The leather jacket in popular culture

Leather jackets occupy a unique place in fashion history. Theyre one of the few items of clothing that almost never go out of style, even though they do experience phases in their popularity.

This is partly because of the special place leather jackets occupy in popular culture, particularly in films. If youre wondering how the leather jacket became so cool, heres a quick introduction.

The history of the leather jacket

Leather jackets are commonly thought to have been popularised by the military and pilots in the early 20th century. Indeed, some of the most iconic images of leather jackets are from World War Two, when they were nicknamed “bomber jackets” since they were worn by fighter pilots. During the war, leather jackets were reinforced with thick insulation, to protect pilots from cold weather while flying. However, leather jackets were also said to be popular in Russia with the Bolsheviks, and the exact origins are often disputed.

The popularity of leather jackets in the immediate post-war period is often attributed to a combination of their wartime importance and their appearance on film. David Niven, for instance, glamorously sported a bomber jacket in the film A Matter of Life and Death (1946), in which he played a RAF pilot. Actor Jimmy Stewart a real-life US bomb squadron leader during the war also wore one in the 1957 film Night Passage, as did Marlon Brando in The Wild One (1953).

But the most famous wearer of leather biker jackets in the 1950s was James Dean. His iconic turns in films like Rebel Without a Cause, coupled with his tragic death, only helped to boost the stylishness of the fashion item.

Leather jackets after the 1950s

Punk bands like the Ramones kept leather jackets fresh in the 1970s, as did films like Grease and the TV series Happy Days. And Tom Cruises fleece-collared leather jacket in Top Gun sparked a new trend in the 1980s. Leather jackets are still popular today, though they have largely lost the associations with the military. And since they are generally quite warm, leather jackets have become a practical choice as well as a stylish one with many people across the UK.

Traditionally, leather jackets are made from animal hide. Today, leather jackets may be made from this material, but are more likely to consist of an imitation material like PVC or polyurethane. As a result, theyre usually vegan friendly and often cheaper than those made from real animal hide.

Fashion Tips to Fit any Man’s Body Type

We all want to give off our own unique image to the world at hand. It doesn’t matter what image you would like the world to see. If you’re not dressing to match your body style, then it doesn’t matter what you choose to wear since you’re only going to be wasting your time. No matter how you see yourself, be it either trendy, corporate or casual, your overall goal is to look complete.

A man’s body usually varies less in form with other men than a womans body does, but that doesn’t mean that variations don’t exist. It is important for every guy to know how to dress for their own body type as well as which style they should avoid at all costs. Knowing these tricks is the key to honing their own unique, personal style. Dress for your body type, find clothes flattering for you, and avoid the common body-type faux pas men make through these quick tips:
Monochromatic colors You don’t want to wear a shirt with a pair of pants in two contrasting colors. A white shirt with black pants will not only make you look like a waiter but also break you in half with your belly and hips standing out from the rest of you. Wear shirts and pants which are similar in color creating a nice, clean impression. It will also make you look ten pounds thinner. Actually anything in black will make you look slimmer, just make sure you add some color with accessories to prevent that goth look.
Steer clear of turtlenecks For those of you out there who are body mass challenged or on the heavier side, you don’t want to be wearing turtlenecks this winter. Try to buy sweaters or long sleeve shirts with a V-neck. This naturally draws the eyes downward creating the effect of a sleeker silhouette. It also makes you appear to have a longer neck instead of your short neck or double chin.

Say no to horizontal stripes There are a large number of guys out there who have a little more in the stomach area than they would like. Sometimes it’s a beer belly, other times it just lack of exercise. If you are one of these guys, then you need to stop wearing shirts with horizontal stripes. Vertical ones are ok but say no to horizontal ones. The reason being is that vertical stripes elongate your silhouette giving you the appearance of being visually slim. Paired up a nice black dress shirt, you cannot go wrong with a pinstripe suit for any office Christmas party this year.. Even a nice pinstripe dress shirt can work for you at any occasion.

Pick your prints carefully Don’t wear T-shirts and dress shirts that have large or busy prints on them. This holds especially true for larger, bulky men. Not only are the tacky but they also draw attention to your body’s upper half. Not the best plan if you are trying to stop everyone from noticing your big belly. Wear a shirt with a small print that is spaced quite far apart and you’ll no doubt look your best.

Buy a belt A nice belt not only looks stylish but will also give you an added tuck in your waistline to make you look slimmer. You don’t want any belly overhang also known as a muffin tops so don’t wear your belt too tight.

How to wear Safari Inspired Clothes this Tason

Perhaps it is something to do with the credit crunch or perhaps it was so popular last year but Safari inspired clothes are in fashion again this spring/summer season.

The earthy, natural colours are perfect for “Softs”, which can blend different shades of the same colour to get the perfect look. Look out for sand, taupe, beige, cream, stone, coffee brown and chocolate. If you want to go wild, how about adding a bit of muted animal print?

Safari isnt exclusively for “Softs”; other groups can manipulate the safari look by adding different colours.

“Lights” can wear the lighter safari colours, such as sand or cream and team them with pastels. Pink or pale apricot and sand or taupe can be stunning on a blonde. These colours will not over power your light colouring.

“Warms” will look very up to date matching orange or warm red with khaki or taupe. The yellow undertones of the orange will give warmth to the neutral colours and enhance your natural colouring.

“Cools” need to keep to neutral colours, mixed with colours that have a blue undertone. Pink and taupe, as I mentioned earlier look great but for “cools” the colours need to be stronger.

“Deeps” will look fabulous in dark chocolate brown put together with pewter and a dark sand or a deep rich red. As long as the colours are dark and not pastel, they will look stunning.

“Clears” look their best in contrasting colours, so make sure the neutrals you choose are on opposite ends of the spectrum. For example dark chocolate brown, with pale sand or black/brown with cream. Zebra print could be an amazing look.

Now you have the colours sorted, what about the designs? Which styles will suit your body shape? The safari theme is perfect for “Lean Columns” with all the pocket detail around the hips and bust. “Hourglasses” can show their lovely waists off, by belting in jackets, but beware of too many pockets if you have a “full hourglass” figure, they can add inches to your silhouette. “Triangles” can maximise their narrow shoulders with plenty of detail on the top half, but remember to avoid pockets around the hips on the trousers or skirt. “Rectangles” will look great in safari inspired trousers and skirts with pockets but need to avoid belted jackets. “Inverted Triangles” can have detail on their narrow hips but need to minimise bulk around their shoulders.

Mix and match safari inspired items that suit you, with other items you already have in your wardrobe. For example jeans and a safari jacket will look great, equally a shirt dress in safari colours teamed with a plain cardigan will be “on trend” without being over the top.