Cropped biker jackets have had a modern makeover for fall winter 2020. Wear a tough looking bomber jacket over voluminous skirts and floral prints for a up-to-the-minute look; or throw it over this season’s sculpted little black dress. Make your silhouette lean and mean, with pants that are slinky and skinny.
Rock ‘n Roll Biker Chic
According to Net-A-Porter, everyone needs a biker jacket this fall, with the master being Rick Owens. Choose from his leather bomber jacket or shearling bomber jacket with zip-fastening cuffs, to be worn with knee-high boots and skinny-legged pants.
Dolce and Gabbana’s traditional-look leather biker jacket is perfect for giving fall floral dresses some attitude and Superfine’s (Kate Moss’s favorite label for jeans) Ryder jacket with stand-up color, or Celine’s sleek cropped bomber jacket is the ultimate in rock chic.
Celebrities such as Kate Moss, Paris Hilton and Victoria Beckham are loving their biker chic. Even in the searing heat of summer they have been seen stepping out in their biker black with designer printed tees, jackets and biker caps.
Currently one of the biggest commercial sellers in biker chic is a Kate Moss-inspired biker jacket, from online retailer, Assos. At only £85 this is a way to beat the credit crunch and still be right-on-trend. This distressed leather biker jacket with ¾-length sleeves is part of the Assos premium range and selling out fast.
Saks has a more elegant Just Cavalli double-belted motorcycle jacket with a slightly puffed sleeve – sleek styling at is best. Nanette Leopore’s brown round-necked Risque leather biker jacket, also gives a more elegant twist to the trend.
That most classic of fashion staples, the versatile trench coat also gets toughened up for fall. Inspired by biker chic, Sonia Rykiel’s wool trench coat (Net-A-Porter) has a modern-twist with biker-style zips and studs.
Scary Fashion Accessories for Fall
For die-hard fashionistas, wear your biker black with toughened up accessories, with metal studs, spikes and chains. This applies just as much as embellishments for heels and bags, as it does for spiky studded jewelry. The look may be a little scary, but it’s sexy too. Perhaps the best fashion accessory of all is this season’s dramatic architectually shaped black dress.
Military Coats & Jackets for Fall 2020
The fashion runways are also throwing around their military might, with officer uniformed coats and Russian military inspired jackets. From brass buttons to braiding to shoulder epaulettes, the easiest way to make a style statement for winter is to invest in a military-esque coat. Stylish cape designs also make a comeback, to be worn with black opaques.
If there is one winter piece to add to your wardrobe then make it military. The trend gets a makeover every season, but this year it makes a style statement of its own.
Traditional fashion house, Jaeger London, is having a fashion moment in 2020, first with its lead in stars prints and now with some dramatic double-breasted brass buttoned outerwear from caped sleeved jackets to maxi-length skirt suits.
This label was one set squarely in the middle-income, middle-aged bracket, according to style.com, but is now updating its good-but-boring image, and its look. This season, Jaeger’s military-inspired jackets, stand-up collared coats and brass-buttoned suits, could hardly be describes as boring. Edgy and bold are two adjectives that come to mind.
For a more sexy and soft military look the go for Temperley London’s Russian Doll, military inspired tunic coats, which are crying out to be worn with a pair of this season’s seductive thigh-high boots.
For a more traditional look there’s Alexander McQueen’s, double-breasted officer style khaki coat, with brass-buttoned sleeves.
Trend Alert – Leather Motorcycle Jackets
The motorcycle jacket, now in much less intimidating styles, has been seen on countless runways and on the backs of 20- and 50-somethings alike. Besides the obvious need to warm up during fall, the need to maintain a certain cool factor is also necessary among fashionistas (and fashionistos), and this jacket does just that. This season styles range from looks closer to the beloved bomber jacket that Guess designed, to the traditional shape with tweed overlay as designed by DSquared.
Find a Proper Fit
The main key to how to wear this season’s jacket is to get one that fits properly. The cut is just as important—if not more important—than the quality of the leather. To get it just right, the sleeve should drop down an inch past your wrist, the shoulder should fit properly (not loose or too snug), and the bodice should cut in to define the waistline.
Find an Option That Fits Your Style
Luckily in this design era, designers are always anxious to put a twist on things. So if black isn’t your thing…no problem, the motorcycle jacket has now adapted to all neutral colors. Don’t be afraid to make this trend your own, look for styles with a hood, unique lining, or maybe studs and extra decorative zippers.
Find a Jacket That Fits Your Budget
Breaking the bank is unnecessary when searching for your latest find. Real leather jackets will obviously last longer and age beautifully, but if you don’t see yourself dawning a rough and tumble leather frock in a few years, the suggestion would be to look for a faux leather jacket that gives you just as much style, for most often, less than $100.
Wetseal and Urban Outfitters have styles that can accommodate the most modest shopping budget. But while looking for the faux version, avoid patented bubble gum styles and patterns that don’t mimic real leather. The more shine and funky styles, the easier it will be to detect unnatural leather.
Use Leather Cleaner to Get More From Your Investment
Maintain your investment with the proper leather cleaner and storage area. Anyone who’s owned a leather couch knows how difficult it could be to patch up a hole or remove a stain, and the same holds true for your leather motorcycle jacket. As much as you can—without being obsessed—avoid sharp objects and things that can puncture your jacket. After searching countless stores and finding the jacket with your name written all over it, surely you don’t want to patch holes or try to remove stains, right?
Whether real or fake your leather jacket can be brilliantly paired with a hoodie for day or sequin top for evening. Chucky scarves make up for the added warmth where your jacket may fall short, and fingerless gloves scream grunge rockstar. Another idea would be to pair it with your favorite little black dress with patterned or colored tights.
Whichever way your prefer to wear your leather motorcycle jacket, surely it will be the cool icing on your stylish cake.