15 Leather Jacket Outfits to Help You Out with That Cost-per-Wear

Perfecto.

Because most people have a more limited inventory to choose from, outerwear often gets the one-second-think-then-toss-on treatment. And that's fine, because it's hard to ruin an outfit with a denim chore jacket—or one made of leather, for that matter. But should you want a more big-picture view, we've compiled some fresh ideas incorporating your trusty moto ahead.

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+ Boyish Head-to-Toe White

Perhaps if you were to think of an outfit representing America, you'd pick a white T-shirt, jeans, and a leather jacket. And while classics can feel new in their oldness (especially when you've been trying to distance yourself from them), take just a half-step back with a faultless monochrome look underneath.

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+ Some Gucci-esque Accessories

Alessandro Michele muse Soko adds Breton stripes, a scarf, and beret for a French-ified effect.

Gucci, $410

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+ The Other Half of a Suit

Who said skirt suits had to be tweed and staid? Though you might have to wait until the temps drop for real to avoid bum sweat, a sheeny, short set looks super cool.

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+ A Jumpsuit

Sometimes a one-piece feels too much of a standalone thing to do anything much to it. But as Gigi shows, it can definitely hold its own against a leather jacket printed with every pelt in the whole animal kingdom.

Shop more leather jackets here—all under $200.

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+ A Full-on Biker Costume

Just different enough not to be a parody.

Shop similar: Prada, $480

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+ An Evening-ish Dress for Taping Nighttime Television

As Priyanka Chopra demonstrates, a leather jacket editor-draped over one's shoulders can be an elegant way to tone down something borderline too fancy for day, whether you've got an appearance on James Corden or not.

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+ A Midriff-Baring Airport Outfit

Seems chilly, but that's what the jacket's for.

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+ A Ballgown

Seems extra, but that's what the jacket's for!

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+ A Cocktail Dress

The boxiness of this one counteracts the did-I-remember-to-shave-my-thigh slit.

Shop similar: Mango, $170

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+ Bermuda Shorts, if You Dare

There's no hiding from Bermuda shorts. An oversize leather blazer isn't a bad way to "normalize" them.

Good American, $145

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+ Sweats of the Coziest Order

On the hierarchy of fabrics, leather still ranks higher than fleece, so for a slightly more polished plane 'fit, top with a hooded jacket rather than a blanket masquerading as clothing.

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+ A Full, Coordinating Look (and the Look of Love)

In terms of occasions on which what you wear is of high importance, your first public appearance with your boyfriend who is a prince would be up there. Meghan Markle passes with flying colors in an ensemble coordinated down to the clutch.

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+ A Modern Model-off-Duty Look

In model world, you're not fully dressed without a leather jacket. Kaia Gerber announces she's part of the club with one of her own, plus combat boots and a minidress from a cool-girl brand.

Réalisation Par, $160

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+ A Midi Skirt

Extremely ladylike not your vibe? Gabriella Wilde toughens up a midi skirt with a slogan T-shirt and leather jacket.

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+ No Pants and a Strut

When it comes down to it, if you've got a leather jacket on—but no pants—you can rest easy knowing you're still going to look pretty good.

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