Few things pair together as well as metal and leather, which is why when we think of 50s-era cool it’s typically wrapped in a belted motorcycle jacket form-fitted to the likes of James Dean or Marlon Brando. The rugged materials prevent road rash and other hazards of badassery and, practically speaking, a nice modicum of protection can look rather stylish. There are plenty of options available, but an asymmetrical closure and mismatched hardware over a tight tshirt keeps you from looking like you’re trying too hard – arguably the ultimate standard of cool. [$875; schottnyc.com]
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