A leather jacket is one of those wardrobe essentials that every woman should own. In this article let’s look at the best leather jackets this season.
The history of the leather jacket
I can think of few other pieces of clothing which manage to be completely timeless, yet edgy at the same time.
Leather jackets were first worn in the 1900s by aviators and then the military, gaining extra cool status when Marlon Brando donned one in The Wild One, and then Steve McQueen wore leather in Rebel Without a Cause.
Women who wore leather jackets were deemed to be rulebreakers. Think Olivia Newton-John in Grease when Sandy turned cool, Debbie Harry, Madonna and Cher.
Leather jackets literally go with everything and actually look better with age (don’t we all?) and are always on trend.
Find your perfect leather jacket and you’ll have it for life
Just like finding the perfect pair of jeans, finding the perfect leather jacket can be a long search.
But, once you find yours – the jacket that fits you like a second skin and goes with everything in your closet – your leather jacket will be with you for life.
That’s why you can afford to invest in a good leather jacket because it will be one of the hardest working items in your closet and it will never go out of style.
Lou (above) teams her moto jacket with a midi skirt.
The great thing about leather jackets is there really is one for everyone. For instance, if you have a rock chick style personality, you may choose a black one with studs.
What to wear with your leather jacket
Okay, this is an easy one.
If you are wondering what to wear with your leather jacket, the answer is simple: Everything!
The best leather jackets for women will literally go with everything. You can instantly elevate a simple outfit of jeans and a t-shirt with your moto jacket.
You can wear over your summer dresses to take them into the cooler months. You can even make a cocktail or a slip dress more casual.
There really isn’t anything leather jackets don’t go with.
For more inspiration on how to style leather jackets, read our article on concert outfit ideas.
The best leather jackets for women – styles to choose and outfit inspiration
If you don’t already own a leather jacket, or you are looking to add another one in a different color or style, here are some of my favorites in stores now.
I would suggest having one in a darker shade such as navy, black or burgundy, and one in a lighter color or neutral such as white, cream, pale gray or tan.
That way, you will be covered for all seasons.
Natalia (above) chooses a leather jacket adorned with flowers and studs.
1. Black leather jacket
A true classic. Every closet could benefit from the addition of a black leather jacket. This style really is one of the best leather jackets for women to choose.
If you prefer not to have black against your face as it can be a draining color to wear, you can always add a scarf in a flattering shade to your look.
2. Suede jacket
Rather than leather, you could opt for the softer, more textural feel of suede.
If you want to make sure you stay warm in cooler months, a detachable fur collar can be a good option.
3. Brown leather jacket
A moto jacket in a softer shade to black can be a more unusual choice, helping your outfit to stand out from the crowd.
4. Red leather jacket
To really make an impact, you could choose a jacket in a striking red.
If you aren’t keen on a really bright red, you could keep an eye out for burgundy which is always a beautiful color for winter and fall.
5. White leather jacket
Another good way to stand out from the crowd when it comes to choosing your next moto jacket is literally to opt for the opposite color to the norm.
Rather than choosing black, how about white?
This would look fabulous worn as a monochrome look with a black dress. It’s also a great option with paler colors during the summer months.
6. Leather jacket with faux fur
While moto jackets don’t have the full body coverage of their longer counterparts, to make sure you stay warm, you could always layer a longer top underneath as well as adding a touch of cozy fur to the collar.
7. Cropped leather jacket
The two biggest trends in terms of moto jacket shapes this year have been the cropped style as well as designers going the opposite way and creating oversized jackets.
Cropped and short jackets can be a tricky length to wear. However they can also be very flattering when worn in the right way.
Try wearing with a longer or asymmetrical top to play with the proportions of your silhouette.
8. Pink leather jacket
If you have a romantic style personality, pink could be the color for you.
A pink leather jacket plays with the idea of a moto jacket being tough and subversive by adding a much softer touch to your outfit.
9. Blue leather jacket
Another striking option for you could be blue. This striking shade of cobalt blue was shown on the catwalks for winter and fall this year.
10. Yellow leather jacket
Or how about a touch of yellow to add a little sunshine to winter days?
Check out this article for more inspiration on how to wear yellow to brighten up your day.
11. Green leather jacket
As well as burgundy, I always think that a deep olive green is a beautiful option for winter and fall.
12. Studded leather jacket
For extra edginess, you could choose a leather jacket with studs.
This aesthetic is likely to appeal to you if you have a rock chick personality.
It’s also a great option to add a little edge to feminine outfits.
13. Tan leather jacket
Another classic option for you is the tan leather jacket. As a neutral it will go with everything that black does while creating a softer appearance.
You could, for example, wear with black in the winter and then with white in summer.
14. Winter leather jacket
Another lovely option with fur if you are looking for a leather jacket for winter.
If you do wear your leather jacket during the colder months, you might want to opt for an oversized style so you can still fit your sweater underneath.
15. Purple leather jacket
Do you usually wear purple? This is another unusual shade to think about if you are looking for a leather jacket which is different to the norm.
Take a look at more ideas on how to wear purple.
16. Designer leather jacket
If you are looking at which parts of your closet to invest in and which to save money on, I would definitely think about a leather jacket as an investment piece.
Cost per wear, it’s still likely to work out cheaper than most other items in your closet, even if you opt for a designer jacket.
17. Navy leather jacket
A beautiful alternative to black is navy. It’s usually more flattering against your skin, but still just as versatile as black.
Take a look at which colors go best with navy.
18. Maroon leather jacket
Not quite black and not quite burgundy, a very dark shade of maroon is very on trend this year.
Designers including Roland Mouret and Zimmerman showcased this shade, which sits somewhere between black, burgundy and blue on the color spectrum.
Choosing a reptile-style texture means you are getting two trends in one.
19. Cream leather jacket
If you feel white is a little too harsh for winter, how about trying cream?
A flattering drape neckline will give your look a more relaxed feel.
20. Drape leather jacket
Draping is always an interesting option for your outfits.
While moto jackets can be very structured, you could opt to be a little different by choosing a draped style.
Clothes, shoes and accessories to wear with your leather jacket
Obviously a leather jacket on its own does not make up an outfit (unless you want to be arrested, or very cold). Here are some of the best clothes and accessories to choose to go under your moto.
Tops to wear with your moto jacket
Really, anything goes when it comes to choosing a top to go with your leather jacket.
You could choose a classic white tee, a button-down shirt or you can play with proportions and opt for a longer tunic.
Tanasha (above) opts for a button down shirt and matches her jacket to her boots.
Pants and jeans to wear with your jacket
Lynne (above) pairs a beautiful pink jacket with her skinny jeans.
Dresses and skirts to wear under your moto jacket
Again, you can choose any style of skirt or dress to wear with your moto and it’s likely to look great.
Particularly on-trend ways of wearing your moto are to pop it over a midi dress or skirt.
For more inspiration read our article on leather skirt outfit ideas for women over 40.
Shoes to wear with your moto
Depending on the season, the occasion and the look you are aiming for, you could wear everything from casual sneakers to booties and high heels.
Accessories to wear with your leather jacket
You can, of course, wear anything with your moto, but I think a leather jacket looks particularly stylish teamed with a contrasting scarf for winter.
A capsule wardrobe featuring the leather jackets above
There are so many different ways you could put these moto jackets, clothes and accessories together. Here are 9 outfits to get you started.
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
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