One clothing item which can never go out of fashion is a quality leather jacket. Today you can find them in all possible colors and shapes, but for me there is only one classic – leather jacket made in black leather. Being a student with a very limited amount of money, I begged my mother to buy me one – when I passed in term all of my exams at the fifth year of medicine, this fantastic jacket was my present – without any doubt I can say that it still is my favorite and most worn clothing item.
I can pair her with all sorts of different items – with some nice shirts and skirts for my job, with the little black dress for the evening outings, but my most favorite combination is also the simplest one – just a T-shirt and the pair of jeans and I’m ready to go!
Leather jacket always gives a little bit of an edge and of course, a little bit of rock’n’roll to every outfit, so who can resist her?
Custom made black leather jacket – made in my hometown Split, Croatia
Jeans by H&M
Dr. Martens boots, bought at Shoe-be-do store, Croatia
Leather and studs gloves by H&M; my favorite belt bought 12 years ago 🙂
Printed two layer T-shirt by Zara
Just throwin’ my wool cap…
…at the innocent photographer 🙂 !
Show me what you got!!
BLACK LEATHER JACKET:
Leather jackets were invented for aviators to wear on bombing raids in World War II; but they were also very popular with the Russian Bolsheviks and were worn by the commissars during the Russian civil war.
Later on black leather jackets became a symbol of cool and rebellion and then of course the bikers, as owning a bike symbolized freedom in the 50’s and 60’s. Marlon Brando in ‘The Wild One’ is the perfect example of this fashion statement during the period.
And who can possibly forget this amazing all leather look by an icon Elvis Presley, worn at his 1968. comeback concert – Elvis and leather never looked better!
Black leather jackets then went through a phase in the 70’s and 80’s of being associated with so called criminal or seedy elements of society, being favourites of Hells Angels and Heavy Metal fans. It has also been linked to the gay fashion scene, which is a world away from the previous examples, but nevertheless still an uncomfortable association for worried parents of those day.
Blondie’s Debbie Harry
Mr.Mercury in his leather ensemble
Whatever image of leather jackets happens to be, one fact will always remain – they will certainly be around for a long time to come and there are very few items of clothing around in the fashion world that simply epitomize the word cool…
…and if you disagree…you will be TERMINATED 😉 !
Thank you Miss Stela for the pictures!
Source: A Brief History of Leather Jackets