There Really is a Leather (or Pleather) Jacket for Everyone

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AEO Quilted Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, $89.99 at American Eagle.

AEO Quilted Vegan Leather Moto Jacket, $89.99 at American Eagle.

As a vintage lover, I have forever been on the hunt for the perfect black leather biker jacket. I found one for my husband, but have never found one in my size. 

I finally decided that it was a necessary item of clothing that I needed in my growing mostly-black wardrobe, and I added it to my Christmas list. My sister-in-law Secret Santa (thank you, Sara!) got it for me, and I pretty much want to wear it all the time. 

This is actually a high-quality pleather, and it’s from—gasp!—American Eagle. It’s on sale now, but sadly, only in sizes medium and below.

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While a biker style might not fit every wardrobe, I think there is a leather (or pleather) jacket for everyone, from the office to the music stage. And not only is pleather more affordable (and animal-friendly), but there are a lot of high-quality faux leather jackets out there these days.

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Look for suit-like shapes with clean lines and minimalist sensibilities, like a leather blazer or a leather-trimmed jacket. Pair it with a silk blouse, great fitting trousers and black heels.

Nicole Leather Blazer Coat, $229.65 at Billy Austins; Rag & Bone Harper Leather Lapel Wool Blazer, $189 at Intermix.

Nicole Leather Blazer Coat, $229.65 at Billy Austins; Rag & Bone Harper Leather Lapel Wool Blazer, $189 at Intermix.

The Romantic

A lighter color softens the tough vibe of leather, as does a cascading front. Pair it with a floral or lace dress, tights, and ankle boots.

River Island Pastel Biker Jacket, $110.05 at ASOS; ASOS CURVE Leather Look Jacket With Waterfall Front, $100.88 at ASOS.

River Island Pastel Biker Jacket, $110.05 at ASOS; ASOS CURVE Leather Look Jacket With Waterfall Front, $100.88 at ASOS.

The Badass/Rocker

Black with heavy metal accents always looks cool. Pair it with a white tee, black jeans, biker boots. (Or a black tee, printed pencil skirt, tights and ankle boots like I did above!)

(Minus The) Leather Quilted Sleeve Moto Jacket, $138 at Express; Free People Faux-Leather Hooded Moto Jacket, $168 at Macy's.

(Minus The) Leather Quilted Sleeve Moto Jacket, $138 at Express; Free People Faux-Leather Hooded Moto Jacket, $168 at Macy's.

Bohemian

Look for retro pieces (or reproductions) with special touches. Pair them with a floral maxi dress and knee-high boots.

Cartonnier Vegan Leather Shearling Jacket, $119.95 at Anthropologie; this amazing fringe piece just went on reserve on Etsy (tragic!); vintage leather trench coat, $48 at Etsy.

Cartonnier Vegan Leather Shearling Jacket, $119.95 at Anthropologie; this amazing fringe piece just went on reserve on Etsy (tragic!); vintage leather trench coat, $48 at Etsy.

What’s your leather jacket style? Do you prefer faux leather? Show off how you style your favorite jacket in the comments!