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How to Wear a Leather Jacket

Mar 23, 2017 - Calibre

how to wear a leather jacket for men

Easy ways to wear a leather jacket for men – the long and short of it

A classic staple for any discerning gentleman’s closet, the leather jacket is a must-have layering piece for the colder seasons. The perfect balance of refined masculinity and cool, it’s the statement piece that will get everyone talking without the pretence. With so many ways to wear a leather jacket, from off-duty weekend attire to smart casual, you’ll be spoilt for choice, regardless of the occasion.

With the leather coat and biker jacket being the most popular classic leather jacket styles, we’re giving you some tips on how best to style these pieces for a sartorial win.

How to style a leather jacket

how to style a leather jacket

From David Beckham to Jared Leto, the leather jacket is a perennial favourite among style seekers. A versatile piece for both casual and smart occasions, it offers a classic look with a modern twist.

Once a symbol of rebellion, the leather jacket is now a cult style embraced by young and old. Available in array of shapes, from moto biker styles to varsity bombers and flight jackets, all that’s left is to find the right one for you. Without the need to pile on the layers, leather jackets have long been keeping the stylish men warm while looking effortlessly trendy.

A wardrobe addition that you won’t regret, let the leather jacket open up a whole new world of timeless looks as you set the pace for being ahead of the curve.


The go-to casual ensemble

Let your leather jacket do all the talking - wear it over a plain white tee and raw denim jean outfit for a classic understated look. For winter styling, wear a grey zip up hoodie open over the tee and under the leather jacket. Add street style with a pair of white sneakers or smarten up with a pair of tan leather boots.


Smart Casual Etiquette with Leather

There are two simple ways in which you can smarten up a leather biker jacket.

  • Stick to the same colour code. Wear the leather jacket over a black-on-black ensemble with your favourite leather shoes. The dark colour scheme instantly adds a James Bond-esque suaveness.
  • Wear with a collared shirt. Plain or patterned, a collared shirt paired with chinos or tailored pants will always make a winning combo Top it off with aa leather jacket and your smart-casual look is ready to go. In the winter months, try layering a solid coloured, slim fit v-neck knit over the shirt for extra warmth.

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Don’t be afraid to play with length

mid length leather jacket style

For the more adventurous, the mid-length leather coat is the hero of the season. Unless you’re channelling Indiana Jones, the key to nailing the longer leather coat look is to find your right fit. Avoid unnecessary bulkiness by keeping your layering options streamlined and sophisticated.

For best results, a mid-length leather trench should aim to rest just below your waistline otherwise you can run the risk of looking a bit dated.

  • Wearing it buttoned. In colder months, consider sticking to a monochrome palette. Slim down the silhouette by staying buttoned up over a turtle neck and finishing with slim cut chinos and a polished pair of smart casual shoes.
  • Wearing it open. Alternatively, wear the leather coat open over a fine merino knit and crisp button down shirt for an effortlessly cool look.

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On that note

Eternally and universally stylish, leather jackets are a key investment for every man’s wardrobe. Regardless of what cut you opt for, the key to pulling off the leather look is confidence and keeping your proportions in balance with intuitive layering.

Find out the perfect shirt fit for you and you’ll be off to a good start.

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