The motorcycle jacket, or moto for short, is a classic American item. The first motorcycle jacket was designed in 1913 by Schott NYC. Schott NYC released the first jacket in 1928 under the name Perfecto for Harley Davidson. This jacket featured zippers rather than buttons found on previous versions. Zippers gave the wearer more ease and functionality. Marlon Brando made the jacket famous in 1953 by wearing the Perfecto in the film The Wild One.
From there the jacket style was embraced by musicians, rockers and rebels of all kinds through the years.
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While a women’s version of the leather motorcycle jacket came out in the 1954 Harley Davidson catalog, it was not until the 60s and 70s that it was embraced by females, and then only those who wanted to be rebellious. The leather moto joined mainstream female fashion on the 90s.
The lines and designs of the moto jacket have softened over time, and you can now find a moto jacket in not only leather, but faux leather, suede, faux suede and even cotton twill. You can get them in a variety of colors and spend as much as your heart desires for a moto jacket. $6,995? (Not in my budget!)
There is no end to the ways in which you can wear a moto jacket. Give instant edge and cool vibes to any outfit and wear it with any shoe style. Throw it on with jeans and boots, with a dress, with jeans and sneakers, with skirts or jumpsuits.
I was hesitant at first to add one to my closet. We had some pretty mild winters for several years with little opportunity to wear a moto jacket. I finally caved and asked for a black faux leather moto for Christmas a few years back (similar), and then added a light weight tan colored faux leather one to my closet a little later. I’m wearing both in a medium. The tan jacket is a petite medium. I already owned a leather jacket, but it’s not a moto style. I haven’t regretted the addition of either jacket. They really do add some edge to an outfit and once you get comfortable having it in your rotation, a moto jacket is easy to wear (weather cooperating.)
Here are 15 ways to wear a moto for your inspiration.
1 Striped top+olive jeans + chelsea boots
2- Black tee+grey jeans+scarf +sneakers
3 With a white tee+ Jeans- the classic Marlon Brando/ James Dean look
4 With a colorful top and olive jeans
5- With a sweater dress
6- With a floral skirt- Give a floral skirt or dress a little edge
7- With corduroy pants and a sweater
8- With a striped shirt and jeans+booties
Tee- Target; jeans- Articles of Society
9- With a sweatshirt dress +leopard booties
10- with grey jeans+tee+ scarf
11- With a black tee +snakeskin jeans
12- with a black sweater + grey jeans + snakeskin booties
13- With striped tee and olive jeans
14- Over a monochromatic outfit- burgundy and mauve
15- with a burgundy tee +scarf+jeans- This beige jacket really makes the burgundy tee pop!
Do you have a moto jacket? What’s your favorite way to wear it?