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Stylish Ways for Women to Wear a Leather Jacket

Tulika Nair
It is a classic for sure, but there is no need to always wear it with blue denims and a white tee. Experiment with it to create looks that elevate it and make it deserving of the status it enjoys. Take inspiration from the six looks here, and make your leather jacket the star of the show.

Sky High Always!

While there is no rule against wearing flats with a leather jacket (ballerinas with a cute pair of leather shorts anyone?), wearing a pair of heels with it will keep you en vogue and oh-so-stylish every time you step out.
Timeless, ageless, and without doubt ever-stylish, a leather jacket should be anointed the king of all things gorgeous, according to me. I don't think I have ever been as upset about the loss/destruction of a clothing item as I was when I realized that my leather jacket was ruined beyond repair. To say that I was devastated would be an understatement.
I went through the day looking more morose than a sad puppy being denied food from the table. Until a really dear friend promised that we would get another one. That may have been just to wipe the grim look off my face but it worked. Even the promise of a leather jacket was enough to get me going and creating a few looks that would work with it.
You could ask what the appeal of this jacket is, and I would point in the direction of greats like James Dean and Marlon Brando who set our hearts aflutter. You could ask me what about women, and I would ask you to try to resist the attractive appeal of fashionable divas like Jessica Alba, Alexa Chung, Nicole Richie; well, the list is endless.
Make it punk with a leather bottom, or toughen up a girly look, the styling options that a leather jacket provides are infinite. Its versatility makes it a must-have in every woman's wardrobe. And once you have your hands on a piece you love, these are the different truly-inspirational ways in which you can wear a leather jacket in style.
The Rebel
Think leather, and you think punk, tough, rock; you get the vibe. If you want to give a voice to your inner rocker chic, then here's the look you should be donning. A leather skirt, a crop top, military-style lace-up boots, and what we like to call punk accessories. It is a defining look for someone who walks the edgy line.
The Trendsetter
You want the drama but don't want the I-live-my-life-on-the-outer-fringes look?
Well, add a bit of glamor to your punk-inspired look. And what better way to do that than to get some classy gold in there. A lacy negligee-inspired top, loose, ankle-length pants, capped-toe heels, an embellished clutch, and matching accessories are just what you need to cement your diva status.
The Rabble Rouser
While a leather jacket may be synonymous with dark tones, I believe creating your own style is all about breaking the status quo.
And, therefore, add some perky color in there. A bright neon is the perfect way to liven up that broody leather jacket mood. Tone down the look with a neutral top, but jazz up the outfit with a pair of leopard print heels.
Did you really think that you couldn't wear leather to work?
The Wave Maker
Banish those absurd thoughts from your head, and play workaholic-gone-bad girl for the day. Team your oh-so-proper pencil skirt-blouse outfit in office-appropriate colors with a stark biker jacket. Wear accessories that match your outfit. Just add a statement necklace for the perfect amount of bling.
And you thought a leather jacket was all about channeling your inner tomboy.
The Diva
Boy, were you wrong! Wear an ultra-feminine dress (ruffles, frills, lace et al.) in a gorgeously girly color with an I-am-a-biker-chick leather jacket. It is a look that will jolt everyone into taking attention, and they should. You need the right attitude to carry off a look like this.
There is something about the combination of black leather with red that can drive even the sanest of men crazy. On a night when you want to unleash your appeal in its full glory, this is the look to sizzle in. A sexy LBD with seductively red accessories. Set a thousand hearts aflutter with a look that is designed to do just that.
The Provocateur
These looks are just to kick your gray cells into action. With the right visual aid, coming up with your own outfits should be a walk in the park. If you don't have a leather jacket and are rushing off to pick one for yourself, remember to buy one in a classic cut that flatters you.
While there are a myriad colors available, I suggest you stick to neutrals for most versatility. The purchase may cost a pretty penny, but it is one that will make up for its value hundred times over. A leather jacket's ability to make ramp-worthy even the simplest of outfits guarantees that.