7 Fail-Proof Ways to Style the Classic Leather Jacket — Fresh and Inspiring Ideas from Celebrities!

A nifty leather jacket of good quality is always a sterling investment. It’s a classic piece that is meant to outlast trends, so if there’s something you should treasure in your closet other than your leather shoes and leather bags, it should be a gorgeous leather jacket.

We already did several guides on how to wear this staple piece. Read “Style Tips: How to Style a Colorful Leather Jacket,” “6 Ways to Wear Leather Jackets Without Looking Like a Biker Girl,” and “Check Out How Fashion Bloggers Rock the Leather Jacket Trend” for starters.

We definitely recommend getting more wear from your investment piece. If you are looking for fresh ideas and new inspiration, here are a few celebrities who made their leather jackets look über cool these past few months:

1. Jessica Alba wore hers with a plaid shirt.

Jessica AlbaJessica Alba wearing animal-print flat shoes and a black leather biker jacket while shopping at Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s in Beverly Hills, California, on December 12, 2013

One way to make a leather jacket look more modern is to inject current and trendy pieces. Jessica Alba wore hers with a plaid button-down shirt. The 32-year old actress kept things low-key and easy by teaming these pieces up with a pair of boyfriend-style jeans rolled up at the hems. She took the comfort level up a notch by wearing a pair of spotted flats and a beanie. This look is so versatile that it is fitting for running errands, taking the kids out, hanging out with your friends, and many more!

2. Fearne Cotton wore summery pieces with her leather jacket.

Fearne CottonFearne Cotton arriving at BBC Radio 1 studios in Central London on December 10, 2013

We’re pretty sure you have rocked the popular denim dungarees last summer. Go ahead and transition them to winter just like what Fearne Cotton did in this outfit! The TV presenter wore her denim dungaree dress over a shirt with summer stripes print on it. It’s amazing how she gave this an appropriate winter vibe by donning a quilted leather jacket and a pair of tights.

3. Jennifer Lawrence took the classic approach by wearing her leather jacket with a lace cropped top and a pencil skirt.

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence for an appearance on Late Show with David Letterman at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on November 20, 2013

We really don’t mind the cliché that is the lace and leather combo. The contrast really works! And although this has been done before, Jennifer Lawrence gave it a fresh look by using a cropped lace top and by wearing it with a peek-a-boo skirt. There’s an interesting combination of textures in here. Just like the Catching Fire actress, you, too, can add a semblance of toughness to an otherwise feminine look with your leather jacket.

4. Julianne Hough took advantage of the rugged vibe of the leather jacket and wore it with tattered jeans.

Julianne HoughJulianne Hough seen leaving Alfred cafe in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, on November 15, 2013

You can’t go wrong with a leather jacket and ripped boyfriend jeans combo. It’s just the epitome of no-fuss dressing without looking like you didn’t put any thought to your outfit. What’s even better is that you can wear it with pretty much any top. You can opt for some dainty lace top, a cropped top, a band muscle tee, or just a plain shirt. Copy Julianne Hough’s styling and wrap a tartan shirt around your hips for a touch of ’90s glam.

5. Alexa Chung wore her cropped jacket with a floral skirt.

Alexa ChungAlexa Chung at the 8th Annual Teen Vogue University at the Hudson Theatre in New York City on October 19, 2013

Take a cue from “it” girl Alexa Chung and drape a cropped biker jacket over your shoulders. It should balance out a sweet and girly outfit like the MTV presenter’s turtleneck sweater and floral skirt.

6. Sarah Jessica Parker gave her studded jacket a feminine flair by wearing it with a pink dress.

Sarah Jessica ParkerSarah Jessica Parker making a fashion statement with a vegan bag at the premiere of City Ballet in New York City on November 5, 2013

A biker jacket and a pink dress? It can work! SJP took her tulip-hemmed pink frock to the red carpet and gave it a semblance of toughness by covering her arms with a studded leather jacket. To complete the look, follow what she did here by wearing sheer tights and a pair of pumps.

7. Miranda Kerr went back to basics with skinny jeans and a white shirt.

Miranda KerrMiranda Kerr leaving her hotel in Paris, France, on October 3, 2013

The combination of jeans and white shirt is like a blank canvass. You can take it to different routes depending on how you style it. In the case of former Victoria’s Secret Angel Miranda Kerr, she made the classic combo look 10 times more stylish by wearing a structured Balmain leather jacket and opting for animal-printed flats. How easy can this get?

Aren’t these looks inspiring? So, make sure your leather jacket is in high rotation in your wardrobe by adding these inspiring ensembles to your list of outfits to copy.

Also, go check out some of the most gorgeous leather jackets today:

J Brand Ready to Wear Wayfarer Leather JacketJ Brand Ready-to-Wear Wayfarer Leather Jacket, $1,295

BLK DNM Motorcycle Jacket with Quilted StripesBLK DNM Motorcycle Jacket with Quilted Stripes, $895

DSQUARED2 Leather JacketDSQUARED2 Leather Jacket, $2,395

Jason Wu Leather Fringe Motorcycle JacketJason Wu Leather Fringe Motorcycle Jacket, $5,200

Lot78 Quilted Bomber JacketLot78 Quilted Bomber Jacket, $836

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