How To Dress Like A Biker Babe—No Motorcycle Needed!

From Easy Rider all the way to Sons of Anarchy, boys and choppers go together like bread and butter. But who says the guys get to have all the fun? We’ve spotted biker babes both retro (a leather jacket-clad Marianne Faithfull in 1968’s The Girl on a Motorcycle) and modern (think Gwen Stefani and Rihanna), proving that ladies can pull off the look just like the lads.


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  • Whether it’s cool caged boots paired with boyfriend jeans or motocross-ready pants teamed with heels, read on to see how tastemakers wear this trend and shop all the essentials—Harley not included!

  • Marianne Faithfull
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    Marianne Faithfull

    The ultimate ‘60s version of the biker babe: Marianne Faithfull in The Girl on a Motorcycle.

  • Gwen Stefani
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    Gwen Stefani

    Stefani's Givenchy cage heels added a tough-girl edge to her basic black tank and slouchy boyfriend jeans.


  • Kate Peck
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    MTV VJ Kate Peck

    Peck has today's trend down pat: edgy, Kate Lanphear-esque bleached hair, a leather jacket, a studded bag, and, naturally, a bike of her own.

  • Miley Cyrus
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    Miley Cyrus

    Cyrus put a glam spin on the biker look with embellished, anything-but-basic pieces, including a Moschino jacket, T by Alexander Wang leather crop top (which is sadly sold out), Moschino Pearl-Embellished Crepe Skirt ($358), and Versace Signature Platform Booties ($1395).

  • 3.1 Phillip Lim
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    3.1 Phillip Lim F/W 13

    Take a cue from 3.1 Phillip Lim and team a leather jacket and boots with the designer's Patch-Covered Skinny Cargo Jeans ($695) for an ensemble that would look right at home on a motorcycle.

  • Rihanna
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    Rihanna opted for a motocross-inspired outfit with her Rag and Bone Moto Pants ($495), which she paired with MadeMe's Slutz Crop Top ($44), Rihanna for River Island Barely There Sandals ($150, available in Camo), and Zanzan sunglasses (which are sadly sold out).

  • Mackage

    Frederica Vest ($525)

    A leather jacket is essential if you want to channel today’s look, and this versatile sleeveless version definitely fits the bill.

  • Topshop

    Moto Vintage Boyfriend Jeans ($90)

    After spotting Gwen Stefani in her boyfriend jeans, we’ll be taking our denim slouchy and ripped, please!

  • Madewell

    The Biker Boots ($238)

    Nothing screams motorcycle chic like good old fashioned black leather boots. This fuss-free pair by Madewell is an investment you won’t soon regret.

  • Talula

    Wilton Tank ($20)

    Show off toned abs a la Rihanna with this form-fitting, cropped tank.


    Shorty Patch Jacket ($365, available in store and on on September 30) in Spellbound in Seattle

    Emulate the 3.1 Phillip Lim runway and add some cool patches to your denim pieces.

  • Surface to Air

    Caprice V2 Sunglasses ($220)

    Add a hint of feminine appeal with these white cat-eye sunnies.

  • Zara

    Mini Skirt with Zips ($139)

    Forget flouncy skirts and opt for this sleek, zipper-bedecked leather mini instead.

  • Deborah Lipmann

    Nail Polish ($17) in Stormy Weather

    Lacquer up with this dark polish—girly girls need not apply!

  • Fallon

    Classique Biker Chain Hinge Cuff ($92)

    This chain bracelet will add a touch of rebellion to a pared-down outfit.

  • Rachel Comey

    Clue Cross Body Bag ($220)

    Because your beloved Celine purse is a bit too dainty for our trend du jour—but this leopard crossbody iteration will do the trick.

  • New Look

    Slim Stretch Biker Belt ($8)

    This embellished belt is the perfect finishing touch for biker babes of the highest order.

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