A leather jacket is the ultimate. I sling mine over everything. Once I even went to the shop to get milk for breakfast and threw on my leather over my nightie and strolled down to the deli. Saying that, I live in Melbourne, everyone here looks like they just rolled out of bed. But would this have worked with any other jacket besides leather? I think not!
Get it right and you will have it forever. The more you wear it, the better it gets and your grandkids will love you for it one day.
A simple guide…
- You want a biker style jacket. Leather blazers or bombers are fine and all but they aren’t what you would call classic. Keep it rock n roll…
- Black. You always want it in black. Avoid patchwork and crazy colours unless they are in addition to the classic black leather
- It almost has to be real leather. But with veganism rising quicker than sea level, there are some decent faux leathers around. You want a soft, supple feel that doesn’t crinkle or make squelchy noises when you wear it
- Vintage is best for affordability and it will already be ‘broken in’. Designer is obviously amazing but if you have $5k laying around then be my guest and also, may I borrow some cash? The high street stores are doing some remarkable versions of Burberry Prorsum et al. You will be surprised where you find your leather soul mate
- It MUST be fitted. Oversized is not a good look when it comes to leather
- Avoid gimmicks such as hoods, ribbed elastic around the wrists and the waist
- You want metal zips. A plastic sip will make your Balmain jacket look like its from Kmart. And if the zip says YKK then you are in for a treat! Best zips in the land
- Ideally you want lamb or sheep leather. Pig skin is common and less expensive but coarser
- Wear it with everything. And I mean, everything
- Remember: invest in classics and scrimp on trends. That is the secret.
Where did you get yours? Tell us the story behind your leather…