Rebel without a cause

Never one for current style icons I have always taken my inspiration from the dapper and debonair style heroes of yesteryear. Anyone who has seen the iconic film Rebel without a cause will have developed a style crush on the original bad boy James Dean. James taught us two things; There’s something masculine and effortlessly cool about a leather motorcycle jacket and always wear your seatbelt. Sorry bout it.

History lesson: Biker jackets have evolved over time from the leather jackets typically worn by pilots from the early 20th century. Obviously more function than fashion they provided a shield against dirt, debris and mostly the elements. When the motorcycle burst onto the scene a jacket with similar properties was required for its riders with the modification that it would be shorter in length than the typical driving coat and more streamline than the leather jackets utilized by pilots.

The Schott Brothers of Schott NYC premiered their now iconic biker jacket in 1928 and boasts the rare fashion achievement that its design has changed very little since its inception. With a snug fit tailored to the body of its owner, broad lapels fastened in place by push stud fasteners and the cross body zip.

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Keep it classic: The most enduring style of biker jacket is pairing it with a plain white t-shirt, jeans and leather boots. Keeping your dress code rather simple and allowing your jacket to because the focal point of the ensemble.

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After dark:
Amp up the rebellious attitude with an 80’s Sid Vicious inspired vibe pairing an all-black ensemble together. A textured top and some shredded skinny jeans is a great way to take your new wardrobe essential from day to night.

Care factor: You should always store good leather jackets on a decent hanger and keep the jacket zipped. This prevents the body of the jacket from sagging and keeps it fitted to your body shape

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What makes the biker jacket inherently cool is its sense of effortlessness. No matter how many hours you’ve spent getting ready and assembling your look throwing on this statement piece adds a smoothness than can only by topped by good manners and cool factor that can’t be beat.

Until next time.

Wearing:

Reclaimed Vintage Biker Jacket purchased via Etsy
Rabbit fur scarf by Oroton.
Lee jeans
LA Singlet by Stussy & Plain T-shirts from General Pants
Ray Ban classic round light ray
Chelsea boots by Shubar.
Diamond ring & T Bar ring by Tiffany & Co.
Photographs by Lauren Olivia of LozDogPhotog, locally based and available for events and video.

 

20 Comments

  • Jon says:

    A great read yet again Mr. Hitchën!

  • S says:

    Beautifully written, accompanied by some bomb-ass photos (That closing line made my day). An impeccable and informative piece. Jay Hitchen keeps blowing it out of the water, and is really coming into his own on here. More more more please! <3

  • B Skordos says:

    God this guys so good, love the photos and great styling. Having read his blog I so want to go out and get myself a biker jacket. What a classic and classy vibe Jay gives. A seriously enjoyable read. More please

  • Roxy says:

    Effortlessly cool and well written. Well done!

  • Rabbit says:

    You are absolutely the most fabulous individual I have ever met!!! Your style is absolutely on point and I always love reading your blogs. I want you as my own personal stylist!! Xx

  • Fi says:

    Still loving Jay Hitchen’s blogs – what a gorgeous looking guy and his style of writing is light, inspiring and too funny. You should get him to blog on other subjects like resturant reviews (either glowing or scathing, never in the middle) or Julie Bishop’s latest look or get him to do a blog about Public Servants wearing leggings as pants to work and some of their overall sloppy, unprofessional dress – that would be rather amusing to read. Love the Big Ink xx

  • Lyn says:

    Nothing has been left unsaid from the history of the jacket to the ways to make it “the” statement piece of your outfit. So readable and enjoyable. Love his style.

  • Kim Davies says:

    Great jacket, great blog, looking forward to your next one!

  • Kaitlyn says:

    A great read as always, keep up the awesome work!

  • Rick says:

    Fantastic blog!!!!
    Photos look great.
    Definitely need to go a buy a leather jacket now!

  • Celiya says:

    wow, I LOVE it!
    Seems like I need to get myself a biker jacket now!

  • Celiya says:

    wow I LOVE it!
    guess I need to get myself a biker jacket now!!

  • Carly Devine says:

    Love, love, love! As always a great read. PLUS the images are amazing!! xxx

  • Billy says:

    Your voice is as authentic as your style. Tell your story

  • Amy says:

    Awesome blog! And looking fabulous as always!

  • Martha says:

    Great work and great look!

  • Mary says:

    Such a good read and amazing shots, I love this guy!! Can’t wait to see what’s next!

  • Vidya says:

    Effortless writing style. Love it Jay!!! And love the photos… Keep coming up with more. Love your work

  • Bec says:

    Love this article, love the photos, can’t wait for more 🙂

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