16 July 2008

The Leather Jacket






*EDIT* Blogger is happy again and uploading photographs. The purple monkeys that power it must have finally gotten their new waistcoats!

I thought I would write a little on the leather jacket, a piece that most men often get wrong (think Matrix-esque trench coats and awfully fitted leather blazers). The main piece of advice I can give, that is often overlooked by the majority if men is actually hinted at in the name, leather 'jacket'. A jacket is an upper body article of clothing designed to hip or waist length. This means that anything past this point is not the look we are going for, anything coming down to your thighs or lower will not be an easy look for most men, therefore probably best avoided. Of course if you enjoy dressing in ankle length leather coats and spikey boots, I fully condone your right to wear that, however most men do not suit that look.

My second piece of advice is about fit, undoubtedly the key to working any look. A leather jacket should be 'fitted', meaning the slimmer the better, do not be worried about going for a size down. My general advice is to ignore size labels and find the fit you want, not what they dictate you ought to be. Everyone has a different body type and shape, no store or manufacturer can cater to all people of a certain labelled size, so explore for your fit. One of the most important parts to remember here are the shoulders, they make or break a man's jacket. Due to the slight stiffer nature of leather, you will definately want to go with a jacket which hugs your shoulders. The slightest slouching or portruding of the shoulders will be immediately evident. Also remember that a leather jacket is not easily hemmed or adjusted, so do not buy a jacket with slightly longer sleeves. For a leather jacket you want shorter sleeves than you would go for with a blazer. Unfortunately men tend to go for larger fitting items thinking that it looks more masculine and as hacing a larger frame, however it actually has the opposite visual effect.

Picking back up on the actual material, you want a supple leather, the softer the leather is, the better fitted the jacket will be. Thick leather is more suited to that 1980s biker look with studs and chains, which I am presuming for now we want to avoid. Soft leather will automatically look better as it is better able to follow the natural contours of the body. Zips are also key to keeping this desired shape, buttons on a leather jacket are not a good idea for the most part, after all we are after a jacket not a blazer. Zips also mean the jacket will tend to have a snugger fit due to the fact that the material does not overlap in front of the body. Indeed it is far harder to find a proper fitting buttoned jacket due to the fact that far more variables are involved - for example, the number of buttons and breaking point of the jacket depends greatly on one's height and body type.

In general make sure to shop around for the perfect fit, compromises are not good for leather jackets, altering the garment is not exactly an option. Depending on whether you want the smart or casual look, it will change what you are looking for. If you plan on wearing a skinny tie and shirt, go for a slim jacket with a low collar, avoiding the biker neck strap look. For a more rough and ready look you can go more relaxed on the fit, however not compromising on the length. Colour is also an important issue, going with a plain black is the easiest option, try to avoid overly distressed leathers if you are not too experimental. Also please note that biker's jackets are similar to helmets, in that they are less a fashion piece than a necessity of riding, they are seldom a good look. Remember that a leather jacket is a representation of your personality, they are wonderfully diverse and unique, so go for something you love!

Special thanks to Ellie for tagging me for the Premio Award, and also the delightful Vintage Vinyl for the same honour.

Currently playing: I Wanna Be - Chris Brown

xxxx

50 comments:

  1. lol thanks for the tips, I gotta tell my ex-guy about them so he'll know for himself.

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  2. this is a great and VERY NECESSARY posts (seriously, so so many crimes against the leather jacket have been sighted recently!). if blogger's being a pain, you could upload them onto photobucket/flickr and then paste the html here. that's what i'm doing these days, as they're easier to use and bigger than blogger images.

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  3. I've got two leather jackets but I still haven't found the perfect fit for me hmrpff!
    xx

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  4. i love leather jackets so much! all of the ones in this post (and the tips) are great!

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  5. cool. the leather jacket seems to never go out of style.

    Thanks for the comment and post as well.

    Stay creative!

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  6. I have always been a fan of leather jackets, especially when they are fitted. I hope to one day find the perfect one for myself. For now I have a faux one. Thanks for the comment. I love reading your articles. :)

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  7. WHYYYYYYYY!???? can't all guys have your sense of style...yes, the world would be a better place.





    xCC

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  8. Speaking of leather jackets, I was out looking for one yesterday ... I'm just not sure what kind of jacket would look best on a girl... Is it a classic fitting one or bomber jacket? I really love leather jackets but not sure if I would be able to wear it and not look too formal in it. P.S. The cherry box that you asked me...I had it specially handcrafted for me the last time I went to visit Ukraine , it means a lot to me :)

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  9. I forgot to ask, do you think leather jackets can go out of fashion or look outdated even if its a classic fit ?

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  10. Wow, this was quite informative, hah! You made good points, I hope more people out there, especially men, can pick up advices like these and try to follow them when shopping for the ultimate leather jacket. Personally I like the slim fitted look as well, but my black leather jacket is very strange in shape. Loose and very cropped with zippers all over the place, haha, so I shouldn't really speak to loudly about classic leather jackets.

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  11. Your blog is such a great source of information!

    xx

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  12. nicely detailed post! i could totally see you wearing one haha.

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  13. It is so difficult to find a leather jacket in the write size. All the best cuts are very high priced. A leather jacket is perfect in giving that edge to your wardrobe.

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  14. You posts are always so useful and interesting. D: GASP! you should right a book one day with all of your tips and such. :)

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  15. Oh if only all guys shared your wisdom on style!
    Nothing makes me shudder more than seeing a guy (or anybody for that matter) in a floor length leather jacket.
    URGH!

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  16. Those are some of best tips and are absolutely true. I always find myself avoiding leather all together, but now I might feel more comfortable with it.

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  17. I've been looking for a stunner-of-a-jacket for a long time and still haven't found the perfect one...That last one is pretty damn close, though!

    Thank you so much for the congrats, I'm SO ecstatic!

    xo

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  18. This post was amazing, especailly the first part. And im kinda diggin' the light brown jackets.

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  19. WOW really interesting post.
    I like your blog a lot, there arn't many male bloggers out there so its definitely a nice change from most of the blogs I read....though I still love all of them.
    anyway. If I was a guy, I would buy those jackets in a second, they are awesome!!

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  20. Thank u for ur comment and ur kindness ! Let's exchange links !

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  21. Nice blog ! <3

    xoxo

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  22. YES! I love leathers! I've been trying for the past few weeks to find the perfect one for a/w, and think the new zara one is pretty schweet? Although i'd rather the d&g biker...haha.
    ALSO how do you manage to get 23 comments in a matter of hours?!?! amazing.

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  23. Thanks for visiting! Please come again. :)

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  24. Very informative and enjoyable post! I think leather jackets are awesome! I have a red one but I really want a black motorcycle jacket. The model in the photos looks soooooo good in those leather jackets!!

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  25. ooh that last leather jacket's my fav! great picks!

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  26. i loooove these jackets! i have a leather fetish :)

    xoxo

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  27. Great Post! I am looking to buy Leather motorcycle jackets any info regarding it would be welcome.

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  28. Fantastic post, all these photos of colorful and black and white makes a nice combination. great collection of jackets.

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  30. Some of them are very beautiful. Their colors and their quality. But I like the one with the color brown. its color is so sober.

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  31. Some of them are very beautiful. Their colors and their quality. But I like the one with the color brown. its color is so sober.

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  32. Wonderful gallery of some of the stunning jackets. Wish could have.

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  33. lol thanks for the tips, I gotta tell my ex-guy about them so he'll know for himself.

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  36. Great blog , its amazing and informative .All designs are good but i liked the brown one .

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