5 Ways to Style A Moto Jacket Redux

Greetings! I’m back with another 5 Ways to Wear redux, and this time we’re talking about the moto jacket — the perfect classy but edgy completer piece for all your fall/winter outfits!

I did a post with 7 Ways to Wear a Moto Jacket back in 2018, and then I did 5 Ways to Wear a Suede Moto Jacket in 2019, and those are only a few of the moto jacket outfits I’ve styled over the years. It was really hard to pick just 5 of those looks to recreate, but I did my best.

5 Ways to Style A Moto Jacket

Rather than picking one color jacket to style for this post, I’m using a variety of moto jackets in different styles and colors. Most are no longer available, but I linked similar items under the new outfits, and I’ve got a big roundup of different moto jackets at the end of this post.

OUTFIT #1: This is an oldie but goodie from back in 2016! I always loved this look. It’s one of my favorite winter color palettes, and why did I ever part with that bag???

To recreate that look for today with items currently in my closet, I flipped it around and wore an oxblood leather moto on top with black pants on the bottom.

AllSaints Dalby in oxblood (size 8; option) // similar grey turtleneck // Vince black pants (size M; option) // Paige Lia Boots (8) // R Minkoff Megan Hobo

I usually style my moto jackets with jeans, but this time I tried it with my Vince crop leggings, and I really like the look! It’s a little more elevated than wearing denim, and the moto jacket provides just the right amount of edge to keep the look modern.

And this is how I often wear this moto jacket with jeans. Rather than pointy toe booties, I wore suede lug sole boots, which is more in keeping with the casual vibe of this outfit. I also really like the addition of the belt.

AllSaints Dalby in oxblood (size 8; option) // grey sweater (size M) // similar black jeans (size 6) // Vince Henderson Boots (size 8; option)

OUTFIT #2 is the taupe suede moto with an off-white turtleneck that I included in the 2019 roundup post. First I styled my taupe suede moto with an off-white turtleneck, blue jeans, and snake print boots.

I also showed the taupe suede moto and off-white turtleneck combo with black jeans and pumps.

To recreate this look, I used the same taupe suede moto jacket with a cream crewneck sweater, but this time I wore grey jeans and beige suede booties.

BlankNYC suede moto (options here and here) // Vince Easy Fit Crewneck (size S) // Mother Hustler Ankle Fray Jeans (size 28; option) // Marc Fisher booties (size 8; option)

Unfortunately, this jacket is sold out, but this one is similar, and I also found this AllSaints version. It’s spendy, but I can attest to the quality and flattering fit of the AllSaints Dalby jacket.

I really like the grey jeans as a modern update to the blue and black in the outfits above. Blue and black certainly still work, but I’ve been enjoying this taupe/oatmeal/grey combo a lot lately.

OUTFIT #3: Here’s another blast from the past. This was one of the very first times I worked with Alison as my photographer, back in 2017. I loved this outfit and these pictures. While the post was really about the pumps, I also love the outfit I put together, and I still have most of the components in my closet!

Even though I still have that jacket and those shoes, I’m sharing a more casual version of that look with a hooded moto jacket and straight leg jeans. This time I wore black Chelsea boots, and I carried a cat print tote in lieu of the clutch.

Caslon hooded moto (S) // similar camel crewneck sweater // AG Mari straight leg jeans (size 28) // similar Chelsea boots // Clare V. cat print tote

OUTFIT #4: Back in 2018, I put my black leather moto over a sweater dress with tights and OTK boots, and here’s what I said about it: I like the contradiction of the tough leather over this classic sweater dress, and you can totally do this for warmer weather too — just sub a spring sheath dress for the sweater dress.

similar black leather jacket // similar turtleneck sweater dress (more options) // OTK boots (knee-high option) // clutch (modern update)

And would you believe, I still have all of those those pieces to this day… everything but the jewelry. I’ve held onto that cashmere sweater dress, even though I haven’t worn it in the past couple of years. I should probably try it and see if it still fits, but all that to say, I would still wear this outfit today with only a few minor tweaks.

I meant to recreate this outfit and take new pictures, but I didn’t get to it. All I would do differently is ditch the necklace and wear my new Sam Edelman Sulema Boots instead of the OTK boots in that picture. OTK boots aren’t quite as trendy right now as they once were, although I still own those and plan to hold onto them for the time being.

For accessories, I might try a shorter layered necklace, or just leave it plain and add some statement earrings. And I would probably carry a black crossbody or shoulder bag instead of the metallic clutch.

OUTFIT #5: This cognac leather jacket over a cream colored cami with forest green jeans and leopard print ballet flats is another one of my favorites from the 2018 post.

Here’s an updated version I posted this past fall. This time I paired a cognac leather moto with my cream crewneck sweater, and I wore straight leg bluejeans rather than the forest green skinnies. Colored skinny jeans are definitely looking dated these days.

I also think the leopard print loafers look a little more modern than the ballet flats, although I still love those Tory Burch ballet flats!

similar cognac leather moto (budget option) // Vince Easy Fit Crewneck (size S) // AGOLDE Toni Straight Ankle Jeans (28) // Vince Camuto Prenten Loafers (8) // similar tote

I could definitely keep going, but I’m trying to keep these posts to five main outfit formulas. That said, if you want more outfit inspiration, I have tons of moto jacket outfits in my archives.

Shop Moto Jackets:

It’s slim pickin’s this time of year, but I tried to find a few options in each color from this post.

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19 Responses

  1. Hi JoLynne! Great post. You’re so good at tweaking small details to update styles. It’s helpful to see the subtle changes that occur in fashion trends over a few-years time span.

    That being said, I noticed that you mentioned knee-high boots in only one outfit. Booties seem to dominate now. I like booties, but have several pairs of knee-high boots that I love.

    Do you think they’re going to no longer be in style at all soon? I haven’t worn them at all this year, but I really do think they’re flattering. If course, I don’t really go anywhere to dress up at all either. Ha.

    1. I think knee-high boots are classic, and I can’t really see a time that they won’t be in style at all… but I could be wrong. I guess there was a time when we didn’t really wear them at all, back in the 90s? Booties generally look more modern than either OTK or knee high boots at the moment, but I’m keeping some knee-high options for now.

    2. One more point about the booties vs knee high boots. I don’t care for booties with dresses for me personally because I look too top heavy. Knee high boots look a little bulkier, which balances out my hips and chest.

  2. Good Morning,
    Wondering what seasonal pallet (colors) would you say you are…Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall?
    Love your edgy and current outfits.
    Good luck at the dentist,

  3. First of all, I am wishing you success at getting your dental problems worked out today.
    I really like these 5 ways posts, and I remember seeing some of your older outfits. I just had to order the Quince cashmere sweater dress in navy. I am a winter also, and I love that color, and never even realized cashmere sweater dresses were around! I had gotten the red Loft sweater dress and will probably return it because it was bulky on me, although I liked it on you.
    I have most of these jackets, thanks to you, so I will have fun with your inspiration! Thank you for all you do. I have really upped my style game since I started reading your blog!

  4. GREAT post! I have a moto jacket, but never seem to reach for it. You have inspired me to try. But what I really like about this post, is seeing the difference a few years makes in how an outfit looks. The updates are really significant. And that inspires me to look at how I put things together> Thanks for the education!

  5. Love this post! So many good ideas. I bought that suede taupe Moto jacket on your recommendation a couple years ago. I always struggle to style it as it seems forced. This gives me new inspiration. Thank

  6. Cannot wait to wear the moto jacket I bought in the fall. I only had a chance to wear it once, but I really like it. Maybe when it warms up, but isn’t too warm. In the meantime I babysit our youngest grandson 4 days a week, so I live in workout clothes.

    1. Arna……I can relate. Between covid and not going out and about as much as I use to and babysitting my grandkids when I can, I live in workout clothes, but long to wear normal ones more.

  7. Great post. You look so classic in all the photos from the past and present. I don’t own a moto jacket. I don’t really know why as I always like them on you and others. This post would really help if I got one to know how to style them. Thanks for all the work you put into your post. I bet you do look back sometimes and wish you hadn’t gotten rid of something…..like the black handbag.

  8. Love the moto jacket inspiration! Even though I am a jeans gal, I really loved the outfit with the olive green bottoms. I have dark olive joggers from Banana Republic that I would wear with the cognac jacket. Love that idea!! The only true moto jacket I have is a deep fig color, but it’s a little snug. So, I can only wear a tank for another thin top underneath. That works for now, the jacket is actually a part of my outfit, and won’t be taken off!! 🙂

  9. I like seeing the tweets you made to update outfits with your motto jackets. As I read this post and looked at the outfits, I envisioned myself creating similar looks with the cardigans that are in my closet, since motto jackets don’t suit me. Good luck with your appointment this afternoon! I sure hope that Paul made it back safe and sound last night.

  10. This post is a favorite of mine! Not only do I enjoy seeing what combinations you put together, I especially enjoy seeing how you have updated the looks with small changes to your favorites. I like the taupe and gray combo – such a soft look.

  11. Great post! I like all the outfits, but was immediately drawn to the one with the taupe moto, cream turtleneck and jeans. I can definitely recreate this look with what I already have in my closet. Once this deep cold weather passes, I will have to remember to reach out for my moto jackets.

  12. Love all the combos … I hv short beige one
    Can we pull this off for winter with another
    Coat over????If so with what coat?
    Maybe a wool overcoat??
    So cold where I live right now.

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