How to Wear a Leather Jacket for Every Occasion

If there’s one thing we can’t get enough of, it’s outfit inspiration, and when it comes to styling our wardrobe staples (leather jackets, we’re talking about you), we tend to turn to our favorite fashion insiders for advice, like leather-jacket aficionado and creator of the It-girl brand Veda, Lyndsey Butler. The designer recently shared her tips and tricks to wearing a leather jacket for every occasion with us (think brunch, office, and beyond), and to illustrate her tips, we culled seven spot-on looks to leave you armed and ready for your next outing. Enjoy!

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    Occasion #1: Brunch

    “Brunch is a great time to wear some color, so you can use a leather jacket to pare down a bright floral or punch up a lacey number.”

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    Occasion #2: Cocktails

    “Wearing a leather jacket draped over your shoulders is the perfect topper for a little dress and heels. If you are wearing a fitted dress or skirt, consider a jacket that is a little oversized. It will be a nice contrast and keep you looking cool (and feeling warm).”

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    Occasion #3: Date Night

    “Wearing a leather jacket on a date sends a subliminal message to your suitor (and to yourself) that you are confident and cool. Pick a style that you are comfortable in, and in a shape that flatters your figure (don’t wear your ex-boyfriend’s oversized motorcycle jacket).”

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    Occasion #4: Formal

    “I have never been someone who is super comfortable in formal attire, so mixing in something unexpected, like a leather jacket, takes the edge off. I would suggest a cropped style so that it doesn’t totally overwhelm your dress. Pro tip: if you can find a jacket in the same color family as your gown I would definitely say go for it. This will still add a cool contrast in shape and texture, but it won’t take away from what is underneath.”

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    Occasion #5: Girls’ Night Out

    “The best thing about a girls’ night out is that you can dress to impress your friends instead of your co-workers, parents or boyfriend, so throw on your coolest leather jacket (think: oversized motorcycle vest or printed floral biker jacket) to compliment your vintage overalls and lipstick (two things that only other girls like).”

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    Occasion #6: Office

    “Wearing a leather jacket to the office can be tricky, depending on where you work. So to be safe, I think it’s more fitting to choose a style that is lightweight and slim cut, this way it can be a nice alternative to a blazer. This will look great paired with a crisp white button-down shirt and trousers or a pencil skirt.”

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    Occasion #7: Weekend/Casual

    “The weekends are a great time to wear your favorite tried-and-true jacket. One of my favorites is a slightly oversized black motorcycle jacket that looks great with my go-to jeans.”

    Final Piece Of Advice: "Contrast is key. A more oversized, tough-looking jacket is be paired with a feminine silhouette, and a sleek, minimal leather jacket will look great with more masculine pieces, like menswear-inspired trousers."

    Scroll through to shop our favorite leather (and faux leather) jackets!

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    Veda Jayne Jacket ($895)
    Wear it with: Floral maxi-dress

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    Free People Longing For Vegan Leather Jacket ($198)
    Wear it with: LBD

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    BB Dakota Faux Leather Drape Front Jacket ($84)
    Wear it with: Tattered tee

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    Cusp by Neiman Marcus Quilted Detail Faux-Leather Jacket ($98)
    Wear it with: Cotton shirtdress

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    French Connection Nevada Leather Jacket ($225)
    ​Wear it with: Midi-skirt

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    H&M Leather Biker Jacket ($200)
    ​Wear it with: Printed pencil skirt

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    J Brand Aiah Cropped Leather Jacket ($1195)
    ​Wear it with: Formal gown

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    Mango Leather Biker Jacket ($250)
    ​Wear it with: Lace dress

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    Topshop Ultimate Faux Leather Biker Jacket ($116)
    ​Wear it with: Tweed trousers

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    Veda Max Classic Leather Jacket ($890)
    ​Wear it with: Skinny jeans

    What's YOUR favorite way to wear a leather (or faux leather) jacket? Sound off in the comments below!

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