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.

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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.

Recreate her look with this similar leather jacket, mock neck sweater, skirt and lace-up boots.

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.

If you’re more of a minimalist, you could opt for white or taupe. If you have a romantic style personality, how about pink. The choices are endless so you’re bound to find the right one for you.

What to wear with your leather jacket

Okay, this is an easy one.

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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.

Cassie (above) wears a striking yellow moto over her little black dress.

Check out this similar moto jacket, dress, pumps, stockings and fluffy bag.

The best leather jackets for women – styles to choose and outfit inspiration

leather jacket worn with sweater, denim leggings and boots | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Steal her look with this similar embroidered and studded leather jacket, sweater, denim leggings and studded boots.

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.

Halogen peplum faux leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen peplum faux leather moto jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: Blank NYC removable faux fur collar suede moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC removable faux fur collar suede moto jacket

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.

Andrew Marc stand collar leather jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Andrew Marc stand collar leather jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: Lucky Brand leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Lucky Brand leather moto jacket

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.

Blank NYC suede moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC suede moto jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: Vero Moda faux leather moto jacket with faux fur trim | 40plusstyle.com

Vero Moda faux leather moto jacket with faux fur trim

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.

Blank NYC crop suede trucker jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC crop suede trucker jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: BB Dakota drape front faux suede jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BB Dakota drape front faux suede jacket

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.

Chouyatou leather biker jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Chouyatou leather biker jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: Blank NYC suede moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC suede moto jacket

11. Green leather jacket

As well as burgundy, I always think that a deep olive green is a beautiful option for winter and fall.

Blank NYC faux leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC faux leather moto jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: BB Dakota faux suede moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BB Dakota faux suede moto jacket

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.

Blank NYC faux leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC faux leather moto jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: Levi’s oversize faux leather moto jacket with faux fur trim | 40plusstyle.com

Levi’s oversize faux leather moto jacket with faux fur trim

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.

Smart Range soft leather biker jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Smart Range soft leather biker jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: Polo Ralph Lauren leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Polo Ralph Lauren leather moto 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.

Halogen faux leather drape front jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen faux leather drape front jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: BB Dakota snake embossed faux leather moto jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BB Dakota snake embossed faux leather moto jacket

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.

BB Dakota reversible faux leather drape front jacket | 40plusstyle.com

BB Dakota reversible faux leather drape front jacket

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.

best leather jackets for women: Blank NYC textured drape front faux leather jacket | 40plusstyle.com

Blank NYC textured drape front faux leather jacket

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.

leather jacket worn with button down shirt, jeans and over the knee boots | 40plusstyle.com

Tanasha (above) opts for a button down shirt and matches her jacket to her boots.

Check out this similar suede moto jacket, shirt, jeans and above the knee boots to steal her look.

tops to wear with leather jackets | 40plusstyle.com

Dries Van Noten side pleat topEquipment silk shirtBP. chambray shirtVince Camuto blouse

Pants and jeans to wear with your jacket

leather jacket worn with v-neck blouse, jeans and booties | 40plusstyle.com

Lynne (above) pairs a beautiful pink jacket with her skinny jeans.

Check out this similar leather jacket, v-neck top, jeans, booties and layered necklace.

pants and jeans to wear with leather jackets | 40plusstyle.com

Frame bootcut jeansSocialite wide leg satin pantsProsperity Denim jeggings7 For All Mankind ankle 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.

 leather jacket worn with dress and sneakers | 40plusstyle.com| 40plusstyle.com

Karen (above) shows how beautifully a moto jacket can go with a midi dress.

Recreate her look with this similar suede moto jacket, dress and sneakers.

dresses and skirts to wear with leather jackets | 40plusstyle.com

Row A midi dressEileen Fisher shift dressBoden pencil skirtMing Wang knit skirt

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.

leather jacket worn with turtleneck top, wide leg jeans and boots | 40plusstyle.com | 40plusstyle.com

Oxana (above) wears her moto jacket with matching boots and a Coach handbag.

Get this look with this similar leather jacket, turtleneck top, wide leg pants and high boots.

shoes to wear with leather jackets | 40plusstyle.com

Kensi bootieSteve Madden sneakerMadewell bootieNaturalizer slingback pump

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.

leather jacket worn with v-neck tee, jeans, sneakers and bandana | 40plusstyle.com

Patricia (above) wears a classic black moto with matching Converse Chuck Taylor high top sneakers.

Get her look with this similar moto jacket, v-neck tee, bandana, jeans and backpack.

accessories to wear with leather jackets | 40plusstyle.com

Hobo leather hobo bagRag & Bone wool scarfNakamol Chicago layered pendant necklaceNordstrom floppy wool felt hat

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.

leather jackets capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Do you already have a leather jacket in your closet?

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