Biker Chic

40+ leather jacket

As a teenager my ‘uniform’ was a black, studded leather jacket

That was in the early 80’s, when leather jackets still had a bit of a rebellious feel to them; before we started wearing them with pretty dresses and heels… So, I wore mine with tight, distressed jeans and a t-shirt. My mother hated it: she thought it was ugly, and not ‘girly’ enough… Which made me love my studded leather jacket even more, of course…

In retrospect, I wasn’t exactly a rebel, unless you count rebelling against the perfectly coordinated pretty little dresses I had been living in my entire childhood. You see, I was always the ultimate girly girl, a real little princess, complete with curls and bows and frilly dresses… So, it would sort of make sense that when I hit puberty I would be sulking in the corner wearing my studded leather jacket, reading an encyclopedia. Yeah, I admit: that last bit doesn’t quite fit in…

Anyway, we were all into Punk and New Wave then, and maybe there was a little bit of Sandy from Grease thrown in, too…

And the encyclopedia? Yes, I read it. All of it. And half the city library, too. I may have been wearing a biker jacket but that doesn’t mean I would actually be into bikes, or boys on bikes, or drinking or smoking or any of the ‘rebellious’ bad habits teenagers got up to those days. I thought of myself as some sort of an intellectual, and walked around quoting Shakespeare… Yeah, people thought I was weird; it was before it became trendy to walk around in a black leather jacket, pondering the meaning of life…

I don’t wear a black leather jacket very often these days (or read encyclopedias, or quote Shakespeare, for that matter). But it does appeal to some aspects of my personality. Maybe there is a little rebel still in me, somewhere. But she prefers her leather jacket a bit more chic these days, so no distressed jeans…

chic leather jacket

I’m wearing:

leather jacket: Karen Millen (old, seen before HERE and HERE) / top: Esprit / trousers: Marks and Spencer / shoes: Clarks / bag and sunglasses: Chanel / necklace: Andiata (old) 

How do you wear your leather jacket?



Linking up with: 

My Refined StyleNot Dead Yet StyleElegantly Dressed and StylishGaray TreasuresHigh Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyStyle ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the HatSincerely Jenna MarieMore Pieces of MeColor and GraceNot Dressed As Lamb 


  1. Jaymie Ashcraft
    1 October 2015 / 10:17 am

    Great outfit!!!Jaymiewww.jaymieashcraft.comFridays Fashions link up

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 4:57 pm

      Thanks, Jaymie!

  2. Patti
    1 October 2015 / 12:05 pm

    You look fab in black leather – I think it's a classic and you wear it well. xo

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 4:59 pm

      Thank you , Patti. Yes, there's always a place and a time for a black leather jacket.

  3. Shybiker
    1 October 2015 / 1:15 pm

    You look ready to jump on my motorcycle! Oh, wait a minute… I no longer have a motorcycle. Damn!

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:00 pm

      So sorry to hear about your bike.

  4. Suzanne Carillo
    1 October 2015 / 4:09 pm

    I do love a good classic leather jacket. bisousSuzanne

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:00 pm

      I seem to go back to mine at regular intervals, too.

  5. Melanie
    1 October 2015 / 4:45 pm

    I love the image of you in your leather jacket quoting Shakespeare and reading encyclopedias, party grunge, part Sandy from Grease, and part intellect. You still rock your leather.

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Melanie.

  6. Judi Easley
    1 October 2015 / 5:24 pm

    You still rock your leather jacket, Tiina! It's a great look for you.

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Judi!

  7. Grace Liang
    1 October 2015 / 8:55 pm

    I am a huge fan of a black biker jacket too. Somehow it always reminds me to be strong and brave. ;) Love your outfit!Take care and keep in touch!Please stop by today for Color and Grace Fashion link up!Grace 

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:03 pm

      Thanks, Grace. I can go a long time without even remembering I have a leather jacket, and then suddenly it's just the right thing to wear. I guess it depends on the mood…

  8. Connie
    2 October 2015 / 12:57 am

    I still think of you as a girly girl. An intellectual girly girl who can still rock a badass jacket.

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:06 pm

      I'm a bit bipolar when it comes to style: the girly girl and the sarcastic, angry badass take turns getting the upper hand…

  9. Carrie
    2 October 2015 / 3:41 am

    You look great in this leather jacket! I still have mine hanging up in the closet, I never parted with it!

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Carrie! I think I've had a few (black) leather jackets over the years, maybe they're reincarnations of the original one…

  10. Nicole Mölders
    2 October 2015 / 4:30 am

    I would never had thought that this jacket would work with pants, but it does. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:09 pm

      Thanks, Nicole!

  11. No Fear of Fashion
    2 October 2015 / 11:54 am

    Indeed a nice jacket and I am sure there is a little rebel in you somewhere. As you said, quoting Shakespeare while wearing a black biker jacket… you were way ahead of your time. To be or not to be was a big question in our teenage years.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      2 October 2015 / 5:10 pm

      Yeah, ahead of my time, nice way to put it… back then it wasn't exactly cool…

  12. Alice Warren
    2 October 2015 / 7:37 pm

    You can never go wrong with great leather jacket. Love the pink to add some feminine touch to the outfit.Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week. Have a great weekend!

    • Tiina L
      3 October 2015 / 8:43 pm

      I agree: a black leather jacket is definitely a classic.

  13. Shellie Bowdoin
    6 October 2015 / 2:00 pm

    It's a great jacket and that's fun that it brings back childhood memories for you. I am thrilled that you joined the first My Refined Style Fashion Over 40 Linkup! I hope will see you back many times in the

    • Tiina L
      6 October 2015 / 2:06 pm

      Thank you, Shellie!

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