There’s something about motorcycles—boys on bikes, biker fashion—that makes us feel slightly more edgy, and empowered to dress that much more dangerously. And the parade of leather and studs on the
Fall 2013 runways captured that unending appeal of the elusive motorcycle rebel and made it into a look that’s both on-trend and accessible. And when worn at the right time, the biker chic fall fashion trend is totally adaptable to everything from workwear to a night out. We round up our favourite looks from the fall runways, and how to incorporate some biker edge into your everyday fashion (motorcycles, mercifully, are not required).
Biker chic fashion trend lesson: For the office
The statement: The leather skirt
Fall 2013 runway inspiration: 3.1 Phillip Lim, Versace, Reem Acra
How to wear it: Go for a sophisticated schoolgirl-prep look by pairing a camel-coloured leather skirt with a crisp blouse and fitted sweatshirt overtop. Add a
menswear-inspired penny loafer heel for a sleek update to this season’s
boy-meets-girl style. Or take a knee-length black leather skirt and add a slouchy white cashmere sweater to play up the black and white trend—it’s motocross girl with an elegant
Biker chic fashion trend lesson: On a date
The statement: A black moto jacket
Fall 2013 runway inspiration: Altuzarra, Givenchy, 3.1 Phillip Lim
How to wear it: Oh the possibilities! Try it over your favourite LBD with black knee-high boots (trust) for a sophisticated though edgy entrance. Or pair with a crisp white blouse and a slim pant to create an elongated and sleek silhouette. Add it overtop of
your favourite trench for a casual, downtown chic appeal.
2 more ways to try biker chic fashion on the next page…
Biker chic fashion trend lesson: On the town
The statement: Allover leather
Fall 2013 runway inspiration: Anthony Vaccarello, Hervé Léger, Belstaff
How to wear it: Whether it’s a night out in your home city or a weekend NYC getaway, you can’t go wrong with the polished motorcycle look of head-to-toe leather. Try a classic black pencil skirt paired with a matching leather peplum top. Or go for a fitted LBD with over-the-knee leather boots for a streamlined silhouette.
Biker chic fashion trend lesson: For the weekend
The statement: Ankle boots
Fall 2013 runway inspiration: Thakoon, Fendi, Elie Saab
How to wear it: We love weekend looks because they encompass so much, and when strategized accordingly, can transition us beautifully from day to night. For Saturday brunch and afternoon errands, try a simple black low-heel bootie. At night, switch into a pair of runway-inspired ankle booties decked out in fur (thanks, Fendi!) or with a gilded heel, as seen at Thakoon this season. Or add a pop of blue to a neutral or all-black ensemble with Elie Saab’s cobalt suede and leather lace-up booties for a sexy café racer look.
Biker chic fashion trend lesson: At a concert
The statement: A studded belt
Fall 2013 runway inspiration: Versace, Ruffian
How to wear it: When it comes to the punk influence in fashion, studs make everything better (this ranges from embellished shoes and bags, to having a James Dean-type on your arm). Wrap a playful silver-studded belt around cigarette pants or skinny jeans to add a badass edge. Or try a simple slim black leather belt and go all-out biker rebel with studded moto boots. Your mom would most definitely not approve.
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