Bar Wear

A lot of gay leather culture takes references from the military and motorcycle culture, and uniforms are no exception. As there are standards for the classic Leather Man, so is there for the Leather Boy.​​

The Tradition Uniform for the Leatherboy is as follows:

Shoes

Leather military combat boots, aka the jump boot. Any other kind of shoe is not recommended, unless for medical reasons or specified otherwise by your Dominant.

In the Army, the standard issue for all members, regardless of rank, was the military combat boot. During basic training, the private was taught how to care and maintain their boots. If their boots were in good condition, this meant that they could stand/march longer, and subsequently be in Service longer. ​

Socks

White tube socks are the classic choice, this standard has been largely relaxed in today’s current leather culture. Black is also acceptable. White tube socks with color bands at the top are the current trend, with the color band reflecting your kink of choice.

Also another reference to military wear. White cotton socks that were usually mid calf length were worn. These socks were also thick as to offer protection from wearing a hard leather boot for long periods of time

Pants/Jeans

Leather blue jeans are a staple in any leather person’s closet. Traditionally it is the Levi’s button fly 501 blue denim jeans. While this particular jean is still prevalent in many closets, nowadays any set blue jeans are acceptable, as long as they are well kept and not tattered. 

It’s generally thought that wearing blue jeans, specifically Levis, came from motorcycle culture. The motorcyclist is a classic look for the leather man. Most likely ex-military, these riders can be seen driving in packs, all wearing their combat boots, blue jeans, white shirt, and a leather jacket. Jeans have been around since 1873, and only sold by Levis until relatively not too long ago.

Shirts

White crew neck t-shirt cotton is the standard. Unless your Dominant states otherwise. A clean ironed collared white shirt  tucked in will always upgrade any Leatherboy formal look attire.

White crew neck t-shirt cotton is the standard. Unless your Dominant states otherwise. A clean ironed collared white shirt  tucked in will always upgrade any Leatherboy formal look attire.

Headwear

Either nothing or a black leather baseball cap.

There’s no concrete reference as to why a leatherboy wears the leather baseball cap. But if you consider the significance that the Muir Leather Cap has in the Community, (a milestone in a Leather Man’s Journey that, once given, that Leather Man has been recognized as a Sir), it makes sense, that if a boy were to wear a cap, it would be something informal and unobtrusive like a baseball cap. Also, wearing a leather baseball cap, back in the day was a discreet way of showing that you were into leather.

Vest

Most Leather People have a minimum of two vests: one for the bar/casual settings, and one for formal events. The classic leather bar vest has no fastenings and is cut so that the edges are aligned with nipples and unable to close at all. This vest is the vest that clubs pins and patches are to be on. NOT your formal vest.

The bar vest hails from motorcycle culture. When the Motorcycle Club were out riding, they would wear a vest AND a jacket, both with the club patch on them. At the bar, it may be too hot to keep wearing the jacket. So to still show the club’s colors/patch, they would have the vest on inside.