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Leather jackets are a fashionista favorite when it comes to traveling stylishly. Not only do they add edge to a classic outfit, but they’re also practical in many ways. Find out why and how to wear a leather jacket on your next trip!

 


How to Wear a Leather Jacket

Written By: Sydney Woolery


 

 

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When we think of a “travel jacket” you might envision an outdoorsy type rain jacket. However, unless you’re hitting the mountains or expecting heavy showers, a leather (or faux leather) jacket is a great option for city destinations.

Whether you’re visiting a major city like Paris or New York, these jackets are the perfect solution for fall or spring travel when you might expect moderate temperatures and only light rain. They can also act as the perfect layer for cities that experience might to cool summers or in places where temperatures drop at night such as Los Angeles.

Now if you don’t normally wear leather jackets at home, then it’s certainly not a requirement that you add one to your travel capsule wardrobe. Remember, the best travel clothing are items true to your own personal style.

However, if you love to wear them at home like we do, don’t forget to bring them along when you travel, too. Here are some ideas on how to wear a leather jacket and a few of our top picks!

 

You’ll want to look your best when you travel! Read my travel tips to Pack Light Stylishly!

 

To eliminate some of the guesswork for you, here are tips on how to wear a leather jacket, plus ten of our favorite leather jacket styles to rock this season!

 

 

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Jacket | Blouse | Jeans | Bag | Bracelet | Sunglasses | Boots

 

Sleek & Chic

 

A sleek faux-leather jacket that isn’t too bulky will have a more feminine silhouette yet still have a high-quality feel despite the affordable price. A huge reader favorite is BLANKNYC. Besides jackets, they also have chic vegan leather blazers like carbon jackets.

 

Here are more sleek leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-3X: Spanx

 

Spanx Faux Leather Moto Jacket

 

With a classic shape and luxurious-looking faux leather, this Spanx moto jacket is a gorgeous option! It has a cool, casual shape, with flexible fabric and functional pockets, complete with all the classic hardware for authentic moto style. Pair with boyfriend jeans and a tee for an easy sightseeing look, or add some silver jewelry and a heeled bootie for a night out!

It comes in standard sizes XS-XL and an option for plus sizes 1X-3X.

 

These combat lace up boots offer comfort, style, and practicality!

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince

 

Quince Faux Leather Moto Jacket With Belt

 

This Quince leather jacket with belt has a classic hardware with a biker-style look. With a high-quality feel and a flattering shape, it’s perfect for balancing out a more feminine outfit or adding a bit of edge to your wardrobe!

Also available in four beautiful colors, this jacket comes in sizes ranging from XS-XL!

 

 

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Tank | Jacket | Jeans | Bag | Earrings | Watch | Boots

 

Casual Luxe

 

Sometimes all it takes is one piece to instantly elevate a look. And leather jackets can do just that.

For an outfit that’s equal parts laid back and luxe, pair a casual tank and jeans with this moto jacket from Allsaints. Finish it off with some perfect-for-fall ankle boots and glitzy fine jewelry.

London Shopping Tip: If you’re an Allsaints fan, it’s more cost-effective to purchase in London and ask the salesperson for a duty-free receipt. Leave the tags on and make time to visit the VAT refund desk at the airport – you’ll end up with a beautiful, quality investment piece at a fraction of the price!

If you’re in the U.S., you can also look for Allsaints outlets and save.

 

Here are more casual luxe leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom

 

Sam Edelman Leather Bomber Jacket

 

With a bomber-style cut and super supple leather, this Sam Edelman jacket is the ultimate dress-up or dress-down piece. Wear it with sweats on the plane for an elevated look or pair it with a jumpsuit and sneakers for a casual vibe. You’ll feel amazing and comfy no matter what!

Sizes range from XS-XL.

 

 

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Shop Sizes 0-12: All Saints | Nordstrom

 

Allsaints Balfern Leather Biker Jacket

 

This Allsaints Balfern jacket has a rock-n-roll vibe for an effortlessly cool yet pulled-together look. The leather is buttery soft, the shape hangs beautifully, and it’s got room for some light layering without being baggy. A timeless staple for any wardrobe! 

Available in sizes 0-12.

 

Our readers share their top picks for lightweight packable rain jackets, perfect for your next trip!

 

 

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Jacket | Dress | Bag | Necklace | Lipstick | Sunglasses | Boots

 

Grunge Girl

 

A leather jacket paired with florals is the perfect way to create that edgy-meets-girly contrast. Dark florals, in particular, are key to an effortless, grunge look.  It’s also a good way to transition your favorite summer dress into autumn weather.

If you really want to throw it back to the 90s, rock some dark lipstick and a chic backpack (The TFG-favorite Julian backpack is an easy pick—check out our video and post on this popular item!). 

 

Here are more grunge-style leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Nordstrom

 

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Authentic Moto Jacket

 

The faux leather on this BLANKNYC moto jacket looks and feels like the real deal! It’s mid-weight, super soft to the touch, and has a structured shape with classic moto detailing to give it that rebellious look. Rock it with jeans and boots, or pair it with a dainty dress for a sweet and edgy contrast. 

Sizes range from XS-XL

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Amazon

 

Bellivera Oversize Biker Jacket

 

For that “biker chick” look, this oversized Bellivera leather jacket is hard to beat. Featuring quality faux leather, a belted waist, and silver hardware, this jacket looks fab paired with more fitted pieces or a short dress. Plus, it’s perfect for laying when the temps drop! 

It comes in sizes XS-XXL

 

TFG has rounded up the hottest trench coats women will love for the fall season!

 

 

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Jacket | Longsleeve | Scarf | Bag | Boots | Watch | Skirt | Tights

 

Seasonal Superstar

 

This Made By Johnny jacket is a fashionista’s dream. The faux leather style is casual yet sophisticated, and it comes in a cognac shade, perfect for chilly autumn nights.

Pair it with a knit sweater and a flannel scarf for a cute fall look. With some mid-height boots and a toasty latte in hand, you’ll be ready for everything the season has in store.

Style tip: Wear tan boots with a black jacket or vice versa.

 

Here are more seasonally inspired leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-4X: Amazon

 

Levi’s Womens Faux Leather Moto Jacket

 

Stay cute and cozy in this Levi’s moto jacket in a pretty, earthy neutral to complement fall’s colors.  The sleeves have adjustable zipper cuffs for desired look and comfortability and the classic moto silhouette is simple yet sophisticated. 

Sizes range from XS-XL and plus sizes 1X-4X.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince

 

Quince Suede Moto Jacket

 

Wearers rave about the amazing fit of Quince’s suede moto jacket, which is perfect for both curvy and petite frames. Made from 100% suede, this biker jacket is smooth and soft and comes in six attractive colors to go with your fall and winter wardrobe! 

Available in sizes XS-XL.

 

 

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Jacket | V Neck | Leggings | Bag | Passport Holder | Bottle | Shoes

 

Airplane Outfit

 

If you’re looking to travel in style (and also make your suitcase a tad bit lighter at check-in), why not work a leather jacket into your plane outfit?

Make sure you choose one that isn’t too fitted so that you’ll be a bit more comfy onboard. Keep the rest of your ensemble simple with a long plain t-shirt, leggings, sneakers, and a travel-friendly tote.

 

Here are more airplane-friendly leather jackets worth wearing onboard:

 

 

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Shop Sizes S-3X: Amazon

 

Levi’s Faux Leather Motorcycle Jacket

 

This classic motorcycle jacket from Levi’s features a cropped silhouette and a flattering fit, which has enough room for layering but is cozy enough to wear with a simple tee. Multiple pockets are handy for storing your boarding pass and small essentials for the plane. It’s the perfect piece to spice up your travel outfit or wear on nights out on the town after you arrive!  

This jacket comes in a wide range of colors, in sizes S-3X.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Amazon

 

Cole Haan Soft Faux Leather Jacket

 

This Cole Haan leather jacket has clean lines, simple details, and best of all, it’s incredibly comfortable. The soft faux leather is ideal for snuggling into on a flight and then dressing up for dinner at your destination. Plus, it’s got roomy side pockets to store all your small must-haves! 

Available in sizes XS-XL!

 

 

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Jacket | Tee | Jeans | Watch | Earrings | Sunglasses | Bag | Shoes

 

Girl About Town

 

For a casual, metropolitan look that’s perfect for sightseeing, opt for a hooded leather jacket. Though you can create this look yourself with layering, bringing along a two-in-one piece can make things simpler (and also help lighten your suitcase).

These combo pieces provide you with more warmth and protection than a standard jacket while also giving you a cool, urban vibe. Pair with artsy earrings, Ray-Ban sunglasses, jeans, and black slip-ons while you take in the sights of a new city.

 

Here are more hooded leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XXL: Amazon

 

Lock and Love Faux Leather Bomber Jacket with Removable Hood

 

Sightsee in style with this Lock and Love bomber leather jacket which has a cool, relaxed feel and offers a removable drawstring hood and placket for added warmth and functionality. The hood will protect you from wind or drizzle, while the classic bomber fit makes it super versatile for all kinds of destinations and occasions! 

Sizes range from XS-XXL

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Quince

 

Quince Leather Moto Jacket With Removable Hood

 

This Quince moto jacket features a removable hood so it will work with tons of outfits. The smooth and comfy leather is a perfect medium weight and the structure gives it a classy and sophisticated look. A versatile staple for city explorations!

Available in sizes XS-XL.

 

 

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Jacket | Longsleeve | Jeans | Cream | Lipstick | Bag | Boots

 

Cold Climates

 

If you’re looking for tips on how to wear a leather jacket in colder climates, make sure to choose your details appropriately. A pop of faux fur or shearling is a cozy touch that not only looks cute but can also help you stay warm in slightly chillier destinations.

Pair with an equally toasty knit sweater, waterproof boots, and a pop of lipstick to add some color to the frigid day. Don’t forget a travel-friendly moisturizer!

 

Take a look at our top picks for women’s leather boots and find out why they are the best for travel!

 

Here are more leather jackets for colder weather that are worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-3X: Amazon

 

Levi’s Puffer Faux Fur Leather Moto Jacket 

 

This Levi’s moto jacket is ultra stylish with textured faux leather, faux-fur trim at the cuffs, and a faux fur collar to keep your neck extra warm in chilly weather. Wearers say this jacket is a perfect fall and winter staple! 

Sizes range from XS-3X.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Zappos | Lucky Brand

 

Lucky Brand Leather Sherpa Aviator Bomber Jacket

 

Snuggle down in this classic Lucky Brand’s faux leather bomber, which is practical and versatile enough to wear with tons of outfits. The slouchy fit gives it a laid-back vibe while the faux shearling details add some stylish flair. With an asymmetrical zip front and zipper pockets, this jacket is an awesome addition to your wardrobe.

This bomber comes in sizes XS-XL.

 

 

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Tank | Jacket | Jeans | Bag | Rings | Boots

 

Statement Maker

 

Make a statement with your outerwear with a gorgeous leather jacket in a bright shade. Swap out neutral black and brown leather, and go for an eye-catching red instead.

Pair your jacket with a cool band tee and black jeans for an edgy and eye-catching look! 

 

Here are more gorgeous red leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Amazon

 

BLANKNYC Faux Suede Moto Jacket

 

Supple faux suede in a beautiful bright red really sets this BLANKNYC moto jacket apart. The suede is soft and has a little stretch to make it easy to move around in. Super festive for fall and winter, this jacket will give a simple outfit a bit of spice! 

Sizes range from XS-XL on Amazon.

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Amazon

 

BLANKNYC Fitted Motorcycle Jacket

 

BLANKNYC’s vegan leather moto jacket in this “rum raisin” color adds a stylish edge but it’s subtle enough to go with so many outfits. Semi-fitted with adjustable straps at the waist and zippered cuffs, it’s a quality piece and wearers say it’s a steal for the price!

Available in sizes XS-XL

 

 

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Jacket | Dress | Bag | Earrings | Sunglasses | Flats

 

Embroidered Beauty

 

Create a trendy, feminine look by rocking an embroidered leather jacket. These jackets add a tailored feel when paired with a fun polka dotted dress or other classic piece. Finish off your outfit with flats and some retro sunglasses for an autumn sightseeing adventure!

 

Here are more eye-catching faux leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Sizes XS-XL: Amazon

 

BLANKNYC Faux Leather Embroidered Moto Jacket

 

BLANKNYC vegan moto jacket is a gorgeous, year-round piece that’ll instantly add that cool factor to any outfit. It has so many killer details, from buckle belted side tabs to the studded cuffs. The faux leather is soft and smooth with an embroidered floral finish. These vegan leather jackets are the perfect addition to a womans wardrobe for spring, summer, winter or fall

Choose from sizes XS-XL.

 

 

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Shop Macy’s: Sizes S-XL | Plus Sizes 1X-3X

 

White Mark Faux Leather Plus Size Jacket

 

This White Mark faux leather jacket is the perfect piece to create a fun, punk look. The shape is sleek and classic, with minimal hardware and two functional side pockets. Silver studs along the collar add just the right amount of edge! 

This jacket is available in regular sizes S-XL and plus sizes 1X-3X.

 

 

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Jacket | Top | Jeans | Bracelet | Bag | Earrings | Necklace | Flats

 

Chic Neutrals

 

A leather jacket in a neutral beige is a wardrobe essential that’s both chic and sophisticated. Pair it with a cream-colored blouse, fitted black trousers, and touches of fine jewelry for a look that’s equal parts elegant and modern.

This style is perfect for a destination, such as Paris, where simplicity is key!

 

Here are more neutral-looking leather jackets worth packing:

 

 

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Shop Amazon: Sizes XS-XXL | Sizes 1X-4X

 

Levi’s Faux Leather Belted Moto Jacket

 

The camel color of this Levi’s moto jacket is simply stunning, and the silver hardware further elevates the look. It’s structured and fitted, yet comfy (especially if you size up). This jacket has a very European feel to it – perfect for shopping along the Champs-Élysées or grabbing dinner in Rome

Available in sizes XS-XXL and plus sizes 1X-4X!

 

 

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Shop Macy’s: Sizes XS-XXL | Plus Sizes 0X-3X

 

Guess Faux Leather Lightweight Moto Jacket

 

This Guess moto jacket gives off the ultimate biker-chic vibe and features a simple stand collar, decorative chest pockets, and a slim fit. It’s lightweight yet warm enough for autumn weather, and the faux leather looks and feels super soft. This jacket will complement tons of outfits, especially in a neutral color, like this gorgeous Cognac! 

Sizes range from XS-XXL and Plus Sizes 0X-3X

 

 

Leather Jacket Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Sleek & Chic
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Spanx Faux Leather Moto Jacket Pair with boyfriend jeans and a tee for an easy sightseeing look, or add some silver jewelry and a heeled bootie for a night out! Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Quince Faux Leather Moto Jacket With Belt With a high-quality feel and a flattering shape, it’s perfect for balancing out a more feminine outfit or adding a bit of edge to your wardrobe! Check Price
Casual Luxe
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Sam Edelman Leather Bomber Jacket Wear it with sweats on the plane for an elevated look or pair it with a jumpsuit and sneakers for a casual vibe. You’ll feel amazing and comfy no matter what! Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Allsaints Balfern Leather Biker Jacket The leather is buttery soft, the shape hangs beautifully, and it’s got room for some light layering without being baggy. A timeless staple for any wardrobe!  Check Price
Grunge Girl
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket BLANKNYC Faux Leather Authentic Moto Jacket Rock it with jeans and boots, or pair it with a dainty dress for a sweet and edgy contrast! Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Bellivera Oversize Biker Jacket Featuring quality faux leather, a belted waist, and silver hardware, this jacket looks fab paired with more fitted pieces or a short dress. Plus, it’s perfect for laying when the temps drop!  Check Price
Seasonal Superstar
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Levi’s Womens Faux Leather Moto Jacket The sleeves have adjustable zipper cuffs for desired look and comfortability and the classic moto silhouette is simple yet sophisticated. Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Quince Suede Moto Jacket Made from 100% suede, this biker jacket is smooth and soft and comes in six attractive colors to go with your fall and winter wardrobe!  Check Price
Airplane Outfit
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Levi’s Faux Leather Motorcycle Jacket Multiple pockets are handy for storing your boarding pass and small essentials for the plane. It’s the perfect piece to spice up your travel outfit or wear on nights out on the town after you arrive!   Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Cole Haan Soft Faux Leather Jacket The soft faux leather is ideal for snuggling into on a flight and then dressing up for dinner at your destination. Plus, it’s got roomy side pockets to store all your small must-haves!  Check Price
Girl About Town
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Lock and Love Faux Leather Bomber Jacket with Removable Hood Sightsee in style with this Lock and Love bomber leather jacket which has a cool, relaxed feel and offers a removable drawstring hood and placket for added warmth and functionality. Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Quince Leather Moto Jacket With Removable Hood The smooth and comfy leather is a perfect medium weight and the structure gives it a classy and sophisticated look. A versatile staple for city explorations! Check Price
Cold Climates
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Levi's Puffer Faux Fur Leather Moto Jacket This Levi's moto jacket is ultra stylish with textured faux leather, faux-fur trim at the cuffs, and a faux fur collar to keep your neck extra warm in chilly weather. Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Lucky Brand Leather Sherpa Aviator Bomber Jacket Snuggle down in this classic Lucky Brand's faux leather bomber, which is practical and versatile enough to wear with tons of outfits. Check Price
Statement Maker
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket BLANKNYC Faux Suede Moto Jacket The suede is soft and has a little stretch to make it easy to move around in. Super festive for fall and winter, this jacket will give a simple outfit a bit of spice!  Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket BLANKNYC Fitted Motorcycle Jacket Semi-fitted with adjustable straps at the waist and zippered cuffs, it’s a quality piece and wearers say it’s a steal for the price! Check Price
Embroidered Beauty
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket BLANKNYC Faux Leather Embroidered Moto Jacket The faux leather is soft and smooth with an embroidered floral finish. These vegan leather jackets are the perfect addition to a womans wardrobe for spring, summer, winter or fall!  Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket White Mark Faux Leather Plus Size Jacket The shape is sleek and classic, with minimal hardware and two functional side pockets. Silver studs along the collar add just the right amount of edge!  Check Price
Chic Neutrals
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Levi’s Faux Leather Belted Moto Jacket This jacket has a very European feel to it – perfect for shopping along the Champs-Élysées or grabbing dinner in Rome!  Check Price
how-to-wear-a-leather-jacket Guess Faux Leather Moto Jacket It’s lightweight yet warm enough for autumn weather, and the faux leather looks and feels super soft. This jacket will complement tons of outfits, especially in a neutral color, like this gorgeous Cognac!  Check Price

 

 


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Author Bio: Sydney Woolery is a recent UCLA graduate who loves a good adventure just as much as she does a fabulous dress. Check out her fashion blog at www.tokyoglitter.com and follow her visual escapades on Instagram – @tokyoglitter.