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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!




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


Sleek & Chic


This classic faux-leather jacket from BLANKNYC is a serious must-have (just look at all those reviews) and a TFG reader favorite. It has a feminine silhouette with a high quality feel despite the affordable price.

This boot is so popular among readers and the TFG Editor-in-Chief, we did a video review on them and a post


Watch this video review on the Blondo Villa Waterproof boot!


Pair them with the perfect travel shoe for fall – an ankle boot! Here’s a breakdown of the best ankle boots for fall!




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


Casual Luxe


Sometimes all it takes is one piece to instantly elevate a look. More often that not, leather jackets can do the trick.

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



London Shopping Tip: if you’re an All Saints fan, it’s more cost effective to purchase in London and ask the sales person 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 US, you can also look for All Saints outlets and save!


This jacket is our editor’s personal favorite! She even used it to travel on a budget airlines that only allowed 5kg in luggage! Find out how!




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


Grunge Girl


Leather jackets and florals come together to create that perfect edgy-meets-girly contrast. Dark florals, in particular, create that grungy look effortlessly. It’s 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!). 


Learn why the Julian backpack is a travel fave in this video!



Find our our favorite cute backpacks for travel!




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


Seasonal Superstar


This Made By Johnny jacket gives us the best of both worlds, possessing that faux leather style we all clearly love while also coming in an autumn-perfect cognac shade.

A knit sweater and flannel scarf capture the- essence of fall and complement the outfit perfectly. Finish it off with some mid-height boots on your feet and a toasty latte in hand.

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


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




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


Airplane Outfit


When you’re looking to travel in style (and also make your suitcase just a tad bit lighter at check-in, with the help of packing cubes), 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 comfortable onboard. Keep the rest of your ensemble simple with a long plain t-shirt, leggings, sneakers and a travel-friendly tote.


These are the best leggings for women that travel!




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. Now, of course, you can just create this look yourself by layering a hooded sweater underneath, but the two-in-one piece can take the fuss out for you (and also help lighten up your suitcase).

They’ll provide you with just a bit more warmth and protection than the standard jacket while also giving off a bit of 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.


Looking for comfortable and cute walking shoes for travel? Read this!




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!


Here is a collection of the best waterproof boots according to our readers!




Tank | Jacket | Jeans | Bag | Rings | Boots


Statement Maker


Looking to really make a statement with your outerwear? A leather jacket in a bright shade will surely do the trick. Stray away from the typical blacks and browns, and go for an eye-catching, “Thriller” red.

Pair with a cool band tee and black jeans for an edgy look that would make the great MJ proud.


Are you obsessed with boots? We are! If you don’t already own a pair of chelsea boots you need to add them to your list.




Jacket | Dress | Bag | Earrings | Sunglasses | Flats


Embroidered Beauty


Merge the classics with the trends by rocking an embroidered leather jacket.

These pieces give off such a cute and perky varsity jacket feel and would pair well with an equally fun polka dotted dress. Finish off your look with flats and some retro sunglasses.


Find out why dresses are the best for spring and fall travel!




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


Chic Neutrals


A leather jacket in a neutral beige makes a statement that’s both chic and subdued. Paired with a cream-colored blouse, fitted black trousers, and touches of fine jewelry, you get a look that’s equal parts elegant and modern.

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


What are neutral colors clothing? Find out!



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Compass Rose Packing Cubes


How to Pack Your Leather Jacket


Packing cubes can help organize all your travel clothes. We designed our own brand of slim packing cubes, with a unique color and numbering system, so it’s easy to remember where you’ve packed everything. See the video below for more. 


 Learn our hacks with packing cubes in the video!


We also put together a five-part YouTube series showing the different methods to use packing cubes for travel. If you use this specific packing strategy, packing cubes can also compress your belongings. This is the secret to traveling carry-on only!



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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 and follow her visual escapades on Instagram – @tokyoglitter.