As far as wardrobe staples go, a leather jacket is right up there with sneakers and lived-in jeans. It’s a building block on which flawless #OOTDs are built, injecting It-girl vibes into everything from free-wheelin’ floral rompers to ultra-polished work outfits with zero effort. But even our most-loved pieces can start to feel stale after a while, and some fresh style inspo becomes totally necessary. Three Ways to Wear to the rescue! This week, we looked to a few of our favorite style-savvy celebs to help you reignite your passion for the biker jacket.
The Buy: A go-to leather (or pleather) biker jacket that doesn’t skimp on attitude.
How to Wear a Leather Jacket for Work
Poppy Delevingne struck the ultimate balance of girl next door and femme fatale with a sweet-and-sassy mini dress and biker jacket combo.
Trenches are standard fare as far as spring dressing goes, but if you want to take your on-the-job look in the direction of cool rather than classic, a leather jacket is the way to go. Score style points while staying true to your sensibilities by jazzing up a botanical midi dress with a statement belt, suede mules (the shoe of the season), and a studded leather jacket that perfectly captures your down-to-business persona.
H&M Biker Jacket ($70) + Zara Floral Print Flowing Dress ($100), Seychelles Commute Mule ($110), Madewell Modernism Choker Necklace ($45), Uterqüe Snakeskin-Effect Tote Bag With Interior Bag ($249), BCBG Woven Faux-Leather Waist Belt ($88), Tom Ford Clutch-Size Lip Balm in L’Odissea ($36)
How to Wear a Leather Jacket for a Night Out
Is it just us, or has Selena Gomez been seriously slaying the fashion game lately? The singer is straight-up fire in a red-hot biker, floral shorts, and bold baubles.
You have your GNO ensemble down pat — it’s flawless, BTW — but now it’s time to build on its after-dark perfection. Start with a solid base of a silk cami, streamlined trousers, and lace-up heels, then turn up the heat with an unexpected red leather jacket, OTT earrings, and an Insta-worthy box clutch. Even if your name isn’t on the VIP list, this getup is guaranteed to get you past the velvet rope.
Mango Leather Biker Jacket ($200) + & Other Stories Zipped Trousers ($125), Uterqüe Rattan Earrings ($53), H&M Silk V-neck Camisole Top ($60), Daya by Zendaya Starke Sandal ($100), MM6 Maison Margiela Two-Finger Silver-Tone Ring ($98), Uterqüe Pale Pink Cubist Clutch ($140), Mixology Eyeshadow Palette ($34)
How to Wear a Leather Jacket for the Weekend
Leave it to Ashley Madekwe to come up with the coolest off-duty #OOTD. From the backless loafers to the leather jacket and distressed denim, her dynamite duds are giving us all the feels.
Whatever your weekend agenda entails, you can count on this effortless outfit formula to ensure you get through every brunch date and errand in style. Classic denim, low-profile slides, and a roomy bucket bag offer up a healthy dose of versatility, comfort, and functionality to keep up with your girl-on-the-go lifestyle, while details such as a ’90s mock-neck top, mirrored shades, and a grommet-studded leather jacket deliver just the right amount of oomph to keep things feeling fashionably fuss-free.
Zara Leather Jacket ($249) + Madewell The Perfect Summer Jean ($135), Ganni Newman Top in Eclipse ($85), Urban Outfitters Carrie Loafer Mule ($69), Genuine People Leather Mini Bucket Bag ($189), Quay All My Love ($65), ASOS Leather Western Tip Waist And Hip Belt ($25)
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