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How To Style A Burgundy Leather Jacket

September 30, 2020

How To Style A Burgundy Leather Jacket

by Sarah Makhluf

Sarah is a freelance content writer from Boston, MA. She loves traveling, fashion, and the beach.


We know black is the most obvious choice when it comes to leather jackets. But there’s a new player in town. Burgundy leather jackets give off a luxurious, warm look that’s ideal for the colder seasons. Should we be asking ourselves, is burgundy the new black? Fall 2020 trend reports show that wine-colored, cognac, and burgundy leather jackets are the new “it” color. Not sure how to style a colored leather jacket? We got you covered.

Burgundy leather jackets look classy, sophisticated, and stylish at any age. Plus, whoever said that guys couldn’t wear bright colors? Men’s fashion is becoming more daring and adventurous - and we love that! Read on to learn the best ways you can incorporate a burgundy leather jacket into your wardrobe.

Colored Leather Jackets - An Overview

Leather jackets were once confined to neutrals like brown and black, but times have changed. Leather jackets got their start as military wear in the early 1900s during the First World War. You’ll probably recognize the bomber jacket, the brown leather jackets that German fighter pilots began wearing to keep warm during flights. We think it’s safe to say the folks who created the original leather jackets couldn’t have imagined that they would inadvertently design one of the world’s most loved fashion items. The iconic pieces became more mainstream during the 1950s. The Second World War was behind us, and Hollywood stars were up and coming. Still, there were no signs of leather jackets out of the usual color pallets. Black and brown jackets still ruled. It wasn’t until the 1980s that pop culture took the classic leather jacket and turned it to whatever they wanted it to be! From Billy Idol, Blondie, to Madonna, the most famous artists of the era were decorating leather jackets with colors, pins, patches, and studs. At this point, owning a leather jacket was just as normal as owning a winter coat, a pair of jeans, or a sweater. They became a wardrobe staple for millions of men and women around the world. And the coolest part? They never went out of style - and we’re quite confident they never will. Think about it; what fashion piece has genuinely stood the test of time like leather jackets? Ok, maybe blue jeans, but you have to pair them with something, right? Why not make it a great leather jacket?

How to Style a Burgundy Leather Jacket?

Unsure of how to wear a burgundy leather jacket, or where to buy one for that matter? We’re giving you all the insider styling tips, tricks and letting you in on which brands sell the best leather jackets.

Check out these realtors below. We’ve scoured the internet to find the top men’s leather jackets on the market. We know shopping in-store is probably out of the question for many of you right now. We chose these specific retailers because each of them has fair return policies, especially during these crazy times we’re living in.

  • Nordstrom - Nordstrom is excellent for two reasons. One, they have a massive men’s outerwear selection. Two, they have one of the best return policies of any major department store. They have a good selection of burgundy leather jackets this year. They released their fall collection, and it doesn’t disappoint. The cool thing about Nordstrom is that they sell tons of various brands so shoppers have more of a selection when browsing.
  • Saint Laurent - You may experience a bit of sticker-shock when shopping here, but they do have some pretty incredible leather jackets. They have one jacket that’s kind of like a burgundy-merlot hybrid. While you may have to save some pennies for this one, it’s incredibly stunning.
  • Caine Leather Jackets - This UK-based leather jacket manufacturer has the most options when it comes to burgundy leather jackets. They even have vests if that’s what you’re into! They run on the less expensive side compared to some of the other big-name brands. One thing to note is that they do offer sizes S - XXL. They have an option to order in size XXXL, but it will cost extra. Is that really fair? We’re not thrilled about that one, to be honest with you. However, they have over a dozen burgundy leather jackets to choose from, which is way more than any other retailer we found.
A burgundy leather jacket

How to Style a Burgundy Leather Jacket

If you’re unsure of how often and where a burgundy leather jacket will be appropriate, don’t worry, we’re here to help. The nice thing about burgundy is that it’s not a loud color. You can wear it with casual clothes like a pair of light washed jeans, or you could wear it with black slacks for a more formal look. Burgundy leather jackets don’t discriminate against body shape either. Shorter guys should opt for a moto-style burgundy leather jacket and paired with slim-fit dark jeans to give them a longer-looking appearance. Big & tall guys, try going with a burgundy bomber jacket. You can pair with light or dark pants, sneakers, or a pair of loafers. Bomber jackets will look especially great on taller guys because they have the height to pull off a more oversized look on the top without turning into a ball. The key here is finding a style that you feel good in. What looks best on your body type depends on what kind of styles make you feel confident.

What Color Looks Best On You?

Not sure where you lie in the color pallet? Are you more of a cool grey toned kind of guy? Do you love to stand out in a bright blue, or are you an old soul who covets the leather jacket staples of year’s past? If you’re purchasing your first leather jacket, it’s probably best to stick with one of the classics like brown or black. They’re the easiest to throw just on and don’t take much thought. However, if you’re already a leather jacket connoisseur, or maybe you’re just looking to add some color into your wardrobe, a colored leather jacket may just be the missing piece. For the guys who want to relive the glory days of the 1980’s opt for a bright red leather jacket that MJ himself would approve of. If you’re looking to go a little bit more on the subtle side, we love burgundy, especially for fall 2020. Burgundy leather jackets simply scream fall. The color reminds us of hot apple cider or a cup of warm sangria on a crisp fall day. The cool thing about burgundy is that it looks stunning on all skin tones - seriously! Light, dark, and everything in between. Burgundy is unique because, yes, it’s a brighter color, but in a weird way, it’s also kind of neutral. It goes with blacks, browns, greys, cool tones, and warm tones.

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Should You Go Custom?

When it comes to men’s fashion, there’s still a severe lack of options. Often, brands that cater to men’s styles will focus on basic patterns, colors, and prints. Maybe it’s because they don’t think men want something more? Or perhaps they think they don’t have the market for it? We think it’s unfortunate how few brands actually cater to men. From the lack of sizing, colors, and options, a lot of guys are stuck picking out a jacket off the rack and calling it a day. What if there was a better way? Custom leather jackets allow you to design your dream jacket.

Opting for a custom leather jacket instead of choosing one off the rack means that the jacket will only be constructed once the company knows your measurements. At Independence Brothers, our jackets are hand-made to order. Meaning we have all the tools, fabrics, and materials on hand, but we don’t start construction until an order is placed. Custom jackets are made to fit your body perfectly. They allow you to explore different styles, color options, and features that you may not find in stores. And if you do find it at a retailer, if they don’t have your size in stock, you’re out of luck. Maybe you want something that really showcases your personality like a patch, a specific color, or other features? Going custom is the only way to truly design your own leather the jacket the way you want. Even down to the minor details like choosing between a bronze or gold zipper, what kind of lining you want, and how many buttons.

How to style a leather jacket

Burgundy Leather Jacket Pros & Cons

Owing a burgundy leather jacket may be the best option for you, or maybe it’s just not your cup of tea, and that’s OK. We’re here to help weigh out your choices. We’ve taken the liberty of creating a little pros and cons list. Grab your pens, and check off which pros and cons speak to you. If you have more pros, maybe it’s time to start shopping? Keep in mind that while there may be 50 shades of grey, there are plenty of different burgundies out there as well. Find the one that speaks to you. Maybe you’ll opt for a more wine-colored jacket or pick out one that has more brown hues. Do what makes you feel the best.

 

Pros:

  • They’ll be in style for years to come
  • They add a unique element to your wardrobe
  • Burgundy is more unique than black or brown
  • Not everyone will have one

 

Cons:

  • You may have to put a little more effort into styling
  • They’re much more challenging to find than other traditional colors
  • It’s not the most versatile color out there

Final Thoughts

First, thanks so much for stopping by and reading what we have to say here. We appreciate it! For me, burgundy is a timeless color. I should say that I am someone who has loved fashion from a very young age. I think it’s great that guys are finally starting to get more options when it comes to their wardrobe. I love it when guys like to spice things up and try new colors. Burgundy is that perfect in-between shade. It’s not so “in your face” like a bright green, but it also speaks a bit louder than brown or black. If you’re considering adding a burgundy leather jacket to your fall/winter 2020 wardrobe, I’m all for it!

If you enjoyed this read, share the love! Pass it along to other fashion lovers. We think it’s always important to share opinions and thoughts here, especially when it comes to fashion. If you have a comment, let us know. We would love to hear from you.

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