Leather jackets are timeless and comfortable
From Hollywood blockbusters, to Bollywood potboilers, music videos to motorbikes, the leather jacket has been worn by almost everyone who is out there to make a statement with their choice of attire. Without a doubt, a statement piece by itself, leather jackets have been re-invented, embellished, lengthened, shortened, had their sleeves removed and then re-added, and has eventually settled down as being one of the most popular articles of clothing in a woman’s wardrobe, and a common addition to “must have” fashion clothing lists.
Leather jackets are compatible with almost any outfit, provided the cut and length of the jacket are compatible with the wearer’s height, body type, and outfit of choice. For those who enjoy wearing dresses, a floral summer dress will be compatible with a classic black leather jacket which ends a few inches above the waist, so as to showcase both dress and jacket equally. Wearing boots is entirely dependent on the climate, so a pair of sandals will work well in case of warmer weather. For the classic biker chic look, body-hugging jackets which end mid-waist will do well to complement the rest of the look, which usually involves a light t-shirt or camisole under the jacket, blue jeans and thick-soled biker boots. An edgier look can be achieved by selecting a jacket with metal rivets, chains, and other embellishments which are common with the look, and further accessorizing with leather cuffs and neck chains will truly add to the edginess.
Contrary to myths which equate leather jackets with masculine toughness, the right pairing can actually provide a soft, feminine look to a woman’s ensemble. A formal look can be achieved by wearing dark pants with a silk shirt and completing the look with a tan or black leather jacket, thus achieving both simplicity and class. To keep the simplicity intact, a scarf can be added to the look.
Another classic leather jacket look involves wearing a knee length skirt with a full-sleeve polo neck top, and by wearing a jacket which contrasts with the color of the top to complete the look. It is a good idea to pair a white polo neck top with a tan color leather jacket, and a black leather jacket with any other solid color. Generally, a classic look is achieved by sticking to solid colors only.
Given that most pure leather jackets come in single shades, they make great additions to everyday outfits, by either replacing a shirt or top, or by being added to an existing layer of clothing such as a shirt, singlet or t-shirt. Very often, it is possible to achieve a layered clothing effect by pairing printed tops and scarves with a leather jacket and tights or leggings in contrasting colors; the look should ideally involve solid colored boots, so that the solid nature of the jacket and boots offset the multiple prints in the other clothing.
It is important to choose a leather jacket which is the right length for you, and suits the outfits you wear the most often. The most common length and color purchased is the mid-waist length black leather jacket which is the most versatile style and cut available. Feel free to mix and match your outfits, and remember to take care of the leather through regular maintenance!