The Leather Jacket Trend That Is Totally Dated In 2023

Leather jackets are a staple in everyone's closet and have been for some time. They're chic, functional, and make you look like a total badass. You probably have one hanging in your closet as we speak. There's an infinite amount of ways to style your leather jacket, but some are more on-trend than others.

Unfortunately, while a cropped moto jacket and matching boot ensemble is a crowd favorite, it's totally outdated in 2023. The problem isn't that it's not chic; the problem is that it's ... totally boring. We've seen this trend forever, so it's time to switch things up!

We know, it's difficult to let go of your favorite short leather moto, but think of all the styles you haven't tried. Trust us, there are more leather jackets out there that aren't super outdated — all you have to do is look around! To give you a little inspo, check out some of our favorite leather jacket looks.

Leave the moto boots at home

This fit is perfect for those with a chill, laid-back vibe. The key is choosing a leather jacket that hits right below the hips. If you live in an area with cooler temperatures, opt for a size up, so there's room for a hoodie or crew neck to wear underneath. Jeans and leggings are too predictable for this look, so consider a midi or maxi skirt instead. Slip on your favorite pair of Converse or Vans, and you're good to go.

Go long with a leather trench

The most important thing to remember when styling a leather jacket is you can pair it with any aesthetic. The perfect example is the leather trench, which can totally dress up an outfit, even if it doesn't seem like it at first. As you can see in this photo, the woman is in a black dress, tights, and platform boots — something you'd wear to dinner or on a night out. The trench doesn't overwhelm the outfit; it elevates it.

Swap out the moto for the bomber

If you haven't considered a leather bomber jacket, this is your sign to go out and get one ASAP. Not only are they on trend for 2023, but they have a larger fit, so there's more room for layering underneath, which really comes in clutch when you live in colder climates. Pairing the bomber with a turtleneck and slacks flaunts your sophisticated side, whereas a hoodie and sneakers give the look a more laid-back feel.

We love a double leather moment

You know what they say — two leather staples are better than one! To achieve this look, bust out your favorite leather jacket and faux-leather pants. It's a bolder look than your typical leather jacket and denim combination, but don't be intimidated. Anyone can pull it off! To tone down the grunge aesthetic, opt for a leather blazer, and choose a pair of leather pants other than black.

Opt for red instead

Black leather is so ... predictable. Red, however, is bold and daring, which is why we love it! If bright red isn't your vibe, choose a darker shade like burgundy or maroon. It's still just as striking but without being right in your face. Don't be mistaken — you can rock a red leather jacket with anything, from jeans to midi skirts and everything in between. Think of it as a new spin on an old classic.

Add a little prep in your step

This look is a mix of casual and preppy, so it's a great option if you're looking for something that isn't too safe but not too dressy either. The key is pairing your leather jacket with a crisp and collared button-up shirt, as you see in the photo above. Put on your best bootcut or boyfriend jeans, and finish off the look with a pair of loafers.