What once was considered an aviator jacket for the military back in the 1900s, and a bomber jacket in World War II, has since turned into a global closet staple that exudes a cool and charismatic aura from anyone who wears it. The leather jacket: boxy, thick, and typically dipped in black dye owes its now timeless popularity and rebel in the streets vibe to Hollywood bad boys like Marlon Brando, James Dean, Steve McQueen, and Tom Cruise, after having sported them in their respective famous film roles. While mostly worn by men in the past, the leather jacket gained precedence within female fashionistas back in the 1990s after supermodels like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell started donning biker jackets while out and about, wearing the piece to act as dressed down, but still stylish alternatives to their runway personas.
With its long history as Hollywood’s best and brightest’s go-to staple for all looks cool and edgy, and its natural durability, lasting through season’s past and beyond, it’s no wonder a leather jacket is an absolute must for every stylish girl’s wardrobe. That said, the familiar biker aesthetic that comes in mind at the mere mention of a leather jacket: ripped jeans, white shirt, and black boots, while effortlessly cool, can eventually grow tiring to the senses. Fret not though, because if you’re searching for a new way to wear this grunge rock layer, we’ve got you covered! Just check out our list of style pegs below for updated leather jacket outfit inspos.
Follow up on director Sam Lee’s footsteps and rock a mix of edgy and dapper by pairing your leather jacket with check patterned trousers. Match with a black turtleneck and dress shoes to complete that sleek ensemble.
If you’re feeling a lazy morning out with just a hoodie and a comfy pair of mom jeans, a no-brainer way to elevate your laidback look is by simply throwing on a leather jacket. Open-toe statement heels are an option if you’re headed to a fancier breakfast.
Turn eyes with a blood red patent leather jacket and scarlet shades to match, as seen on Nicole Andersson. This is one’s a striking piece you wouldn’t want to overdo. Nicole rightly kept the rest of her ‘fit casual with denim jeans and white sneakers, leaving her stand-out coat to do all the talking.
For a bulkier silhouette, team your boxy leather jacket with a pair of thick corduroy pants. Aim for a more structured fit by cinching with a belt at the waist. Plus points if you can cop the dirty orange monochrome look Laureen Uy’s got going underneath her layer that works to streamline her look.
Bring out the faux athlete in you and go for a sporty look with black leggings and a pair of cool kicks to define your ensemble. If the black on black schtick’s too simple for your eccentric taste, spice it up with a tasseled leather jacket instead of the just the usual biker option.
While leather jackets conventionally give off tough, masculine vibes, you can always put your own feminine take on it like Maxene Magalona. And no, we're not just talking about getting your jacket in pink. We’re way past colored gender roles, FYI. The easiest way is to, of course, pair it with a midi skirt! Opt to wear a pair of boots for the colder months, and accessorize with a beret to complete your dainty but edgy ensemble.
As an alternate version of the look above, team a longer leather jacket with an asymmetrical skirt underneath. Rep it like one of the sassy Chanels from Scream Queens and finish with knee-high boots and a large pink headband!
How about keeping it simple but sophisticated with a cropped black leather jacket with white, wide-legged trousers? For considerably petite girls who worry that the stark contrast between your top and bottom will dwarf you even more, fear not because all the fix you need to elongate your lower half is by completing your outfit with white high-heeled pumps.
We’re loving the grunge and stern, but fash librarian vibe the look below is giving off. Wanna cop it for a rainy day? Start with a bright colored ruffled turtleneck, tucked into a pleated skirt, and subvert expectations by throwing on a coffee brown leather jacket.
Have a statement metallic leather jacket like the one below? Take the full route into shiny textures and wear it over a velvet skater skirt.
Sometimes simplicity is key, as long you know how to carry yourself with confidence. For an unassuming, cool look, cop Taylor Hill in a white shirt, ripped jeans, and a leather jacket. We recommend to cinch at the waist with a belt if you’re aiming to structure your look.
Step into the wild like actress and resident fashionista Wendy Nguyen who provided her asymmetrical maxi cheetah print dress with a little extra oomph by teaming her frock with a cropped leather jacket. We love how the structure of her dress perfectly falls short to highlight her long legs and thigh-high boots.
If only we had abs like Brazilian blogger and fashion designer Camila Coelho, we’d totally rock her boss outfit below, on the daily! A mix of athleisure and rocker-chic she wore a simple black cropped top over her embellished leather jacket along with a pair of belted leather trousers, cuffed at the ankles, and finished her look with open-toe heels and black shades to complete the all black ensemble.
For an autumn fresh lewk, team a white leather jacket atop a white floral jumpsuit. The more billowy and free your silhouette is, the better. Finish up with metallic silver boots, no accessories needed for this one.
Toughen up your frock rendered in ruffle and lace with a leather jacket slung over your shoulders and knee-high leather cowboy boots.
Cop the camel colored monochrome ‘fit below by half-zipping up a leather jacket over a leather maxi dress. Create the illusion of an elongated silhouette by wearing pair of stiletto boots underneath. Don’t forget to complete your one-color ensemble by accessorizing with a light brown tote that fits perfectly with your streamlined look.