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How to choose the Perfect Leather Cafe Racer Jacket

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Leather jackets have been a wardrobe staple for decades, and Cafe racer leather jackets are no exception.  Sleek, stylish, and endlessly versatile, a good racer jacket can easily take your look from day to night. But with so many different styles and cuts on the market, how do you  choose the perfect one for you? 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when shopping for a leather cafe racer jacket:

First, consider what kind of style you're going for.  Do you want something classic, timeless, or edgy and modern?  There are racer leather jackets to suit every taste, so it's about finding the right one for you.

Second, think about what kind of fit you're after.  Do you want something snug and fitted or something loose and relaxed?  Again, there are options to suit every body type, so it's about finding the right one for you.

Finally, don't forget to consider practicality.  cafe racer mens leather jackets can be heavy and warm, so make sure you choose one that's appropriate for the weather conditions where you live.  With these tips in mind, you're sure to find the perfect one for yourself

History of Cafe Racer Leather Jacket

Leather racer jackets have been around for many centuries. Initially, they were created as leather shirts for riding. The leather was tough and could withstand the elements, but it was also comfortable and breathable. Eventually, leather jackets became popular with motorcyclists, who appreciated their protective qualities. In the 1950s, a new style of leather jacket emerged in the United Kingdom.

These jackets were characterized by their slim fit design and exposed zippers. They became known as "cafe racer leather jackets" because they were often worn by motorcycle riders who frequented coffee shops. Today, the jacket style is still popular with motorcycle enthusiasts and fashion-savvy consumers alike. Thanks to their iconic style, they have become a timeless wardrobe staple.

Origin of café race leather jacket

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The jacket seems to be rooted back in the 1950s known as the leather racing shirt. However, the term “café racer” emerged in the 1960s when motorcycle enthusiast would modify their bikes for speed and handing generally for street racing and quick rides over short distances. But this particular style of jacket with mandarin collar and central zip was still not identified as café racer style of jackets, the origin of the name still remains unknown, some say the name was designated later in the 2000s.

Café racer motorcycle jackets in sub-culture

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The Tun-Up Boys were the first ones to introduce café racer motorbikes, but most of these folks still wore the asymmetrical biker jacket. However, there is no denying you could find some of them wearing the collarless jacket. This indicates that the jackets were still not a staple in that period even in the era.

The rise of cafe racer jacket leather

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This style of jackets didn’t get proper attention and media hype in the earlier days but things have changed, now you’ll find almost every celebrity and model rocking a cool leather jacket for men, in fact there are more designs and varieties of café racer jackets produced than any other style of jacket. It won’t be wrong if we say that the style has seen it’s first popularity peak after the 2000s thanks to war of the worlds, Wolverine and mission impossible.

How should a cafe racer jacket fit?

It's been a few years since the cafe racer jacket made its big comeback, and it's still one of the most popular items in menswear. So, if you're thinking about buying one, how should a cafe racer jacket fit? Let's take a look.

Chest:

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The most important measurement is your chest. The jacket should fit snugly around the chest, but still have enough room to zip all the way up and be comfortable. Once you have your chest measurement, you can use it to determine the size of the rest of the jacket. Once you get the chest right you should be able to find a jacket that fits you perfectly.

Shoulders:

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The shoulder seams of a jacket are one of the most important areas to check when determining if the jacket is sized correctly. The seams should sit comfortably on the shoulders, and the jacket should not be too tight or too loose in this area. Additionally, the seams should be parallel to each other, and they should not extend more than a few inches down the arms.

Sleeves:

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The sleeve length will correspond with your arm length, it’s essential you get this right. If you get the chest and shoulders right the sleeve length is certainly going to be correct too. Ideally the sleeve hem should end at the top of your wrist, neither higher nor lower.

Hem:

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The jacket hem should end at your belt or an inch longer, you might feel like it’s too short at first but that’s how it’s supposed to fit.

 

See What Customers are Saying

Excellent Jacket and well made! Has a nice scent of leather. Has two pockets inside and four outside. I look pretty thin and classy. I love this Jacket better than the ten other leather jackets I own. You will not be disappointed. Trust me!

Lamont Shook — Mens Racer Jacket Brown


I don’t usually post reviews. But this jacket deserves one. I weigh 185 and the medium fits very well. It is slightly fitted, but I consider that a positive as I prefer a slim look. I’ve been looking at jackets at department stores for the last couple of years, and this jacket looks better than what I’ve seen.

Kyle Smith Mens Leather Racer Jacket Black


I ordered the jacket and received it in about four days. It looked just like in the pictures and fit me perfectly. I wasn't sure about the size, but I took a chance on the L, which fits like a glove. I put it on fresh out of the box, and it was like I was tailored for it. I have already received a lot of compliments. I love the smell of the leather as well, and it keeps me warm - great jacket!

Jose Ortiz — Cafe Racer Leather Jacket


I searched through a lot of jackets and finally settled on this one. I was skeptical of the quality and size and expected the sleeve length to be too long. However, to my extreme delight, the jacket was a perfect fit. The material is so supple, the stitching is exceptional, and the straps at the waist are easily hidden once adjusted. I feel like a hero. Thanks for the amazing jacket

Jamie Laffey Mens Leather Cafe Racer Jacket


It looks better in person. Soft and supple, yet strong enough for everyday wear. The edges are mildly distressed and blend in perfectly with the body of the vest. This is very well made. I'm a bit heavier and have difficulty finding things that fit, but I followed the sizing chart, and the jacket fits fine.

John Johnson — Mens Racer Leather Jacket


I wear a size 46 sport coat, which fits me perfectly. The above jacket fits precisely in the same manner, almost like its tailor fit. Delivery was phenomenally fast, like two days. And in my opinion, this is a damn good looking jacket.

Allen Woodruff — Cafe Racer Motorcycle Jacket

People also Ask

Can I wear a racer jacket casually?

Yes, you can wear a leather racer jacket casually as long as it’s designed for style and not purely made for racing. Fashion jackets are less stiff and more supple, moreover they also fit differently. At the end of the day, it all comes down to choosing the right jacket.

Are leather jackets out of style?

Leather jackets are timeless staples and will never go out of style no matter what’s in trend. You can always rock this bad boy with a jeans and tshirt to call it a day or dress it up with shirt chinos and boots.

Why is it called a café racer?

The term café racer comes from the times when youngsters would race from one café to another, in their lightweight modified sports bikes. However, it cannot be confirmed as to what extend this is true.

What is the point of a café racer?

Café racers were standard bikes that were modified and made lighter for better speed and handling. These bikes were used by folks who would challenge each other for a race and commute around cafe and bars. These bikes are even popular today.

How much does it cost to get a leather jacket tailored?

The tailoring cost of a jacket varies depending on the degree of alteration, another thing is that that not every tailor can alter a jacket because it’s hard to alter cand can cost from $50 to $300. Therefore, it’s best to get the correct size rather than altering a jacket. 





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