Leather jackets have quite a history. After providing practical insulation for aviators’ uniforms during World War II, leather jackets became iconic symbols of subcultures and were championed by pop culture celebrities. Celebrities like James Dean and Marlon Brando are synonymous with rebellious leather jackets. Before being introduced to the intensity that a black leather jacket can bring, Sandy Olsen of Grease was a lonely, in love, poodle-skirt-wearing high school senior. As we all know, after donning a black, cropped leather jacket and a pair of classic red heels, Sandy got the guy.
I give you all of these random history and pop culture references to make this point: there is nothing edgier or full of more personality than a fierce leather jacket, unless it’s a leather jacket in an unexpected and bold color. This Fashionista confidently stood out on an overcast winter day with a teal leather jacket. Paired with a mix of feminine accessories and rugged ankle boots, she created a casual yet trendy look. Colored leather jackets like Helmut Lang’s teal collarless jacket, or a more affordable oxblood version from ASOS, add edge and character to any outfit.
Leather jackets are perfect for adding a daring stroke to any outfit. Furthermore, combining a leather jacket with a sweet, lace dress creates a strong and striking ensemble. This Fashionista, for example, juxtaposed her jacket with a soft ivory top striped with glimmering sequins and a pair of colorful chandelier earrings. Copy her style by mixing a colored leather jacket with a feminine shirt, or a soft dress with ankle boots. Add on quirky accessories like unique earrings or a patterned scarf to make this look your own.