WORDS BY TONY COOK & STEPHEN YU
The biker gang uniform has evolved into an indispensable wardrobe staple, but if you’re wondering how to wear a leather jacket without looking like a biker, you might need some help. Fortunately, this season’s leather jackets are so wearable you won’t even need any rock god swagger to pull them off – though if you’ve got it, flaunt it!
Make an impact this fall by mastering a mix of fabrics and texture. A structured leather jacket with a soft wool roll-neck sweater strikes just the right combination.
Style Tip: A chunky roll-neck is a great way of adding that extra luxury element to your outfit. Opt for rich colours such as gold or bottle green.
Since the days of The Ramones the leather jacket has been a sartorial gateway to rock god cool, and it’s substantially easier to come by the ability to write an iconic guitar lick!
Style Tip: Update classic rebel style and wear your leather with a printed t-shirt, slim-cut jeans and silver jewellery like your favourite rock legend.
Like a fine wine, an investment leather jacket will only get better with age. If (like us) you’re on the impatient side, buy a leather biker jacket that’s already been treated to look distressed. No one will know!
Style Tip: You can afford to go fully monochrome with your outfit, as many distressed versions will appear slightly lighter in colour and tone.
WEAR WITH NATURALS
A heavy biker jacket doesn’t have to be worn solely with your winter wardrobe. For an early spring look try wearing yours with shades that echo nature.
Style Tip: Keep your palette pure by wearing a classic pair of relaxed cream chinos with a soft long sleeve white t-shirt. Pair with all-white trainers to finish off this clean, crisp aesthetic.
It’s true that black never falls out of fashion, but sometimes a burst of colour in your everyday dress can lift you to that next level of style.
Style Tip: Wear a silk shirt in rich orange tones underneath a tough black biker jacket to sweeten up your look.
MORE IS MORE
For high impact dressing, embrace a maximalist approach when it comes to your wardrobe by loading up on accessories to compliment your statement jacket.
Style Tip: Keep things rugged yet relaxed by mixing true Americana accessories such as Stetson hats, aviator sunglasses and bandana-style neckties alongside distressed denims.