My recent discovery of the wonders of the leather jacket has driven me to the point of obsession. Living in the tropics all my life, I've never really had the chance to wear one, nor did I ever need to own one.
Trying the leather jacket thing on for size, I think I scored a jackpot. This very reasonably priced one from H&M is well-designed and minimal, and the matte distressed leather feels great to touch.
I mean, how awesome is a leather jacket? It keeps you warm when the temperatures drop, but you stay cool wearing it when it starts to get a little warmer again. Wearing it, you never look dressed too wintery or too summery for the occasion. Over time it stretches out and molds to the shape of your body, making it even more comfortable, and uniquely yours. It's immensely flattering, and somehow gives the wearer an air of rebellious confidence, believable or not.
leather jacket with a hint of architecture, by Rick Owens
The same fellow in the previous picture now sports one by Julius, a Japanese label which, in my opinion, creates nearly perfect leather jackets that exude just the right amount of dark coolness while being classic enough to be investment pieces you could practically live in for years. (via Streetpeeper)
another Julius leather
The rule of thumb on leather jackets is to keep sizing down until you find one that would be impossible for you to zip closed, then get the one size bigger than that. However, this fellow raises a dirty finger at the rules by wearing a biker jacket that fits slightly loose on the torso, and that's a little too short.
He plays with proportion even more by wearing it with pleated trousers, but somehow it all seems to work. (photo by The Facehunter)
Benjamin Bruno of V Man creates a fresh new shape by layering his leather jacket over a long wool coat:
photo by Jak and Jil
Blossoming from this newfound leather jacket love, I intend to slowly build up my arsenal of leather jackets in different styles and colors. High up on my list is a good black motorcycle jacket, something like a men's version of the ubiquitous Balenciaga biker jacket for women. I'm also thinking leather jackets in navy and gray, or perhaps even in tan.
Apart from those planned purchases, I do intend to get this multipocketed beauty from the Jimmy Choo for H&M collection. I just hope the H&M near me carries the Jimmy Choo line.
Shopping savvy residents of the temperate countries, care to share tips on where I can score deals on some great-looking leather jackets? I'm on hoarding mode.