From James Dean to Joan Jett, the leather jacket simply refuses to go out of style, and for good reason. The always-cool look is not only tough-looking, but completely tough-performing. Your favorite leather jacket is sure to be durable for years to come, so these closet staples are worth the extra investment.
Hard and soft
This quilted vegan leather jacket (TopShop.com, $116) might look tough with exposed zipper embellishments and silver buckles, but that doesn't mean it needs to look hard-edged. Pair it with a perfectly feminine mint dress (ModCloth.com, $63) for a sweet and spicy ensemble, then accessorize it with comfy pewter tights (ModCloth.com, $15), hard edged studded pumps (DorothyPerkins.com, $79), cute quilted bag (PaulaAndChlo.com, $24) and prim and proper stud earrings (Piperlime.com, $11).
A combination of two jacket trends, this leather-meets-trench coat (WilsonsLeather.com, $260) is the perfect addition to any casual look. Here, we matched it with olive khaki pants (My-Wardrobe.com, $234), lace-up ankle booties (DorothyPerkins.com, $95), a cute crop top (Mango.com, $30) and versatile nude hobo bag (DorothyPerkins.com, $99).
When you go leather, you might as well go all out! This crushed leather side zip number (BlueHeavenBoutique.com, $250) is perfect with similarly colored combat boots (Buckle.com, $99). Add a splash of color in the form of a green vegan leather bag (ModCloth.com, $58), then keep it basic with a form fitting grey t-shirt (TopShop.com, $16) and standard black skinny jeans (MissSelfridge.com, $68). Keep it feminine with a touch of class in the form of a peachy collar necklace (SimplySoles.com, $36).
Blue suede you
Suede still totally counts as leather, but that doesn't mean the tough girl look has gone away, even in an ultra-girly outfit like this. This blue suede leather jacket (Mango.com, $100) looks amazing with a leather-look skater dress (MissSelfridge.com, $57) and sueded mustard pumps (ModCloth.com, $38). Pull it all together with triangle drop earrings (BlueFly.com, $25) and a simple mustard cross body bag (Piperlime.com, $65).
It might not be real leather, but that also means it's not real animal skin. Keep it cruetly free with this cute, casual look, courtesy of this H&M stunner (H&M, $46), sexy cobalt skinnies (TheOutnet.com, $99) and simple scoop neck tank (StyleBop.com, $81). Spice it up with a handmade yellow stone necklace (Etsy.com, $14) and keep it comfortable with sueded round toe flats (Sidecca.com, $10).