Like many other iconic pieces, the leather jacket has its origin in the military.
The jacket made from leather was worn by pilots and became later fashionable outside the military.
Leatherjackets were heavily praised for their style, ability to keep the wearer warm, and versatility.
Back then, these jackets/blazers were known as bomber jackets.
Today, however, the ladies’ leather blazer has graced the catwalk over many seasons in different styles, colors, and trends.
No wonder, that many generations love leather jackets and they can be worn no matter what age you are.
Let’s deep dive into the question: How to style a leather blazer for women over 50?
How to Style a Leather Blazer for Women Over 50
The ladies’ leather blazer is a very versatile piece of clothing. It can be worn much like a traditional blazer is worn. The blazer can be paired with trousers, jeans, midi or maxi skirts, or wide-leg trousers. In addition, the blazer can be styled up or down.
Things to Know When Wearing a Leather Blazer
Play with contrast. Combine the leather with a soft feminine garment such as silk or a light wool cashmere jumper.
This way you avoid looking too harsh.
Since leather is a robust material it might let you look harsh when it’s close to mature skin.
This is especially applicable for brown and black leather.
So consider a light-colored leather blazer, or go for a color such as navy or a brownish-burgundy.
Choose a simply sophisticated blazer without many details or studs.
Dress It Up or Down
Firstly, don’t be fooled by this garment.
It can easily be dressed up or down, depending on the clothes and accessories that you match it with.
What makes the modern twist on the leather blazer so great is that it now comes in more colors than it previously did. The two standard colors were black and brown.
Now, you have an assortment of colors that you can play around with.
For those who feel more daring, I would say, don’t shy away from going for bolder colors, like blood red, deep blue, or emerald green.
One of the many reasons why we love these blazers so much is that they come in a variety of styles as well.
You now have the option of pairing a peplum leather blazer with your favorite outfit.
Or, you could opt for the cropped blazer, conventional, draped, fitted, or even a boyfriend leather blazer.
Keep it Classy and Casual
So you’re planning a luncheon with the ladies.
It’s a beautiful fall or summer morning.
The sun is out but there’s a bit of a bite in the air.
Your two main items of clothing for this pair-up are a good pair of jeans, preferably a pair that sits comfortably, is somewhat fitted, and hugs you in all the right places.
Next, it’s your staple, a fitter leather blazer.
From here, we build our outfit.
For a spring look, you could pair your duo (blue jeans and pastel jacket) with a floral button-down shirt and faux leather loafers.
Flip the color of the jacket and shirt up!
Finish it off with a belt and beautiful dark, gradient sunglasses.
When pairing colors, think of beautiful spring colors.
For a fall look, opt for a darker-colored turtleneck and rich-colored scarf duo (you can go for a print on the scarf) with your blazer, loafers, and denim.
Think about warm earthy tones. Remember, the pattern on the scarf can bring all the other colors together.
Think tan, creamy whites, olive greens, and tonal grays.
Or, pair a black blazer and black leggings with a cheetah print Van’s slip-on sneakers, a nude bag, and a gold scarf.
Pair a bright red peplum leather jacket, with an ice-white lace blouse (ruffle neck) and wide-leg denim pants.
Opt for lighter denim with this duo.
Make sure that the denim is properly fitted at the top and tapers out to a wide leg.
Pair this look with a beautiful leather tan or nude clog.
You can glam this look up with gold accessories such as a chunky necklace and a nude bag with gold detail.
The colors on this outfit are predominantly warm, so opt for gradient shades in gold, tan, or brown.
When it comes to nail polish, I would opt for something very soft and natural.
The star of the show here is the jacket and we want to keep it that way.
I would opt for a natural color, something like a very soft, natural pink.
Take it up a step
Let’s play around with styling the leather jacket up.
Let’s pretend that you have a smart-casual cocktail evening planned with the ladies.
How do you style your jacket?
Easy! For warmer months, you may want to opt for a nude, draped leather jacket.
You are going to pair this jacket with boyfriend jeans.
Roll the hem of the jeans up to about an inch or two away from your ankles.
Pair the outfit with nude kitten heels and a cheetah print clutch bag and a white v-neck shirt.
Personally, I would pair burgundy nail polish with this look.
I find that burgundy is such a classy color and really gives this look that extra pop that it needs.
Be playful with your jewelry. Opt for gold and chunky.
I would stick to a chunky bracelet and some gold rings.
Finish the look off with a dark pair of aviator shades.
The midi skirt
The great thing about this pairing is that you can go monochromatic or you can play around with colors.
Pair a pleated midi skirt with a turtle neck and a black cropped leather jacket.
This is a very fun, trendy, and playful look.
I would opt for strappy sandals.
But this is also weather-dependent.
If it is during the warmer months of the year, skip the turtleneck and go for a fitted t-shirt with a v-neckline.
And, opt for a pair of delicate sandals.
However, during winter, keep the turtleneck and add a pair of mid-calf, or even knee-high boots with this look.
Personally, I find that an all-black ensemble looks amazing in this design, but if you want to add color, go right ahead.
The Boxed Leather Jacket
The final look in our feature on the leather jacket for ladies over 50 is a simple yet classic look.
This outfit is geared towards fall and the colors are just popping!
Opt for fitted, dark denim and a boxed brown leather jacket.
Pair that with a brown leather belt, a cashmere turtleneck in winterberry, and a nice pair of ankle leather boots.
Personally, I would finish this look with either silver or gold jewelry.
Keep it simple but classy.
When opting to make the investment, keep in mind that quality is the name of the game.
You want a leather jacket made from quality leather.
After all, this is an investment. You expect to wear the jacket for years to come.
While there are many colors to choose from, black and brown are two shades that can be paired with almost any other color.
Or, you could buy one in each color but with a different design.
Another key point to keep in mind is that some designs are more seasonal than others.
You want a timeless piece.
Opt for a fitted leather jacket or a boxed/semi-cropped jacket.
These styles never go out of fashion.