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.
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.
Alessandro Michele muse Soko adds Breton stripes, a scarf, and beret for a French-ified effect.
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.
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.
Just different enough not to be a parody.
Shop similar: Prada, $480
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.
Seems chilly, but that's what the jacket's for.
Seems extra, but that's what the jacket's for!
The boxiness of this one counteracts the did-I-remember-to-shave-my-thigh slit.
Shop similar: Mango, $170
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.
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.
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
Extremely ladylike not your vibe? Gabriella Wilde toughens up a midi skirt with a slogan T-shirt and leather jacket.
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.