Outfit Inspiration: Beauty and the Biker Jacket

Pamela Love

Pamela Love

Pamela Love is more than just a jewelry designer, though trying to bring up her name without also entering a long conversation about her statement pieces is close to impossible. She’s as lauded for her personal style as she is for her jewelry line, so it’s no surprise that she’s often snapped on the streets of New York and just happened to have her wedding documented on the pages of Vogue. While she didn’t wear a leather jacket over her custom Mara Hoffman gown, chances are you’ll see her wear one just about any other day — including over a lace gown to the Met Gala. Like her black magic-tinged jewelry, a biker jacket has become part of her look, and adopting a signature style and a signature piece is definitely something we can get behind.

But don’t think of a biker jacket as something you can only wear with jeans or while you’re out riding your Ducati. Take a page out of Love’s lookbook and throw it on over even the most feminine pieces in your closet and you’ll make a major impact (and possibly get snapped for a style blog, fingers crossed). In this week’s edition of Outfit Inspiration, we’ll show you how to temper the badass leather jacket with some beautiful party basics and make sure you’re the center of attention at every holiday party you attend.

Zara faux leather basic jacket

Zara faux leather basic jacket

A leather jacket is a huge investment for anyone. It’s often one of the priciest things that you can snag in every store, whether you’re shopping at the Gap or Givenchy. If you don’t want to bust your entire holiday budget on yourself (as tempting as that is) we’re all for going faux. The Zara Faux Leather Basic Jacket ($79.90) gives you all the details of a traditional biker without the  price tag. It’s got zippers, flattering seams on the back that’ll give you a sleek silhouette and an oversized collar that’s definitely on-trend.

One of the best things about a classic black jacket is that it’ll pair with anything from jeans to the holiday outfit below, which takes inspiration from icons such as Carolina Herrera and Sharon Stone. Think of it as high/low dressing at its best — easy on your wallet and eye-catching all at once.

Beauty and the Biker Jacket

Beauty and the Biker Jacket

1. Remember when Sharon Stone wore that Vera Wang skirt with that Gap shirt to the Oscars and everyone leapt from their high horses and landed right in the mall? We’re taking that fashion moment as inspiration and adding a few eclectic pieces that recall world travels and the exotic-meets-cosmopolitan look of designer Carolina Herrera. The Pim + Larkin Dramatic Satin Maxi ($79) makes a huge statement without much effort — floor-length anything will do that — and sets the perfect backdrop for bright, bold pieces we’ve assembled.

2. Biker jackets are badass, plain and simple. We love the idea of pairing something so tough with something as feminine as a jeweled pouch. The Mayle Florencia Pouch ($129.50) is a casual, slouchy clutch that’ll hold your essentials.

3. Another plus for a maxi silhouette? That would be your ability to wear flats with anything that grazes the floor, since your shoes will probably be covered up most of the night. Slip on a comfortable flat, but don’t forgo an opportunity to make a splash. The Banana Republic Beah Haircalf Flat ($120) can go from work to play and from the conference room to a cocktail party without missing a step.

4. Steven Alan is known for his button-up oxfords, but we’ll let you in on a secret: the brand’s got some killer knits, too. The tissue-thin Long Turtleneck Tee ($188) is thin enough so it doesn’t bake you right inside your biker jacket and substantial enough so it doesn’t go sheer when you’re wearing it (no matter the lighting conditions).

5. And what’s the finishing touch for Carolina Herrera, Pamela Love and even Sharon Stone? That would be an eye-catching finishing touch: a statement necklace. Take the Banana Republic Turquoise Statement Necklace ($110) out for a spin and you’ll be shining all night long. Vanity Fair‘s best dressed list better watch out.

Images courtesy Pamela Love, Zara, Piperlime, Club Monaco, Banana Republic and Steven Alan

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