Leather jackets have been a staple piece for years. They have the potential to completely transform an outfit.
However, it can be tricky to decide what goes with a leather jacket and what doesn’t. This style guide will give you five different ways to style a leather jacket.
If you are looking for a new leather jacket to add to your wardrobe, I have styled these outfits around this one from River Island.
Keeping it Simple
This first one is a classic. Hoodies have been in style for decades and show no signs of disappearing any time soon. They are comfortable and warm and also happen to be the perfect layering piece to go under a leather jacket on a cold day.
Add a pair of jeans, some doc martin style boots and a leather tote and you have yourself an outfit that is warm, comfortable and looks well put together. As for jewellery, keep it simple with dainty layered necklaces, small hoop earrings and a belt.
Patchwork and Pastel
Leather jackets don’t have to be the standout piece of an outfit, in fact they can tone it down instead! The focal point of this outfit are the patchwork jeans, patchwork is a current trend that adds a bit of fun to a simple item.
The long-sleeved lettuce hem top and the rouched shoulder bag work together to balance the outfit because they perfectly match one of the patches on the jeans. In this outfit the leather jacket brings an element of safety by toning the outfit down, it also matches the black sandals to tie everything together from head to toe.
The jewelry matches the aesthetic of the jeans; a beaded necklace, colorful glass rings, and a pastel patterned hair clip.
Embrace the Edginess
This next outfit incorporates more layering and slightly embraces the edgy look of a leather jacket. Layer the jacket over a long sleeve black top and an open flannel shirt.
The act of layering adds dimension to your outfit and allows you to adjust your outfit to the weather as you can add or take away layers depending on how warm or cold it is.
A black denim skirt will keep the outfit simple and won’t clash with the leather. These baby blue and white Reebok trainers will add a casual element and they perfectly match the blue shoulder bag! To add to the edgier look, go for chains and locks when it comes to jewelry.
Perfect for Spring
As mentioned before, leather jackets are are good choice when you are looking to stay warm but don’t want to wear a coat. This is why they are the perfect choice for wearing with summer dresses in the spring. Why wait for summer when you can wear them now?
The sage-green color of this mini dress keeps the outfit toned down and gives the leather jacket its moment to shine. Pair with black leather ankle boots, a canvas tote and beaded jewelry. This outfit is perfect for those cool spring days.
A Night Out
We are all hoping that 2021 will be the year that life goes back to normal, and for many that means nights out with friends and family. There is bound to be plenty of belated celebrations happening when all goes back to normal, so why not bring your leather jacket along for the ride?
When paired with this floral patterned midi-dress, the leather jacket emits sophistication. However, when paired with this deep-red satin mini dress, it radiates fun. Both pair well with these red strappy sandles and black rouched shoulder bag.
As for jewelry, go classy with a rhinestone choker, dangly silver earrings, and a thin crystal headband for extra glamour.
Leather jackets are extremely versatile so take the time to find out how you feel most comfortable and confident when wearing yours.
For more fashion guidance check out Shopping Guide: Flattering Jeans for Different Body Types and 5 Ways to Style A White Tee For Warm Weather.