Biker bars, wallet chain, biker boots, biker leather jacket -- we can all agree that fashion has embraced a genre of style that can best be described as "biker chic." In top fashion houses, that can mean tall emaciated models wearing black with metal accents with a menacing expression on their faces. In normal public life, this motif of clothing has been in fashion long before Marlon Brando donned his leather jacket and sneered at the camera.
Most recently, mens fashion jewqelry has been strongly influenced by this same biker chic motif. Black leather jackets, a staple (if not requirement in the Harley Davidson culture) for the biker style has always shown some form of metal adornment. The jacket usually includes either rivets or bonded shank buttons, along with D-rings, snaps, studs and sometimes chains.
The oversized black leather wallet has always been seen with a wallet chain attaching it to the rider. This originated for practical reasons, insuring that the wallet can be easily reached and not blown away during highway travel. For that reason, heavy chains figure prominently in this overall style.
The Harley Davidson biker style is nothing if not a machismo reflection of a stereotypical, testosterone enraged hell-raiser on two wheels. Cartoons of dog breeds that are seen to be masculine and tough typically feature a heavy black collar adorned with large silver metal spikes.
The exact replica of this collar can be seen in biker attire, whether integrated in the jacket or chaps, or in mens fashion jewqelry such as choker necklaces and bracelets. Jewelry for bikers reflects a masculine, even utilitarian image. These styles certainly serve to break any lingering image of jewelry as solely a feminine adornment.
One need only look to current wedding ring trends for men to see the influence of masculine biker chic. Decidedly deeper toned and more durable metals are being used, such as dark tinted metals, titanium and so forth. Jewelry, biker fashions and the bridge between the two are commanding the fashion headlines this year.