The biker jacket is the perfect jacket for Fall and Spring. It’s warm but not too heavy and it protects from cold and wind. It can add a touch of style to a simple outfit and it’s one of the five must-have jackets of a woman (my previous post about is about the dark blazer).
The biker jacket was invented in 1928 by Irving Schott.
Like other iconic garments, it was meant to be practical and comfortable. At that time it cost $5,50.
The jacket immediately became popular among young bikers but its consecration arrived with the 1953 film “The Wild One” with Marlon Brando in the role of Johnny Strabler, the leader of a gang of motorcyclists, the Black Rebels.
Brando wore a Perfecto Motorcycle jacket, which was named after Irving Schott’s favorite cigar.
Once a symbol of rebellion, worn by musicians like Joan Jett and The Ramones and actors like James Dean, the biker jacket has become a stylish must-have.
In 1960 Yves Saint Laurent, as artistic director of the House of Dior, designed a crocodile leather jacket trimmed with mink fur and this is considered the moment the leather jacket became a fashionable garment. Some experts think that was the first couture biker jacket but, honestly, I think it didn’t look like a real motorcycle jacket, at all.
Since the arrival of Hedi Slimane at Saint Laurent, the biker jacket has been included in the Permanent collection of the French house.
During the 1970s and the 1980s, the biker jacket became a kind of uniform of the punk movement.
Sid Vicious, bass player of The Sex Pistols, died at 21 and left a note, asking to be buried with his leather jacket, jeans and boots.
Nowadays, the biker jacket has lost most of its rebel allure and it’s considered a must-have. Marcus Wainwright, founder and designer of Rag & Bone, consider it “a centerpiece of any woman’s wardrobe”.
Once the perfect match for jeans, nowadays you can wear the biker jacket with almost every garments. Some women use it to toughen up their frocks, even if this has become a bit ordinary, but wearing a biker jacket is still a good way to add a masculine touch to feminine outfits.
I prefer it quite fitted, while some women like it more loose, which is perfect if you want to wear it on the shoulders.
These are some biker jackets for this Fall/Winter, some photos of women wearing it and of outfits that can inspire you.
Even if I admit that it looks great worn with a miniskirt and pumps, I still prefer it worn with skinny pants and boots.
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|Helena Christensen dressed like a biker woman in an editorial styled by Grace Coddington and photographed by Peter Lindbergh|
Anche se ammetto che indossata con minigonna e décolleté fa davvero figura, continuo a preferirla con pantaloni aderenti e stivali.