Today the leather jacket is a fashion item that each of us has or wants to have in his wardrobe to show him when he wants to feel a bit rebellious or simply make his look “transgressive”. But this special jacket was born many years ago for completely different reasons.
In this article we will discover both the history of the leather jacket, and where to buy the most pussies of this season.
Like all the garments that have a precise history behind them, even the leather jacket has become a must-have item in our wardrobe in the 21st century, but few know its origins and even fewer know how to make the right use.
Obviously, you don’t have to be a member of a rock band to be able to wear it in the best way (even if you would certainly be cooler), but let’s say that a minimum of contextualization in wearing a leather jacket is always welcome. . Any job or character you cover in life does not matter, but it is right to have a minimum of knowledge about its history and its evolution. This will surely help you to buy one, as well as knowing how to match it to perfection, so that between you and your new leather jacket a true love story like that between Danny and Sandy can be born …
But let’s get to the point!
The leather jacket, strictly brown at the time and with a button closure, appeared for the first time ever during the First World War, as a garment used by German fighter pilots. Used as an outer layer of uniforms, the leather jacket (then called “bomber”, in fact bomber), had mainly a protective role, in fact it was much appreciated for its insulating capacity.
Later it was also used during the Russian civil war, so we can certainly say that its first field of application was the military sector.
From war to fashion
Soon this garment began to become more popular even outside of its home sector, particularly in 1928 when a Manhattan raincoat manufacturer, Irving Schott, designed a motorcycle jacket for Harley Davidson. Nicknamed “Perfecto”, from the name of her favorite cigar, this leather jacket was built to protect motorcyclists from atmospheric agents and accidents. However, he did not abandon his military role and reappeared during World War II, also worn by members of the US military. The legendary A-2 model is still seen as an icon and some clothing companies still produce these jackets after so many years.
Hollywood, a real springboard
As we have seen for the cowboy boots, even for the leather jacket, the real thrust started from Hollywood and from the many films that presented stars and unforgettable characters wearing this piece of clothing.
Starting with a Marlon Brando in his leather jacket riding a Triumph Thunderbird in “The Wild One” in 1953, until the beautiful heartthrob James Dean flaunted the rebel style in “Rebel Without A Cause“.
It was precisely because of this adaptation of the leather jackets by the Hollywood rebels that this garment began to be associated with the image of the bad boy. Thus it is that many young people have begun to conceive it as something that could improve their charm (and attract girls!), As well as a sort of symbol of rebellion.
Rock ‘n roll baby
In the following decades, the leather jacket also involved other sectors, particularly fashion and music. The Beatles (in the 60s), the Ramones, the Sex Pistols and then the Clash (from the ’70s onwards) helped to associate the leather jacket with rock and punk music. As for the fashion world, we cannot forget the contribution made by designers like Vivienne Westwood and Yves Saint Laurent.
As rock ‘n roll flourished in the following years, the style that was once dominated by men also became a success for women.
It was the 70s and female musicians like Blondie and Joan Jett were among the first women to shake this trend, making it acceptable for women all over the world to jump on the bandwagon and wear a rock and roll leather jacket with buttons, studs and pins to make an already tasteful style even more chic.
The real icon that made the leather jacket really sexy for the female audience was the pop star Madonna. Iconic, sexy, rebellious female. And so on and so forth.
Not to be forgotten is the more androgynous look launched by the charismatic top model Kate Moss who brought her bad girl look to the streets.
To the joy of us women how to forget instead cult scenes of bad boys such as Luke Perry in Beverly Hills 90210 or the charming Tom Cruise in Top Gun … Ah!
Today more than ever…
As you will have understood, in all this papyrus of history, the leather jacket has had a really exciting journey, making its way from the blood and the atmosphere of the battlefield to the pomp and glamor of the catwalk.
However, one thing is certain: if you think of an exaggerated leather jacket, you are wrong! This trend has become a timeless classic and certainly will not run out in a short time.
So in summary, buying a leather jacket is not like buying a packet of chips that once finished bye. No! From the leather jacket is made to last over time and is a bit like wine, the more it ages the more it acquires value, but first of all it must absolutely reflect your character and be adequate to your physical conformation (I will never stop telling you).
From those in rock style to the more classic ones, the leather jackets of modern times are suitable for every occasion.
Having said that, I would say it’s time to choose your favorite jacket and show off your most rebellious side! To buy it click directly on the photo.
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