What’s the deal with having to choose between a leather or denim jacket? We want to wear the heck out of both, and we imagine you do, too. On days where the winter sun hangs low in the sky and all that’s required is a light layer over your shirt and jumper, a covering of denim is just the ticket. But when the weather turns nasty and you still want to look fresh, a leather jacket is the no-brainer alternative to a drab waterproof (if you can handle the lack of hood). Simply put, our changeable climate and insatiable appetite for all kinds of outerwear demands you own one of each. But if your post-Christmas bank balance prevents you from doing so, compare how the celebs below rock their denim and leather numbers, and decide which style to go for.
Jackets: leather vs denim
By Gavin Jewkes, 10 January 2015
A heavy, winter-weight denim jacket like Becks’ looks dope worn casually with some black skinnies and a plain white T-shirt. To kick the look up a gear, harden the outfit up by exchanging the denim for a no-messin’ leather biker.
Pixie Lott’s model boyfriend Oliver Cheshire knows his oats when it comes to wardrobe classics. What’s nice about the LC:M ambassador’s approach to each of these styles is that he doesn’t muck about. He seamlessly integrates them into outfits where they contribute to rock-solid, timeless looks, rather than trying to do anything too modern or fussy.
An over-dyed Levi’s denim jacket sits firmly in the ‘staples you need’ camp. And while you don’t technically require a leather flight jacket (although shout out to all the pilots shopping at ASOS), the statement borg collar is an easy way to inject your outfit with a fat shot of cool, which makes it pretty essential, too. We can’t choose between them.
Washed denim can be a hard look to pull off at the best of times – let alone when it’s combined with a smattering of sheepskin. But Gosling’s close-fitting jacket looks the business and complements his cream waffle knit nicely. As for the leather jacket, his proves that there really is no beating a biker.