Leather Jacket Men
Different treatments and finishes can also affect how the leather looks and feels. One steerhide jacket might be bright, glossy, and stiff, where another will be weathered, cracked, and softer. So long as you’ve got the material you want in a top or full grain, the rest is a matter of personal preference.
Leather is masculine.
Throw your jacket on with whatever else you’ve got, and now you’re Indiana Jones, right?
Well, not quite.
A lot of really bad looks have come out of just that strategy. Below, I outline a few principles and ways to wear a leather jacket based on the look you’re going for.
Not all jackets work at all levels of formality: You can’t just throw a banged-up double rider over your khakis and button-down and head to work. Just because it’s leather doesn’t mean it’s dressed up. Make sure its cleanliness and wear matches that of your outfit.
Start with a good fit: Leather can’t be adjusted (inexpensively), so you’ll need to buy the right shape from the get-go. You want enough looseness that it doesn’t pinch at any angle, and not much more than that. Leather’s too stiff to drape, so an oversized jacket bulges and flares in odd, unattractive ways.
Leather and business dress: Broadly speaking, leather is casual. It’s not business dress, and it’s certainly not strict boardroom formality. That said, you can throw a slim moto jacket on over a dress shirt and tie, paired with some wool slacks and black leather shoes, and it will pass muster among younger businessmen in relatively informal settings (drinks after work, etc.).
Under no circumstances should a leather blazer stand in for a proper blazer, however, and you always want to avoid wearing a leather jacket over a blazer or suit jacket that’s longer at the hem. Since the only styles that tend to be longer are dusters and cattleman coats — decidedly rural flavors that don’t match with a suit at all — if you’re wearing a suit, you’re not wearing a leather jacket.
You can make some of the simplest wardrobe items look good if they’re clean, decently fitted, and paired with a good leather jacket. It’s still casual, but it’s a lot more noticeable — and stylish — than the same look would be without the jacket.
For the average man, a well-chosen leather jacket will be a reliable upgrade to a lot of daily looks.
Masculine, rugged, and guaranteed to last for decades of hard use — it’s worth finding the right one for you!