Let's talk about leather jackets: definitely one of the trickiest menswear items to pull-off, but when worn well (monochrome, black jeans, boots, don't overthink it), a timeless piece that will improve with wear and age; an item that can transform a simple jeans and tee outfit into something far more interesting.
But beware, because the leather jacket can go from fashion friend to enemy very quickly.
Just ask Daniel Craig.
Ignoring the questionable cuff of DC's trousers for a moment, let's focus our attention on the newly-finally-announced 007's top half, in which he seems to have chosen a blazer made out of leather for a nice walk around NYC.
A leather blazer.
It's a blazer, but made out of leather.
Allow us to demonstrate our feelings on this jacket/blazer/mistake in a handy three-photo sequence.
Upon closer inspection, it looks like Craig's jacket is actually a Bedford, a three-button style that is blazer-esque, but is unstructured, with smaller lapels and a heftier build. Usually made out of heavy-twill cotton, wool or corduroy, the Bedford is a great jacket option if you want to dress up jeans or chinos in summer, or layer under a longer, heavier coat in autumn/winter. .. but do not buy one in leather.
Here are a couple of more sane alternatives instead.
Acne Studios, Axl Slim-Fit Suede-Panelled Leather Jacket, £1,200, mrporter.com
Engineered Garments, Slim-Fit Woven Cotton Jacket, £320, mrporter.com