And Why Not?

Men have worn leather throughout history, and even been commonplace in fashion of the Stuart age in Europe, not mentioning the long tradition in military uniform, particularly hard-wearing breeches, boots, etc. , right up to twentieth century air aces wearing full leather suits.  This male domain has shifted more to women's style.  Leather is, like any material, subject to how it is crafted and tailored - if the fit and shape is not suitable for you, in leather it will only be magnified.    Recent decades have seen the shift away from the hetero male to the gay man and has led to myths and stereotypes.  However, a specifically gay leather uniform (i.e. Tom of Finland) is readily differentiated from that of the hetero wearer.   Then there is the infamous episode in the US TV show "Friends" in popular culture (I believe it was a comedy) watched last decade by today's thirty-somethings who have been greatly misled.  So a generation have been shocked into conformity.  Given the versatility of leather - there is even stretch leather - it is a tragedy that the straight guy is ridiculed because he dares to stick out from the crowd and express his individuality.  Despite the significant exposure of leather and other fetish fabrics in films, it is left to the realms of fantasy and secret expression.  Sure, leather is more sexually expressive but with the right combination of clothing can be made to suit the occasion.  (However, a full leather suit seems hard for a man to pull off outside some very limited scenarios.) The acceptability of wearing leather in public could be correlated to the progression or regression of society and its prejudices.... at a time when we are all 'forced' to be politically correct, there has never been more violent reaction against people who are different from the crowd - and although leather-wearing men cannot really be seen as a minority per se, we certainly can experience the ugly face of a society from time to time.  
In the meantime, I enjoy spending my time in parts of the world where one can wear one's leather with pride and without fear of ridicule (better keep that gym membership up!)
Leather forever!
titusleather titusleather
41-45, M
4 Responses Mar 21, 2011

Titusleather, thanks for expressing what me and many other guys think about men wearing leather clothes, especially leather pants. Your opinions perfectly reflect mine and are the reason I also wear leather pants on most days, at least from spring through to autumn.
My only other comment is that not all gay men relate to the stereotypical Tom of Finland look. Agreed that this image originates from gay culture, but I for one, only ever wear leather pants teamed with other fashion items eg a structured jacket and shirt with a pair of sharp dress shoes - and never with a harness or arm band - even though I'm gay. It's just not my look. I like looking sharp, not fetishy.
Interestingly I love all the admiring looks I get from women. Call it ego, but knowing I could score them even though I'm not remotely interested, is a real trip.
I often wonder if straight guys feel the same way about gay guys checking them out?

You into swingjng ? I find lot of chicks are into that guys r into gettng turned on by Mfm play .

Yes I have . Had few bi experinces, I was swingjng with a chick who lived guys being bicurious .

Ive bottomed for few guys who we're curios about topping . I don't mind helping out a bro ..

Yup :)

Yes

2 More Responses

This is probably some of the best phrased work I have read on straight men wearing leather. And I fully agree. Well done!!!

well said

Titus speaks the truth - I thought we'd moved on from the uniform 70s when nothing but denim was allowed but we seem to have regressed.<br />
<br />
Why not try central/eastern Europe where they seem to be more relaxed about leather gear.