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Why a Leather Biker Jacket Should be your Next Style Investment

The definition of timeless cool, there’s no wardrobe staple quite like a leather biker jacket. A true icon, the leather jacket has been a style essential throughout the decades.

Marrying both edge and luxury, each piece in our collection of women’s leather jackets is designed to last a lifetime. Created in our signature buttery-soft hides, these leathers only get better with age. And, with expert craftsmanship at their core, the perfect fit is all but guaranteed.

From vintage-inspired leathers to new-season styles, look to our iconic leather jackets for essential layering to invest in now, and love forever.

Introducing A Style Icon: The Leather Jacket

Inspired by military flight jackets worn by men during World War One, the leather biker we know and love today was created by fashion designer Irving Schott for Harley Division in 1928. Rebellious beginnings led to the piece being adopted by Old Hollywood’s leading men and those at the forefront of ‘70s rock’n’roll. Enduring the century’s whims and trends, the leather jacket remains a style icon over a hundred years later.

Timeless and Fitted to Perfection

Designed in UK sizes 6 to 24, our women’s leather jacket collection is designed with inclusivity at the fore. Spanning mainline, Curve and Petite, each leather jacket we create is made to fit the contours of your body with specially placed darts, seams and panelling. Our Petite jackets are cut with a smaller frame in mind, perfectly proportioned and finished with shorter sleeves and lengths.

Leather Signature Biker Jacket

With special attention to detail, each leather jacket can be adjusted to fit as you like. Zipped sleeves offer ease of movement, while glossy buckle accents define your shape. Allowing for ultimate comfort throughout the day, this jacket earns its reputation as a perennial wardrobe favourite.

Luxury Comes Easy in a Leather Jacket

The ultimate curation of investment pieces, our women’s leather biker jackets are an ode to easy luxury. Crafted from our signature buttery hides, the leather is expertly treated, cut and moulded to fit the body. The smooth, supple finish creates a put-together look, so you can throw a leather jacket on over any outfit for instant polish.

Known for its contrasting glossy zippers, a biker jacket’s hardware is just as iconic as the leather itself. Silvery studs and zippers nod to vintage styling while glistening finishes elevate this classic jacket for modern times. Coupled with our signature Karen Millen branding and luxurious military buttons, the jacket effortlessly adds a premium feel to any look.

Give Your Jacket Some TLC

Special pieces deserve special care and attention. And, while everyday wear can add character, it’s important to treat your leather with love in order to maintain its original beauty. Easier than you think to care for, our women’s leather jackets can be kept beautiful year after year with a few simple steps.

Take Care and Polish up

Take some time to preserve your leather’s lustre. Whenever you feel it needs a little pep up, use an old t-shirt to buff leather grease or wax into the hide. The grease or wax will remove dust and dirt, as well as helping to protect your leather from the elements. Derived from natural ingredients, they’ll create a barrier against rain and make the fabric shine, no matter the weather.

Leather is Durable Beyond Belief

Naturally durable, our leather jackets can withstand anything the day throws at them. All you need is a touch of elbow grease. There’s also no need for expensive treatments, as the simplest of household products can work miracles in seconds. At work? Make sure to have a bottle of nail varnish remover on hand. Perfect for removing ink marks, just dab the liquid on the leather using a cotton pad, then wipe off with water to remove traces of alcohol. When it comes to lifting greasy food stains, think baby powder. Simply sprinkle a little over the stain and let it soak up the grease overnight, brushing off gently using a cloth. Have your leather jacket on regular rotation? Clean the leather with soapy water at least every six months to keep it keep its lustre.

Caring for your leather when not in use is just as important. Our leather maintains its signature high quality when stored at room temperature and placed away from direct sunlight. As it can also easily absorb dye from other garments, such as denim, it’s best to keep your leathers together. Don’t forget to use a padded or wooden hanger, too, to maintain your leather’s shape.

Elevate Every Day with a Leather Jacket

For an easy everyday look that’s always on-trend, there’s nothing like a women’s leather biker jacket. With its versatile nature and classic sensibility, the biker can be dressed up or down in seconds. From the iconic black moto to flattering cropped bikers, our collection ensures there’s a leather jacket to suit every mood, style and plan.

Master Casual Style with an Edge

Inherently stylish and forever-flattering, a biker jacket is a covetable addition to any weekend wardrobe. The perfect investment piece for off-duty styling, you’ll instantly look pulled together, even with the most casual of outfits underneath. A black leather jacket remains a classic for a reason, but for new-found leather converts, a lighter palette is a great introduction. Tonal brown hues give your casual look a dose of elegance, while blue leather pieces can be styled just as effortlessly as your go-to denim jackets.

Cropped lengths and ¾-sleeved styles also lend themselves perfectly to off-duty styling. Layer up with a knitted jumper and jeggings for your answer to tricky transitional styling dilemmas.

Leather Jackets are Classic for a Reason

Transcending trends, our leathers are go-to pieces you can wear season after season. A mainstay in your capsule wardrobe, the leather jacket will get as much outfit airtime as your go-to t-shirt and jeans. A black leather jacket is a day-to-night saviour, oozing effortless cool whatever you pair it with. But, if you’re looking to try something different, move away from darker hues and try a pop of colour. A bolder take on the classic, a red jacket is just as easy to wear when styling is classic and pared-back.

Think Leather Jackets for After-Dark Layering

The last word in luxury, a leather jacket was made for late-night plans. Classic biker styles deliver edge with elegance, while reworked leather pieces with glistening studs and our military Karen Millen-branded buttons showcase glamour in all its glory. Able to meet any brief you give it, use a biker to toughen up pretty fabrics like lace and silk or dress down your 9-5 tailoring. Throw on over a midi dress for a grungy take on glamour, or add it as a final touch to your go-to denim.

Romance is All Yours in Leather

Crafted from luxuriously soft hides, our leather jackets are a subtle way to embrace your sensual side. Marry a biker’s rebellious feel with peekaboo lace for compliments all night long. For a fashion-forward look, try head-to-toe leather: a fitted leather dress paired with a biker jacket is the ultimate combination of edge and femininity. Embrace the leather jacket’s roots and look to its biker heritage for modern-day styling inspiration. Match with skinny leather trousers for a date-night look that’ll stand the sartorial test of time.

If elegance is the mood of the night, look to our collarless biker jackets. With a softer neckline and a discreet front zipper, this sleek, pared-back leather jacket injects modern femininity into your collection.

Layer Up a Biker to Go From Desk to Dinner

Desk-to-dinner dressing dilemmas be gone. Treat your after-hours wardrobe to our coveted leather styles for no-brainer layering. Pair a buttery soft biker with your go-to restaurant outfit for an elevated evening look that can be as dressed up or down as you like. Reworked leather jackets with ultra-luxe quilted panels and glossy buttons feel extra-special and make a fashion-forward alternative to a trench coat or mac.

Last-minute reservations? The tailored nature of a leather jacket instantly smartens up an off-duty look. From smart-casual to loungewear, it makes the perfect way to elevate your outfit underneath in a matter of seconds. Simply add heeled boots and a cross-body bag, plus your favourite jewellery, for a look that’s effortless yet elegant.

Seek New Adventures in a Leather Biker Jacket

For staycations and vacations alike, a leather biker jacket will become your suitcase saviour. Both practical and polished, a women’s leather jacket is the only outerwear layer you’ll need throughout your trip. Durable enough for exploring, yet stylish enough for trendy cocktail spots, it’ll match any holiday criteria with ease, as well as keeping you warm on chilly planes and trains. Premium metal zippers add styling finesse, but don’t forget their original function as a way to store holiday essentials hands-free. Team up with your trusty 5-pocket denim for easy off-duty style, no matter where in the world you are.

If you’re exploring sunnier climes, take the opportunity to experiment with a lighter palette. A pastel or white leather jacket is just as versatile as black, but feels fresher for warmer evenings. Pair yours with flowing florals or breezy tailoring silhouettes for instant destination glam.

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