Trend Alert: Little Leather Jackets

The leather jacket is proving to be the most stylish, versatile solution to staying warm this season. Motorcycle and bomber versions are showing up all over the red carpet these days, dressed up and dressed down. Seriously, with the exception of bath time and bedtime, there is no real reason to take your little leather jacket off!

Nicole Richie paired her cropped jacket over a floral maxi dress at the Dsquared2 and W Event in Los Angeles. She proves how easy it is to toughen up a girly dress with a little leather. And, what an easy way to transition your favorite summer dresses into fall and winter.

Cassie topped what could have been a rather boring ensemble with a fitted black motorcycle jacket at the opening of Lucky Strike Bowling Lanes in New York. She keeps the warmth, but leaves behind the bulk most coats bring.

These looks are easy to pull off. Combined with confidence, a bit of attitude and your own style, a leather jacket is sure to get you noticed.

1. Leather - Express

This cropped and belted motorcycle style from Express ($298, express.com) would give a hard edge to any feminine look.

2. Leather - Armani Exchange

Armani Exchange's washed leather jacket ($370, armaniexchange.com) tries to be tough, but its blouson sleeves and bow on the shoulder scream girly.

3. Leather - Bebe

Bebe's polyurethane bomber jacket ($129, bebe.com) has a small funnel neck that sends a fierce message to all you encounter.

4. Leather - Delia's

Delia's offers a pleather jacket ($69.50, delias.com) with a belted waist and cropped sleeves.  Look how great this shrunken style looks over a floral dress or tunic.

 

 

 

 

5. Leather - French Connection

Take a cue from Amelia Earhart  in this leather aviator jacket by French Connection ($468, bloomingdales.com). The ribbed knit at the neck, waist and arms softens this look and keeps you comfortable.

6. Leather - Kohl's

This faux leather bomber version from Kohl's ($39.99, kohls.com) has a great collar and an even better price.

7. Leather - Topshop

All of the interesting details like the angled zipper and the contrasting piping at the collar are on full view when Topshop's assymetrical biker jacket ($310, topshop.com) is all zipped up.

 

8. Leather - Urban Outfitters

This cropped Polyurethane jacket from Silence & Noise ($108, urbanoutfitters.com) is open at the front so you have no choice but to show off what you're wearing underneath.

 

9. Leather - Victoria's Secret

This cropped motorcycle version from Victoria's Secret ($198, victoriassecret.com) would look great over a little tank and either jeans or a frilly skirt.

10. Leather - William Rast

Bring sexy back in this jacket from Justin Timberlake and Trace Ayala's William Rast line ($587, revolveclothing.com). The large collar and ruffled front add the right amount of femininity to this tough jacket.