Have you ever sale stalked an item? You know, stalked an item in the store for weeks, waiting for it to go on sale? Well, that’s me. Sale Stalker. For weeks, I had been eyeing a leather jacket I saw in Sears,  waiting for it to go on sale. This leather jacket has just the right amount of edge to rock my inner rebel . . . and it came in three colors. I started imagining all the different ways I could use this iconic style staple to stretch my closet.

After weeks of hoping and praying it would go on sale, I had finally accepted the fact that it might never happen . . . and then, there it was. My have-to-have-it leather jacket was on sale . . . and all three colors were available in my size. WOOT! WOOT! I was in shoppers heaven! Needless to say, I snatched them up and gleefully skipped out of Sears, bounty in hand!

Long hair minimizes the need for barbers; socks can be done without; one leather jacket solves the coat problem for many years; suspenders are superfluous. ALBERT EINSTEIN

My first memories of this iconic fashion piece reach back to the Hollywood classic, “Easy Rider.” It was the early 70s, and my parents packed all five of us kids into our tangerine-colored VW van and took us to the drive-in theater to so see it. I vividly remember the scene where Dennis Hopper, Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda were cruising down the highway on their choppers, and thinking how tough and handsome Peter Fonda looked in his black leather jacket.  That particular scene  convinced me that Peter Fonda will always be the perfect definition of rebel cool. Sorry, James Dean.

Publicity still from the film ‘Easy Rider’ (1969) Sunset Boulevard / Corbis / Getty Images

Fast-forward a few years later to 1978, when another Hollywood classic  featured the iconic leather jacket. Can you guess which film?  Yup. It was GREASE, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. As a young, impressionable girl, I was thrilled to see the women in this movie wearing their satin pink jackets and the guys sporting their greased back hair, blue jeans, white t-shirts, and black leather jackets. This was the pop-culture classic of my time that had defined rebel cool for the guys I grew up with. After GREASE was released, every guy I knew tried to perfect John Travolta’s “Danny Zuko” tough guy image . . . and the leather jacket was at the helm of this persona.

Everett Collection, FOX

From street-scene to big screen, the leather jacket has managed to be one of those timeless classic pieces that transcends any fashion trend. So, no matter what style-sense you embrace, the leather jacket is definitely the perfect complement.

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