Protection or Fashion?: A Style Guide to Motorcycle Gear

John Travolta as Danny Zuko in Grease. Tom Cruise as Maverick in Top Gun. The Southside Serpents in the hit TV show Riverdale. What do these men all have in common? A fashionable sense of style composed of leather jackets, helmets, and other motorcycle gear. If you think motorcycle gear is just for protection, just take a look at these gorgeous men. The good news is you—yes, you—can dress and look like them too. How? Well, keep reading this style guide.

The Leather Jacket

Let’s start with the motorcycle gear fashion staple, the leather jacket. You walk anywhere in a leather jacket and you’re already presenting an image: You’re cool, confident and charming. However, the problem with this item is that it usually costs a lot to buy a top quality leather jacket that you can wear for years. A smart fashion tip: Head to thrift stores or search online for cheap alpinestars jackets (or a brand of your choice) to save some cash.

The Helmet

The helmet says a lot about your personality and can serve as an eye-catching accessory while you’re riding your motorbike. You can go for a simple and modern helmet, or you can modify it with a customized design to suit your personality better. However, remember that protection still remains the top priority when choosing a helmet. Invest in a helmet that will keep your pretty boy face (and skull) safe and unscathed just in case you ever get in an accident. Top quality motorcycle helmets on sale may still cost a few hundred bucks, but it’s totally worth it. After all, what’s the point of being stylish if your face ends up bruised?

The Gloves

Just like the helmet, gloves serve to protect you during an accident, especially when your hands are most likely the first parts of your body to hit the pavement when you fall. So what do you consider when buying motorcycle gloves? Well, for starters, you need to find a pair that has good palm sliders made with strong material that won’t rip when you fall. In terms of fashion, the only tip you need is to always match your gloves with your jacket. You can’t wear brown motorcycle gloves with a black leather jacket, or vice versa! Either go with browns or blacks. When you’re not wearing them, simply place the gloves in your helmet for safekeeping.

The Biker Guy Outfit

We’ve talked about the leather jacket, the helmet, and the gloves. But what about the rest of the outfit? How do you put together a biker guy outfit that will make Tom Cruise proud? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Dark knight: Wear a black pair of jeans, a black button-down shirt, a black leather jacket, a black helmet, and a pair of black gloves. Unbutton your shirt to the middle of your chest, and then accessorize with layered gold necklaces and maybe a pair of aviator sunglasses when you’re not wearing your helmet. Finish off the look with black leather boots.
  • Boy next door: Want to be the neighborhood’s resident heartthrob? Put on some dark blue jeans and pair it with a graphic tee under your leather jacket. Wear the rest of your gear and complete the look with combat boots. If you want to accessorize, a simple medallion necklace and a classic leather watch goes well with this outfit.