A man’s wardrobe is never quite complete without it’s key staples and one such item is the leather jacket. Whether you are putting together a look for drinks after work or a weekend away, a leather jacket is the perfect layer for nailing that classic and cool style. This iconic piece is an extremely versatile investment that brings endless stylish options to a man’s clothing collection. It instantly elevates any look with just the right amount of edginess and style. Even the most basic jeans and t-shirt combination.
It is no surprise that this garment remains one of the toughest clothing items on the market. As with most iconic outerwear pieces the leather jacket has a history that spans more than a century, with its origins tracing back to the First World War where it was popularly worn as a flight jacket. Today leather jackets have continued to rise in popularity with more brands offering a wider range styles and colours than ever before.
With so many styles and colour options available, selecting the perfect leather jacket and styling it can seem daunting. Luckily we have dispelled some of that confusion and put together some tips on how to nail the perfect look for any formal or casual occasion.
THE RELAXED CASUAL COOL
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When it comes to styling casual outfits, a leather jacket has the power to transform even the most basic outfit into a stylish fashion statement. Combine a t-shirt, jeans and casual boots with a leather jacket for that instant cool factor. Note that although simple, black is not necessarily the only option for pulling off a casual leather jacket look. So as long as the cut and style of the jacket is right, feel free to mix it up with other colours, throw in a little brown, olive green or even navy to the mix.
Style with: Dsquared2 Green Aniline Leather Bomber
THE POLISHED SMART FACTOR
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Balance classic with edgy for a formal look with a contemporary twist by replacing the suit jacket with a leather one. Take a leaf out of Marvel’s Robert Downey Junior and blend leather with formal-wear for a stylish combination. Nail the look by introducing a cotton shirt to a classic black leather jacket, layer up with a knitted vest, then throw in a pair of dark grey suit trousers, complete with a navy tie and dark brown double monks for the ultimate smart look.
Style with: Boss By Hugo Boss Black Nokam Leather Jacket
THE BEST OF BOTH SMART & CASUAL
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Refresh your smart casual outfit by integrating a leather jacket into the mix. Not only will this fit seamlessly, but the leather will add the perfect tough yet stylish finishing touch. Combine the leather jacket with a casual long sleeved shirt (check shirts generally work best) and skinny jeans or chinos. For added warmth introduce layers such as a piece of knitwear or slip in a gilet under a roomy leather bomber, finish off with a beanie and casual boots for a that perfect casual Friday look.
Style with: Armani Jeans Black Faux Leather Jacket
- Select your chosen colour and style
- Note that once you’ve decided on the right jacket, the fit tends to stretch up to one size at if the leather is real
- Check out what’s on the market – don’t forget to check out Zee & Co.
- Once you’ve had a good look, you’ll have an idea of which you wish to purchase
- Refer back to the above styling tips when you’re ready to style away!