David Beckham is the sartorial statesman of our time, so it stands to reason that we look to him to inform our wardrobe situation for AW16. Here we turn to Becks’ back catalogue of powerful leather jackets – from the traditional biker to contemporary twists on the iconic bomber jacket style – to inspire your top layer for the season ahead.
BECKS' LEATHER JACKET GUIDE
By Steven Barrow, 7 November 2016
The leather biker jacket is a wardrobe staple no man should be without – and that’s because it’s so damn versatile. Here, Beckham wears his as part of a revved-up monochromatic casual look, but he could just as easily throw it over a shirt with trousers for a rockier take on smart tailoring. The combination of the diamond-quilted panels across his shoulders and the cropped, slim fit exaggerates his inverted triangle shape and is a great style for everyone – but especially guys with an athletic build.
Popularised by college campuses and high-school hallways, the heritage-inspired varsity jacket makes for a winning winter warmer, and is the perfect smarter take on sportswear. Whether you opt for a patched-up letterman or a more streamlined, minimalist version like Becks, this woolly/leathery hybrid is also nice alternative to the more predictable leather styles.
Granted, suede and leather jackets are not the same thing. However, they’re a similar proposition and can be worn in similar ways. The differences? Suede is a lot softer and more supple than its full-grained brethren. A transitional staple, the suede jacket is also a lot more breathable, which helps keep you at a constant temperature when nipping between the outside world and over-heated shops and train carriages at this time of year. Here, Beckham jumps on the material’s key properties and wears his to travel in style and comfort.
Here, the unmistakeable silhouette of the denim trucker jacket has been upgraded in leather. With its Levi’s heritage, it’s a style that evokes Americana vibes by the fried chicken bucketload and, therefore, sits comfortably against other classic stateside styles, such as Converse plimsolls and straight-leg black jeans. As with denim jackets in this style, the key to finding the perfect fit is to go for a size smaller than you might usually buy, as it’s supposed to sit snugly against the body.
The bomber jacket has evolved since WWII from a military-issue essential into a modern day go-to for all casual occasions. If you’re keen to elevate your bomber situation from cotton to cowhide, like Becks, then fit is key. Too much excess fabric will cause unsightly bunching – something made worse by the heft of leather. Keep the cuffs elasticated, the hem cropped to your beltline and ensure the two pockets are empty for a streamlined shape.