If you’re one of the many over-40 gals, me included, who view potential outfits and wardrobe items with a ‘Is this too young, too old, or just right?’ filter, you may be tempted to take a pass on leather jackets, thinking they firmly belong in the ‘too young’ camp. While I understand where you are coming from, I have to respectfully disagree. In fact, if you’re going to invest in one new major piece this season, make it a leather jacket. Why?
1. Leather Jackets have a Youthful Vibe
They’re like a blazer but edgier, so they make you look youthful and hip. This sleek red turtleneck sweater dress paired with a pared-down black leather jacket is a perfect example. This is an outfit that any woman, regardless of her age, would look fantastic in. I really love this chic leather jacket because it is sleek and understated. Knit side panels give it some much-appreciated stretch for comfort.
2. Leather Jackets are Versatile
Leather jackets pair nicely with dresses, pants, just about anything. You can even wear one with a dress to rough things up a little and add an edge. Check out these three popular ways to style a leather jacket.
3. Leather Jackets are Soft and Comfy
Today’s leathers and faux leathers are thin, lightweight and have a buttery, soft feel that makes them elegant and sexy. The draping and color of this one creates a soft vibe. With boots, jeans and a t-shirt, this is an easy and elegant, casual look.
4. Leather Jackets are Age Appropriate
A leather jacket really does work at any age. Take a look at these over 40 Style bloggers and their favorite moto jackets.
5. Leather Jackets are the Perfect Transition Pieces
These new lightweight leathers are perfect year round, especially in spring and fall when the weather is on chilly side. They can be worn outdoors or indoors. They’re also a perfection transition piece from daytime to nighttime – meaning they work 24/7!
6. Leather Jackets Look Rich and Classy
Whether your jacket is a deep rich shade of Coffee brown, Emerald Green or Marsala, or you have to prefer a leather jacket in a soft pastel color, a leather jacket will make you look expensive. To stand out from the crowd, go for the highest quality you can afford, and buy a leather jacket that has some interesting detail like this paprika biker-style jacket. The color, quilting detail and shoulder epaulets make simple black jeans and a white top look wow!
7. Leather Jackets are a Wardrobe Staple That Will Last You A Long Time
I have a friend who has been wearing her black leather jacket for over 15 years and it still looks fab.