It’s almost fall! And you know what that means? Leather jackets, pumpkin spice everything, and the leaves changing colors from green to red to yellow to dead. It’s a beautiful time of the year both to sip a warm latte and don your favorite leather. But leather jackets can be expensive. It’s no surprise that real leather jackets range from $200 t0 upwards $1,000. And if you’re not looking to invest in a real one (either for financial or ethical reasons), even pleather can cost $50. So if you’re spending the money, you gotta know you’re gonna wear your jacket with complete confidence. So despite whether your leather jacket is real or fake, expensive or cheap, you still want to style it like you know what you’re doing. So here are five fashionable ways to style a leather jacket for fall. Style your leather…
Leather jackets really rose to prominence in the 1990s with the grunge movement. Think Winona Ryder circa 1992. But the leather jacket was first spotted as part of the (counter)culture with the punks in New York in the ’70s. All four Ramones wore leather jackets, making them the quintessential accessory for the outcasts. And while leather jackets are much more mainstream now, how to style them remains the same. Both the Ramones and our ’90s queen Winona wore their leather with jeans. And denim remains the ultimate partner for leather. Jeans are a casual and subtle fashion statement, which means your leather jacket will really shine through the rest of your outfit. And since jeans come in all fits and washes, you can really mix it up: skinny, straight, bootcut. Dark wash, light wash, and distressed or not. It’s totally your call.
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…With a Dress
In most places in the United States, fall is no longer an appropriate time to wear cute summery dresses. But just because the weather is changing doesn’t mean you have to shed your summer wardrobe in exchange for only sweaters and corduroys. Dresses, when paired with tights, boots, and the right jacket, become the proper fashion for the fall season. Use a sundress to brighten up an otherwise chilly autumn day, and pair it with tights, your favorite boots, and your leather jacket. Try this look with a midi dress, a wrap dress, or, if you can brave the weather, a super short dress (perfect for showing off your best asset). Another timeless look is to pair your leather with an ultra-feminine dress. The jacket will offset your dress, granting you the perfect balance between a badass and cute girl with a great ass. You’ve instantly taken a classic summer silhouette and made it perfectly fashionable for fall…go, you!
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Want to look like a total badass this fall? Of course, you do. We all do. Partner your leather jacket with your favorite pair of boots. Boots are perfect for the fall and winter seasons, and chances are, you’ve been giving them a break during summer. So it’s the perfect time of year to bust these babies out! Boots, like leather jackets, go with everything. Wear them with jeans, slacks, a dress, or a skirt. And top it all off with your leather jacket, and you are so ready for fall (or to join a biker gang). Dr. Marten combat boots are obviously a classic, but branch out and try this look with Chelsea boots, riding boots, or block-heeled boots. Double leather is always a good idea, especially if both your leather jacket and your boots are equally worn in, resulting in a perfectly subtly look: “I just threw this ‘fit together. No biggie.”
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…With a Turtleneck
Obviously, sweaters are perfect for fall. And because leather jackets are perfect for fall too, it’s a no brainer to pair these two together. Sweaters were practically made for layering, so it’s easy to throw them under a jacket. Just a couple things to consider: to layer a leather jacket over a sweater, you’ll need to make sure your leather jacket fits properly. It needs to be big enough to fit a sweater comfortably. The last thing you want is to feel constricted and like you can’t move your arms. Also, fall can often mean chilly mornings and warmer afternoons, so your sweater shouldn’t be too thick, just in case you need to strip down if it starts to get too warm. And your sweater of choice doesn’t have to be a turtleneck. Try this look with a v-neck, crew neck, or your favorite cardigan. Fall fashion is all about layering, and this look nails it.
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…With Athleisure Wear
I admit I used to be part of the #leggingsarenotpants movement. But as I have gotten older and admittedly more lazy with my fashion sense, I’ve come to accept leggings as pants (and wear them as such all the time). Turns out, athleisure is a real thing, both on the street and on the runway. Brands like Nike and Adidas have encouraged the athleisure look by offering clothing and shoes that are both high fashion and comfortable. But how does a leather jacket fit into this trend? Well, leather jackets add a bit of elegance to any outfit, so pairing them with leggings, sneakers, and a comfy sweatshirt takes your outfit from the gym to the top Pinterest page for #fallfashion. And even better, you can work out, bust your ass at the gym, and afterward, throw on your leather jacket and meet your guy for lunch. Comfy and convenient…yes, please!
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Fall is the perfect time to embrace those articles of clothing that have been out of circulation for the last few months: boots, tights, sweaters, and, of course, your leather jacket. But busting out your leather means coming up with outfits that make your leather jacket the star of the show. There are many different ways to style your leather jacket–comment down below your favorite ways to style it!
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