Often people have an expectation of motorcycle riders—usually wearing a lot of black and a lot of leather. This expectation has led to the labeling of styles as biker chic or biker-inspired. What the people that are quick to use these labels do not realize is that there are several ways a biker can dress. Just take a look at some of the shots that Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist has taken; he has captured the nautical, the classic and the preppy. Safety aside, it really is up to the rider to decide what should be worn.
Having said that, I will not be discussing how one might want to dress when riding a motorcycle. This week’s Fashionisto does indeed use a bike for transportation, but I instead want to focus on drawing inspiration from his different take on the biker look. This Fashionisto cleverly decided to opt for a generally weather-proof jacket, keeping potentially sudden weather changes in mind. As for the bottoms, he chose to match the upper portion of his look by continuing the gray details from the jacket via his denim.
The highlight of this Fashionisto’s look is the addition of the Timberlands. The warm tone of the iconic boot is so striking against the cooler neutrals in the outfit that it just so happens to work. This just proves that shoes have to power to make or break a look.
To emulate this alternate version of the biker style, go for a jacket that is in the beige family. Make sure that the beige shade has a cooler undertone to it in order to give the look that subdued vibe. Next, pick out a pair of denim that is also on the cooler side of the color wheel. A light gray wash is perfect. To elevate the look and add some oomph, change it up and pick a pair of boots that has warm undertones. While the Timberlands are truly lust-worthy, see if a more inexpensive pair is available. Shoes are important, but with a student’s budget, splurging on high-end pairs is hardly an option.
Hint: Feel free to make this look your own. Pull inspiration from the contrast in undertones that this Fashionisto incorporates into his outfit. Perhaps boots are not your cup of tea, but maybe brightly colored sneakers are. Or, stick with the boot and go for the more traditional biker look up top with a leather moto jacket. Remember, style is very personal. It all depends on where you draw inspiration from and how you decide to interpret it all.