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What Jacket Are You Wearing Today?

Salmosalar

One of the Regulars
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I think it's an excellent looking jacket and having owned & wore a few Belstaff jackets, other than the lighter leather, I wouldn't place them behind any of the makers you've listed. Strictly visually speaking, leather on a good Belstaff jacket is on a level that our favorite makers have yet to reach.
Their 80's to 90's motorcycle stuff is very impressive, too.

As for it being a fashion jacket. . . Since this is something dictated by the purpose of the jacket, I think all of our jackets here could be classified as fashion pieces. ;)
I would say it is a “fashion” jacket in the sense that they are very high profile among the more trendy set and with lots of product placement etc, rather than using “fashion” in a negative sense per se - I would bet that on asking a random sample of high street shoppers in London or another fashion-conscious big city to name a quality leather jacket brand most of them would namecheck Belstaff close to the top of the list but very few if any would mention Aero, Vanson, or even Lewis - and yet on FL the former barely get a look-in….so although seemingly not very fashionable on FL, there is no doubt they are very much so in the wider world. What intrigues me is why the disparity? As Monitor says some of their leathers are very good, but in my experience it varies wildly with the era and models - and many of the jackets I have handled recently have certainly been below the standard of the regular makers on FL but also at a higher pricepoint, making them poorer value for money (for me at least). I also agree many of their older moto designs were excellent - the same for their classic wax jackets - and they have rebooted the moto line in recent years, so it might be worth another closer look. I do find the fits generally very weird though, but that might just be me! Many of the instore jackets seem to have incredibly narrow chests and very long arms - and given there is no m2m option getting one tailored to fit puts them into an even higher price bracket….my general feeling is if you want a lightweight smart looking jacket they are a reasonable bet, if you can get the fit right and don't mind paying extra for the badge - but for something more substantial, I would look elsewhere first these days….
 

TommyMizz1

New in Town
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Aero Seven getting some early fall wear...
 

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Great great leather jacket days, my loungers!
I rocked my simple black Nappa blouson with turtleneck shirt, today. It took a little drizzle, but such doesn't do any damage. Kept me warm, nearly too warm, but such simple basic storebrand Nappa jackets are so full of clue and probably extra color pigments, that it surely doesn't breath. :D
 

JMax

I'll Lock Up
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The Kurland came in today, courtesy of @JMax. I am very happy with the fit. Somehow the pics do not reproduce the absolutely insane patina on this jacket (the background is too bright) - I promise I will do a better job when I have some time. This is a pretty lightweight jacket, but has the coolness factor in spades...thank you Julio.

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If it looked half as good on me as it does on you, it would still be in my closet. Enjoy it. Cool jacket
 

alish

Familiar Face
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I suppose. I do think slim jeans look objectively terrible on me... not an opinion thing. My body does not work with them at all.

My very strong opinion is that slim and skinny jeans look atrocious on everyone who isn't an extremely skinny and flamboyant rock star, but I have to admit that this is only an opinion.

On me, however, skinny jeans looking bad is a fact. This isn't without experience by the way. I wore them for many years. It's not like I just tried to experiment with them a couple of times. I was committed to them for around a decade.

I think part of it is finding the right match / profile between top and bottom. To my eye, a bulkier jacket works better with a fuller fitting jean, but a slimmer fitting jacket works better with jeans that are closer fitting (not necessarily slim fit, just not such a baggy fit...). And yes, obviously body type plays into all of it as well. A stockier person will probably look better in a little fuller cut vs. a slimmer person will probably benefit from a slimmer cut (especially if they are slim and short, like myself - then a slimmer profile top and bottom is essential IMO).
 

dudewuttheheck

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I think part of it is finding the right match / profile between top and bottom. To my eye, a bulkier jacket works better with a fuller fitting jean, but a slimmer fitting jacket works better with jeans that are closer fitting (not necessarily slim fit, just not such a baggy fit...). And yes, obviously body type plays into all of it as well. A stockier person will probably look better in a little fuller cut vs. a slimmer person will probably benefit from a slimmer cut (especially if they are slim and short, like myself - then a slimmer profile top and bottom is essential IMO).
To a degree, this is true. However, people in the 1930s wore slimmer jackets with fuller cut trousers and it looked amazing.

Also, I need to clarify that baggy is not the same as a fuller cut. I don't have anything that actually fits baggy. Baggy is sized too large and worn sloppily.

One other thing to point out is that if you are slimmer, even a fuller cut can and sometimes will look slim on you. In some cases, like mine, being kinda slim in the waist, but not skipping leg day means straight cuts can look slim on me too. It really all depends on multiple body measurements and factors.
 

JCSD

Practically Family
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I think it's an excellent looking jacket and having owned & wore a few Belstaff jackets, other than the lighter leather, I wouldn't place them behind any of the makers you've listed. Strictly visually speaking, leather on a good Belstaff jacket is on a level that our favorite makers have yet to reach.
Their 80's to 90's motorcycle stuff is very impressive, too.

As for it being a fashion jacket. . . Since this is something dictated by the purpose of the jacket, I think all of our jackets here could be classified as fashion pieces. ;)
Well said- I’m also a fan of Belstaff.
 
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