10 Fresh Ways to Wear Your Leather Jacket

Here's How To Wear This Iconic Piece

There are few pieces of outerwear that have reached "grail" status to such a degree as the leather jacket. First worn by army pilots and soon coopted by socialites and movie stars in the first half of the 20th century, the leather jacket signifies cool.

By now we all know that it works well with our most basic and classic wardrobe staples like black pants and jeans. But how about trying yours with a maxi dress or Americana-inspired bandana for something a little bit different?

Below, we found 10 fresh ways to wear your leather jacket

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Wear It Over an Evening Dress

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For the Met Gala in 2013, Sienna Miller embraced the "Punk" theme by rocking a studded leather moto jacket over a sleek, minimal white evening dress. While we might not attend such a swanky event in our lifetimes, we can take a cue from Ms. Miller and try wearing our favorite leather jacket over some of our dressy cocktail frocks for city weddings, dressy date nights and parties.

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With a Rocker Tee

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On extra-cold days, try layering your leather jacket under another jacket. Here, Blair Eadie of Atlantic-Pacific is wearing her cognac leather jacket under a camel overcoat that is cut with enough drape to layer something underneath. This look works with similar colors or opposites — don't be afraid to play around with it a bit.

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Add Stripes

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There's something bold and fresh about stripes that just melds perfectly with a leather jacket. Even if you can't find a jacket that has stripes like this one, try layering your classic jacket over a Breton stripe top or dress for a French chic meets California cool vibe.

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Layer It Over a Maxi Dress

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Take leather into the next season by wearing your moto jacket over you favorite maxi dress. We love the way this combination brings together edgy and romantic elements for a very cool balance.

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Try a Different Color for Your Jacket

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Black leather is a classic — and goes with everything — but don't rule out other playful colors for your secondary leather jacket, like a rich blue or even olive green. Here, lifestyle blogger Aimee Song styles her leather moto jacket with a mini skirt and over-the-knee boots with a dash of floral print for a playful, Fashion Week-worthy look.

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Embrace the Americana Tradition

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Want to feel like a true biker babe in your leather jacket? Try wearing yours with a classic denim shirt, bandana and leather boots. We love how distinctly American Joanna Hillman looks here, especially given that she's layered up in Iro and Saint Laurent — which are French labels!

Also see more tips on rocking a bandana.

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Play With Proportions

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This oversized, shearling-lined leather jacket from Acne has quickly become the go-to winter jacket for the model-off-duty and Fashion Week set. The exaggerated proportions make it an ideal topper for skinny jeans and ankle boots or even a pencil skirt and heels. 

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Make it Ladylike

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Why not toss a leather jacket over your shoulders in place of a cardigan? Same goes for wearing yours with ladylike pieces such as a full midi or tea-length skirt, floral prints or a ruffle-hem dress. Just replace the "expected" piece with a leather jacket for a more youthful spin on a traditionally girly look.

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Reinvent the Monochromatic Look

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For something truly different, why not flip the usual all-black monochromatic look you'd wear with a leather jacket and instead go all-white... With a silver jacket. Italian blogger and fashion designer Chiara Ferragni knows how to create an unforgettable look, and this combination is especially inspiring.

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Add More Leather

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Leather and.... more leather? Why not? Olivia Wilde rocks this edgy look by choosing two different leather colors and breaking it up with a white tee in between. Head-to-toe black leather may be too biker, so opt for either different colors or different textures (like stamped crocodile with smooth leather.) And if leather pants aren't your thing look for the new "coated" jeans that have the look of leather but are easier to wear.