Friday, 5 September 2014

4 Ways to Style a Biker Jacket | Part One: With Skirts

8 Ways to Wear a Biker Jacket (With Skirts)
I'm secretly quite happy that the weather will be getting cooler from now on, but only because I've missed wearing my favourite black biker jacket. As it's still warm enough to wear skirts (without tights at the moment, but we shall see for how long), I thought I'd have a look back at the different ways in which I've paired my biker jacket with skirts and dresses.

I think it makes the perfect finishing touch to a skirt when you need to take the chill off - depending on how you style it, it can be as dressed down or dressed up as much as you like. So here's four ways I've worn mine (whilst also getting my legs out) for some weekend inspiration for you.


Are you looking forward to wearing a biker jacket again, depending of course on the weather where you live? Do you favour classic black or do you have another go-to colour... let me know in the comments!


Black leather jacket & nude pleated maxi skirt
1. With a neutral pleated maxi skirt (original post)

A biker jacket looks very different when worn undone, and it makes a great cover up for when you just want to stop your arms and shoulders getting chilly. It's the perfect partner to a maxi skirt - the proportions are just right to create the illusion of long legs - and when teamed with a pretty floral (like the top I wore here) the contrast of hard and soft is a very striking combination. See Tuesday's post for a similar hard-soft pairing.


Leather jacket, floral dress & brown boots
2. With a soft floral dress, layers and statement boots (original post)

There's no reason you have to see the whole of a dress every time, and here I made a very floaty, summery dress work in colder weather by layering with a sweater, scarf and studded tan boots (I wore a slip and tights underneath for some extra warmth). The jacket takes on a much more structured appearance when done up and suits the scarf just peeking out at the neck. I especially like the quilted stitching of my jacket sleeves so that's a detail worth looking for if you're thinking of buying one (this one is most similar to mine).


Black leather jacket and blue pleated skirt

3. With a bright pleated skirt and ankle boots (original post)

Again I wore the jacket done up, but here I wore the scarf (snood) over the jacket, simply because there's just too much scarf to tuck underneath! I wore purple leather gloves as I think they more interesting than black ones, and instead of long boots I went with black tights and booties to contrast with the lovely deep blue of the pleated skirt. So another pleated skirt, but this time a midi rather than a maxi. The short length of a biker jacket works brilliantly with skirts and will always give that "longer legs" illusion I mentioned before.


Biker jacket, midi skirt & tan boots
4. Draped over the shoulders with a bright midi and boots (original post)

Finally: what could be more perfect to drape around your shoulders for a night out than a biker jacket? It's great with brights and it'll add that touch of bad girl to any dress or skirt. On a practical level I find biker jackets great for keeping out the cold when you put one on and do it up; with boots you've got yourself a warm and stylish outfit for an evening out. What could be better than that...?


Catherine x
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My jacket is from a couple of years ago so no longer available I'm afraid, but this one is most like mine if you want to go for something similar. Here are the best biker jackets I could find (with varying price levels for all budgets, and I found as many as I could with great reviews):




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23 comments

  1. I really need to get a biker jacket for fall! They are so versatile.

    Tamara
    www.trulytamara.com

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    1. I went years without a biker jacket, Tamara, then when I found the perfect one and got it I couldn't believe I went so long without one!!

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  2. Such cool looks - I esp love the floral skirt, for a fem + tough outfit. xox

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    1. Thank you Patti - I could see you in that floral print, actually! x

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  3. So obsessed with that last look! Looooooove all the colors!

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  4. Hi! Reader from Norway here! Just found your blog and love it. So refreshing to read about fashion that isn't relatert to girls in their twenties. Turning the big 40 early next year, I've been on the lookout for some fashion inspiration. Do you plan on wrong on the use of accessories as bags and scarfes? Have a nice day!

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    1. Hi sweetie, nice to meet you! Thanks for your lovely comments :) I wasn't *quite* sure what you meant about the bags and scarves, but if you mean do I plan on writing a post about accessories then best take a look at this post I wrote in April: Using Statement Pieces to Add a Wow Factor Hopefully it's the sort of thing you meant!

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  5. I am not a biker jacket type of woman. It doesn't look right on me (to me). I like the style, certainly on you, but I now have a green fitted leather jacket which I can wear open or closed. Usually on trousers, but I will give it a try on a skirt.
    Greetje

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    1. Oooh I love the sound of a green leather jacket, Greetje x

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  6. Im obsessed with your first look! Keep it up!xx - H

    getup-goblog@blogspot.com

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  7. I love my leather jacket will wear it with everything. These are great combos
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  8. Love the biker jacket with the floral dress in picture two. This has given me a great idea for my outfit tomorrow! Thanks!

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  9. I've always loved the look of biker jackets on other women, but never had one. I'm thinking I need to try on a few to see if they suit me (large boobs and full upper arms). Love the look of your jacket with the cerise pink skirt, complimented with the scarf and your tan boots.

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  10. Gorgeous looks beauty! Love this style too xxxx

    http://girlinthelens.com/

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  11. Perfect timing as I just got an Orange Motorcycle jacket for my birthday! :o)

    JJ
    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  12. I've got a wee cropped leather jacket that has been my staple for years - probably about 4 or 5 years since I bought it and it's been brilliant for nights out, spring and autumn weekends etc.

    I also have a lovely dark bluey-green leatherette biker jacket I bought in France last year but I've hardly worn it 'cos it's too tight in the upper arms. It'd be perfect for autumn, so I really need to get focussed on losing some weight!

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