The American cinematic history has a wealth of beautiful and iconic clothes that have become beacons of style. Whether it’s Audrey Hepburn’s LBD or Indiana’s fedora and whip, some items simply transport you to another time and place. However, no other piece clothing carries as much weight as the jacket. It is the ultimate and final word in the self-expression of style. If you want to know what kind of person a man is, check out what kind of jacket he wears.
Keeping this in mind, the following is a selection of a few of the most iconic jackets in the pop culture and which one you should get to express your inner Hollywood bad boy.
- The Matrix Leather
For the melancholic leader in all of us, the long leather trench coat worn by Neo in the first of the epic Matrix trilogy is one of the most easily recognizable pieces of clothing the world over. Besides being one of the coolest coats, this trench epitomizes the ability of an individual who knows him or herself to remain true to their core. Sleek, understated with zero superfluity and extremely practical, if you don’t know who you are at heart, you can’t pull this jacket off. Not something to be worn by the faint of heart.
- Tyler Durden Red Racer
No one can define Tyler Durden as Tyler Durden does not exist. This red racing jacket, imagined by the narrator, perfectly symbolizes what type of being Durden is. This jacket is for those who play by no rules, but have their own private code to follow. To say this jacket is “cool”, is to do it an injustice, as the wearer of the jacket doesn’t care if it is cool or not. Bright red in color, this jacket demands the attention of everyone around it. If you are the sort of individual that can handle that sort of spotlight, then you know this is the one for you.
- Han Solo Vest
It doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, you want to be Han Solo. It doesn’t even matter if you’re not a fan or never have even seen the movies, you want to be Han Solo. The men’s vest is the one, which is the least utilized and most under-appreciated elements of fashion, but Solo wears it to perfection. The slim fit vest is pretty practical for a fly-by without having the added restriction of sleeves; If you’re a casual guy but mean business, this vest is for you!
Though this film was released in 1984, it is one of the most iconic films of the 20th century. Every other bad ass jacket seen in the 21st has been a variation on this particular theme. This classic leather piece is for the man on a mission, undistracted by bling or fame. Its essence is its hard practicality. Arnold Schwarzenegger could not have been the Terminator he is remembered for today if this jacket had been even mildly different. The seriousness and laser focus of the fighting machines is beautifully translated by this element of the costume.
Author Bio: This article has been authored by Eliza Roe. She is a writer and a part-time Hollywood researcher, who has a keen interest in the latest fashion trends. Eliza has written many articles on her favorite subject of identity forging and iconic clothing in the popular culture at getmyleather.com She specializes in the American pop culture studies.