Buying a biker jacket is a rite of passage, like growing a beard or getting drunk for the first time. And, like them, it comes with a major risk of embarrassment if rushed into.
A carefully chosen biker jacket, however, looks really slick and won’t leave you looking like your old man during his midlife crisis. The problem being, leather's expensive.
For anyone who isn’t ready to invest in the real deal just yet, though, here’s a winning alternative. Step in, the faux leather biker jacket. All the bonuses of its cowhide equivalent – versatile, well-cut and packed with attitude – minus the hefty price tag.
For a strong look that borders Brando/McQueen territory, wear with a check shirt, slim-fit jeans and a decent pair of Chelsea boots. And, of course, a vague air of aloofness.