Whenever I think of leather jacket outfits, I’m reminded of Sandy’s transformation at the end of the movie Grease. Within a few scenes, her style goes from preppy and sweet to badass, hot, and Pink-Lady-approved. And, the one piece that helped her achieve that enviable, cool-girl factor? A black leather biker jacket, worn with skin-tight leggings and an off-the-shoulder top.
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These days, a leather jacket is a known wardrobe staple, and many choose to style them with something denim (a timeless combination). However, there’s no need to keep it so simple. I’ve discovered a ton of unique ways to style this outerwear option over the years, and with a few key accessories and tricks, you too can turn your leather jacket into a full standout look.
Ahead, check out six leather jacket outfits to try for fall 2020.
1. Add Shorts
Who said you can’t wear shorts in the fall? Styling shorts, a camisole, and a pair of pumps with a leather biker jacket makes the perfect date night outfit. I like to call this look elegant with an edge. The leather jacket adds a youthful, fun twist and is great for those chilly fall nights.
Shop Similar: Acne Studios Moto Jacket ($1,550; nordstrom.com); Ginia Camisole ($88; bloomingdales.com); Mango Bermuda Shorts ($50; shop.mango.com).
A monochromatic outfit takes a little more thought since you’ll need to find separates that are all the same color or a similar shade. Start with the color of the leather jacket, then build upon the outfit by finding other pieces that match. For this look, I recommend going with something other than black, like a subtle beige or brown, or a bold red, green, or blue. Gigi Hadid showed off a similar one-color outfit at Fendi’s Fall 2020 runway show, pairing a brown biker jacket with a brown leather skirt, brown boots, and a brown bag.
Shop Similar: Levi’s Moto Jacket ($60; nordstromrack.com); Gap Hat, ($50; gap.com); Athleta Tank Top ($50; athleta.com); Mango Faux Leather Slim-Fit Pants, ($60; shop.mango.com).
3. Belt It
Belted leather jackets were seen all over the fall runways, from Miu Miu to Salvatore Ferragamo. This tiny accessory will accentuate your waist and also create a slight peplum. Switch things up by opting for a statement option, such as a studded design, a belt in a contrasting color, or one with a large buckle. If you don’t have a belt small enough to fit your waist, knot it instead of clasping it.
Shop Similar: BLANKNYC Moto Jacket ($98; nordstrom.com) ASOS Studded Belt ($23; asos.com); Wales Bonner Trousers ($296; matchesfashion.com).
4. Layer Up
Layering your leather jacket is a great trick for days when the weather is colder and you’re in need of extra warmth. This look can be achieved in two ways: layering over or layering under. At its Fall 2020 runway show, JUUN J showed us how to style a black, oversized, floor-length coat over a black leather jacket. However, if you’re looking to layer over a leather jacket, try adding a faux fur vest. Size up from what you’d normally wear, this way it’s not too snug. The will add some fashionable flair and keep you from freezing.
Shop Similar: Madewell Moto Jacket ($498; madewell.com); Via Spiga Faux Fur Vest ($210; nordstrom.com); Ginia Camisole ($88; bloomingdales.com); Fe Noel Leggings ($78; fenoel.com).
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5. Add a Slip Dress
A sleek satin or silk slip dress worn underneath a black leather biker jacket makes the perfect day-to-night outfit. It’s easy and appropriate for the office (especially with a turtleneck layered underneath), but also playful enough for drinks later on.
Shop Similar: All Saints Biker Jacket ($498; nordstrom.com); Cushnie Pencil Dress ($350; saksoff5th.com).
6. Make a Statement
Leather jackets can be found in a number of different colors and styles. Wearing a bold shade, a textured leather, or even a studded design will help create a striking look and elevate any outfit.
Shop Similar: Crocodile Moto Jacket ($99; modcloth.com); Ginia Camisole ($88; bloomingdales.com); Printed Skirt ($110; boden.com).