Winter Must: The Biker Jacket

Published on Bright Young Scribes 

The biker jacket is the ultimate wardrobe must have to make any outfit effortlessly cool. From the short bomber to the more modern boyfriend style leather paneled numbers, the biker jacket is making an even bigger comeback in AW13.


Actors Marlon Brando and James Dean are just two handsome biker jacket wearers of the past making it a symbol of rebellion and the epitome of badass. The Ramones made the biker jacket the statement piece for any punk wardrobe in the 70’s and Blondie superstar, Debbie Harry made sure to show everyone women can be just as chic and cool in her sleeveless number. First sold in 1928 to Harley Davidson by designer Irving Schott, who else was better to make the jacket more popular for bikers than Davidson?

A 1981 portrait of The Ramones

Having always been a statement piece for any outfit, making the feminine have a rockier feel and the rocker look how they feel, it is no wonder that designer and high street stores are filling their shelves with an array of different biker jackets. Frida Giannini, Gucci creative director is the one to thank for the complete rebirth of the jacket after she donated archive outfits to the fast paced Formula 1 biopic, Rush depicting the rivalry between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the 70’s.


With the darker nights coming in it is the perfect wardrobe piece: an undisputed cool item of clothing, the variety of styles available means it is a guaranteed investment as it’s one of those items that will never go out of fashion, no matter who you are or what you wear the biker jacket will lend a hand in making your outfit ooze street cred with a touch of classic rebellion. There are unlimited styles of biker jackets available on the high street at the moment with New Look, Topshop and River Island, to name a few, offering affordable and stylish jackets; there really is a biker jacket to suit everyone.


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