Apr 21, 2015

5 New Ways to Wear the Leather Biker Jacket

The biker jacket is a spring essential—but how should you wear it? Fashion Beans breaks down 5 trends, from monochrome to the timeless gentleman.

New Ways To Wear The Leather Biker Jacket

The Spring Leather

Style fact: the leather biker jacket’s lesser-known name is the ‘Perfecto’, which is apt when you consider that it’s arguably the most perfect – not to mention powerful – piece of outerwear there is.

Sure, it evokes timeless images from Hollywood’s golden age of bad boy rebels and guitar-slinging 1970s rockers, but there are even cooler, more contemporary (and experimental) ways to wear a biker nowadays.

Here we break down five of them, which will see you through spring in style…

The Smart Leather

Whether you’re heading to a wedding or an end of year prom, it’s the season to smarten up and step out looking uncharacteristically refined.

But if you’re unsure of how to pile on the style without pulling on a stuffy suit, why not exchange the blazer for a handsomely cut leather biker? When worn with a crisp white shirt and pair of black Derbies, it acts as a surprisingly sharp accent to your outfit and – importantly – looks much more modern than a suit jacket.

Men's Smart Leather Biker Jacket Outfit - With Shirt, Trousers and ShoesImage: H&M

Health Goth

If, like the ‘health goth’ king himself David Beckham, you’re the kind of man who likes to don head-to-toe black and accessorise with a pair of monochrome trainers and superfoods juice, then a quality leather jacket is your no-brainer outerwear choice.

Commit fully to the aesthetic by combining with technical legwear or tailored joggers and then throw a tough-as-nails leather jacket over an exploded longline T-shirt.

It’s a fashion-forward look that says you have a gym membership and a Mr Porter account – and you’re not afraid to use either.

Men's Sports Luxe/Health Goth Outfit Inspiration - Leather Biker JacketImage: ASOS

The Modern Rocker

The leather biker has long been considered a key player in the rock star’s outerwear arsenal. And given the effortless cool that the jacket lends an outfit, it’s not hard to see why.

But rather than going down the traditional rocker route, cut a contemporary path and wear yours over a sharp shirt, some distressed/ripped skinny jeans and a pair of heavy, no-nonsense boots.

Men's Modern Rocker Look/Outfit - Leather Biker Jacket, Sharp Shirt, Skinny JEans and Heavy BootsImage: Topman AW14

Spring Street

If you don’t want to go all-out Marlon Brando, the simplest way to balance the leather jacket’s rebellious undertones is to contrast it against one of this season’s freshest prints: floral.

Ricardo Tisci’s SS15 collection for Givenchy was chocked full of stylish monochrome florals, setting the tone in terms of tough spring style. But you can scoop yourself an affordable slice of the flowery pie by heading to ASOS, Topman, Mango or River Island, which are all currently offering a wide range of muted options to set against your leather.

Finish with white chinos/jeans and trainers for a clean, summer-ready aesthetic.

Men's Floral Print Shirt With A Leather Biker Jacket

Layer Player

Lightweight knits are the missing piece of the transitional wardrobe puzzle – breathable when temperatures rise and cosy when the beer garden gets frosty.

However, in the wrong hands, they can end up looking a bit safe. Harden your knitwear up by layering a biker jacket over the top, which not only brings an instant edge to your everyday look, but also offers an extra layer of defence against spring’s notoriously turbulent weather.

Men's Leather Biker Jacket Layered Over A Lightweight Knit/JumperImage: AllSaints SS13

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