Ladies, start your engines!

What’s with the motorcycle jackets?  Just when I thought they were a one-season fad, here they are again as the “new” look.   I’m not sure what’s the attraction.

Biker Jacket
Biker Jacket

That said, a leather jacket, selected to fit your style and color palette, can be a key wardrobe staple.

I just read an article featuring moto-jackets used as accessories from evening gowns to jeans.  The jeans I can see but, in my mind, there is disconnect between a motorcycle jacket and an evening dress.  Sienna Miller, a beautiful actress with her own edgy style, appeared at the Met ball wearing just that.  Not only was the jacket black covered with silver studs, but the sleeves were down to her knuckles, giving the illusion that she was playing dress-up in her big brother’s coat.

So, why is this not a good look?  And, is there a way you can pull it off with aplomb?

First, know your style.  There is a big difference between a sporty outdoor look and classic or romantic.   Many motorcycle jackets have a “bad girl biker” look instead of fashion forward or edgy.  I attended a training class in Toronto a couple of years ago where one of the image consultants was clad in black leather trousers and a black leather motorcycle jacket.  She was an attractive blond with a classic persona.  All that leather in black gave her a harsh appearance.  No one wants to look like Marlon Brando in “The Wild Ones”.

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando

Authentic motorcycle jackets are accented with heavy zippers, studs and other hardware, adding to the masculine, tough impression.  They were designed to protect the rider in case of an accident, not be a fashion statement.

 Classic Moto softened
Classic Moto softened

If you love an edgy look, how about considering the classic moto-jacket in a softer color?  This light pink jacket has simply softened the look by choice of shape, color and less hardward.  This jacket still has an edgy look but could be paired with skirts or dresses as well as jeans.  It does not read. “I’m going for a spin on my Harley.”

Classic leather jacket
Classic leather jacket

The bright pink jacket steps away from the “biker” look and goes much more traditional while maintaining a fashion forward appearance.   This jacket can easily transition from slacks to jeans to skirt, or over a dress.  Choosing a color in your palette, this could be a great accent over neutrals that will be your go-to topper.

Is a leather jacket in your future?  Start looking now for your best style and color,  making a perfect addition to your year around wardrobe.

2 thoughts on “Ladies, start your engines!”

  1. I’m not a huge fan of moto jackets and love your observation that they were designed to protect a rider during an accidents – not as a fashion statement. That said, I also love a streamlined leather jacket in an unexpected color. That hot pink jacket is gorgeous!

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