3 Unexpected Ways to Wear a Moto Jacket this Spring

Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket

There’s something so timelessly cool about a good moto jacket, and it’s not just because of how flattering it is.

Although… that’s a huge perk.

As some of you guys know, a big part of my fashion background is in menswear. I worked for a menswear eCommerce company for years, and it was my first “big girl” job out of college. You know how your first job out of college, whether intentionally or not, really sets the stage for how you view the world as an adult? The love I have for menswear runs deep, even to this day. I love the clean cuts, the timeless classics, the constant innovation and rebirth of pieces over time, and I gotta be honest with you, I’ve always had a thing for a good pair of shoes and a structured jacket on a man. That’s probably why my boyfriend and I started dating. I fell in love with his closet, and the rest was history. I mean, hey, it worked.

One of my favorite menswear pieces is the moto jacket. It’s been a staple for decades, and it’s adapted so effortlessly into womenswear, with tons of flattering cuts, fun textures, and unexpected colors. It’s almost impossible to put on a moto jacket and not look instantly cooler, more put-together, or more effortlessly badass. I most definitely am not always put-together, and my badassery is very much still a work in progress, so the perks of having a few good moto jackets in my closet are definitely much-needed!

Now, it’s obvious that moto jackets are perfect year-round, since they’re so easy to wear and actually provide tons of protection and warmth. It’s also obvious that one of the easiest and most convenient ways to style this piece are by simply throwing it over any outfit and heading out the door (usually with a pair of leggings or skinny jeans and boots, am I right?). While that’s completely fine, I think there are tons of less-traveled style opportunities for a moto jacket that are much more fun and unexpected.

Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket

I partnered with Members Only to take on this challenge myself, and came up with my take on switching up a few expected combos with 3 more unexpected ways to integrate a moto jacket into your wardrobe rotation this spring. Which look is your favorite?

Expected: Mini Dress + Moto Jacket

Unexpected Swap: Maxi Dress

Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket

When it comes to contrast, a mini dress + moto jacket makes a lot of sense. The femininity and flow of a mini dress paired with the structure and sharp lines of a moto jacket are a fail-proof combo. But why can’t the same idea be applied to a maxi dress? I think you can–and should!

Expected: Leggings + Boots + Moto Jacket

Unexpected Swap: Casual Athleisure

Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket

Leggings, boots, and a structured jacket are a tried and true combo. This was honestly probably my uniform for the majority of my days spent running all over campus trying to get to class when I was in college. You just can’t go wrong! But with the rise of athleisure in the last few years, it finally became socially acceptable (hurrah!!!) to wear yoga pants and running shoes when you’re on-the-go. Anyone else beyond thrilled that athleisure is en vogue?

Take the comfort and on-the-go style of the leggings and boots combo and apply it to an athleisure-approved outfit. You get all the same comfort and ease, and a moto jacket helps transform it from being a post-yoga ensemble you just haven’t had the time to change out of yet to an intentional outfit choice. Perfect for running errands and going about your day-to-day.

Expected: Skinny Jeans + Moto Jacket

Unexpected Swap: Wide-Legged Culottes

Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket
Rachel Off Duty: Members Only Moto Jacket

Since skinny jeans have been the go-to for who knows how many years now, I figured this combo was also worth shaking up. I have been loving the wide-legged culotte trend, because they are just SO comfortable. I bought a pair of denim culottes a few months ago and decided to pair them with this microsuede blush moto jacket for a pop of color. The end result? A cool and absolutely unexpected silhouette that I cannot get enough of.

Which of these unexpected moto jacket outfits would you try? Tell me below!

This post is part of a collaboration with Members Only. All outfit styling, thoughts, and opinions are my own. 

What I Wore:

Moto Jackets  | Members Only (Black & Pink)

Outfit 1: White Maxi Dress | Knot Sisters • Lace-Up Espadrille Flats | Nine West

Outfit 2: Workout Leggings | Victoria's Secret Sport • Running Shoes | Nike 

Outfit 3: Denim Culottes | Free People • Sock Booties | Next Official • Pussybow Blouse Top | Zara

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