The Khaki Contrast Jacket.

March 1, 2015

It’s a rare occurrence that a major womenswear trend will wander from its original context and migrate to men’s, but the now ubiquitous khaki contrast leather-sleeved biker jacket seems to be proving itself an exception to the unwritten rule.

A punchy combination of a quintessentially military/safari style with the timeles bad-ass insouciance of the biker jacket, this hybrid garment has swamped the high-streets since its recent emergence on the runway, with every accessible womenswear retailer offering their own version (Primark, Zara, Topshop etc.), and now with menswear designers trying their collective hand at it, too.

I’ve – so far – seen a Simon Spurr version as well as several bomber styles from the likes of McQ and Undercover. The below, from the house of Balenciaga, is the undisputed highlight so far. Here’s what to wear it with…

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1. Balenciaga tweed and leather biker jacket from Matches Fashion; 2. Church’s Grizedale pebble-grain leather brogue boots from Mr Porter; 3. Thom Browne black half-frame sunglasses from Farfetch; 4. Sparks Blitz jeans from Topman; 5. Mulberry day leather gloves from Matches Fashion; 6. Belstaff Dorchester leather tote bag from Mr Porter.

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