I have a pile of t-shirts. They have been mostly in hibernation since last October or have appeared fleetingly or simply been relegated to base layer duty (workhorse role that offers minimal recognition). It is somewhat of an annual tradition that I rummage to the murky depths of my t-shirt drawer (my tees have recently made a land grab and have annexed my sweater drawer, so it is now drawers) and find long lost cotton brethren that I have not seen in around 200 days. I swear an oath to myself and the long lost t-shirt that we shall have a happy summer together and will work on our relationship by maybe getting away somewhere nice. Actions speak louder than words of course and with the British and Irish summer often being close to breaching the Trade Description Act, when do you actually wear them?
Not all jackets were created equal
My strategy is hardly ground-breaking (but I do believe it sound)…I wear them under a jacket. I then remove said jacket when conditions dictate. Obvious like? However, not all jackets were created equal when paired up with a t-shirt. Without doubt the leather jacket provides the perfect foil for a tee. If your t-shirt looks and feels special, you just take that up to Superbowl winning catch level with a black leather jacket on over it.
You are also feeling pretty good about your look of the day and this projects as far as you want it to. Whether it’s across the table to your beloved or further afield. First rule of my style is feeling good in your clothes. The rest follows.
The traditional badass
White tee and black leather. The look that refuses to die. Unfortunately this does not extend to some of its finest protagonists. Think Brando, Dean, Delon…yes, the coolest to ever walk the planet. Taking style tips from these guys can never be a bad move.
As if the leather needed uplifting? Feel free to do so with stripes, patterns, logos (not been suckered into this trend…yet) or whatever you are having yourself. I added an Oliver Spencer shirt below (seriously liking his current range Check it out here ) and it works. Most stuff will, so go for it.
Saw a picture of a women wearing a deep blue top with a black leather jacket. It knocked me sideways. The colours were so good together. I had to try to replicate this look. It was a challenge to find a really deep blue, but the results are below. You had better like it as I am wearing it out this Saturday. I like it that much.
A humble shirt
Yes, a shirt works too and possibly elevates your outfit into a smarter style zone. Untucked though as you don’t want to completely lose the rebellious vibe. I have a shirt that I picked up in the Arket (great scandi basics at a keen price. Ethical too Arket website ) sale a couple of weeks back.
Comes down to the fit of the jacket. If it fits well, reasonably close to the body and makes you feel good, then anything works with it. You don’t have to choose wisely on the rest of the outfit, just get the jacket right. I am over forty and hope to rock a leather jacket for many more a year.
My jacket featured is by Reiss. I picked it up on a trip to Glasgow. It had a bit off it in the sale, so I got an investment piece at a bit of a bargain. Even at that it was my biggest spend on a single item for a good while. Sometimes you have to style speculate to accumulate!
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