Leather jackets elicit far more connotations than merely a type of material worn to keep warm! Leather jackets represent style, being cool, motorcycle riding attire, being modern and keeping up with fashion.
Leather jackets are always in style!
Leather jackets make their own fashion statement!
In women’s garments, leather is a popular material for jackets, coats, vests, skirts, pants, etc. A leather jacket is a type of clothing – a jacket-length coat – usually worn on top of other apparel, and made from the tanned hide of various animals. The leather material is typically dyed black, or various shades of brown, but a wide range of colors are possible.
In clothing, if given the choice between leather and lace for myself, I am going to choose the lace. My personal fashion tastes tend to run more dressy and elegant. Here is a picture of me wearing a black leather jacket, but the jacket isn’t mine. Although I have had leather skirts and vests as part of my wardrobe, at this time I don’t own a black leather jacket.
In this fashion shoot picture, I was doing an outdoor photo shoot and I was getting cold. The photographer handed me his leather jacket, and I slipped it on. He then took a few pictures. That is why I am wearing summer shorts along with a heavy leather jacket! It made for a great contrasting picture though!
Women’s leather jackets come in all sorts of styles and cuts!
Leather jackets can be designed for many purposes, and specific styles have been associated with the subculture called greasers, motorcyclists, military aviators, police and music subcultures (punks, goths, metalheads, rivetheads) who have worn the garment for protective or fashionable reasons, and sometimes, to create potentially intimidating appearances.
In the realm of women’s wardrobes, colorful leather jackets are cute and trendy! Leather jackets can be worn with all types of clothing ensembles, from dressy dresses to shorts to jeans.
Antelope, buckskin, lambskin, sheepskin and cowhide are the hides most commonly used to make leather jackets. As soon as the skin is removed from the animal at the meat processing plant, it is refrigerated, salted, or packed in barrels of brine. It is then sent to the tannery where the skins undergo a series of processes to preserve and soften the hides. Sewing materials such as thread, lining, seam tape, buttons, snaps and zippers are generally brought in from outside vendors and stored in the garment factory.
Leather jackets are just as popular on the catwalk as they are on the streets and in mainstream pop culture!
Most modern leather jackets are produced in Italy, Pakistan, India, Canada, Mexico and the United States, using hides left over from the meat industry. Fabrics simulating leather such as polyurethane or PVC are used as alternatives to authentic animal hide leather depending on the needs of the wearer, such as those pursuing vegan lifestyles or for economic reasons, as synthetic fibers tend to be less costly than authentic leather.
Leather jackets are worn for reasons much deeper than merely defying the inclement weather elements!
The black leather jacket that was made popular by Henry Winkler as “The Fonz” from the television series Happy Days, which was produced in the 1970s and 1980s and depicted life in the 1950s and 1960s, is now housed in the Smithsonian Institution!
Leather is in demand in all types of weather!
So whether the sky is sunny and clear or the sky is cloudy and dark, you just may want to top your gorgeous outfit off with a glamorous leather jacket!
Let’s get real. You’re not really wearing your leather jacket for warmth now, are you, you styling fashion plate, you?
Author Nancy Mangano is the author of two novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Nancy has blended her love of detective work and her love of style into her books.. Visit Nancy on her author website at http://www.nancymangano.com, her author/fashion/style bog http://www.passionforprying.wordpress.com, Twitter @nancymangano and her author “like” page Nancy Mangano.