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Updated: 1/19/2021 | How to Style a Leather Jacket

Leather jackets are great for making any outfit edgy and badass. Cue the Fonz!

Since the early 1900s, leather jackets became popular due to their association with military uniforms. This leather jacket style was called the bomber jacket.

Throughout the years, the leather jacket began to evolve into different and more edgy silhouettes. Rock stars, movie stars, men, women, kids, and all the cool people donned leather jackets.

Today it is a classic fashion staple and almost everyone has at least one leather jacket in their closet. It’s safe to say that this trend is definitely here to stay.

Popular Leather Jacket Silhouettes

Here are some popular leather jacket silhouettes you may want to look for when choosing a leather jacket. Click on the link to see examples of how the styles look.

Many people typically own a black or brown leather jacket, but you can pretty much find them in many colors and textures nowadays.

You can also opt for genuine or real leather which typically has a soft feel but requires a lot of maintenance and can scratch easily if not treated properly. The alternative is faux leather, which can feel stiffer but is easier to care for and cruelty-free.

With so many options in today’s marketplace, it can be a challenge figuring out how to style a leather jacket. Below we’ll show you ways to style a leather jacket to help you determine which style you’ll find more appropriate for you!

How to Style a Leather Jacket

#1 Leggings + Graphic T-shirt

If you’re familiar with our blog, we LOVE our activewear. Throw on some sturdy black leggings and a graphic t-shirt and you’re ready to rock and roll!

Complete your outfit with tennis shoes or boots, and a handbag.

Angel Monica Leather Jacket

What I’m Wearing: Monica Leather Jacket by Angel Jackets ($239) | Girlfriend Collective LUXE Black Leggings ($78) | Have a Nice Day Tee by Alley & Rae ($32) | ATP Atelier Catania Boots ($650)

#2 Mini Dress + Heels

We love wearing a mini dress and pairing it with a nice heel. Your heel of choice can be a pump, sandal, booties, or OTK boots.

What I’m Wearing: Mackage Baya Leather Jacket ($850) | Year of Ours Marilyn Ribbed Dress ($140) | ALOHAS Strap Chain Sandals ($170)

#3 Turtleneck + Jeans + Booties

 

What I’m Wearing: Monica Leather Jacket by Angel Jackets ($239) | lululemon Kitsalano Mock Neck Tee ($58) | REVICE Denim Jeans ($88) | ATP Atelier Catania Boots ($650)

#4 Like a Rockstar!

For a perfect date night outfit, wear a button down blouse, mini skirt, and your favorite heels. If you’re not a skirt person, opt for shorts instead.

What I’m Wearing: Mackage Baya Leather Jacket ($850) | lululemon tank top ($48) | Lovers and Friends Destroyed Jeans ($100) | Rothy’s Points in Chili Red ($145)

#5 Monochromatic

Have a black leather jacket? Wear all black to complete your ensemble. #allblackallday

 

What I’m Wearing: Monica Leather Jacket by Angel Jackets ($239) | Kitty Gains Riley Tank Top ($30) | Boody Leggings ($) | APL Athletic Propulsion Labs Bliss Sneakers ($200) | 

#6 Over a Hoodie

 

We LOOOOOVE wearing our leather jacket and making it look sporty over a hooded sweatshirt. Wear jeans or leggings, your favorite sports bra, and tennis shoes to complete the look.

What I’m Wearing: Monica Leather Jacket by Angel Jackets ($239) | Carbon38 Hoodie ($128) | Girlfriend Collective LUXE Black Leggings ($78) | APL Athletic Propulsion Labs Bliss Sneakers ($200)

#7 With an Oversized Scarf

An oversized scarf will not only keep you warm, but it’ll help spruce up your outfit. It’s seriously the perfect Fall and Winter accessory.

We love wearing our leather jacket with a lululemon Vinyasa scarf or a blanket scarf.

 

What I’m Wearing: Monica Leather Jacket by Angel Jackets ($239) | lululemon Vinyasa Scarf ($40) | CRZ Yoga Crop Tee ($20) | Girlfriend Collective LUXE Black Leggings ($78) | ATP Atelier Catania Boots ($650)

Related: How to Wear a lululemon Vinyasa Scarf

#8 Travel Outfit

I love wearing my leather jacket while traveling. It makes it easy to transition from plane to the party as soon as you land!

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What I’m Wearing: Monica Leather Jacket by Angel Jackets ($239) | NSF Cindy Crop Mock Neck Tie-Dye Top ($138) | Boody Blended High-Waisted Full Leggings ($72) | APL Athletic Propulsion Labs Bliss Sneakers ($200)

Best Leather Jacket Brands

Here are some leather jacket brands that we highly recommend.

Genuine Leather Brands

Faux Leather Brands

Which styles were your favorite? Tell us in the comments down below.

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Alex Tran AKA Schimiggy is a fitness fashion, travel, justice, and food-obsessed raconteuse. She currently resides in Seattle and teaches yoga while writing her heart out. Schimiggy Reviews is a lifestyle blog where Alex shares her passions and interests with the world!

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