How To Style A Leather Jacket
16 MARCH 2021 | BY LOREN DESBRUSLAIS • 3 min read
It's that time of year again when we look to update our outerwear pieces. On-rotation staples such as coats, blazers and jackets, help take our favourite 'fits from Summer to Winter- so it's no surprise they've become the building blocks of a well-rounded wardrobe.
This season, our understated staples have been elevated to star status when crafted from luxurious leather. As spotted on celebs like Kaia Gerber and Kendall Jenner, we've seen leather outerwear styled with bike shorts, tailored pants and everything in between. These trendsetters are proving that the leather jacket is versatile, functional and effortlessly chic!
Although the leather jacket has always been a classic outerwear staple, this season instead of zippers and studs we are seeing more polished, tailored silhouettes like trench coats and blazers. Short and fitted designs are being replaced with dramatic shapes like baggy and oversized.
Whether real of faux, we will show you how to style your luxe leathers for the best transeasonal looks.
Polished and Preppy
From business to brunch, the leather blazer is a popular choice for cooler days. Both edgy and refined, it can be styled with a range of outfits from tailored pants and heels to casual denim and sneakers.
You've heard of double denim... now it's the season for layered leathers! Pop a leather blazer on with a matching leather skirt for a chic look. Simply add a check knitted vest underneath for a preppy touch and knee-high boots to elevate it.
When the weather cools we are often tempted to pack away our warm colours in favour of greys and black. This season however, we are loving our warm brown and clay tones! A brown leather jacket will give your ensemble a retro vibe, especially when layered with similar tones.
Glam Night Out
Elegant yet undeniably urban, a leather shacket gives your 'fit a sleek look you can wear out. Super versatile, it can complement a range of going-out ensembles from pants and a crop, to a slip midi dress and heels.
For a luxe take, pair this green leather jacket with leather-look pants and a cut-out top. It will add an edgy look to your 'fit and keep you warm!
Heading out for the day? A leather jacket is an easy option to pop on over your jeans and casual tee. Complement the look with leather cowboy boots and sunnies next time your running errands or heading to brunch.
Since lockdown, elevated loungewear has been the latest trend taking over the runway and our insta feeds. A blazer over a crop and bike shorts became the staple outfit for a morning coffee or brunch with the girls.
A leather blazer will add an extra element to the look. Have fun with this sportswear vibe and remember to keep it casual with a pair of chunky sneakers and some sunnies.
What To Wear With A Leather Jacket
The leather jacket is an essential piece of clothing for your winter wardrobe. From the classic jacket to sleek blazer, every outfit can benefit from some leather outerwear. Perfect for a range of occasions, you can style this piece with the following:
- A slip dress and mules: Add an edgy look to your elegant evening wear.
- Jeans and boots: A casual outfit for the weekend!
- Matching leather: Elevate your look with coordinating pants or a leather mini skirt.
- Bike shorts and sneakers: Go for an off-duty celeb look by elevating your athleisure 'fit.
How To Clean A Leather Jacket
Faux leather is much easier to clean and care for than its natural counterpart. Where you might need to take your leather pieces to a dry cleaner, faux leather can be cared for at home in 3 simple steps:
1. Mix some detergent with warm water and use a soft sponge or bristle bruch to scrub the garment and then rinse with cold water.
2. Hang dry the garment! This is cruicial because faux leather is made of a synthetic fabric that can shrink, distort or melt with heat.
3. Although not real leather, your jacket can still distort and crack. Use a PVC moisturiser in small areas and make sure you don't wash the fabric too often.
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