I have always associated leather jackets with the edgiest of outfits and thus historically been too intimidated to incorporate them into my wardrobe. Considering their affiliation with biker gangs, facial piercings, tattoo sleeves, and a more general sense of “grunge,” it’s understandable as to why they threaten the comfort zones of even the most stylish girls. For me, one specific image comes to mind, of Gigi Hadid wearing a cropped leather jacket covered in sharp silver studs and styled with skinny jeans and black thigh-high boots. When I saw this outfit while scrolling through Instagram, I acknowledged its trendiness yet couldn’t help but rule it out as something I’d ever wear. However, the timelessness of a motorcycle jacket is something that cannot be denied, along with the level of ease that comes with throwing one on over your shoulders as a last-minute outfit addition.
For those of you who, like me, were hesitant to get on board with the look (even though—let’s face it—leather jackets aren’t going anywhere), try wearing one with a cool graphic T-shirt. This outfit combination is so easy and perfect for a concert, first date, or night out with friends, and we have a handful of street style shots to prove it. The fortunate truth about a basic leather jacket is that it works just as well with a patchwork floral dress as it does with a T-shirt and jeans or an LBD and statement shoes. The classic piece never fails to add an air of effortless cool to any outfit, but we are recommending the graphic tee–and-jacket combo for this fall.
Go on to see some of our favorite street style stars wearing a moto jacket and graphic T-shirt and to shop a few of our favorite combinations for yourself.
Play with textures and colors by way of hardware and funky graphics.
Add a pop of color with a cool band name when opting for an all-black look.
Too much color is never a bad thing.
Who knew a leather jacket could make a miniskirt look so chic?
Is this girl the definition of cool, or is she the definition of cool? You tell me.
Leather on leather has never looked better.
Dress down a tailored skirt with this must-have jacket-and-T-shirt duo.
The easiest thing to wear with a leather jacket and T-shirt? Jeans, of course.
There’s so much to look at here, in the best way.
I love the way the jacket stands out against this all-white edgy ensemble.
It doesn’t get much sleeker than this.
Meet one of our favorite T-shirt brands.
Everything is better with leopard.
A punky little tee to match your leopard jacket.
A classic fit to last you (hopefully) a lifetime.
Gigi Hadid inspired us to love this brand.
Opt for a crazy color every now and then.
And pair it with a cool band tee to match.
Those zippers are everything.
This shirt is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.
In case you feel like reaching for the stars.
Simple but powerful.