If you don’t own at least one bad-ass leather jacket, then you can’t call yourself a man! Think we’re kidding? Think again. A rugged, beat-up motorcycle style, similar to the one that James Dean wore in Rebel Without A Cause, is a must-have in your repertoire. And while, sure, it’s crucial to have one of these in your wardrobe, designers believe that you should expand your leather selection this season; So much so, in fact, that we’ve seen everything from leather T-shirts and leather blazers to leather trousers and leather ties. While most of these pieces are, let’s be honest, unrealistic for the everyday man, we do like the idea of wearing leather in unexpected ways. It could be as simple as swapping your blazer for a leather motorcycle jacket to go with your shirt and tie—a guaranteed tough-guy look. Or you could invest in more leather accessories, such as leather gloves, a leather brogue or a leather bag. It’s an easy way to inject a bit of downtown edge into your style and instantly earn you that rugged ‘bad boy’ image that, honestly, we all want to achieve.
“A rugged, beat-up motorcycle style, similar to the one that James Dean wore in Rebel Without A Cause, is a must-have in your repertoire.“
Wear the #11 Berlin shirt for the Lots of Leather trend.
- 1. The Leather Alternative – Add a tougher edge to your go-to evening look by adding a rugged leather jacket over a basic white shirt and skinny tie. Leave your tired black blazer at home. The Berlin was made for wearing with a downtown twist: its slim lines and covered buttons give it a modern touch that complements leather well.
- 2. Leather Accessories – If you don’t own a leather jacket or if you’re more into classic tailoring, there are still ways to work a bit of leather into your style. One of the best ways to work the trend is with a pair of leather gloves. Pair black leather gloves with a grey or black suit in the evening, or unearth an old pair of brown driving gloves to wear with a tweed sports coat on the weekend.
- 3. Don’t Forget the Classics – Don’t forget your other leather classics, such as your classic leather brogues, your trusty leather belt or your sturdy leather bag. Sometimes it’s as simple as elevating a simple white shirt and pants with stand-out leather classics, fuss-free.