How to wear a leather jacket

Becca Donaldson ·
how to wear a leather jacket

There’s something simply fabulous about a leather jacket. It oozes sex appeal, makes you inherently cool, and it’s super versatile too. They come in a huge range of colours and styles, and we’re sure you won’t be able to stop at just one.

Investing in a leather jacket, or a leather effect jacket, is a great addition to your wardrobe, especially when you know how to wear it to achieve a range of different looks. 

If you are keen to maximise the potential of your new purchase but don't know how to style it, then we are here to help. Read on to find out how to wear a leather jacket and learn what to wear it with!

Why a preloved leather jacket is a wise choice

Leather jackets are great investments as they last decades when they are properly looked after. What’s more, purchasing them preloved can help to save you cash and stop you from needing to break in the leather to make it comfy to wear. That’s right – second hand leather jackets can actually be nicer to wear and better than their off-the-peg counterparts.

The great thing about preloved leather is that it is affordable and has many different styles, colours and designs to choose from. Not all items of clothing work well preloved, but leather absolutely does.

What to wear with a leather jacket 

When choosing your outfit, you will be pleased to know that leather jackets look great with several different options. 

From well-cut jeans to dresses, there are an endless number of choices that you can pick from. Some of our favourite combinations include jeans, floaty skirts and even leggings, but your final choice will depend on the cut and colour of the leather jacket you own, as well as the mood you’re in and what you’re up to.

Fitted leather jackets are a great choice for dresses and skirts as they help to cinch your waist. Whereas a regular fit leather jacket is more suited to jeans and leggings as it helps create a slimmer look. 

Things to wear with a leather jacket

Looking for more specific advice about what to wear with a leather jacket? Put simply, a leather jacket is perfect for virtually every outfit you can think of. From skinny-fit trousers to casual chinos and daytime skirts or even formalwear, a leather jacket will add something special to your outfit choice. 

There are some key rules when wearing a leather jacket, and these all depend on the cut and colour. For example, if you are wondering how to wear a leather bomber jacket, then both men and women should stick to jeans and a t-shirt for an effortless look that works for day wear and evenings out. It worked in the fifties and it’s not gone out of style since, so it’s nearly impossible to beat.

What’s more, it’s also a good idea to never pair the colour of your jacket with the colour of your clothes as this can create a disconnect with your outfit – instead, choose complimentary colours that help to showcase your style. That’s why you see black jackets with blue jeans, or beige jackets with a bright skirt.



Don’t forget to accessorise

Once you have chosen your outfit and selected the right leather jacket to pair it with, you will also need to turn your attention to your accessories. 

Typically, a leather jacket is a statement garment, and pairing it with accessories that are too loud can spoil the effect you are looking for. Let the jacket do most of the talking. Rather than donning lots of jewellery, keep your items to a minimum and choose contrasting shoes and bags that will help sync your clothes, jacket and accessories perfectly. 

It's wise to match your shoe and bag colour and material for the most seamless look, but there are no hard and fast rules here.

How to care for your leather jacket

No matter which outfits you choose to wear your leather jacket with, it is important to remember that you need to care for it properly to get the best look. They can last for decades, but only with the proper care.

You can’t put a leather jacket in the washing machine, but you can gently wipe it down with soapy water and use a leather soap to keep it in the best condition. Remember to air your jacket, too, helping to remove any smells that may be picked up when you wear it. Leather jackets are remarkably forgiving if you give them a little TLC.

Can I wear a leather jacket in the rain?

Knowing when to wear your leather jacket can be a minefield, especially when you don't want it to get damaged or waterlogged. 

If you are thinking of wearing it out on a rainy day, you should be aware that it won’t be completely waterproof and may leak if there is heavy rain. If you are keen to use your leather jacket as your winter coat, then take some time to apply a special leather lotion or leather wax that will help increase the water resistance on offer. But really, it’s still only good for light showers rather than full on rainstorms.

Remember to wipe your jacket dry when you get inside, as this will help to keep it in great condition. If water is spilled on the jacket, this can leave marks, so try to wipe it off immediately if this happens.

Buy your preloved leather jacket today

Are you a fan of leather jackets and want to add them to your collection or find new items to pair with them? Reliked is here to help! 

We offer preloved items that have been worn by your favourite influencers, giving you access to clothing that is on trend at the best prices. Take a look through our menswear and womenswear options and treat yourself to something new today – you’ll be helping the planet and getting something new and special simultaneously!

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