Leather is one of the most popular types of men’s fashion because of its versatility. Many times, men have multiple pieces of leather, from leather jackets and pants to shoes, bags, belts, and other men’s accessories that need to be properly matched, unless you want to be a walking men’s fashion faux pas. The good news is that if you’re a devotee of men’s leather fashion and accessories, Dalys 1895 has the style guide that shows you how to match your leathers.

Eternally Cool: The Men’s Leather Jacket

From the first time men’s leather jackets crossed over from standard military garb into the popular consciousness in the 1950s with Marlon Brando, Elvis Presley, and James Dean, they became a fashionable symbol of rebellion that would be etched into men’s style for generations to come. Leather jackets remained popular into the 1960s and were associated with biker gangs in the US, while they were appropriated along with their rebellious rock-n-roll roots by the Mod generation in the UK that peaked with the British Wave. The men’s leather jacket was then a staple of the iconic punk look in the 1970s, which was fused into the stylish New Wave fashions of the 1980s. Flash forward 30 years to now, when men’s leather jackets are more popular than ever, with a variety of styles that shows how far this classic piece of men’s fashion has come.

Eternally Cool: The Men’s Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are coveted by rock stars, movie stars, and other cool people in general. The key to pulling off a leather jacket is to make sure that it doesn’t clash with the rest of your outfit. While many men’s leather jackets are straight black, there are also many tans, browns, whites, blues, reds, and more to choose from. Depending on your style, the color of your leather jacket should complement a pattern with its flat monochrome. Also, never mix blacks with browns or tans, this is a universal no-no. If you wear lighter or earthier tones, try contrasting with a blue leather jacket. There are several combinations you can try; some are bold, some are more subtle. Again, it all depends on your individual style.

Mr. Bag Man

Men’s leather bags are one of the most popular men’s accessories around. Whether you’re a fan of leather gym bags, messenger bags, or backpacks, the leather bag is as versatile as it is durable. Designed with men’s lifestyles in mind, men’s leather bags are modern pieces of the stylish utilitarian men’s fashion ensemble. There are many different types and grades of leather hides, each of which result in different textures, patterns, aging, etc. that can change the overall look and feel of a piece of leather.

Mr. Bag Man

To avoid clashing your leather bag with your leather jacket (or other leather attire). Try to keep your different leathers within the same range of color tones. For example, you wouldn’t carry a red leather bag while wearing a tan leather jacket, that’s ludicrous. Instead, you would match up using similar (not exact) hues. Oftentimes, men are simply unaware that their outfits tend to clash when wearing multiple leathers. (If you can pull off leather pants, you’re a special breed, and it is recommended to keep leather pants in black unless you know you look good in another color of leather pants.) Take notice of your leather apparel and accessories and ask yourself if they enhance or impede your leather look.

Forget Blue Suede, Try These Leather Shoes

Men’s leather shoes and boots are known for their rugged durability and versatility as footwear for either work or play. Incorporating handmade Italian leather into these leather shoes and boots, there is a resurgence in men’s leather shoes and boots. For instance, the popular retro look of Chelsea boots has been spotted on the streets and runways of New York, Paris, London, Milan, Tokyo and more.

Forget Blue Suede, Try These Leather Shoes

The plethora of colors, patterns, and styles of men’s leather shoes and boots gives you more than enough choices to match your style. The more outrageous your look is, the more you can get away with, but remember the rules of mixing and matching your leathers. Leather shoes or boots should accentuate the rest of your attire — whether it’s a t-shirt, jeans, and a leather jacket, or khakis, a sweater, and a leather handbag — as your shoes will complete your leather-infused ensemble.

 

Do you love leather? If so, share some of your tips for matching leathers, because by helping each other look good, we all look good!