Being a university student, I don’t get the opportunity to wear my tailored garments as frequently as I like. From Mondays to Thursdays, you can find me dressed incorporating some form of tailored article, an OCBD, seasonal dress trousers or, my personal Spring favourite, denim with penny loafers. However, you will never spot me in a sport coat/suit jacket/blazer as wearing one to classes is simply unnecessary and, frankly, rather pretentious.
Arriving to this realization of underutilizing my tailored jackets, I have been focusing on curating my casual wardrobe, particularly the jacket department, a lot more recently. With this, I have come to appreciate the beauty of casual wear. You have the freedom to temper and experiment with different colours, patterns, and silhouettes. It is also devoid of “rules” or parameters that often exists in tailoring. Additionally, the potential of integrating pieces from your formal wardrobe to diversify your pairings is present.
One of the most crucial, yet conscious, investment I made late last year was a leather jacket. I found appeal in the double rider model and was particularly impressed with the leather’s softness when I tried it on at the All Saints store. Additionally, I like how the larger lapels, in conjunction with the shoulder epaulets, visually widens the user’s shoulders and accentuates a more masculine figure.
Although I am not a huge user of black, I am exceedingly surprised by how well this jacket fares in my brown dominated wardrobe. Call me old-fashioned, but even under the most dire of circumstances I never match brown and black together. This proved to be difficult as 90% of my shoes are brown. However, over the past few weeks, I found success with pairing it with tan suede boots, burgundy penny loafers, black wingtips or the occasional sneaker.
Whilst I have attempted to pair this jacket with tailoring, it feels the most comfortable when worn with denim, of any wash. Yet, a personal favourite ensemble I have come to enjoy is one that encompasses both denim and tailoring. As illustrated below, the black leather jacket is worn with a band collar denim shirt, raw denim and a pair of black dress wingtips – encompassing the perfect “high and low” look.
The general consensus is to have your leather jacket fit as snug as possible, calling for sizing down. But for this All Saints Kahawa, I went with the opposite and sized up from an S to an M. Even though leather has the tendency to stretch out slightly, I thought the S was a little too tight for me. I am also too conditioned with how my tailored jackets fit and was aspiring to achieve a “fuller drape”. However, when determining your size, the most important aspect to ensure is that the jacket’s shoulders fits you. If you feel the size’s body is not as tapered as you like it, don’t worry because, contrary to what others believe, leather jackets can be altered. I personally use, like and recommend Leather T.O. Fashions. They are meticulous with their craft, quick turnaround times and are reasonably priced.
Lastly, I am going to start implementing more casual wear in my writings as I feel it is more accessible and socially accepted (although the former drastically depends on your lifestyle, social circle and a lot of other factors). I sincerely believe such will be particularly useful for guys who are still in university or seeking to start dressing with no stress.
Thanks for reading, cheers.