How to Wear a Leather Jacket All Year Round

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You know when an item of clothing goes with just about anything and is always there to ‘throw on’ and jazz up an outfit? That is the beauty of a leather jacket. Never going out of style, leather jacket looks remain a staple all year round, and we’ve got the low down on how to rock them.

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How to Wear a Leather Jacket

Whatever your taste, you can be pretty certain that at least one of the many leather jacket types will not only suit your shape, but also your style. A classic black leather number makes the perfect ‘going out jacket‘ and works amazingly with skinny jeans and heels or that LBD.

But if you fancy something a little more daring, indulge in the latest trends of fur, oversized, cropped and pretty pastels. Leather jacket style has certainly moved forward, meaning that we’re totally spoilt for choice with these new trends.

If you thought you already knew the basics of what to wear with a leather jacket, think again. We’re sure that this top 12 will have you spoilt for choice and full of leather jacket outfit ideas.

(p.s. We’re sorry if outfit planning now takes longer, but it will be worth it!)

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Top 12 Leather Jackets

Simply walking into an All Saints store just makes you feel like it’s the home of the original rock leather jacket; edgy and yet effortlessly cool. So we couldn’t not include one of their classic biker jackets in our top 12. Reiss leather jackets also have that well-made feel about them, and we love the gorgeous brown number below. (If you struggle knowing what to wear with a brown leather jacket, drape it over an all-black outfit or go for autumnal hues).

At the other end of the spectrum, bold colours and shapes from Anthropologie, Missguided and Boohoo are the perfect complement to summer nights out. We also love how the embroidery trend continues, as well as daring studded embellishments – now that’s how to wear a biker jacket well.

Leather Jacket Looks: Summer Vibes

The ‘leather jacket white t-shirt denim shorts’ combo remains simple and effective – a great day time look during the summer months, particularly if you go for a pale pink pastel shade or bright yellow to add that pop of colour. This would also be the perfect time to whip out a cropped black leather jacket, which incidentally looks amazing with a maxi skirt and flip flops.

When it comes to the dress and leather jacket look, you may be thinking ‘how is this still a thing?’, but it just works. Something about floral or crochet detail combined with heavy duty, oversized leather and biker boots gives any outfit a real edge. A great transitional piece too – tick!

And if you’re thinking about how to wear a leather jacket to work, go for pleated midi skirts, stylish cropped trousers or a crisp white shirt and leather jacket. Waterfall styles are lightweight and hang beautifully if you’re looking for that smarter look too.

Black leather jacket floral dress white t-shirt gingham trousers pleated maxi skirt
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Leather Jacket Looks: Winter Warmth

If you’re looking for something casual, the zip up hoodie under leather jacket vibe works wonders and will certainly keep you warm.

Oversized aviator styles with fur trim are must-have pieces when it’s cold. They look amazing with both skinny and mom jeans, as well as shirt dresses, body con pieces and on-trend gingham.

We also love how well studded leather jackets work during this time of year, particularly for a night out or when styling with your fave pair of skinny black jeans and high tops. Topshop is the go-to retailer for a rock leather jacket, so be sure to take a look.

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What to Wear With a Biker Jacket: Celeb Styles

From the supermodel to the superstar actress, celebs can’t get enough of the varied leather jacket looks. Kendall Jenner works the cropped black leather jacket with high-waisted jeans and heels to perfection, while Cara Delevingne goes casual in an oversized hoodie, leather jacket and jeans.

Alexa Chung brings a bit of sparkle with a gorgeous midi dress, heels and belted leather jacket, while Kristen Stewart oozes cool in bright orange, black shorts and sunnies.

We also adore Jessica Alba’s soft grey leather jacket with ultra-feminine lace midi skirt and metallic heels. Proof that leather can work in the prettiest of forms.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner cropped black leather jacket Gucci belt high-waisted jeans
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Cara Delevingne

Cara Delavine black leather jacket grey hoodie white t-shirt blue jeans high-tops
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Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung black leather jacket sequinned midi dress
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Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart orange quilted leather jacket white t-shirt black shorts
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Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba grey leather jacket pink lace midi skirt metallic heels
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Looking Good in Leather: Final Note

Whoever thought one style of jacket could be so versatile and such a crowd pleaser? Our top tips for looking good in leather are:

  • Go for cropped leather jackets in summer, paired with maxi skirts and shorts.
  • Soft leather with no fuss is perfect for finishing off work outfits.
  • Brown leather is great for the summer into autumn seasons.
  • Textured fabrics against leather are still amazing and really flattering.
  • Oversized, aviator styles make the perfect winter warmer.
  • A black leather jacket is the ultimate night out cover up.
  • Pastel shades and bold brights are the go-to this summer.

If you’ve got the cash to spare, investing in real leather is totally worth it. Leather jackets last a lifetime and work with anything from a floral tea dress and Converse to that favourite Christmas party frock.

But if following the trends is more your bag, indulge in floral embroidery, studs, fringing and colour this season. That way, you can ensure you have a leather jacket outfit for every day of the week…

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