10 ways to make your leather jacket stand out from the crowd

A non-obvious guide


The fashion landscape is awash with black leather motos, but yours doesn’t have to blend in. It’s all about elevating the off-duty model staple, by way of styling tricks or the actual style you choose: think high-impact details and unexpected pairings. These are the new ways to wear your leather jacket, as seen on the streets of Fashion Week across the globe.

1. Make like Miranda Kerr, who teamed a forest green moto jacket with an intricately embroidered Louis Vuitton top for the house’s Spring ’16 show. From malbec to hazelnut to navy, a coloured leather jacket is anything but standard.

2. Tap into the trend for bespoke with our limited edition, hand-painted ‘Pashiflora’ jacket by New York-based artist Anouk Colantoni.

3. Opt for a jacket that mixes leather with other materials, such as tactile wool paneling for a softer look.

4. Boost the cool girl cred of your formal attire by teaming your leather jacket with a cocktail dress for weddings and events.

5. Look to styles with avant-garde embellishment like quilting, studs, diagonal zips and fringing guaranteed to turn heads.


6. ‘Do as the style set do on chilly New York days and drape a blanket scarf over the top of your jacket for a winning layered effect.’

7. Distressed leather is a textural alternative to calfskin: wear it when you want to give your look a hint of vintage style.

8. Models Aymeline Valade and Binx Walton stand out from the crowd care of oversized motor jackets – go up a size or try a longline style to play up the leather’s tomboy appeal.

9. Depart from the classic motor jacket and try leather versions of other outerwear classics instead – think leather denim jackets, leather trench coats and leather blazers.

10. Double dip by wearing leather on leather: be it a jacket with over-the-knee leather boots, a leather skirt in a different hue to your jacket or a leather top peeking beneath. It’s a look favoured by the Hadid sisters, Michelle Williams and Pernille Teisbaek.


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