10 Chic Ways To Wear Your Moto Jacket

There's always one piece in your wardrobe that quietly becomes the star, the overlooked understudy who ends up stealing the sartorial show. For us, that role always goes to the moto jacket. Even though it's designed as classic outerwear, it has so much more potential. It’s the perfect in-between layer for cold days, a cozy topper for balmier nights, a stand-in for a tailored blazer at a cocktail party. It’s a total essential.
To prove just how versatile it can be, we're showing you 10 ways to incorporate a motorcycle jacket into your everyday wardrobe, no matter if you're a sweet sophisticate or a bad girl at heart. Click through to see this style staple in a whole new light.
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If you're already itching to bring out those cute rompers from last year, a moto jacket gives you the perfect opportunity. The trick is to choose a one-piece in a neutral, subtle print — it's not summer yet, after all — that doesn't show a ton of leg. In our case, we'd add some opaque tights to this ensemble and head out the door.
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Who says moto jackets have to be all tough, all the time? We love this pairing of a crisp oxford shirt and pencil skirt with a minimalist biker style — it's already on our top 10 list of spring outfits.
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If you've never known a style rule you couldn't break, this is for you. Thanks to a coordinating print, this relaxed biker jacket, cropped top, and breezy shorts become a totally 2014 variation on the classic summer suit.
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C'mon — you know you love a little drama every now and then. In this case, an oversized biker jacket adds major impact to simple stripes and track pants. A deep side part and a red lip are the perfect finishing touches.
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A graphic tee and a printed skirt might seem like an unlikely combo at first glance, but the addition of a sleek biker jacket pulls them together into perfect — and effortless — harmony.
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A black moto jacket is definitely a wardrobe essential. But, that doesn't mean you're limited to just one iteration. For your second act, invest in an icy pastel topper that you can pair with spring's light-as-air colors and textures for a completely fresh look.
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Think you have to be a badass to pull off a moto jacket? Think again. If you're more boho than biker babe, look for unique details, like gorgeous embroidery, to make the look feel 100% you.
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Can't get enough crop tops? More power to you — and your enviable abs. Add a loose, boxy moto jacket to your combo of boyfriend jeans and shrunken tops for the ultimate cool-girl getup.
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Whether your goal is to temper a moto jacket's toughness or give a dainty dress a little edge, the combo of a biker jacket and a sweet, retro-inspired frock is super appealing. Slip into a pair of banged-up ankle boots, and you're ready for whatever the day (or night) holds.
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If your number-one goal is to be comfy at all times (and really, who doesn't have that goal?), a plush, shearling-lined moto jacket should be front-and-center in your closet. Pair it with a cozy sweatshirt, casual button-up, and an easy skirt for the most stress-free weekend look, ever.
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