How to Wear a Leather Jacket: 7 Outfits You Haven't Thought of Yet

How do you wear your leather jacket? It’s certainly no longer jarring to see a dark leather biker paired with a soft chiffon shirt or a summery broderie anglaise dress; likewise for strappy heels or sporty pool slides. Chances are you own at least one classic black moto style, a piece that has become such a perennial staple that it can transcend almost any occasion.

But when it comes to the new generation of leather cover-ups, the goalposts have moved even further. Long, cropped, pastel, earthy… We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the endless iterations on offer now. There are colourways and cuts to see you through every day of the week and styles to match your mood and, rather conveniently, the weather. Which means a fresh heap of outfit formulas.

As always, we’ve decoded the looks of some of our favourite dressers to take your leather saviour into 2018. Think blousons and midi skirts didn’t mix or that you couldn’t rock that cropped biker to work? Think again. Scroll through the stylish looks below and hit up our head-to-toe styling tips in order to see how to wear a leather jacket now.

1. ladylike blouse + contrasting trousers + bold earrings

How to Wear a Leather Jacket:  ladylike blouse + contrasting trousers + bold earrings



Style Notes: Here’s proof that you can pair a short, menswear-inspired leather with a typically ladylike piece. The contrasting blue and maroons work beautifully, but the high neck of the blouse and the earrings give it that feminine twist.

If you’re going to opt for leather, why not select this navy piece from Diane von Furstenberg?

2. midi dress + pretty flats + oversized sunnies

Style Notes: If you’ve recently added a coloured style to your leather jacket arsenal, don’t assume that you have to wear it with block hues. Throwing in a print such as a check or stripe is perfect for adding an unexpected twist to your look; experimentation is key.

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This is an incredible price for a leather jacket. 

3. white shirt + patterned pants + brogues

How to Wear a Leather Jacket: White shirt + patterned pants + brogues



Style Notes: This look is crisp and light thanks to the simple colour palette and neat lines. In spring, it can be hard to wear leather (for obvious, sweaty reasons), but if you throw it over your typical workwear ensemble, you’ll be ready for a night out.

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We often turn to this high-street favourite for classic leathers.

4. roll-neck + straight-leg jeans + kitten heels

How to Wear a Leather Jacket: roll neck + straight leg jeans + kitten heels


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Style Notes: Don’t shy away from longline iterations. A belted, longer-length jacket is perfect worn with cropped trousers and mules.

5. classic black trousers + retro sunnies

How to Wear a Leather Jacket: classic cropped trousers + tortoiseshell sunnies



Style Notes: There's something so chic about a belted leather jacket. This fun pink version is ideally paired with chic black cropped trousers and heels or ankle boots. Anything added to this ensemble will detract from its greatness.

It's not hard to see why this is a street style favourite.

6. matching trousers + boots + oversized shirt

How to wear a leather jacket: matching trousers + boots + oversized men's shirt



Style Notes: Want to lift a basic outfit? Grab a creased leather jacket, and wear with an oversized shirt and combats. We’re calling it the modern-day AllSaints.

The slightly longer cut is what we love the most about this versatile option.

7. wide-leg trousers + slouchy knit + floral boots

How to wear a leather jacket: Wide-leg trousers + slouchy knit + floral boots



Style Notes: The weather likes to throw us curveballs all the time, so it’s always wise to have a leather trim bomber jacket in your wardrobe ready to throw on in case of an oncoming shower.

This is perfect for shoulder robing.

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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.