Some trends aren't easy to pull off. The leather blazer is a perfect example of this, you can't wear it with tennis and jeans but somehow it's making his comeback and we're are loving it.
A leather blazer offers the perfect combination of timeless style, comfort and durability. Assuming it’s made of genuine leather, you can rest assured knowing that it will withstand the hands of time for countless years to come. Over the last six months, some of the most stylish guys we know have adopted the look recently, too. Daniel Craig, Zayn Malik, and Jeff Goldblum all have their own distinct senses of style; all three of them have gotten on board with the leather blazer, wearing it in their day-to-day lives. So why's it back? Blame HBO's The Deuce, the Western trend, or the death of 9-to-5 tailoring. Blame the return of the '90s, Demna Gvasalia's bad-taste games, or millennials' obsession with The Matrix as a fashion object. Whatever the root, whatever the reason, the fashion fossil is getting a proper dusting-off and we're here to tell you how to rock it like a celebrity.
Stick with Traditional Colors
Leather blazers are available in dozens of colors, ranging from black and brown to yellow and red. However, it’s usually best to stick with traditional colors; otherwise, you’ll only be able to wear it on certain occasions. Traditional brown and black leather blazers are an excellent choice. You can easily match with your other clothes and accessories to create a stunning appearance. On the other hand, a red leather blazer may force you to wear certain clothes to achieve a cohesive appearance.
Single or Double-Breasted Leather Blazers
When shopping for a leather blazer, you’ll probably find that most feature a single-breasted design. As the name suggests, this style is characterized by a narrow overlap with only a single column of buttons. There are also double-breasted leather blazers, however, which are characterized by two symmetrical columns of buttons. So, which style should you choose? It really depends on your personal preference. Some men prefer the slimming appearance of single-breasted blazers, whereas others prefer the more formal appearance of double-breasted blazers.
Choose High-Quality Leather
Not all leather blazers are made of the same quality leather. Some companies use cheap, low-quality leather in the construction of their blazers. Unfortunately, this results in a sub-par garment with visible imperfections. To prevent this from happening, it’s recommended that you choose a blazer made of high-quality, such as Napa leather. In case this is your first time hearing about it, let me explain. Napa leather is a term first coined by Emanual Manasse in the mid-to-late 1800s, during which he worked at the Sawyer Tanning Company in Napa, California. Napa leather is characterized by its soft temper, which is usually achieved through the use of alum salts with vegetable tanning ingredients. Technical jargon aside, it’s a softer and higher quality leather than traditional non-Napa leather.
Leave it Open
Unless you are cold, there’s really no need to button or zip up your leather blazer. On the contrary, leaving it open allows you to create a more stylish appearance. If your leather blazer is open, for instance, you can show off your shirt. This can either help or hurt your appearance depending on how it’s done. The key thing to remember is that you should choose a shirt color that flows cohesively with the rest of your outfit. This means avoiding shirt colors in the same color as your leather blazer and instead choosing a different color that matches. If you’re wearing a brown or black leather blazer, you can always compliment your appearance with a white shirt.
Keep it Casual
Leather blazers undoubtedly look “dressy,” but you should still wear them in a casual manner. Leather blazers are less formal than suit jackets; therefore, it’s best to wear them in a casual or semi-casual way. You can still wear them with a button-up dress shirt and even a necktie. However, don’t try to create a strictly formal look with a leather blazer. If you’re dressing for a black-tie event or similar formal occasion, stick with a traditional suit jacket instead of a blazer.
Wear Matching Shoes… or Boots
Another fashion tip to follow when wearing a leather blazer is to pair it with matching footwear. If you’re wearing a black leather blazer, for example, pair it with black shoes or boots. On the other hand, if you’re wearing a brown leather blazer, you should pair it with brown shoes or boots. The general idea is to create a more cohesive appearance in which your blazer matches your footwear.
Choose a Blazer with Pockets
Why should you choose a leather blazer with pockets? Well, pockets offer both functional and aesthetic benefits. They add a unique visual element to the blazer while also allowing you to store small items like car keys, cash, your phone, etc.