STEP 3: Grab a Pair of Jeans
Due to the rich brown color of Wolverine’s jacket, we are adamant about one thing in particular: blue jeans are your best option. Brown is a strange “neutral” because it’s actually not that neutral and looks best when it’s complemented by other colors. In this instance, nothing beats the classic blue jeans—we recommend a loose, relaxed fit throughout the leg to keep it casual. Dusty or washed-out pairs look especially good with the natural ruggedness of this jacket.
Brown and black is a tricky combination, and we think adding black to the bottom half of this look is just too much. We feel the same way about white or your bright, crazy colors. We especially recommend you steer clear of your khakis. If anything looks more overwhelming than an entire outfit of black and brown, it is an entire outfit of different browns, which will come off as dull and uninteresting.
STEP 4: Minimize Your Layers
Layering with your leather jackets is an important step. As usual, you want to keep it simple and light beneath your Wolverine jacket, especially because this particular jacket is a little bulky. The Wolverine jacket—even if you chose a different version than the one we’re focusing on—is pretty warm, so there’s no need to add too many layers.
Now. I know we just said that you shouldn’t beef up on too many neutrals. However, a little sliver of a solid white or black v-neck beneath your jacket is a classic and unbeatable look. To be honest, any basic t-shirt in a muted, tame color looks great with this kind of leather jacket. This isn’t the best jacket for formal occasions, so we recommend not trying anything outside of casual.
STEP 5: Get Creative with Your Shoes
Here’s where we don’t mind so much what you wear with your Wolverine leather jacket. If you’re wearing this jacket, chances are you are going to a casual event or having just a regular day. It’s not a look we recommend for formal occasions.
Our favorite thing to pair with the Wolverine jacket is a decent pair of boots or sneakers. We recommend a sturdy pair of shoes that will balance out the bulkiness of the top half of the outfit. Converse or low-tops are going to disappear beneath your jeans. A good pair of dark hiking boots or some worn sneakers look great with this jacket. We think darker pairs look better, but feel free to experiment with brighter colors.
STEP 6: Accessorize
You can’t do Wolverine justice without incorporating a little bit of steel into your outfit. With this jacket, we especially like to add worn steel or antique gold or silver. Tarnished-looking colors are rugged and masculine, complementing the effortlessness of the jacket perfectly. You can add necklaces, earrings, or even cuffs around the wrists—and don’t forget about a solid belt.
The only thing we really think you should stay away are faux dog tags—actual dog tags you’ve earned are, of course, a different story and we’d never tell anyone not to wear them. However, when we’re doing looks inspired by fictional characters, we try to stay inspired without re-creating the whole costume. Wolverine’s dog tags are pretty iconic, so if you don’t want people to see the comparison, keep them at home or tuck them under your shirt.