Knowing how to buy a leather jacket actually comes with more obstacles than you may initially think. This guide will make sure yours fits right and looks stylish.
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There's a reason why leather jackets are so popular, not only are they timeless but they're an absolute must-have in your wardrobe, especially when we enter the transitional months in between seasons. A lot of guys tend to be afraid of leather and of not being able to pull it off, but here's the thing: there's a leather jacket out there for every man - so don't underestimate how quick a leather jacket can turn you from zero to hero. We've come up with a few quick tips to serve as a guide on how to find the right jacket for you.
This is a tricky one, leather should be treated as your second skin and should fit your body perfectly. Bear in mind that the jacket will stretch in some cases, depending on the leather, we would recommend going down a size to get the perfect fit after wearing it for a couple of days. Fit is ultimately a personal decision, some people prefer having it tight and fitted, whereas others might prefer a looser fit. Just make sure that you're comfortable in it.
You can go two ways here, either go full on biker with all the hardware (wear it with confidence or you run the risk of looking like you tried too hard) or settle for more of a minimalistic approach which is easier to style. Remember less is more here, guys.
This comes down to preference, but you know you can't go wrong with black. If you're feeling adventurous, though, maybe try indigo, burgundy, brown or a vintage washed-out black/charcoal colour. Stay away from bright colours as these often scream the words 'tacky' and 'mess' and I'm sure you wouldn't want that. Allow your leather jacket to do the work for you.
The leather jacket should be the statement of your look so don't overdo it. Keep it simple with just a T-shirt or shirt to compliment the colour of your jacket. As for bottoms, you can either settle for jeans or chinos; stick to a slim or skinny fit in either black, grey, indigo or beige. When it comes to the footwear, a pair of rugged leather boots, some black leather lace-ups or a classic white sneaker like a Chuck Taylor will all do the job well.