Few items of menswear come packaged with as much attitude, heritage or unfiltered masculinity as a leather jacket. Leather jackets may be a bit perplexing task to differentiate. One may not be able to tell the difference unless one takes a slight lesson. They come in a great variety of texture as well as style. However, they have always been an insignia associated with a trendy alpha male the leather jacket is high-testosterone menswear. No well-edited wardrobe is complete without one.
BOMBER JACKET – STRETCHY MATERIAL ON THE SLEEVES AND WAIST
The bomber jacket, what a catchy name right? It is called that for a reason! Originally, the bomber jacket was designed for Pilots and plane crews. The name has managed to stay but so has the style. Bomber jackets are usually up to the waist with a softer lining. The jacket’s soft lining is not the only thing that sets it apart. The waist and sleeves of the jacket cinch tight. They also have elasticized openings; stretchy material on the sleeves and the waist. These jackets are meant to keep warm and protected! Bomber jackets zip up in the front and have two side pockets. You can wear them with a pair of jeans and go out on a casual yet trendy day out!
Another variation of the bomber jacket is the A2 flight jacket. Although visually similar, it has with a flap on the neck with a zipper. Unlike the original bomber jacket, the A2 flight jacket has a fur collar and two front flap pockets.
Overall, both the bomber and an A2 bomber jacket fall under a casual style and look extra manly when you wear them on any occasion. Different types of bomber jackets include bomber jackets with embroideries, a cropped bomber and a quilted bomber among others.
Initial bomber jackets were designed to protect the pilot from the vigorous environment inside the cockpit. Pretty cool right? You’re almost as cool as a fighter pilot once you wear a bomber jacket! One of the most versatile outerwear silhouettes a man can own, the bomber jacket has been favoured on screen by everyone from Steve McQueen to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine.
BIKER JACKET – THE CLASSIC LEATHER JACKET YOU SEE EVERYWHERE
The biker jacket has a flared/ Pointed collar with snaps that you can fasten when you’re riding on your bike and the wind is blowing full speed. It has a front zipper that runs at an asymmetrical angle. The bad boy of the outerwear world, the biker is a cropped leather jacket, usually in black, complete with studs and asymmetric zips. The biker jacket reminds you of a rowdy bad boy who is ready to take on the world with a wide range of buckles and extra flashy looking bits.
Marlon Brando is the true mentor of leather jackets. After The Wild one, everyone associated leather jackets with Marlon Brando. He wore a Biker jacket; also known as the double rider jacket! That’s the jacket that comes to mind when someone speaks of the classic leather jacket or a leather jacket in general. The biker jacket was designed in 1928 for Harley Davidson. It was later named the “Perfecto” after a cigar. The biker jacket in particular, has a lot of celebrity fame associated to the design. It later became more famous because of the bassist from Sex Pistols, Sid Vicious who made the personalised biker jacket extremely popular.
Although a very raw style, female rockstars such as Blondie and Joan Jett added extra accessories to their biker jackets and made it more trendy with their studs, pins and other metal accessories. What a leap ahead in the fashion game! Today, a biker jacket with metal accessories comes under the punk leather jacket style.
Varying leather biker jackets include the leather perfecto, a quilted biker jacket and a punk leather jacket among a large variety of others.
Shearling Jackets- Made With A Layer Of Wool
Shearling jackets are made with a layer of wool. They date back to the stone age; back when cavemen used to wear outfits that were made of sheepskin. During the iron age, shearling becomes a status symbol. The quality of the fleece signified social status. During the Victorian Era, the shearling coat became a more of a masculine choice.
Later, the shearling was popularised by Hollywood. Marlon Brando’s Shearling Bomber “On The Waterfront” and James Dean’s Ranch coat from “Giant.” Today, rappers can be seen flaunting shearling jackets like Kanye West. Shearling jackets have a fur collar, front zipper, a fur cuff and shearling personalised interior. What makes this jacket extra special is the fact that it just not put you in the fashion game, it is also designed to keep you extremely warm and cosy because of the shearling interior. It is a must-buy if you live anywhere with a very cold winter. It will make you look really stylish while keeping you nice and warm!
Racer Jacket – The Most Elegant & Simple Leather Jacket
The simplicity of this jacket
Leather Coat & Blazer – Semi-Formal Style of Clothing
Leather coats are not jackets. That’s not rocket science
The reefer coat, or jacket, was originally used by ‘reefers’ in the British Navy., in contrast to the long duffle coats with thigh straps worn by officers, allowing for ease of movement. Reefer jackets are quite similar to blazers but have more casual features and also have a higher button break point. Three or four buttons, often right up to the neck point Reefer jackets have plain backs and slanted hip pockets.
Fringe Leather jacket
A fringe jacket was initially popular amongst cowboys and native Americans. The fringes were designed to shed rain and dry faster when wet. Inshort good to go in rainy season. Although the fringes date back to 1920’s because of the fringed Charleston dress from the Great Gatsby but fringe leather jackets hadn’t become mainstream till then. During the 1950’s, the trend of the fringe jacket made a comeback because of the king of Rock and Roll , Elvis Presley.
The 60’s was an era where many celebrities had embraced it. Celebrities such as Twiggy, Penelope Tree and Sonny and Cher all become fans of fringed clothes.
A fringe jacket has a pointed collar and fringes. An extremely trendy leather jacket, fringes have now become a more contemporary fashion style. You can wear a collar fringe jacket, a biker fringe, suede or a leather vest with fringes. It goes with everything. Over time, the fringes have increased in variety while making a very distinct fashion statement! It will not only protect you from the rain but will also make you look extra fashionable and stylish!
And The List Goes On and On
The list doesn’t end here. Leather jackets are available in all kinds of shapes and sizes. You can find a leather jacket for every taste. Be it a formal, semi-formal or a casual event, you name it, there is definitely a leather jacket for you.
If the above mentioned styles were not of your interest, then consider the following styles. You could get yourself a leather vest, a leather shirt with a collar, a leather hoodie or a suede jacket. All of these styles will make you look appropriate depending on where you wish to wear them.
A leather vest became famous in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s as it became a symbol of rebellious motorcyclists. From the 2000’s to today, there have been many adaptations of the leather vest redefining a more raw fashion and badass looks.
A leather shirt, on the other hand, has a shirt style collar. This means, it is a hybrid between a leather jacket and a shirt and is perfect wear for a more formal or semi-formal outing. It is also keeping you warm enough on a cold day.
A leather hoodie and suede leather jacket are a more contemporary style fashion. You may see a younger audience more attracted to the casual leather hoodie.
Suede Leather Jacket
A suede leather jacket is made from the underside of the animal skin instead of the usual animal hide. It is much softer which makes it less durable than a leather jacket made from the top of the skin. Suede is generally used for a more delicate-wear instead of life lasting leather jacket. It does, however, make an extremely classy fashion statement. It is also cheaper than the original leather jackets.
High – Neck Jacket
High-neck jackets are sporty and perfect to protect your neck and torso from the cold or rain. If you like to adopt the sporty style, then this should be your number one choice when it comes to jackets.