We’ve seen “dad” jackets in all shapes and sizes lately, from the distressed leather toppers at Prada to the revival of bomber jackets, so it should come as no surprise when I tell you that there’s a fresh new silhouette in town, and it’s as cool as they come. It’s true that classic leather jackets won’t ever truly go away, but they’ve faced some serious competition in recent seasons, going up against heavyweight trends such as leather blazers. And now, I want to bring your attention to a new wave of leather outerwear that I think will come to be as important as classic motos in the coming months: racing jackets.
Inspired by Italian streetwear style, these racing jackets are just what the sartorial doctors ordered. They feature a single-button collar with a boxy, oversized fit and according to vintage experts we’ve spoken with, the colored leather options are going to be especially hot-ticket items on the secondhand market. (Cue up 2001’s Motocrossed—the biker theme is strong here.) Every fashion person still has a leather jacket in their transitional wardrobe and it’s safe to say that we’ve been overdue for a fresh redesign. Well, just as winter is melting into spring, the 2022 leather jacket editions have arrived.
Continue on to see this emerging trend on the fall 2022 runways and how fashion’s early adopters are already styling it on social media. Shop our favorite versions along the way.