The world of men’s fashion has recently see a rapid change of attitude and, perhaps, one of the major drives behind this new focus has been the emergence of the “Silver Fox”…
Famous men of a certain age have become style icons… men like actor George Clooney.
But whilst most men over 50 can’t really hope to be George Clooney; with a little bit of fashion consciousness they might aspire to dress and perhaps, even, look like him… it’s just down to the right type of inspiration.
Many fashion experts seem to suggest that it’s important to look towards “quality” rather than “quantity” and to invest in key wardrobe “staples”, rather than just buying the first thing that catches the eye.
Most men in their fifties, and older, can certainly remember that the Leather Jacket was “de-rigueur” in the 1980s and often represented the finishing touch to their outfit.Many men are creatures of habit and will always feel comfortable in something that they were happy to wear during their formative years.Although we must consider whether nostalgia can sometimes blind our vision in terms of taste and suitability.From the more practical perspective, we should always realise that, bodies don’t often change proportionately with age as much as we might think.Whether a body shape is long, broad, or prone to “spread”, this shape remains the one which will always be our template.
We should also consider the practicality of adding a leather jacket to our wardrobe. As long as the styling isn’t too extreme, especially for anyone past his formative years;most styles won’t date and a good leather jacket will usually physically outlast it’s fabric counterparts.Leathers big advantage over cloth is that it’s not woven. So, although initial cost might require full consideration, long-term investment will usually stand the wearer in good stead.
Having decided that a Leather Jacket should be put on the shopping list; it’s time to look at the options. Although, it’s no easy task as there seem to be so many different styles and variations.The rule of thumb has to be that you shouldn’t be looking for the best jacket but the one which is best for You…The one that feels most comfortable and will best compliment your existing or planned “wardrobe” style.Using some our specified categories we can, therefore, give examples of Mens Leather Jackets which will, undoubtedly, fulfil the need for any 50 year old man’s fashion staple.
1.Classic Zip Leather Jackets
The original bomber jackets were designed for the crew of the planes they got their name from.The style hasn’t changed that much since.For the most part “Bombers” evolved into “Blousons”..waist length leather jackets with elasticated waistbands.Typically these are no frill jackets that can be worn both smart or casual.Take away the waist elastication and you have a very simple zip-up jacket that is as versatile as anything that you will find; and incredibly comfortable to wear along side almost any other item of clothing…any time of the year.
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This particular jacket screams versatility in so many different ways.The premium quality rich chocolate brown nappa leather not only feels “buttersoft” to touch; but will also look far less harsh in terms of suiting an older man.
Pictured being worn by our 52 year old model it combines nicely on a sunny day with a pair of indigo blue jeans and a button down striped shirt.
The casual nature of this jacket is emphasized by the addition of the secondary fabric detachable collar, which will also afford the wearer greater warmth when the weather turns chilly.Once this collar is removed the jacket can take on a smarter look and would even look out of place when worn with more formal clothing….trousers, brogue shoes…perhaps even a collar and tie for an evening out!
2. Fashion Leather Jackets
Todays Fashion Leather Jackets were yesterdays “Classics”. Often derived from the nostalgic fashions of the 60s, 70s and 80s by their very nature many will appeal to the over 50s man.As we’ve already touched upon; it is important, however, that whilst such garments can pay lip service to past-gone days; they mustn’t be too “high” in the the fashion stakes and give the appearance of someone looking to re-kindle their youth.
The most popular type of Fashion Leather Jacket will usually pay homage to the motocross racing jacket or the simple biker jacket.Not to be confused with the cross-zip or “perfecto” version. These often narrow, streamlined lightweight leather jackets tend to feature a small stand up or tabbed collar; and make up for “in style” what they lack in protection from the elements.Often seen in plain soft black nappa leathers (for fashion as opposed to bike wear) these can often add a “dressy” finishing touch to any outfit.
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This lightweight leather jacket is crafted in a soft lightweight washed black nappa leather.It features a small stand-up tabbed collar;twin patch style pockets on each side of the chest and a slim tailored shape.
We wouldn’t necessarily recommend this style of jacket for anyone who is particularly muscular as it has a fairly narrow arm-hole and sleeve;which won’t necessarily feel comfortable on anyone with a chest size of 48” plus…or a waist size larger than 40”.
Ideally worn on an “evening out”… perhaps in combination with a pair of black jeans, a pair of black leather “Chelsea” boots and a smart contrasting white shirt.
3. The Leather Blazer Jacket
Whatever the merits of any other styles they will all pale in comparison to the versatility offered by a Leather Blazer.Whether they are two or three button, short or long revere, one two or no vent, they will complement almost any outfit… A perfect addition to really pull a look together whether it be smart or casual.
Although the double-breasted style is once again making a comeback in it’s cloth form;and a short very fitted version has now become available in leather;the style best suited to a man in his 50s would certainly be the well-tailored semi-fitted two button leather blazer
Like any other jacket a leather blazer must fit well to look good.Ideally It shouldn’t pull across the chest when buttoned up but more importantly it shouldn’t hang too loose especially off the shoulders.
Having found the right fit most would then select “black” as the colour of choice but brown and tan will also offer good colour options.Whilst fabric versions are often chosen in “blue” the colour doesn’t transfer particularly well into this leather style.
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Crafted in a soft touch antique nappa leather;this jacket has a nicely tailored fit.Importantly the front of the garment is constructed from full panels, maintaining the impressive semi-fitted line of the garment.Other manufaturers might cut corners and costs by making the jacket from smaller pieces of skin.The two button fastening is, of course, optional and most people only tend to bother with the bottom button.The inset pockets both have tuckable flaps and whilst they can be useful to carry keys/coins etc. they are angled in such a way that the wearer can’t slide in his hands, and ruin the jacket shape.
This colour can be toned with almost any other although looks best when contrasting with a “woodland” (beige/brown) pallete. In terms of casual-wear it will always look good with most shades of blue denim (as illustrated in the picture below).Overall almost any garment worn underneath will complement the colour and style. From a polo-neck sweater, to a tee-shirt, or even an oxford shirt and toning waistcoat or cardigan.
The Leather ¾ Coat
An anorak, puffa or a fleece might have their practical uses but in terms of sartorial elegance they leave much to be desired. A practical solution, when the elements dictate, would be some form of “overcoat”. A coat worn over layer or layers of other clothing and in particular a suit. A good overcoat should, therefore, be warm, practical, fit well, and help you look good.
Cashmere can often be the fabric of choice and the Chesterfield style with its revered detailing, well-tailored shape, and knee length the style of choice. Although it should be noted that due to its fine nature, short fibres and weak strength such a coat will require a lot of care to maintain it’s condition.
The wool/gabardine trench-coat provides the wearer with far greater longevity and will, therefore, be far easier to maintain. It’s usually synonymous with a belt and modern day cotton mixes make it a good choice for keeping the elements at bay without succumbing to the lure of outdoor activity and camping shops.
Unfortunately, despite significant practical and stylistic advantages the longer leather versions of trench coats come with a negative military connection and as such have very limited appeal.
Stepping away from a coat which is more tailored to one which was derived for a practical purpose we finally have the ¾ Length “Car Coat” to consider.A variation from the “parka” or “duffle” this coat can easily be worn over a suit or with any number of layers underneath.Often characterised by an internal draw chord which can be pulled in to the waist to help with the garments fit and appearance it translates particularly well into leather…taking on a far smarter less casual appearance and always popular with the over 50’s.
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A very appealing two colour Men’s ¾ Length Leather Coat, crafted in a soft touch black nappa leather with a contrasting tan leather trim detail throughout.This additional detailing features around the tri- collar, the placket, the pockets, the cuffs and particularly the rear centre vent in the back of the coat.This dual colour combination gives the coat a smarter appearance and allows it to be worn with a variety of toning colours.
The raglan shoulder shape means that the coat has a much broader fit than any similar type of coat with a fixed shoulder shape and a broader arm-hole.This allows for a greater amount of room, particularly, when worn over a suit jacket.The coat itself was originally designed with a “country-wear” theme in mind.The original version being made in nubuck leather where the tri-collar took on greater importance as it minimised the need to clean the whole coat for the sake of a grimy collar.The current black and tan leather version is also available in the reverse tan/black variation.
The coat is also a very comfortable length keeping a good proportion of the body protected from the elements.It has a number of useful pockets both inside and on the outside; including split lower patched handwarmer pockets and dual chest high handwarmer pockets.
Although principally designed for Autumn/Winter wear it’s lightweight composition means that it can be comfortably worn throughout most of the year.
Our Website does not profess to offer every type of leather jacket or coat which would ideally suit any man in his 50s. However amongst all our styles most men who aspire to improve, or add to their wardrobe staples; might find the right garment for themselves with a little bit of time and effort on their part. If they require any further help our Customer Services Department are available every day of the week, via email or telephone.
Other useful resources are also available throughout the internet and in many cases give a good recommendation to men over 50 with regards the positives associated with the desire to wear a leather jacket or coat… Don’t necessarily take our word for it… have a look yourselves!