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.
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.
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
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.
Reclaimed Vintage Biker Jacket purchased via Etsy
Rabbit fur scarf by Oroton.
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.