: You’re jeans are for phones, wallets and loose change, your leather jacket requires two pockets and those are for putting your hands in. Plus, the lady hanging off your arm will be carrying a handbag anyway.
  • Collar optional: A tricky one this with no set rule. Personally I go for the round neck but if you want to rock a collar don’t let me stop you.
  • No logos: Unless you’re a Hells Angel or part of a motorcycle gang keep your leather jacket logo free. If you want a jacket with logos, get yourself a baseball jacket.
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3 Responses

  1. Cheito

    Actor Richard Roundtree, better know as the iconic “Shaft” was known for his trademark leather coat; The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, wore his red leather jacket/with pants, and began a trend like none other. Almost everyone had a version of his “Thriller” leather jacket; and there’s the black, zipper jacket he wore in the “Bad” video. The King of Rock N’Roll, Elvis Presley, how many times DIDN’T he wear leather jackets; and of course, major Hollywood legend, Rock Hudson, was well known for his leather jacket, stepping up the leather jacket craze, back in his time, as did Freddie Mercury, the late lead singer for the rock group Queen. “His Royal Badness” Prince, wore a trademark purple leather trench coat “1999” and “Little Red Corvette” videos – unimaginable! But the Purple One as well wore a unique, black leather jacket in his “Kiss” video, and is well know for his wearing of leather jackets and coats. Lastly, U2, need I say more of their influence on the leather jacket? I would guess the majority of men bought their first leather jacket because they were influenced by one of these icons. All rebels, all icons, they mastered the image of the leather jacket.

  2. robert145

    Not just celebrities but a person with a decent dressing if wear’s a leather jacket that will look totally perfect on him that would look totally perfect in that dressing.



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