How To Wear Motorcycle Clothing – A Guide For The Fashionably Impaired

Motorcycle gear can make you look like a complete dope, at least until you get used to it. The first time I wore my shiny new black leather jacket, people crossed the street to avoid me. It’s not an unfair reaction; motorcycle gear is not exactly renowned for its sartorial subtlety.

But with a little bit of style-aware know-how, you can confidently strut your stuff in all that safety tarp. Here are some tips on how to wear motorcycle gear without looking like a complete dork.

The Basics Of Motorcycle Gear

If you’re not ready to take the plunge and buy a motorcycle, or if your bike is sitting in the shop for repairs, you can still wear motorcycle clothing. As long as you’ve got some leathers and boots, you’re set. The most important part of any outfit is the fit, and this applies to motorcycle gear too. If your gear doesn’t fit well it just looks silly. It should always be snug enough so that it doesn’t flap around in the wind, but not so tight that it cuts off circulation.



It’s important to have a good pair of boots when you wear motorcycle gear. You want something that has a lower heel, no more than 2 inches, and is made of sturdy leather or rubber. You want your feet held tightly in the boot so they don’t slip while riding. Boots with laces are best because they allow you to tighten them up well.

Pants And Chaps

The most important piece of motorcycle clothing you’ll need is protective pants. These are usually made of leather or nylon and will cover your knees and shins. They’re designed to protect you in the event of a crash, so they’re a necessary evil.

Chaps are also important because they keep your jeans or pants protected from the abrasion of rubbing against your leathers all day long. Chaps are either bought as one piece that wraps around both thighs and down to your boots or as two separate pieces: a short chamois over-pants that goes over your jeans and a legging-style lower half that goes on just below the knee.

Coats And Jackets

Motorcycle coats and jackets are the first things people see when they meet you, so make sure it’s something that reflects your style. Coats and jackets are a great way to add some style to your motorcycle gear. You can find lots of different cuts, fabrics, and colors.

If you’re not sure what will work best for you, try a few on and see which one fits best. You can also match your coat or jacket with the rest of your outfit to complete the look. Try wearing a black leather coat with a black skirt for a sleek look, or pair a red suede jacket with ripped jeans and a white tee shirt for an edgy but sophisticated outfit.

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