Biker style is a traditional fashion statement. Although motorcycle riders are more concerned about safety than fashion, their protective gear has become a style inspiration for many non-riders. There’s no denying that leather jackets, dark jeans, studded accessories and high boots result in a sexy look, perhaps because it signifies speed and a certain element of danger. Fashion stylists, designers and bloggers will all tell you that a wardrobe must have, is always a leather biker jacket.
Therefore, let’s check out some of the most popular accessories and items in biker fashion.
#1. Biker-Inspired Accessories
When it comes to accessories, there’s plenty to choose from when completing your biker look. Biker inspired fashion is a cross between rock ‘n’ roll, English-based punk (think the Sex Pistols) and the modern motorcycle protective gear. Leather bracelets, chokers and clothing decorated with studs and spikes are fashion must-haves for this trend. You can track these down on the high street, but try and keep it authentic and shop in places such as Camden, London.
Of course though, if you are an actual motorcycle rider as well, you will already know motorcycle helmets are the most important accessory for a motorcyclist to own. But if not, you can get that shielded look through some great reflective sunglasses, look for over sized rimless sunglasses.
#2. Leather Motorcycle Jackets
Anybody who dresses ‘biker style’ knows that the key fashion item to own is the jacket. Traditional biker jackets are black leather, but you can also choose from a range of further colors, styles, and textures if you want to stand out from the crowd. One great perk of a biker jacket is it is easy to style and can be paired up with a gown or a pair of jeans. It is truly effortless style and now plus size brands are definitely on board too with a great selection. It is the perfect outerwear for this trans seasonal period too.
Recently, fringed leather jackets have been gaining popularity or those embroidered with flowers, while in the winter, fur-lined jackets are perfect for shielding you from the elements. Essentially a leather biker is for life, not one season.
#3. Dark or Distressed Trousers
Bikers tend to wear leather pants as they afford the highest level of protection. However, leather could complete your biker outfit. There are leather trousers, skirts and shorts, or if you find leather too unforgiving or expensive, you can purchase leather-look clothing. PU has actually been extremely popular amongst the plus size brands over the past few years. If you’re worried about comfort, look for mixed fabrications, like leather trousers with a panel of jersey that allow for better fit and comfort.
Jeans with a faded and rugged look are also on trend when it comes to the biker look. Ripped jeans are a huge fashion statement right now, and the distressed style goes well with a leather jacket and edgy accessories such as a studded choker.
Skull prints and designs have long been associated with biker fashion. Therefore, scarves, bandanas, and accessories featuring skulls can add the finishing touches to your look. Also, skull statement rings, studded earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are also great accessory choices that go well with any biker-inspired fashion ensemble. Skull prints have been championed by the likes of Alexander McQueen but you can find great high street versions too.
#5. Contrasting Colors
You might think that biker-inspired fashion is all about dark colors, and for the most part, this is correct. However, don’t be afraid to experiment with color to make your outfit pop. For example, wearing a black leather jacket would highly complement a colorful top or shirt, and also look great with blue jeans. Also, motorcycle riders on the road often wear bright colors to help other road users see them more easily. When you’re dressing in biker-inspired fashion, opting for bright, contrasting colors against the darker base shades of your outfit is a great way to help you stand out from the crowd. Look for bold shades, such as red against the black which still suggests an element of rock and danger.
What are your favorite biker-inspired fashion trends? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.