Women of all ages can look incredible wearing popular trend that ‘effortlessly elevates any ensemble’

Woman wearing leather jacket / Woman wearing leather trousers

A stylist told women which clothing item will 'elevate' their look

Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 20/02/2024

- 15:50

Updated: 21/02/2024

- 01:51

A stylist revealed which leather clothing piece works for every woman, no matter what their age

With the right know-how, women of any age can look fantastic in leather clothes and accessories. It is not just a material for daring, rebellious fashionistas in their 20s.

One expert said that a leather jacket in particular can “effortlessly elevate any ensemble”.

British fashion stylist and founder of Voyages & Vanity Gemma Sheppard told women how they can rock the leather trend in any decade of their lives.

Gemma said: “The key to successfully donning leather lies in understanding its diverse manifestations – from the rugged allure of a classic biker jacket to the sophistication of tailored leather trousers."

Woman wearing leather jacket

'Biker jackets are the epitome of cool, effortlessly elevating any ensemble'


A leather jacket can be the base of many different looks, according to the stylist. This timeless piece should be a staple in any woman's wardrobe.

Gemma said: “Biker jackets are the epitome of cool, effortlessly elevating any ensemble. Embrace a youthful vibe by pairing a classic black biker jacket with distressed denim and ankle boots.

“Alternatively, opt for a more tailored silhouette, coupling the jacket with a midi skirt and knee-high boots for a refined yet edgy look.”

The fashionista added: “Leather trousers are a versatile wardrobe essential. Go for a sleek, fitted pair, paired with a graphic tee and sneakers for a chic street-style ensemble.

“Or, opt for a wide-leg leather trouser, creating an elegant silhouette when teamed with a crisp blouse and statement accessories.”

The stylist gave a top tip for always looking lovely in this chic material. She said: “Ensure your leather pieces are tailored to perfection. A well-fitted leather garment exudes sophistication and adds a touch of luxury to your ensemble.”

While black leather is always a stylish option, it is a versatile material and ladies can experiment with different colours.

Gemma said: “While classic black leather exudes timeless sophistication, don’t shy away from experimenting with colours.

“It’s so good to embrace bold hues like burgundy or forest green. Likewise, you could opt for rich, muted tones like deep brown or navy for a refined and polished appearance.”

Mixing textures, accessorising and layering are also ways women can rock the leather look at any age.

She advised: “Experiment with texture contrasts by pairing leather with softer fabrics.

Woman wearing red leather jacket

'While classic black leather exudes timeless sophistication, don’t shy away from experimenting with colours'


”A leather jacket over a silk blouse, or leather trousers with a cashmere jumper strikes the perfect balance, adding depth to your outfit.”

As for accessories, the expert told women to add statement earrings and a chunky belt to “add a trendy flair”.

“Otherwise, opt for timeless, classic accessories like structured handbags or tailored hats for an age-appropriate touch,” she said.

The stylist concluded: “Quality matters when it comes to leather. Invest in timeless, durable pieces that will withstand the test of time and evolving fashion trends.

“Embrace the allure of leather with confidence, experimentation and a touch of timeless elegance. After all, age is just a number, but style is eternal.”

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