Possibly one of the more interesting looks to take over Fall is when everyone decides to buy a faux leather jacket and throw it on top of ever outfit…like we’re some badass Pink Ladies waiting for Kenickie and Danny to walk by.
This morning on the M train and I must of seen five girls in the same train car proudly sporting their “it-finally-got-cold” outfits. All in leather, all excited to finally cover up with the jacket the have been hiding all summer. We looked like we were all apart of a 50s girl gang waiting for the perfect moment to smoke our cigarettes and talk about necking with boys.
When did the leather jacket become a Forever 21 remix? Wasn’t it a symbol of not conforming? Living a carefree life involving motorcycles, bad tattoos, and the cast of Sons Of Anarchy?
The leather jacket was first created for aviators in WWI to protect pilots in flight. The usefulness of the jacket slowly transformed into less practical, more pop culture uses as time went on. The late twenties came the snap-button lapels and heavy zippers. The thirties was for the bikers gangs. And then in 1953, The Wild One starring Marlon Brando hit hollywood and everyone began to recognize the leather jacket as a bad-boy symbol. After that, the rebel motif and the leather jacket became an identifier for the non-conformist and trouble-makers. It was picked up in the seventies during the Punk era and then again in the eighties for the Grunge movement. By the nineties, major fashion labels like Chanel and Versace added the leather jacket to their runway collections. And now, tons of versions of this looks are being seen at H&M, Forever 21, and every other cheapy fashion clothing store seen in every mall.
Hey, I’m totally not knocking this. I think it actually looks pretty cool. A good way to go about pulling off this look is to pair the jacket with something not as harsh. Check out these great Modcloth dresses matched with some jackets.
Image: Clothes on Film
Laura Delarato is a web producer, writer, social media consultant, and video creator in NYC. She has spent a lot of the past 10-years of her life in internships, college, part-time jobs, graduate school, and in front of a computer typing away her next brilliant idea. Her work has appeared in Playgirl Magazine, Kong Magazine, London Glossy Magazine…and at one time CosmoGirl! Magazine. Laura spends a lot of her time typing code for the web department of Details Magazine, performing improv at The Magnet Theater, and taking any burlesque class she can find. She was nominated for Best Series at The New School’s media department awards for her show: Fat Girl, A Web Series, which was also featured on the site LESGO-NYC as a new show to watch out for. When she is not fixing the internet, Laura likes to be a total badass by participating in body-positive/fat-acceptance activism, crafting pasties, discussing the beauty of pornography, and wearing all the short skirts. @lauradelarato