The Gentleman Biker Aesthetic

My favourite style.

The dapper biker aesthetic has been popularised in recent times by the advent of the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, a charity event where men and women dress in their Sunday best and go for a group motorcycle ride for charity. Some awesome styles are seen all around the world in the participants, and it is a vibe I really like. How do you do it? Easy: wear something dapper that would look at home on a motorcycle.

Some of my favourite dapper biker outfits

I love to take an outfit that would otherwise have a sport jacket as the outer layer, and replace it with a leather jacket.

#1: Black & Brown is Fun in Town

Breaking the black and brown rule is great fun, and with this outfit I took it to the max using just monochrome and brown for a colour palette.

This outfit consisted of brown Dr. Martens 1460 boots, black Lee Riders, a vintage Perry Ellis jacquard shirt, a leather jacket by Kenneth Cole and a black patterned tie from Van Heusen. I’ve worn the shirt untucked for a more casual vibe.

#2: The Gentleman Biker

An asymmetric biker jacket can go great over a collared shirt and tie for an edgy dapper look. This look was originally put together for my brown jacket, but I had to see what the aesthetic would look like with the motorcycle jacket!

The outfit consists of a Polo Ralph Lauren button down shirt underneath a purple sweater from Hugo Boss, with a tie from Geoffrey Beene. The pants are a cotton herringbone cuffed chino from Country Road.

#3: A Change of Colour

The brown jacket takes the edge off the outfit and makes it look more refined. I had previously worn this outfit with the sweater tucked in; seeing this image made me wish I had tucked it in again, it is much better suited to it. You may notice that this outfit is quite similar to the one in a previous article ‘Vintage-inspired Smart Casual‘, with a more dressed up torso.

Related reading: Styles of Leather Jacket You’ll See in Australia

That’s all for today!

Throwing on a biker jacket over a shirt and tie is a great way to add a bit of edge to your outfit. Try it!

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With content features ranging from appearances on popular menswear hubs (The Rake, StyleForum, Put This On) to French perfume newsletters and university course readings, Sam is a writer, designer and enthusiast in the fields of menswear and fragrance.

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