While some men see a leather jacket as a wardrobe staple, many others are afraid to step beyond typical fashion parameters. It’s true, a leather jacket is bolder and more daring than a classic blouson jacket or pea coat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull off the look. Most guys who think they aren’t cool or stylish enough to work the leather look probably could if only they had more confidence. It might sound clichéd, but confidence really is key when it comes to wearing a leather jacket well.
The way you’ll feel in your jacket entirely depends on its cut and fit. If you buy a poorly fitting jacket, you’re going to be uncomfortable and your body language will reflect this. Instead, invest in a quality jacket that suits you. Modern leather jackets come in a range of styles, so you don’t have to turn yourself into The Wild Ones’ Marlon Brando to pull off the look. With the colder months approaching, you might want to invest in a leather flight jacket. These most closely resemble traditional bomber jackets with their soft inner lining, generous side pockets, and cuffed sleeves. This leather bomber from Dolce & Gabbana is one of the more luxurious leather bombers on the market, priced at £2,800. You can get the look for less with this leather-inspired bomber jacket from Tesco at just £50.
Another great style is a leather racer jacket. These are minimalist and subtle with a small collar and smooth lines. However, unlike the flight style, they lack warm lining and cuffed trims. This makes them a more neutral choice, and easy to dress up or down.
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It’s also important to think about what you’re going to style your leather jacket with. Because it’s a statement piece in its own right, try to avoid teaming it with loud, over-the-top patterns — especially if you’re not extremely confident. A simple t-shirt or button-down looks great underneath an open jacket, while dark jeans and trainers finish off the casual look perfectly.
Whatever your personal style, follow these tips to find your perfect leather jacket and look great all year round. You can also check out our A/W15 trend guide to stay up to date with this season’s key pieces.