6 rules to remember when rocking a leather jacket

Add tonnes of weight to your style game with a leather jacket.

6 rules to remember when rocking a leather jacket
6 rules to remember when rocking a leather jacket
12 Feb 2016

6 rules to remember when rocking a leather jacket

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The classic bad boy staple, a leather jacket lends any outfit some sweet street-cred. And you don’t need a Harley Davidson to pull off the look, just a bit of know-how.

Don’t: Overthink your t-shirt
Don’t: Overthink your t-shirt
12 Feb 2016

Don’t: Overthink your t-shirt

You’re not auditioning to join a biker gang, so pop your Sons of Anarchy T-shirt back in your cupboard. Instead, go for something with an offhand, effortless design like a well-worn slogan tee — ideally something that says you’re prepared to stick it to the man.

Uniqlo men SPRZ NY graphic tees, $19.90 each

Do: Pick the right shape
Do: Pick the right shape
12 Feb 2016

Do: Pick the right shape

Choose a jacket that matches your build. The classic biker jacket usually has a short and boxy fit, so if you’re already quite broad, it’ll make you look like a stereotypical henchman in a cartoon. If you have wide shoulders, opt for a field jacket shape instead.

Esprit coated field jacket, $91, ASOS

Don’t: Fake it
Don’t: Fake it
12 Feb 2016

Don’t: Fake it

If you normally don’t wear rings or bracelets, resist the urge to add bling. Your aim is to look comfortable and feel at ease in your new jacket, not like a sweating undercover rookie cop in a Hells Angels sting.

Do: Get slick
Do: Get slick
12 Feb 2016

Do: Get slick

The best compliment to a leather jacket is a rock ’n’ roll hairdo. Slap on some wet-look pomade to achieve a cool slick back, and, if you’ve got the balls, go for a quiff.

Lockhart's Goon Grease, $25, The Panic Room
Layrite Super Shine hair cream, $28, The Panic Room

Don’t: Fear the beard
Don’t: Fear the beard
12 Feb 2016

Don’t: Fear the beard

Your facial hair should match your bike. As a general rule of thumb: The bigger and nosier your ride, the bigger and bushier your beard should be.

Do: Pick your pants carefully
Do: Pick your pants carefully
12 Feb 2016

Do: Pick your pants carefully

There’s no need to suffocate your junk with drainpipe skinnies, but try to avoid jeans that are too baggy. The silhouette of the lower half of your body actually factors quite a bit, as it needs to balance out the bulkiness of the leather.

Diesel belther slim tapered fit stretch mid blue wash jeans, $265, ASOS
Lee arvin stretch slim tapered fit distorted black worn wash jeans, $188, ASOS

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