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What Outfit Goes With a White Leather Jacket?

by Sara Cantu

Few garments are more classic than the leather jacket. Although black motorcycle jackets have long served as the go-to for adding toughness to an outfit, rocking a white version is just as likely to result in an endless array of ensembles. Timeless and with an irresistible hint of edge, a white leather jacket pairs famously with pieces both laid-back and bold, allowing you tons of wear from this versatile statement piece.

Bold in Black and White

Black and white is classic simplicity. Whether it's black leather trousers paired with a black silk camisole or a sexy black bandage dress showcasing your curves, a white jacket adds elegance. Opt for a black maxi skirt and tank top to create a clever play on proportions and textures. For an outfit to rock during the day or for a night on the town, pair black skinny jeans with a black T-shirt and add your white leather jacket and a gold chain necklace to complete the ensemble.

Major Monochrome

Gone are the days where white was only allowed before Labor Day. Start with white skinny jeans and combine with a slouchy white T-shirt, then top off with a white leather motorcycle jacket for edge. Alternatively, sport an ethereal, flowy white dress for contrast with your jacket. For footwear, opt for grungy motorcycle boots for a rocker vibe or dressy neutral strappy sandals or pumps to class things up. If it's color you crave, choose high heels in a bright pop of color like hot pink or red and add a swipe of matching lipstick for pizazz.

Prints Charming

Use a crisp white leather jacket to anchor an eclectic mix of prints. Plaid, stripes, houndstooth and leopard are prime candidates for print-mixing, and a white jacket tie the look together. Pair a flirty floral frock with a white jacket and tan ankle boots for a sweet combination. To create a punk-rock-inspired ensemble, combine plaid pants with a vintage T-shirt and complete this cool duo with a white leather jacket and boots or killer pumps. A striped shirt paired with denim jeans and comfortable ballet flats is another effortless option.

Cool Color Burst

Mix a white leather jacket with bold pieces for an unexpected but stylish color contrast. A sleek maxi dress in a rich shade like oxblood pairs fabulously with a white leather jacket, floppy hat and ankle boots for fall and winter. Lighter shades like pink, yellow and a variety of pastels are safe pairings for the warmer months, while shiny metallics work well for all seasons. To compile a fool-proof, year-round outfit incorporating a white leather jacket, combine dark denim skinny jeans and a sparkly gold blouse. Spruce up this outfit with a statement necklace, sky-high neutral heels and a colorful clutch if an ultra glamorous look is what you're after.

About the Author

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.

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