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Dresses to Wear With a Brown Leather Jacket

by Katherine Mitt

A brown leather jacket is an exceptionally versatile layering piece and can be worn effortlessly with a wide range of different dress styles. The jacket will instantly update your look, providing your feminine dresses with just the right amount of toughness. Whether you're needing to extend the seasonality of your best sundress or are looking for new ways to wear your favorite cocktail dress, a brown leather jacket will get the job done.

Toughen up a Sundress

Sundresses are a flirty go-to for many women during warm weather, but if your girly look is crying out for a little edge, throw on a brown leather jacket. It will instantly provide your summery outfit with a healthy dose of toughness, and the jacket can be worn with a wide range of colors and patterns due to its neutral hue. A brown leather jacket can also extend the life of your sundress, making floral patterns and bright colors more appropriate for fall. A pair of leather booties will emphasize the tough appeal of your leather jacket, while some cream ballet flats will enhance the femininity of your dress.

Dress Down a Cocktail Dress

Although somewhat unexpected, a brown leather jacket can be the perfect complement to a slinky cocktail dress and can help increase the versatility of a wide range of fancy dresses. Top a dressy black silk frock with your brown leather jacket for a perfect night-on-the-town look. The ruggedness of the leather makes a more formal cocktail dress appropriate for restaurants, bars and other less-dressy events. Add black stilettos, some chunky gold jewelry and a leather clutch to complete the ensemble.

Layer With a Sweater Dress

When it’s chilly outside but isn’t yet cold enough to bring out your full winter coat, use your brown leather jacket as a transitional piece, pairing it with your favorite sweater dresses. Tights and neutral riding boots complete the cozy winter look. If your sweater dress is patterned, keep jewelry and other accessories simple. However, if your frock is a solid color, you can use it as a palette against which to display a bright, bold statement necklace.

After-Hours Work Dresses

A brown leather jacket can take an office-appropriate dress, like a sheath or a wrap dress, from work to happy hour in a breeze. Unless you work in a creative environment, a leather jacket might be too dressed down for the work day -- but throw one on when leaving the office, and you’ll instantly increase the cool factor of your otherwise conservative ensemble. Wear an ivory wrap dress and a pair of brown leather high-heeled boots during the work day. Before leaving the office to meet friends for drinks, put your hair in a sassy topknot and throw on your leather jacket. Add a swipe of red lipstick and -- just like that -- you’ve taken your outfit from day to night.

About the Author

Katherine Mitt has been contributing to online publications since 2009, focusing primarily on fashion and style topics. She holds a B.A. in English from a small liberal arts school.

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