Whether it;s used as the material for a jacket, a couch or even shoes, leather always makes a statement. This goes double for leather underwear, an article that hasn’t received as much mainstream attention as its cotton and nylon brethren. Just because it’s not sold in multi-pack boxes in the department store men’s underwear aisle doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it. In fact, just the opposite is true. Because it’s such a statement, leather underwear might even become your undergarment of choice. Worried about breathability? Don’t be. That’s why smart people invented pleather underwear – it’s the same look and feel without the hot, sticky downsides. To help inspire our readers to branch out and try leather and pleather, we put together a list of the top ten men’s leather underwear photos. If you’re not sure you like the look, or even if you’re just wondering how to pull it off, check out the photos below and let us know if you’ll be wearing cow-hide sometime soon.
10. Rodiney Santiago
This shot is from his 2012 calendar. It’s the sort of thing that makes us miss last year. It also shows that leather underwear can demonstrate how adventurous you are.
9. Ryan Bertroche
Ryan Bertroche is both a living picture and living proof that a man can wear leather underwear in a classy and elegant way.
8. Lane Carlson
Lane shows us the other side of leather underwear in a dark photo shoot by Joseph Lally. When you wear leather, people know you mean business.
7. Iraklis Kozas
Iraklis Kozas poses in this Modus Vivendi ad. Leather underwear can work in many environments – even, apparently, the Mediterranean!
6. Hugo Vieira
Wearing leather underwear can be a great way to show people that you will not be pushed around. If all else fails, try that scowl.
5. Gregg Homme Chopper Brief
Just because some guys take leather seriously doesn’t mean you have to follow suit and buy a motorcycle. You can have some fun with leather underwear.
4. Go Softwear Noir Cut Out Brief
Sometimes leather can be used more subtly. This Go Softwear brief doesn’t rub its leather fabric in your face.
3. Folsom Street Fair
This photo. What can we say? Men who wear leather flock together.
2. Jorgie Chamorro
With leather, a little can go a long way. You don’t need to dress like Morpheus. A leather brief is a great place to start.
1. Be Yourself
It’s true about all underwear and especially true about leather: wear what makes you feel confident and comfortable. If leather isn’t your thing right now, don’t worry about it. Stick with cotton and maybe one day you’ll be tempted to change your mind.
Photo Credit: B. Charles Johnson, Edwin Pabon, Go Softwear, Gregg Homme, Joseph Lally, Modus Vivendi, Rodiney Santiago, Vogue Homme Japan