10 Ways to Style a Leather Jacket

The leather jacket is a staple in the closet of every French girl, street style star, and biker. Over the years, the jacket has lost its strictly edgy reputation as people began to realize that you can incorporate it into nearly every kind of personal style. Wear it over a t-shirt, drape it over your shoulders, layer it over or under another piece of outerwear. Whether your jacket is from Saint Laurent, H&M, The Reformation, or Zara, there are endless ways to use it with your closet. Using the Ryder jacket from Joseph, I've put together ten of one million ways to style your leather jacket.


White Tee + Skinny Jeans + Nude Flats

Cream Sweater + Black Maxi Skirt + Black Ankle Boots

Black Shirt Dress + Printed Sneakers +  Cashmere Scarf

Statement Sleeve Button-Down + Tweed Skirt + Black Pumps
(jacket draped over shoulders)

Gray T-Shirt + White Wide Leg Pants + Pointed Metallic Flats

Thin Black Maxi Dress + Embellished Sandals + Statement Sunglasses

White Blouse + Tan Suede Skirt + Pointed Lace-Up Flats

Blue Gingham Shirt + Skinny White Pants + White Sneakers

Gray Hoodie + Black Leggings + Soft Ankle Boots

Bohemian Maxi Dress + Flat Leather Sandals + Raffia Bag

Fashion Week + My Wish List

Courtesy of Harper's Bazaar, A Love Is Blind, Style Caster, and WWD.

Highlights from NYFW Fall 2016 include my best friend's videos from the Zac Posen show, the library prep looks from Ralph Lauren, Gucci Westman's makeup at Rag & Bone, the street style girls who opted to bring Paris insouciant chic to New York, the music at Hood by Air, and THIS

It was interesting to hear Jack & Lazaro's explanation of their inspiration this season. They mentioned being inspired by process art which is something that I'm fascinated by, as evidenced by my obsession with the Gutai Group.

With regards to my wish list, I'm looking at pieces that have connotations of adventures on ancient islands. They fall under a sort-of bohemian minimalism umbrella that belongs in white Grecian villas or on a boat somewhere with a mango smoothie. I want to wear these silk Monse trousers with a white Tibi top and Chloe sandals, then switch out the day clothes for a Self Portrait dress to wear to go eat caprese salad and nurse my sunburn with Korres After-Sun Cooling Gel.

This may seem irrelevant to the bundled up looks from NYFW street style, but humor me. Many of my favorite looks had inklings of bohemian minimalism---whether in the neutral color palettes or embroidered motifs.

What to Wear to NYFW

Lanvin boucle-tweed mini dress + thin black turtleneck (layered underneath) + lace-up flats from Stuart Weitzman paired with a Lanvin ivory mini shoulder bag and clear-salmon acetate sunglasses from Ellery.

Chloe blouson + black suede leggings from The Row + textured ankle boots from See by Chloe paired with Pamela Love rings and earrings, Karen Walker tortoise shell sunglasses, and Givenchy mini Antigona in mint. 

Oversized Saint Laurent blazer+ white slub knit from T by Alexander Wang + Embellished Mini Skirt paired with tan suede pumps from Chloe,  a minimalist necklace, and Loewe Puzzle Bag.

Fashion Month Has (Already?) Returned

It's very weird to me that Fashion Month is upon us again already. It seems like we were watching Chanel Aeroport just yesterday and now we're watching Kanye's ridiculous presentation at MSG. If you want to know my honest thoughts on that, dig through comments on The Atlantic's website and find out. For now, here are my street style picks from Net-a-Porter's always wonderful Fashion Month edits. 

New York
(modern minimalism)

This look harkens back to one of my favorite looks from 90s pop culture. It's a modern take on Cher Horowitz's iconic gym look in Clueless. I'd go for layers, wearing the Maison Margiela cotton-and-satin jersey dress over a pair of black frayed tweed crops from Proenza Schouler and ultra-90s Mansur Gavriel slides. If I felt like fitting in, I'd carry the Balenciaga clutch that everyone has or if I'm feeling slightly more original, I'd take something from Olympia Le-Tan (probably the Sensation of Flight clutch because her Japanese collection is stunning). 

(urban edge)

There's more layering in the London look. I love the sporty feel of Net-a-Porter's edit and decided to go all out. I've been obsessing over Jacquemus lately and am drawn to this linen-paneled wool dress every time I see it. There are clearly some tennis-inspired elements in the dress so I would wear it over a cashmere sweater from Equipment with clean white Common Projects sneakers. While writing this, I decided to stick with Olympia Le-Tan as my bag choice for three of the four cities. For London, I choose the Rebecca book clutch because it's a very British story and the colors work well.

(eccentric elegance)

Milan is usually difficult for me because I'm not very interested in crazy prints and the maximalist perspective we saw at the last Gucci show. I stayed fairly simple with this look, choosing to balance neutral colors with texture to create interest. To keep it Italian, I'd layer a Gucci ruffled crepe-de-chine blouse under a 60s-inspired metallic brocade dress from D&G. For accessories, I'd go with these leather Chloe sandals and the seen-everywhere Linea G 2 bag. 

(insousciant chic)

Finally, Paris. I want everything in this edit immediately and found it difficult to come up with just one outfit. Sticking with the trend of layering, I'd wear this little Joseph dress over a pair of slim-fit boyfriend jeans from Current/Elliott with a very French pair of suede Saint Laurent lace-up sandals. Considering the weather, I'd keep a fringed Saint Laurent jacket on hand. Importantly, I'd keep jewelry minimal--maybe something from Sophie Bille Brahe--and carry the quirky Marguerite bag from Olympia Le-Tan.