The Classic Leather Jacket Gets an Update | Manoviraj Khosla
When it comes to wardrobe staples it doesn’t get much cooler than a leather jacket. Finding the “perfect” leather jacket can be a bit of journey, so allow me to kick start your search.
There is something about the touch of leather that explores ones sensuality and brings out your best personality as you wrap yourself in soft leather. A classic piece of clothing that just never goes out of style, the leather jacket has ingeniously created a niche for itself in our wardrobes. As seen on the catwalks in flamboyantly embellished styles or clean and cropped styles, there appears to be a gamut of versions to the star of the season.
Classic leather jackets were a symbol of ruggedness and machismo when they were a biker’s wardrobe staple. But since then, the jackets have niftily connived their way to every wardrobe being reworked in a huge spectrum of styles; inarguably becoming the one piece of clothing that every man should own. But that does not mean that you forget your uniqueness in giving in to a look that is similar to that of others. Look for a leather jacket that resonates with your persona and accentuates your style quotient. Perhaps a chic collar or an interesting laser cut detail is all you need to pronounce your individuality.
Be it a bomber, biker or bandi, a leather jacket is always on trend. And there is no reason to restrict them to the weekends alone; this versatile wardrobe staple is a great addition to your formal wear and work wear wardrobe, too. In effect, this will most likely mean spending a little bit more if you want real leather, but for the quality and longevity, it can be completely worth it.
I have carefully picked three essential leather looks for Fall/Winter 2016-2017, as easy rider, rock vibes and sharp tailoring take centre stage. Here’s presenting leather designs that are unabashedly edgy, looking ahead to the future leather fashion in terms of look, feel and overall impression.
Motorcycle Leather Jacket with Laser-cut Detail: The black leather jacket is a classic that relegates everything else in comparison, but this season, the favourite lends a toughened-up touch. Style this jacket with everything from distressed denim to tailored pants, and watch the soft leather get better with age. A true winter-wardrobe essential, you won’t regret investing in this biker.
Smooth Leather Bandi with Cut-outs: This jacket with the archetypal use of textured panels in a structured contemporary silhouette is the definitive all-weather layering option to keep your casual style in place. The sharp fit will ensure a crisp consequence each time. Be unafraid to pair this with both T-shirts and shirts.
Textured Leather Bandhgala: Bandhgalas with Nehru collars are exemplary of their fine tailoring. Their distinctive silhouettes and sharp cuts boldly represent refinement in their style and reinvent sophistication. Pair this jacket with slim fitted Jodhpuri trousers and velvet loafers or classic black leather shoes for maximum edge.
Fashion is a game, living the changing values established by society, breaking its own rules replacing them with new ones which we continually embrace as doting lovers. But there are some constants and the leather jacket seems to have caught the eye of fashion in the most unshakable way. So for guys who want their clothes to withstand the fickle waves of capital-F fashion, consider this right here your go-to ensemble.
Model: Bunty Rana
Wardrobe: Manoviraj Khosla
Styling & Direction: Tanya Dhar
Venue Partner: The Collonnade at Leela Palace, Bangalore