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When fall arrives, everyone is sure to start flocking to events in leather jackets. As a jacket category, leather (or faux leather) has never been—and probably never will be. However, in the general category, we see various leather jacket silhouettes increasing in popularity. You might have a leather blazer in your closet from its peak two years ago, that moto jacket you wore for chilly nights at the bar or a shearling vintage bomber from your dad’s heyday. A single scroll through Instagram or Zara’s site will give you a clear indication that the racing jacket trend is the “it” buy this season.
Racing jackets—as seen on motorcyclists and Nascar drivers have made sporty-chic styling a new fall feel. The jacket silhouette is perfect for casual wear ensembles like jeans and boots or can be easily paired with leather pants or a matching dress. Racing jackets can be personalized with embroidered patches, featuring colorful leather panels or including intricate metal details—basically, these are trends that leave a lot of room for personalization.
Celebrities like Dua Lipa are quick to make their own trends. The singer posted an Instagram photo wearing a black and red Givenchy leather racing jacket with matching pants. To give it a glamorous look, Dua Lipa added a chunky gold chain necklace, large earrings and a smoky eye shadow look.
While a Givenchy set retails for well over a thousand dollars, there are many similar options available today that are much more affordable. Keep scrolling for my top picks.
Faux Leather Jacket
This faux leather jacket is the perfect combination of racing trends and Barbiecore—you’ll be the hottest person on the racetrack (or just at your local grocery store).
Oversized Printed Bomber Jacket
For a non-leather look, this patterned bomber jacket from H&M is a great choice. It’s oversized, sporty and comes in red and blue.
Faux Leather Biker Jacket
This two-tone biker jacket primarily features red on the front and white on the back which helps give it an everyday look that goes well with jeans and black boots.
Contrast Faux Leather Jacket
This black faux leather jacket is for the minimalist fashionista who prefers to stick with neutrals. It has the same design elements as a racing leather jacket without any color.
Logo Canvas Racing Jacket
I love the high collar on this canvas jacket from Ralph Lauren. The silhouette is boxy without being too bulky and is a fun alternative to the regular bomber for a night out.
Raceway Eagle Handmade Cowhide Jacket
For an authentic look, you can’t go wrong with a racing leather jacket on Etsy—this Harley Davidson looks really cool.
Coors Light Official Nylon Bomber Jacket
If you prefer sparkle to a sporty look, this metallic bomber jacket will help keep you on track—especially if you’re a Coors Light fan.
Team Alo is a great team! This bomber jacket borders a racing jacket and a varsity jacket which means you can style it in a variety of ways. It is available in black or white and in sizes 00-22.