Ask Laia: How Do I Wear This Leather Jacket Without Looking Like A Linebacker?

Is linebacker a sports term or something? Just kidding, I'm not THAT dense about sports.
Publish date:
September 7, 2011
leather jackets, outerwear, ask laia

Dear Laia,

I definitely impulse-ordered an Acne Rita:

...but I'm six feet tall, all that height is in my torso, and I'm a size 8 with broad shoulders! I love biker jackets and the rock chick aesthetic, but how should I wear this without looking like a linebacker?

Love your column!

- E.

Hey E! You are a girl after my own heart. I have often been a victim of ACNE items that take over my entire life and my brain like I was an abductee building sick shoes out of mashed potatoes.

The most important thing we need to talk about right now is that this jacket is SICK. Who cares if you look like a linebacker or a shortstop or a goalie? This is amazing and everyone that sees you in it will be all "OMG I WISH THAT WAS MINE!" This is the truth.

Long Basic Knit Scarf $27.44, ASOS

But if you still wanna control what silhouette you are creating when you wear this there are a few things you can do. You can go the "editorial" route and emphasize that upside-down triangle silhouette by piling on a thick long scarf or a hat and pairing it with skinny jeans or a body conscious dress/skirt.

Chiffon Full Length Skirt $46, American Apparel

If you're not really into "fashion DRAMA" then you can just balance it out with a gauzy long skirt or wide leg trousers. Mostly though, I think you should wear this everyday over pretty much anything and everything. You will be an epic rock goddess in it. GET.IT.

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