This picture, taken from the Mulberry website, showcases the look of this season. The leather bomber jacket, the plaid shirt, braided belt, and slim dark-wash jeans are all integral pieces for anyone looking to follow the latest trends. Even with the plaid shirt, however, I would not classify this look as “bohemian intellectual.” Rather, the slim-fitting bomber jacket and jeans provide a structure to this look that is more the Ramones than Woody Allen.
With the exception of the braided belt, this is a look that won’t soon go out of style. Every man should have a bomber jacket in his closet. They are great for a casual night when wanting to add an element of timeless cool to your outfit and for staying warm well into the winter. When buying one, you should look for a style that is cut close to the body and ends right below your belt. If the jacket is too small, it will look effeminate (as is almost the case in the above picture). This one from Dolce and Gabbana ($1,395) fits perfectly and also has an immaculate style that will still be cool in thirty years (which is almost enough time to justify the price).
For the belt, the trick is not to just find any old, braided variety. Previously existing only in the realm of grandpa fashion, design houses from Prada to Balenciaga gave the braided belt a much-needed reworking, making them wider and sturdier. This one from Diesel ($70) is one of the coolest and most stylish you can buy. It has a distressed looking front with the rest in braided leather, clearly distinguishing it from your father’s golfing belt.
Despite my avowed detest for all things plaid, I surprisingly don’t find this shirt terribly odious. The red, white, and gray color scheme keeps it simple and not looking too much like a tablecloth pattern. This one from J.Crew ($50) is almost identical in pattern. Just be wary that a bad pairing of plaid and leather will leave you looking like one of the Village People.
In the spirit of this outfit, a pair of boots would be a great addition to pull the look together. This pair from Mezlan ($149) are both affordable and undeniably stylish. The subtly Western look brings another dimension to your outfit without being overwhelming or tacky. When wearing slim jeans, make sure that the leg of the jean goes fully over the boot instead of tucking it in, which cannot be done without looking like the guy who’s trying way too hard.