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August 4, 2014  ·  mail  ·  style

Mailbag: Leather Jackets

Reader v (whom we picture wearing a Guy Fawkes mask) asks: "How do you feel about leather jackets? including, but not limited to the classic motorcycle jacket (when not on a motorcycle)." Answer: It's kind of remarkable that in 6 years of doing this, our only comment on leather jackets was a post about a character in a series of insurance commercials. Right, moving on: There are a few varieties even within "classic motorcycle jacket". The heavy, armour-like lapel + collar style you see on Marlon Brando in The Wild One (upper left) is always wearable if you're actually on a bike but as a style element it really ran its course with punk rock in the 1980s. A timeless alternative is the Belstaff Trailmaster (upper right) and its various imitators. And if it suits your style you might try the café racer silhouette, which is lighter weight and more closely fitted; shown here in models by Hugo Boss (left) and Levis Made & Crafted (right). Note that the images we picked are all colours other than black. Nothing wrong with it but everyone has a black leather jacket. If it works with your wardrobe, consider motoring off the beaten path.

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