Guide: Women’s Leather Jacket Styles
Posted: 5th December 2017 in Leather
Leather jackets for women come in a range of styles, from chic to classic- there’s something for everyone. Many distinctive kinds of leather jacket are available, and each one has its own unique look and character. With so much choice, how do you know where to start?
That’s where this guide comes in. With our most popular ladies’ jackets all in one place, along with tips on what to wear with them so you can make the most of their timeless look, you’ll soon be set to upgrade your wardrobe with the perfect leather jacket to rock your style.
Bomber jackets are versatile, casual jackets that look good anywhere, anytime. They’re originally inspired by pilot jackets from the 20th century, but now come in a whole range of styles. Common characteristics of women’s leather bomber jackets are a simple, plain leather style with a moderate-sized collar and practical front pockets.
Leather bomber jackets are versatile enough to work with a range of outfits, but we recommend keeping it simple because this is a wardrobe essential that works itself. Match your jacket with a simple white top and light, casual jeans for that comfortable yet classy look that can work with almost any pair of flats or heels.
The Niki (pictured above) is one of our most popular bomber jackets. Its hand-finished black leather is soft and malleable and the design is the perfect meeting of style and practicality. The stiffened collar retains its shape even after heavy wear and the zip fasten pockets add character whilst keeping that lipstick or gloves safe and sound.
This wardrobe favourite is the perfect example of a bomber jacket that suits any style. Being a simple design itself, wearing a plain tee with classic straight cut jeans alongside the Niki allows it to gain the attention a piece like this deserves. Having too much going on alongside a classic stand-out centrepiece like this could detract from its stripped back class.
What’s a more iconic fashion item than a biker jacket? These timeless beauties always look great. You don’t have to look for long before you find a celebrity snapped wearing this vogue style. Once a symbol of rebellion, leather jackets still has that are now sought after, popular items that any fashion-conscious woman should have in her wardrobe.
Wearing a biker jacket is easy – it does all the work for you. A general rule of thumb is to keep your outfit dark. A dark top or thin, charcoal sweater under your jacket will work a treat, complementing the rebellious look. A pair of black boots and dark trousers completes the outfit.
Pictured below are two of our favourite biker jackets, Zoe (top) and Viki (bottom). These examples show off both the classic black look and the increasingly popular rust/tan alternative.
The Zoe, pictured above, shows off one popular style of biker jacket. Prominent metal zips, poppers and buckles stand out against the classic black leather. Biker jackets can carry accessories more successfully than most other styles and the Zoe is a perfect example of this.
Remember, the more your jacket has going on in terms of accessories, the more you can get away with underneath it without detracting from the overall style. Graphic tshirts or tops with multiple colours can be worn along with a jacket like the Zoe, whereas they would overpower a simpler piece like the Viki below.
Not only is the Viki a much-loved jacket, it’s also the perfect example of a biker jacket at the opposite end of the spectrum to the Zoe. This piece has only minimal accessories, limited to a few barely noticeable zips, giving it a very different look despite its retention of distinctive features common to all biker jackets, like the overlapping collar.
The Viki pictured here is also a great example of a brown biker jacket. Brown jackets allow for more colourful outfits than black jackets, which tend to complement darker clothes. While grey or black tops still work nicely, you could be bolder with the jeans and the shoes, wearing lighter blue jeans or brown boots to finish off a warm, outdoorsy look.
We’re all familiar with blazers, but have you ever considered a blazer made from leather? These stylish leather jackets work effortlessly with formal outfits, creating looks that can be very different from the casual styles of bomber and biker jackets.
Leather blazers look particularly good when worn with long tops or smart dresses, especially when worn in a workplace context. If worn with a long top, consider matching the outfit with black leggings or trousers, depending on what’s more appropriate at the time.
The Jess, pictured below, is a classic example of a leather blazer. Yes, this particular example is bright red. If such a bold colour isn’t your thing don’t worry, it’s available in black, blue and tan as well, but this is a great point in the guide to talk about wearing more colourful jackets.
How does wearing a red leather jacket differ from wearing a black or brown alternative? The jacket itself is about as bold and bright as it can get, so it’s generally a good idea to only wear it with white black, or, occasionally, grey tops. Black trousers or very dark jeans also work very well. Black boots or shoes will finish this eye-catching look. It’s als important to remember that, while leather blazers are generally formal fashion items, when they’re this colour they’re probably less appropriate for the office! If you’re looking for something to turn heads at a party, however, a red blazer like this is the perfect choice.
The Maggie (pictured above) is a much-loved leather jacket that blurs the line between blazer and coat. The fit is reminiscent of more traditional blazers, but it’s longer than a jacket like the Jess and buttons up higher as well. The Maggie is a great choice to wear over a more formal outfit, without being as heavy-duty as a purpose-made coat. You could wear it over another blazer (probably not a leather one!) or simply over a blouse and formal trousers.
While leather jackets are naturally suitable for a lot of outdoor activities, leather coats are specifically designed to keep you warmer and give you better protection from the weather.
The beauty of a good leather coat is that it doesn’t require you to wear a specific outfit. Their length means that most of the clothes underneath will be hidden anyway, but they do look the part with a jeans and a pair of walking boots – perfect for walking and trips outdoors in the colder months.
The Angie is a popular leather coat that strikes the perfect balance between fashion and practicality. The soft, satin-finish leather and simple, elegant design mean that a jacket like this can be worn with formal or casual outfits. Match it with dark jeans, tall boots and a light sweater for a comfortable yet classy look for the colder months. To complete the look and add an extra bit of warmth, try complementing the Angie with a bold tartan scarf.
Flying jackets (also known as shearling, aviator or pilot jackets) are the descendants of jackets worn by aviators in the mid-twentieth century. Now, as then, they’re designed for warmth and comfort. Like biker jackets, flying jackets are often marked by an off-centre zip. Their most distinctive feature, however, is the soft, warm wool that lines the collar and, on some jackets, the lapels.
The bold appearance of most flying jackets means that they take the limelight in most outfits. The off-centre zip means they’re rarely worn open and the wool collar naturally draws attention away from anything else that might be worn alongside the jacket itself. For these reasons, we generally recommend allowing your flying jacket to steal the show by wearing it with a plain top or sweater, jeans and pale boots.
The two flying jackets pictured above encourage different spins on the outfit mentioned previously in this section. The lighter version of the Amy (left) lends itself nicely towards a dark top and pale jeans, whereas the darker Holly (right) works better with a lighter top and darker jeans.
The two jackets also illustrate slightly different aviator styles, with the Amy sporting wool on the lapels and down into the back of the jacket, whereas the Holly uses wool more sparingly, with only the collar covered.
Collarless leather jackets for women come in a variety of different styles. It’s a broad category in which all the jackets are unified by their lack of a collar, which is unusual for most leather jackets.
Collarless jackets appeal to women looking for something stylish but casual. These jackets tend to lack the blazer-like appearance of more formal styles, but they also look more elegant and understated than bolder styles like biker or flying jackets.
Because they lack attention-grabbing lapels or other features, collarless jackets work very well when worn open in warmer weather. Try pairing them with a loose-fitting white top for a look that’s perfect for the spring. Tops with stripes or other simple, bold patterns also look great.
The two jackets pictured here, Erin (left) and Anna (right) show how different collarless leather jackets can be. The Anna’s quilted pattern and navy colour make it one of the more unique pieces in our range, while the Erin takes some of the detailing and familiar features from more conventional styles and adds them to a jacket that is completed by the rouched leather tape detail around the zip and hems.
These two jackets would each add a touch of style and flair to fun, casual outfits. They both work well with tops or dresses, which gives you a lot of choice in how you wear them and allows you to bring your personality to each one.
The final style in our women’s leather jacket guide is the hooded jacket. Like collarless jackets, hooded jackets are unified by one distinctive feature (the hood) rather than larger aspects of design. As such, one hooded jacket could be very different from the next.
The warm practicality of a hood makes these jackets more similar to leather coats than to biker or bomber jackets and often work best when warm with outdoor clothing like sweaters and boots. However, unlike coats, many of our hooded styles can also be worn open in warmer weather, which adds an extra level of versatility.
The Angie (pictured) is a long hooded jacket with some unique features, The double zip allows for flexibility in how the jacket is worn and the drawstrings enable you to adjust the hood to whatever is comfortable for you. At the same time, the Angie has a classic black jacket look that recalls iconic biker and popular bomber jackets, which makes it a popular choice among people who love that timeless look. The Angie works with a range of footwear, from casual trainers to high boots, which means it’s easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion.
Now we’ve given you some ideas, take a look at our women’s sale to find your next jacket at a bargain price.