Originally Posted by Makeshift_Robot
+1 I don't know where people get the idea that everyone with a leather jacket also rides a motorcycle. Or that designers make leather jackets to protect us from motorcycle accidents.
This is reasonable to some degree, but I think sticking your head in the sand and proclaiming that all the functional inspirations that segue into ornamental clothing could be done away with is rather silly. Epaulets were originally fastenings for indications of rank, and the tapered/cropped body of DRs was originally made for curving around the gas tank. Yet if you tried to make a military jacket or DR without those things today you'd be laughed out of the room. They are identity markers. I can't ride in half of the jackets I own, either because of too much expense or too little protection, but I still feel naked in a jacket with short sleeves. Clothing can bear the weight of history, and should.