LET Loose THE Leather
Does the idea of donning a full tux to attend a formal gala
make you want to gag on a canapé? If so, consider ditching
the traditional tuxedo jacket for leather. Admittedly, this is an extremely advanced style move best reserved for very specific
situations (yes: red carpet at the Grammys; no: the Nobel Prize banquet), but it can be pulled off. The nucleus of the
outfit is—surprise!—the jacket. Opt for a model that’s jetblack and extremely clean, like the biker from Dolce & Gabbana
at left. Ground it with a pair of traditional tuxedo trousers and
pepper in a generous helping of outside-the-black-tie accessories: silver bracelets, Chelsea boots, maybe a bolo tie. Then hit the party. It doesn’t matter if you’re a desk jockey by day— you’ll be a rock star that night.
GIVE YOUR WEEKEND RIDER THE NIGHT OFF.
Schott Perfecto you
wear while ripping
around on your
Ducati? Leave it
at home for
NOT ALL LEATHER IS CREATED EQUAL.
Your jacket should
be made from a
lighter leather, like
keep warm outside
yet stay cool inside—
even tearing up
the dance floor.
3. THE JACKET IS AN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY.
After the party,
your new luxe leather
can be worn with
jeans, with khakis,
with anything, really.
As the years go
by, it’ll look better