In terms of wardrobe staple factor, leather jackets score even higher than leather pants, which became super hot (only) in the past few years. Leather jackets, however, haven been around since decades. In fact, I don’t know think they ever went out of trend, since Marlon Brando sported his Schott Perfecto leather jacket in his famous movie The Wild Ones.
The sartorial world adores leather jackets, because they are versatile, timeless and suitable for any age. Also, they themselves get better over time. What’s not to love!
The Essential Styling Rules
1) Back to Basics: The easiest way to style a leather jacket is to throw it over a basic outfit (for example, a plain white t-shirt and jeans) to give it an instant cool look.
If you wear on oversized shirt, make sure that it doesn’t create too much bulk under the jacket. Also, if you wear something more flared on the bottom, make sure to choose a more fitted leather jacket on top.
2) Create contrasts: The roughness of the leather is just perfect to create interesting, yet stylish contrasts to delicate fabrics like lace or tulle, or to feminine patterns like flowers or hearts.
“Opposites attract” is true for this styling more than anything. Wearing my leather jacket over summer dresses is one of my signature looks. I just love it.
3) All Black: A black outfit from head-to-toe, topped off with a leather jacket is the epitome of an edgy and sexy look. Dial up the masculinity by adding low heeled, man inspired boots, or play with feminine by pairing with a black dress. Or do both.
With such a dark and strong look, make sure you got the make up right. Apply the right amount to avoid appearing washed-off and pale. Personally, I prefer a red lip. But smokey eyes would work as well. Highlight your best features!
4) From Day to Night: Leather jackets are also perfect to transform an office look into an ready-for-the-night oufit. Toss your blazer, put on heels, glam up with accessories, grab your clutch – and off you go!
These are the essential rules for “How To Wear Leather Jackets” and if you need more styling inspiration: Here are 3 Ways To Wear Leather Jackets which showcase rules #1-3.
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Sitting back at my London desk, I was looking through my archive of real life inspiration pictures and I stopped at a picture from a lady wearing bright red pants (or trousers as the British would say).
Who knew that the British have such a love/hate relationship with this piece of garment?
Anyway, all this debate is not relevant for us ladies. Thank goodness, because bright red pants are actually a really fun item to spice up your fall and winter wardrobe! The only question is…what to wear with red pants?
I’m so excited today, because today I have launched the Facebook page of my personal style consulting services called Dressed by Lu!
If you haven’t seen it yet, go check it out and make sure to follow! You’ll find daily posts and inspirations about how to live a more beautiful, stylish and empowered life! (And who doesn’t want that, I mean c’mon?)
So, it seems my last blog entry was a little too dark for you guys. Nevermind, I can totally understand. I’m also more a lover of summer & sun than winter & snow (even though I do look forward to fondue season…yuumm!).
Taking your feedback on board, I thought I’d pick something more cheerful today and what can be more cheerful than a bright yellow bag?
(The answer is supposed to be “Nothing”. In case you have something different on your mind, please leave a comment and let me know!)