Forget the days when leather was relegated to school productions of Grease and Arthur Fonzarelli lookalike competitions, leather is back in a big way and the S/S 2013 menswear collections are full of this versatile fabric. From the runways to the high street, the classic leather jacket is one style purchase that is guaranteed never to go out of fashion. Whether you prefer a fitted look or a more casual bomber jacket, one thing is certain, leather jackets can instantly transform an outfit from drab to fab. If you are tempted to start the New Year with a stylish ‘bang’, here are our top tips for finding the right leather jacket for you.
Although black is the signature colour for a leather jacket, other colours look just as good when worn the right way. Any shade of brown is guaranteed to give casual wear a stylish feel and the more they age the better they will look. Choose a classic tan colour and you are guaranteed to find that this is one purchase that will give you value for money. Bolder colours can look striking when worn the right way however there is a fine line between chic and cheap! If you want something slightly different a deep burgundy jacket such as this one from That Indie Look, is a great choice.
There are plenty of different jacket styles to choose from so whether you are looking for a new everyday jacket or something a little smarter for formal wear, you can find the right match for your wardrobe. The classic aviator style jacket is a great choice for those looking for timeless style throw on with a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and you will be channelling old school James Dean before you know it. A leather blazer is another great choice and when paired with a shirt and tie gives a new twist to formal wear. As with the rules of double denim, pairing leather with leather is never a good choice, stick to complimenting fabrics and let the leather be the statement piece of the outfit. This Viparo jacket is a great example of a classic casual leather jacket.
Finishes and Fits
It is easy to play it safe when updating your wardrobe however if you are really looking to make a splash in 2013, why not step outside of your comfort zone? Modern leather jackets are designed to be innovative, with designers testing the limits of leather cuts, fits and finishes. Exaggerated necklines, zips and distressed fabric details can all be found in shops, along with new ways of incorporating the fabric into different items of clothing. Waistcoats and gilets are great alternatives to jackets and will give a subtle yet stylish twist to an everyday outfit. Delusion are known for their creative approach to leather and their signature jackets are ideal for those looking for something a little ‘different’ such as the fantastic Manifest jacket in navy.
Kat is a keen fashion writer currently writing about the latest mens fashion trends. She recommends checking out the latest leather creations from Delusion clothing.