Editor-In-Chief of FashionBeans.com , Ben Herbert tells us why the leather jacket is the ultimate outerwear piece.
An essential component of Elvis Presley’s stage costume as far back as the 1950s, the leather jacket went on to become a signature piece for everyone from 1970s punk idols The Ramones and Sid Vicious to modern day rock stars such as Lenny Kravitz and Alex Turner.
It’s easy to see the appeal. A leather jacket oozes effortless cool and immediately toughens up any look – subconsciously communicating a ‘Don’t F*** With Me’ vibe that adds to the often dark and edgy persona these individuals want to convey to the world.
Yet these days, no matter what your age, profession or personality, the leather jacket is an extremely adaptable piece that suits any personal style. It’s one of those items that can be thrown on over the top of any outfit to transform it instantly, whether casual or smart.
Seen on the SS14 catwalks at Trussardi, Dior Homme and Versace, as well as the AW14 runways at Alexander McQueen, Balmain and Saint Laurent, this is an item that will remain on trend for the remainder of the year while cementing its place in your wardrobe for many more to come.
So, whether you channel a Liam Gallagher, mod-inspired aesthetic by pairing yours with a silk scarf and sharp tailoring, or use it to exude the carefree attitude of Pete Doherty (minus the poor personal hygiene), make sure you invest in one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most beloved and iconic pieces this festival season.