By MH Staff - Posted on 15th September 2014
Add a little animal magnetism to your wardrobe.
1 Leather Jacket
The past century’s style icons all have a common thread: the classic leather jacket. It speaks to every guy. Maybe it mumbles like Brando, sneers like Billy Idol, shouts like Michael Jackson’s red standout, or says nothing in an impossibly cool way, like Steve McQueen. It’s a functional, iconic item that has protected World War II pilots as well as screen idols, not to mention saved the skin of many bikers when they’ve hit the tar.
Choosing the right jacket is easy. Just remember you want it to look good, fit snugly and match most of the other items in your cupboard. Here are four jackets that’ll keep you warm and up your street cred. If you’re not into black, but you still want to look like a bad-ass, an unexpected colour like olive or navy makes a statement. Ryan's jacket R6 500 Superdry, Henley T-shirt R220 Uzzi, distressed belt R130 Woolworths, Metal link watch R260 Cignal at Markham, Ventura regular slim jeans R1 500 Guess.
The right leather jacket can add punch to a tailored outfit – the trick is to make sure the jacket fits like a well-tailored blazer. Aim for a simple, understated style without too many zips. Hanson jacket R2 599 Old Khaki, Falconer spectacles R1 050 Von Zipper at Sunglass Hut, Button-up shirt R380 Truworths, Knitted tie R350 C Squared, Colour block belt R699 Ted Baker, 504 Commuter jeans R799 Levi’s.
A timeless trio: chinos, a slim-fitting shirt and a great leather jacket. But remember, your shirt shouldn’t peek out more than a couple of centimetres from the jacket’s bottom. Leather jacket R1 699 The Lot, Polka dot shirt R1 699 Scotch and Soda at Infinite 60, Slim-fit chinos R1 399 Adidas.
You probably think tracksuit pants and sweatshirts are reserved for the gym only, but by adding a leather jacket you can create a casual laid-back look on weekends. Wear it with a T-shirt instead of a shirt to keep it relaxed. D.A 313 jacket R5 500 Daniele Alessandrini at Spaghetti Mafia, Graphic print T-shirt R299 Guess, Sweat Pants R649 Adidas, Cole watch R2 250 Tommy Hilfiger at S. Bacher & Co.
5 Treat Your Jacket Well
To preserve and protect your leather investment, three simple rules apply. David Mesquita, owner of The Leather Spa in New York City, explains. Protect it - Apply a stain barrier and a leather conditioner before you wear the jacket. They’ll nourish the hide and repel water and coffee splatter. Your jacket looks tough, but the surface can be delicate; rub in leather treatments with an old, soft tee. Keep the shape - A good jacket deserves a hanger with broad shoulders to maintain its shape. It doesn’t matter if the hanger is plastic or wood – shape is the key. Keep it dry - If you’re caught in the rain, gently blot the water with a rag. Hang the jacket to dry naturally, away from sunlight or any heat source, which can damage the leather. Then apply leather conditioner to moisturise it.