Initially, the biker style was associated with harsh male characters and tough-minded people on motorcycles. It did not relate to women's clothing altogether. However, over time, this stereotype has dissipated and women were able to adopt this unusual image. They smoothed out the excessive harshness and gave the biker style a certain romance and even sexuality.
As before, biker-style outfits remain badass but at the same time, quite appealing and authentic. By rocking this style, every girl can become a commanding and extraordinary person. You just need to choose the right clothes, shoes, and accessories.
It is believed that girls are romantic, subtle, and sensual natures since they prefer some feminine or airy clothes. This is true, but also girls have the courage to experiment with their look and in this regard, they will even beat some men. However, we must admit that men were the first to wear biker outfits. At first, women had no rights to be bikers and not a single motorcycle club accepted a lady as a member.
Biker girlfriends could hang out with them and be their passengers at motorcycle rides but did not have an official status. However, the permanent presence in the biker community left its mark on the styles of biker chicks. They abandoned skirts and dresses in favor of comfortable pants and jeans as well as expropriated the famous leather Perfecto jacket adopting it for their wardrobe. So this is how a biker style for women has originated.
Women’s Biker Jackets
A characteristic element of biker style is a leather jacket. Genuine biker outerwear, as a rule, is a leather jacket with a skew zipper. Traditionally, leather jackets did not have embellishments except for a zipper and straps but later, under the influence of rockers and punks, bikers also began to generously decorate their jackets with various metal rivers and studs.
Biker-style jackets are firmly entrenched in the wardrobe of modern fashionistas, and, according to fashion designers’ forecasts, they will be wildly popular for a long time. This is due not only to the unique appeal of a leather jacket but also to its excellent compatibility with various styles.
Besides being a biker attribute, a leather jacket with a slanted zipper was (and still is) a part of the image of young people who identify themselves with various informal subcultures. Today, however, this trendy apparel has gone beyond the boundaries of subcultures. It is now considered to be practically a basic outfit for the fair sex.
Tips to choose a biker jacket
The most popular style of a biker jacket is a shortened model with a diagonal zipper and slightly tapered along the bottom. While being an iconic attribute of badass rockers and bikers, a modern biker jacket emphasizes the fragility of the girl’s figure and its femininity.
When choosing this fashionable item for your biker wardrobe, it is worth considering a few nuances:
- A genuine biker jacket designed for riding a motorcycle costs a lot of money. It is made of high-quality cowhide leather.
- As an option, you can choose a jacket made of a thinner deer or goatskin.
- If you are looking for a jacket to complement the casual look, you can opt for budget-friendly models made from suede, eco-leather, textile or denim.
- There is a huge variety of styles so you can easily choose a jacket based on the features of your figure. For instance, shortened and elongated models will equally fit thin girls.
- The issue of narrow shoulders is solved with a jacket that has a large collar and catchy accessories. You can emphasize a weakly pronounced waist with a sharp narrowing in the lower portion of a jacket and contrasting inserts. Ladies with lush hips will benefit from jackets that feature an accentuated shoulder line.
- If you have a little belly, it is best to keep a jacket unzipped.
Variety of Women's Biker Jackets
Modern biker jackets are far from the previously established canons when they were made exclusively from high-quality thick leather and decorated with metal rivets and spikes. Today's fashionable leather jackets for women easily absorb current trends. For example, there is a trend to adorn clothes with fur and embroidery. Designers have elaborated the biker style, creating stunning models that combine traditional motorcycle jacket and features of other types of outerwear - trenches, shearling coats, boleros, and vests.
Biker Shearling coat
It is easy to create a fashionable look for a warm winter / autumn using such an attractive outwear as a women's shearling coat. Made from natural or faux leather, it is a good option for fashionistas who feel uncomfortable in long coast. Basically, it is a short sheepskin coat with a diagonal zipper and a beautiful furring along the cuffs, collar or bottom. Such items might be decorated with a chic fur collar. Often, women's winter coats feature a windproof and warming hood. There are models with leather inserts as well.
In autumn, biker ladies are able to flaunt original coats while retaining the authentic biker chic. Such items have an elongated cut reaching at least the middle of the thigh, sometimes even knee-high. A characteristic feature is a diagonal zipper, which is able to make even a concise coat incredibly stylish. A popular trend is to mix and combine various materials. For instance, a biker trench coat made of wool blend featuring leather sleeves look very fashionable and hip. Quilted sleeves and shoulder patches will add an interesting flair. As for collars, there are no strict rules. You can find models with a stand, turn-down, or wide collar.
Although traditional biker jackets are made of leather, it is possible to deviate from accepted canons in favor of suede. A suede jacket looks tender, softer, and more feminine than its leather counterparts. Even romantic ladies who prefer ruffles, lace, and flounces can rock a velvety suede biker jacket.
Just imagine how delicately a women’s suede jacket will accentuate the figure. This year designers recommend using suede outerwear to create looks with a slight touch of Boho style. You can easily combine your biker outfits with clothes and accessories featuring fringe, elongated multi-layered skirts, and dresses. As for colors, feel free to neglect the ubiquitous black and brown shades in favor of the following hues: burgundy, muted green, gray, and beige.
Denim jackets are never out of style but this year they boast diverse styles and designs. A denim item that resembles a traditional Perfecto jacket will become a highlight of a casual look for pleasant summer weather. It will equally fit an airy chiffon dress, short sexy shorts or skinny pants.
A stylish women's jacket can bear a minimalistic design or be generously decorated in accordance with the current fashion trends. Eye-catching patches, appliqués, scrapes, and metal studs will turn a regular jacket into a head-turner. Models with inserts of other fabrics or denim of a different shade are extremely popular as well.
Traditional Biker Jacket
Those women, who recognize only the classic cut, will surely enjoy models similar to traditional motorcycle leather jackets for men. They are distinguished by thick leather, extended shoulders, and large zippers on the sleeves. An authentic biker leather jacket has a loose fit and is ideal for emphasizing a tough look. These are mostly black models, although there is a robust selection of interesting natural brown hues. You can create a commanding look showing off an original black jacket enhanced with white fur on the collar. Motorcycle outerwear can be easily combined with leather pants or skinny jeans.
One of the notable trends is embellishment with spikes or studs. You can adorn clothing, shoes, and even accessories. While a feminine style and restrained chic are widespread, this rebellious trend is a bit unexpected, but it fits well with a relaxed casual style. Such heavily decorated items are a good match for pants but you can also wear them with delicate dresses and skirts. An ideal option is a leather jacket, although items made of suede and leatherette also harmoniously fit into this trend. Spikes can decorate any part of outerwear: collar, shoulders, sleeves, pockets, etc.
Slanted zipper hoodie
Designers love experiments, successfully introducing the characteristics elements of certain types of clothing into another. A signature element of biker outwear, a skew zipper, is so much loved by fashion trendsetters that they widely use it to create fashionable knitwear. You can increasingly see it in women's warm hoodies, designed not only to warm on a cold autumn day but also to complement a stylish biker look.
A vertical closure, asymmetrically dividing a hoodie into two parts, is considered to be an original accessory by itself. To enhance the effect of contrast, designers often supply sweatshirts with a zipper of a different color. For instance, a hoody may be of burgundy color while a zipper is black. Whether it is a stand color or turn-down, a biker hoodie definitely captures the attention. An integral part of such a model is a hood, which can sometimes be a continuation of a collar.
Biker Jackets with embroidery
Fashionistas, who wish all eyes to be on them, will certainly appreciate such catchy models. A women's jacket made of genuine leather vastly decorated with beautiful embroidery - what could be better for bold ladies who don’t want to hide their individuality? Moreover, embroidery is an interesting trend that ‘infested’ clothes, shoes, and accessories, and often on a large scale.
The pattern may cover any part of a fashion jacket - sleeves, shoulders, collar, back, etc. Some patterns occupy almost the entire back of a leather jacket. There are even items that feature embroidery spanning over the entire surface of a jacket. The most popular images embroidered on women’s jackets are:
- motley floral motifs;
- images of animals executed in the eastern style - fire dragons, tigers, cranes, flamingos, parrots;
- original themes - girls, skulls, snakes, and so on;
• various inscriptions.
Male motorcyclists often adorn their clothes with various patches bearing biker symbolism. Girls are able to make use of this trend as well.
Leather jackets with fur
The leather is loved by designers not only for a noble look but also for good compatibility with other materials. A slanted zipper is not enough for fashionistas, so they enhance their jackets with embroidery, stripes, patches, rhinestones, spikes, and rivets, as we have already noted above. Another gorgeous trend is fur insulation, thanks to which a leather jacket can be worn even in winter.
Often, a natural or artificial fur lining is removable. This is very convenient since a jacket becomes versatile. However, for frosty days, it is worth choosing an elongated model that covers the hips and features a loose fit enabling you to wear a warm wool sweater underneath. This year you can replenish your wardrobe with a trendy women's winter jacket featuring a plush natural fur around the collar. For a spectacular look, you may opt for a black or grey jacket decorated with white, light gray or red furry. Fashionistas who enjoy daring looks will benefit from women's jacket with artificial multi-colored fur.
Although biker jackets, by default, have a shortened cut, designers provide a unique opportunity to flaunt ultra-short models barely reaching a waistline. Women's short leather bolero is a great addition to a stylish image and bold image. It will create a perfect combination with high waist pants or a fashionable pencil skirt.
Coupled with elegant chiffon or silk dresses, a black bolero with a slanted zipper will create a knockout look. Unlike a full-fledged jacket, a bolero can feature short sleeves. Such an item won’t keep you warm on a freezing day, so you can only rock boleros in summer.
The second necessary element of a biker wardrobe is pants. Most often biker pants for women are narrow, leather, and black. Although, leather pants can easily be substituted with tattered or worn jeans. If such an image seems too gloomy, you may dilute it with a vintage blouse or shirt, a bright t-shirt or a tank top. You are also able to pick leather pants with inlays of tight knitwear or even lace, thereby showing that even though you are a biker girl, you always remain feminine and sophisticated.
A wide range of embellishments will add zest to your look. You may consider metal rivets or zippers of various lengths and sizes. Leather biker pants are usually black but you can experiment with the look and style and pick up brown or rich burgundy items. If you don’t really like pants, there are plenty of alternatives.
You can rock a fashionable skirt, capri pants, or even leather shorts. Skimpy shorts are the best option since they allow ladies to demonstrate their beautiful biker-style shoes as well as long slender legs. It is not very convenient to ride a bike in short or skirts but such a female biker outfit is suitable for other occasions, for example, for everyday wear or to hang out with friends. If you still gravitate toward a classic combination of leather pants and jackets, you should keep in mind that they must feature a cohesive color scheme or harmoniously blend with each other.
Traditional biker shoes are slightly tacky and coarse boots with thick soles. Do not be afraid that they will look too rough. Being put on a female foot, such shoes look the other way around, very cute and original. In any case, chunky boots can always be replaced with ankle boots or Hessian boots. The most important thing is that biker shoes should be black and richly decorated with buckles and metal studs.
Biker shoes are often made of thick leather that sometimes features a grainy texture. Today many women choose boots made of polished leather with a lacquer effect. Such boots look catchy but they are not very durable. Sometimes biker girls rock suede shoes but they are unlikely to last more than 1-2 seasons.
One of the key aspects of a tough biker style is wide belts and large metal buckles. Another trend is the abundance of metal - all kinds of rivets, wide zippers, and strap tips are welcome. A large amount of metal decor will emphasize your stern character and boldness. Lacing is also a popular décor element in biker shoes. It should be catchy and noticeable, that’s why laces are often made thick and contrasting in color. If you are not afraid of experiments and want to create an image of a strong woman, give rough army boots a try.
A biker image would be incomplete without accessories. Enhance your look with a thick black belt featuring a daring design and a big buckle, spiked jewelry or a dark-colored leather bag with fringe and studs. Glovelettes, fingerless gloves, are also relevant for biker chick outfits. On top of that, you may ‘borrow’ some accessory items popular among male bikers such as a black bandana, tied in a pirate manner, a knitted black cap, Wehrmacht helmets, big eyeglasses, etc. However, do not forget that you are a lady, and therefore your image should be complemented with women's accessories, for example, all kinds of bracelets, earrings, pendants, necklaces, etc. The most popular metal for biker jewelry is silver. It goes well with a generally dark biker wardrobe and also harmonizes with motorcycles thanks to the muted gloss of white metal.
The choice of accessories to make your ensemble complete should be approached based on you your vision and sense of style. Your fashion sense is unique because there are no two people whose views and preference are totally the same. There is a huge amount of accessories, so your fantasy is almost unlimited.
Romantic Biker Style
A great thing about biker style for women is that it can be softened and muted if traditional outfits seem too tough and rough. For example, instead of a rugged leather jacket, you can choose a model of lacquer leather, leatherette, and other materials. Such models resemble the classic jacket only due to a slanting zipper. You have the opportunity to experiment with the color by picking up unconventional shades such as dark blue, turquoise, navy blue, purple, maroon, pistachio, etc. On a par with traditional biker jackets, such items can be adorned with metal rivets, zippers, silver fittings (chains, buckles), and lacing or plastered with patches and original embroideries.
In the new season, trendsetters encourage biker chicks to experiment boldly and combine different styles. They recommend mixing extravagant daring clothes with more restrained and simplistic items. For example, you can combine a studded jacket with flowing maxi-skirts and dresses made of silk or chiffon. Such combinations always look impressive. As an option, you can try to mix a delicate romantic dress featuring flounces and ruffles and chunky biker shoes. Such an ensemble will make you look intriguingly attractive and very original. Leather jackets can also be completed with skinny leggings, denim pants, shorts, chinos, etc. Such stylish sets are quite organic and versatile.
Biker style is not only about outfits, but it is also a state of mind. If you are a biker girlfriend or a proud owner of your own motorcycle, make use of your passion for speed and freedom. A true biker style is suitable only for very courageous, impudent, and laid-back women who have no complexes. Remember that the risk is a noble thing. Take a risk when combining clothing items, experiment with your style, and we are sure that the result won’t disappoint.