“Can regular guys pull off the snug fitting leather jacket or is it only for like Jake in the newest issue of GQ?“ – Kin Ta
I think the snug leather jacket can, and should, be tried by regular guys. Jake wears it well with his shirt/tie/denim as a nice alternative to a blazer. As long as it’s snug (not tight) and paired with slim/straight pants you’re safe. This model (pictured above) looks fantastic in his slim leather jacket and although he might not qualify for a ‘regular guy’ his leather and chino look just works.
It’s all about dressing for your body shape. You don’t want to end up looking like the Michelin man. So if you’re skinny and skin-tight is your thing, then go for it. If you’ve got more meat on you than the above mentioned then refrain and maybe try something not so snug, just to avoid the incredible hulk moment. But I must say, a fit man in a white button down, skinny black tie and a fitted black leather jacket…. Yum is the only word to describe it.
“Fat guy in a little coat!” Pardon the Tommy Boy quote but its not just Jake that can pull off that look. If you’re slender, don’t have shoulders and biceps that scream steroids, and you don’t have a body like Jack Black or Chris Farley, then sure you can pull it off.
Heck yes, ‘regular’ guys can pull off that look. A recurring theme in all of our responses has been that confidence is key. If you have the confidence, go for it.
Dudes should not be wearing leather jackets. Unless… your Danny Zuko, from “Grease.”
When it comes to leather, “snug” or “fitted” tends to be a fail for me. This goes for men and women. I like a man who looks at ease in his clothes, like he can go through an entire day wearing them and still look effortlessly good when his 5 o’clock shadow appears. A snug leather jacket often looks uncomfortable and even the dashing Jake Gyllenhaal looked restrained by his in the GQ shoot. I say go for a leather jacket by all means, but make it one you can move in and live your life in, like a worn in bomber.