Fun Ways To Wear Your Leather Jacket This Spring

Let's mix up the staple a little.

The leather jacket is an absolute classic in most wardrobes: It gives you a cool James Dean vibe, can be dressed up or dressed way down, and acts as a neutral - that sucker goes with just about everything. Having said that, why don't we try and pair it in new and fresh ways to mix up the staple a little bit? Leave the denim jeans at home - we're about to get a little creative. 

1. Match It With Colorful Pieces

Tone down a kaleidoscope-like outfit by shrugging on a leather jacket to quiet down the intensity of the look.

2. Pair It With Crop Tops

Not completely comfortable flashing your tummy? Matching a crop top with a leather jacket not only gives you coverage but adds some edge to the flirty look.

3. Wear It As A Crop Top

Or if you have a shrunken waist jacket, zip it up to the top and wear it as its own crop top. This looks especially fabulous with a full midi skirt. 

4. Make It Casual

Do you like the sleekness of normcore, but feel like it doesn't have enough oomph? Take a minimalist outfit and give it some more personality by topping it off with leather. 

5. Contrast It With Sheer

Contrasts are what make fashion so interesting, so juxtapose a sheer skirt or dress with some tough leather. The outcome is amazing.

6. Pair It With Overalls

Want to make your dungarees a little less farmer-chic? Why don't you add a classic leather jacket on top, making them look more urban and less wild-west.

7. Maxi Dresses For The Win

Summer maxi dresses look extra fabulous paired with a good leather jacket: The mix of feminine and flowy with short and edgy is unexpected and playful. 

8. Reach For Pencil Skirts

When you think "pencil skirt" you might not necessarily think "motto jacket." That's why this combo works so perfectly: It's out of the box and playful.

9. Top Off Festival Looks

There's no better layer for a bohemian dress than a broken-in leather jacket. The two looks are meant to be brought together, it's so effortless.

10. Top It Off With Grunge Inspired Looks

Ripped denim? Cozy plaids? Heavy motorcycle boots and slouchy beanies? They go hand in hand with some leather, so pop on your jacket and bring the grunge look onto another level.

Marlen Komar is a writer living in Chicago with a penchant for mom jeans and kimchi tacos, and primarily writes about fashion history. She has bylines in Bustle, CNN Style, Racked, Allure, Curbed, and Apartment Therapy, and rarely stays in one place too long as she travels for most of the year. Website: