The motorcycle jacket, also known as a “biker jacket” or “rocker jacket,” is worn by the confident and rebelliously cool. It’s that versatile fashion piece that speaks loudly and always adds a tough, hardcore quality to an outfit. Whether your “moto jacket” guides your entire look for the day or adds a touch of edginess to a simple look, it gains massive respect from onlookers. After all, not everyone knows how to style a black biker jacket!
Need some tips? Here are suggestions for both guys and girls, which are inspired by some of the top trendsetting figures in music and entertainment:
An Everyday Edge
GIRLS: Joan Jett loves rock and roll, doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation, and will always be a pioneer in rocker fashion. A black motorcycle jacket worn casually with jeans and a tee epitomizes Joan Jett’s rebellious spirit and remains an attainable look for girls everywhere. A pair of funky sneakers, fitting jeans, a statement tee, and some fun jewelry work together to create a casual, cool outfit that proves you’re still the badass around town.
GUYS: A leather jacket can make anyone cool, especially when worn with great pieces and styled according to your unique personality. Wiz Khalifa – rapper, songwriter, and actor – always takes “risks” on casual rocker wear, and continuously makes it work. Got a bit of Wiz’s eccentricity in you? Try this look: sweats, graphic tee, trucker hat, Chuck’s, and gold jewelry. You’ll definitely get people talking!
Saturday Night Sex Appeal
GIRLS: Olivia Newton-John went from good girl to bad girl in the 1978 film, Grease. Or, rather, her character “Sandy” did. While many feminists cringe at the thought of “changing for a guy,” and upping one’s sex appeal in order to snag his full interest, there are others who see the transformation that Sandy made to be total rock and roll. And the motorcycle jacket was a key piece to her final look! Paired with skintight black leggings, a risqué off-the-shoulder top, big black belt, and red heels, the “after” look of Sandy is all about showing what you got! The perfect look for enjoying backstage nonsense at a concert or hanging out at a new jukebox, hole-in-the-wall bar with your sweetie.
GUYS: Marlon Brando, one of the most influential, greatest actors of all time, showed a great deal of classic sex appeal when he played the role of “Johnny Strabler” – the leader of a rebel motorcycle gang – in the 1953 film, The Wild One. A plain, white tee, cuffed jeans, and rocker boots is a Johnny Strabler-esque look that is both simple and hot. Fashion accessories to add on: a pair of aviator shades and/or a vintage biker cap.
GIRLS: When playing “Carrie Bradshaw” from Sex and the City, A-list actress Sarah Jessica Parker flaunts unthinkable, yet amazing, outfits. And in real life, Sarah Jessica Parker is also known to push the envelope regarding fashion, such as pairing a couture dress with a black motorcycle jacket. Vintage lovers and pinup darlings can most definitely rock this look with A-line skirts and dresses. Just add metallic accessories and/or gloves for extra glam!
GUYS: Pete Wentz, bassist of Fall Out Boy, is great at fancying up his casual rocker wear for formal events. You, too, can show your true style personality wearing a motorcycle jacket with the right outfit essentials. To go all out rocker-chic, try it with a crisp pair of dark slacks, a button-up shirt, a pair of creepers, and a tie. Whether you choose a full black-and-white look or choose a couple of bright tones or patterns for edginess, this rocker jacket looks great on the red carpet.
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