The leather jacket is indebted to Hollywood. Though previously applauded for being both comfortable and stable by military men and aviators, leather jackets transformed into a cinematic goldmine in the second half of the 20th century, adding an avant-garde splash to the most basic of outfits. Don’t believe me? Need I remind you of Indiana Jones, The Fonz or Neo? I didn’t think so. My first encounter with leather was via Posh Spice, every girl’s ultimate idol, but my love for the texture recently blossomed as I began to understand the eye-catching yet polished elements of the famous jacket. From uptown sophistication to downtown grunge, the leather jacket is a pivotal statement piece during the colder months, perfect for a night out on the town or a casual day of shopping.
Today’s Fashionista caught my eye as she enjoyed a beautiful November day on campus. Her smoldering ensemble of geometric prints and leggings tucked into beat-up oxfords wouldn’t be complete without her luxe leather jacket, which adds just a hint of edge and a whole lot of style. What makes her look so fantastic is the pairing she’s managed to pull off; while most girls would refrain from too much leather for fear of looking like Elvis, this Fashionista proudly displays her jacket, belt and shoes and looks fabulous while doing so.
Gone are the days when leather was risky or over-the-top. Leather adds a touch of class, structure and edge to more casual outfits, and the jackets are an ideal cover-up for the colder months ahead. Patent is a bit dressier, while distressed leather can add a hippy vibe, so pick your poison accordingly!