When you think of a brown leather jacket on stylish men, you’ll often gather images of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher, and even Brad Pitt as Fight Clubber.
The brown leather jacket is a wardrobe of the rugged man, the biker, the man who wears Hawaiian shirts on his Indian motorcycle. Get the picture? Well, everything is slowly changing.
Brands like Saint Laurent, The Kooples and Tom Ford regularly add brown leather and brown suede jackets to their collections.
If you’re unsure if a brown leather jacket is right for you, read on. If you own a brown leather jacket and are wondering what to wear with it, read on too.
Types of brown leather jackets
Men are spoiled for choice when it comes to leather jackets. In the modern wardrobe, there are a handful of reliable styles that have been inspired by the vintage years and tweaked for today’s needs. Think dressier and tighter cuts instead of being purely functional.
Here are the types of leather jackets you need to know about.
As the most relaxed looking jacket of the bunch, the leather bomber is defined by its collarless design and down to the waist. The jacket is often made of soft leather, which tends to be more malleable to give it a more casual look. Contrast trims are another feature you’ll often find on leather bombers which typically blend waist and cuffs for a succinct fit and finish. Hardware details on the bombers are understandably minimal, so expect a symmetrical front zip and optionally kangaroo side pockets or a patch pocket on the arms.
Leather biker jackets
Marlon Brando did it and now so do you. The leather biker jacket features wide lapels and a flared collar that can be folded down for added security. The style is defined by generous metal hardware (studs, stoppers and zippers) and the front zipper is normally asymmetrical, allowing the wider side to tuck under its partner.
Leather racing jackets
The racing jacket is the most standard variant inspired by the world of motorsport and motorcycle racing. Thus, the silhouette is refined and perfectly hugs the body. The binding is sorted with a small collar that closes, or it can be collarless at all. Zipped straight, they are not lined with fluffy fabric and do not have cuffs or additional hardware for instant polish
Brown leather jacket and jeans
A basic look for any man looking to wear a brown leather jacket is the leather-denim combo. It’s almost impossible to miss except one rule: skinny denim alone. Once you’ve accepted this rule of thumb, you can pair your brown leather jacket with anything from indigo to faded jeans to black. The same goes for ripped or selvedge jeans. Beckham is a common example of the brown leather jackets team and you’ll often find him wearing black jeans when he takes the bike out for a ride.
Brown leather jacket and t-shirt
Brown leather jackets go particularly well with t-shirts because of their relaxed aesthetic. There really is no limit when it comes to pairing a brown leather jacket with a t-shirt. Think group shirts, logo tees, and go-to colors like white, gray, and blue. A shirt to avoid is probably softer colors because the look is meant to be masculine. Have you ever seen a pink t-shirt paired with a brown jacket? We neither. Stick to the tried and true tees and you will be fine. V-necks and scoop necklines are best, but you can also go for button-down shirts like Ryan Gosling did in Drive.
Brown leather jacket and shirt / tie
The brown leather jacket can be dressed very cool if the occasion calls for it. By simply wearing it over a white shirt and tie, you can mark a sweet and casual option on Friday. During cooler seasons, be sure to layer with a knit or cardigan. The only point to be aware of here is to make sure that your jacket is not too long.
Brown leather jacket and casual shirt
The relaxed button down shirt is a winner in every men’s book, but pair it with a brown leather jacket and you’ve got a cool retro vibe ready to go. Go for patterned shirts – flannel works best in this case or solid colors work as well. Just make sure there is some contrast between your shirt and the jacket, as brown on brown isn’t exactly a flattering combination.
Brown leather jacket and pants / pants
Men are spoiled for choice when it comes to pairing a bottom with a brown leather jacket. For pants, it is better to go for blue gray or black, especially if they are fitted. For the summer or the warmer months, just change the colors for jeans or white chinos. Remember to keep things slim and fitted and you will have a great casual chic look that can take you from the modern office to the bar with ease.
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