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Too uncool for leather jacket?

Seoul Soul

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I'm struggling with the question whether I could pull off wearing a leather jacket.

I'm 23, look younger than my age, and my usual style was "preppy" -- oxford shirts, cardigans, chinos, coats, chelsea boots. I've been called well-dressed and I'm confident in the clothes I wear now. However, I felt something was missing in my wardrobe: masculinity, attitude, "edge".

I thought this was incompatible with my current style, but ever since I saw a friend wearing a leather jacket over a dress shirt and looking amazing, . The problem is: he certainly looks like a "cool" guy, with a "bad boy" edge (tall, always smiling, dark stubble, generally handsome). I certainly don't.

These are the problems I see in myself wearing a leather jacket:
- My overall frame is normal, but not impressive by any means. I'm exactly 6 foot tall, my shoulders are of average (certainly not below) width as well.
- When you get into the details, it gets bad: long thin arms, thin neck, thin legs. I look bad in short sleeves and shorts.
- My face. Not only is it youthful, I also wear glasses. I've often been told I look like "someone intelligent". To paraphrase: like a nerd.

I excluded "wild/bad boy/biker/rocker/punk" jackets from the start and looked for a tamer, "smarter" model you could imagine a family father wearing to office. I've stumbled over and almost instantly ordered this one (picture attached): https://www.tigerofsweden.com/se/outerwear/jeppe-jacket-T64713001.html

In Europe, it normally cost 650 euro ($780), however, they had exactly one in my size left on discount: for as little as 258 euro ($300). I've made previous experiences with the cuts and quality of the Tiger of Sweden brand: their stuff fits and lasts. You don't get a chance like this every day. The jacket will arrive tomorrow. Even if I don't feel like wearing it, I'll probably keep it, since I could likely sell it for a higher price than I got it,
or wait until "I feel ready" in a more advanced age.

What I'm asking you for isn't some abstract self-help ("just be yourself!"/"if you like it, wear it"), but a factual, critical discussion on the topic of whether a leather jacket suits everyone, and, in particular, weather this leather jacket could suit a guy like myself -- or I should look for a more masculine style in other directions.
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Pete E

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Firstly, that's not a leather jacket, but rather a suede one and I think that's a very important distinction...
Secondly both true leather and suede jackets come in such a huge variety, I would say that there are jackets that will suit everyone..
Thirdly, don't think of this jacket as a stand alone item that you are going to simply wear over your present shirts; rather think of it as just one component of a new "look" or "vib" you are trying to project. In other words, you will probably have to fine tune the other garments you intend to wear to get the best results.
 

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You might have better luck over at the Streetwear section.
 

Pete E

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I would add that I would not have bought that colour jacket either but would have rather stuck with more traditional tans or browns which are more versatile, style wise...
 

Seoul Soul

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Thanks for your replies so far.

Firstly, that's not a leather jacket, but rather a suede one and I think that's a very important distinction...
Yup, you're right. But what does this mean concretely? Does suede look more tame, perhaps? That's the impression I get from photos.
... rather think of it as just one component of a new "look" or "vib" you are trying to project. In other words, you will probably have to fine tune the other garments you intend to wear to get the best results.
So the obvious question that follows: what goes with it?
I would add that I would not have bought that colour jacket either but would have rather stuck with more traditional tans or browns which are more versatile, style wise...
Huh? I thought that black is *the* traditional color for leather jackets and also the most versatile one.

You might have better luck over at the Streetwear section.
Probably you're right. Any moderator can feel free to move this thread into this section, I'm not capable of that.
 

JJ Katz

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Don't be so lame. "Bad boy vibe"?? :)

I'm a lot older than you are, but I've never subscribed to the notion that a person is or isn't 'cool enough' or able/unable to 'pull off' a specific commonplace garment. We're not talking spats or a tricorn hat or a tie-dye codpiece...

Leather jackets (of some sort) are one of the most common items of clothing around... If you like it, go for it. However, if you have found in the recent past that you buy stuff you never wear, due to the issues above, then maybe you should save your money.
 

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