If theres one fabric that never seems to go out of style, its leather. From classic biker jackets and leather satchels to more daring leather trousers, leather always rears its stylish head on the catwalk and on the street.
In 2013, leather has quickly evolved from a timeless fashion fallback to a key mens clothing trend of the year. If you want to get in on the trend, there are plenty of different ways to make leather work for you.
The simplest and most time-honoured way to wear this enduring fabric is in the form of a leather jacket. The iconic status of the leather jacket has been reinforced in countless films, from James Deans classic cut in 1955s Rebel Without a Cause to the many red ones sported by Brad Pitt in 1999s Fight Club.
Todays styles havent veered too far from the mould. Biker jackets are still typically solid black, with an asymmetrical zip and pockets on either side. Some variations may offer extra details, like patterned stitching at the shoulders or cuffs. But in general, leather jackets look just as stylish worn over jeans and a white t-shirt in 2013 as they did in 1955.
If youre after a modern twist on this classic style, seek out a brown leather jacket with a ribbed fabric waist and three-quarter sleeves. This style particularly suits slim men who might otherwise be swamped by the square proportions of a traditional style. A tailored jacket with leather elbow patches is another great way to sneak leather into a contemporary formal outfit.
Alternatively, for outerwear thats less biker gang and more fighter pilot, look for a style with a sheepskin collar and cuffs. Sheepskin is another key trend for 2013, and combining it with leather is the ideal way to fuse two fashion must-haves this year.
More ways to wear leather
Naturally, mens leather jackets arent the only way to wear this vintage fabric. Leather shirts, for instance, are a quick and easy way to join the trend, and look great worn with jeans and smart shoes to a bar or restaurant. And if youre feeling brave, its never been a better time to wear leather trousers. If you decide to take the plunge, its advisable to go all in: leather trousers look their best when theyre matched with a leather jacket. Wear with a simple Merino wool jumper for a sophisticated look, or a graphic t-shirt for an outfit that stands out from the crowd.