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Hell for leather: Chic leather jackets to elevate every outfit

30 Nov 2023 | |By Hitanshi Kamdar

Whether it’s a classic cropped biker, tailored shacket, shearling-lined mac or feather-trimmed trench, leather jackets are a trans-seasonal staple year in, year out. And they just get better with age

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From dressing up a white shirt and jeans, to adding an edgy finish to a sparkling cocktail dress, the leather jacket has been a wardrobe staple for decades. While the classic cropped biker, with its statement zips and buckles, is still holding court among the likes of Saint Laurent and Khaite, this season’s hottest shape is undoubtedly more streamlined and feminine.

Tom Ford’s elegant, tailored leather blazer ticks every style box and can be thrown on over pretty much any outfit, from tailored trousers and a silk cami to a full-on sequinned body con. We also love Yves Salomon’s shearling-trimmed patent leather version, a piece that has come to define the signature look of the label and effortlessly simultaneously channels Nineties Oasis vibes and the season’s freshest feels. And, as always, you can rely on Loewe to keep it classy, combining the cropped silhouette of the Noughties biker with subtle lines and cream turned-back cuffs, for an ever-so-chic evening look.

Here’s our guide to the best leather jackets for women this winter.

Yves Salomon shearling-trimmed leather jacket

Redefining the classic LJ, this sleek biker jacket, with its loose-fitting silhouette and shearling trim, is the ultimate throw-on piece which will just get better with age. Chuck it over some jeans with some Axel Arigatos and you’re all but done for the day.

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Loewe contrast-cuff cropped leather jacket

Buttoned up, this leather jacket serves as an outfit on its own, perfect when paired with a tailored trouser or wide-legged culotte. The exaggerated collar, red stitching, and of course, the turned-back cream cuffs, just add to the effortlessly chic look.

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Tom Ford double-breasted leather blazer

Cut in an elegant blazer silhouette, this double-breasted jacket’s padded shoulders, peak lapels and sumptuous crepe de chine lining makes it every bit the investment piece. Wear over a chic work dress for an office look that’ll work well for a mid-week date night too.

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Saint Laurent feather-trimmed leather biker jacket

Bringing some serious style credentials to your outerwear edit, this biker jacket from Saint Laurent has the edge (quite literally). The opulent, feather-trimmed notched lapel and quilted detailing on the elbows elevate this classic design from basic to nailed-it.

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Khaite Hector snakeskin print biker jacket

Less throw-over more wear-nothing-underneath, this super sexy snakeskin print leather jacket could be worn solo, with nothing but jeans and stilettos to boot. A stark departure from the black biker, we also love it over a cream cashmere knit or black roll neck jumper.

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Alaïa cross-over cropped leather jacket

A bold experiment in extreme proportions, go full fashion diva and wear this over a dainty cropped camisole, or a sheer, metallic-knit polo neck for a minimalist look with edgy appeal. A high-fashion piece, this jacket makes all the right statements.

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