|I think this is just resting bitch face.|
I want to share a recent obsession, the motorcycle jacket. I've always loved them but was never able to own one because they were either too expensive or the cheap fashion ones made for models. Models whose thighs are smaller than my biceps because this viking grew up doing heavy labor (rowing, archery, wood chopping, tilling; these things make for lots of upper body mass). So getting my arms into one was basically a NOPE.
|DEFINITELY INTENTIONAL. Rock that bitch face.|
Right now motorcycle jackets seem to be everywhere on women, particularly in television. I think it has to do with the uptick in female heroes in the DC and Marvel adaptations to the serial screen. As a geek and a feminist this makes my heart happy, but as someone who loves history it also makes me curious. Like many of the articles of clothing eventually labelled as classic, it had its origins in the military. I decided to do a wee bit of digging to find out more about its origins.
As it turns out the moto is an evolution of the bomber jackets used during WWI. Originally they were brown horse or cow hide which had a thickness that helped protect the wearer from the elements. Here's an excerpt from a great BBC article.
In 1928, Irving Schott, co-founder of the New York City-based outerwear company the Schott Bros, designed and produced the first leather motorcycle jacket with a zipper. He named it the Perfecto, after his favourite cigar. A shield against the elements (replacing the less efficient button-down motorcycle jackets of the time), this important new silver feature, with its asymmetric positioning, also allowed motorcyclists to lean over their bikes without cutting into the body. The original jacket featured a cropped, snug fit, with a D-pocket and lapels designed to snap down or fold over each other and zip all the way up
FINALLY! That asymmetrical zipper is explained! I'd been wondering for years the point knowing it had to root in functionality. Not getting poked and chaffed by a zipper is definitely a plus for me.
|"You should see the other guy" bitchface|
I have two of them planned for in non-black to take me through the year. The way our weather has been lately I only need a really warm coat a couple months. Sort of related I've been craving jackets and blazers to help mix and match outfits for work. I think the non-leather jackets well certainly help with that, especially on days I need to bring the bitchface. Leather biker jackets certainly help set the mood.
For a bit more history reading, Fit NYC has an article here, and another somewhat less reliable source here.