Motorcycle Jacket Mania Explodes on the Celeb Fashion Scene

It’s not often you find a piece of clothing that perfectly pairs punk aggression with designer chic. Enter the leather motorcycle jacket. Since the James Dean, the Fonz and the T-Birds in “Grease” all donned black motorcycle jackets, it’s become a wardrobe staple.

Putting on a leather jacket instantly makes you feel untouchable, like you’re one of the “cool kids” in high school. Vicki Hyman recently reported in the Star-Ledger that this year’s runway styles reflected a major moto mania trend. While most of us can’t afford the celebrity price tag on the jackets the stars are wearing, an array of motorcycle jackets at are on-trend and won’t put a tear in your pocketbook.

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian frequently dons motorcycle jackets. She’s been spotted in white ones, orange ones, zippered ones, cropped black ones. Since she started dating Kanye West, it seems her outfits nearly always feature some type of leather: dresses, pants and jackets. She didn’t let pregnancy stop her from wearing her favorite fashion accessory of choice. She was recently spotted in NYC with a tan leather dress (which showed off her baby bump quite nicely) paired with a black leather jacket. One of the more expensive jackets she owns  includes a $4,128 Valentino leather biker jacket. Fashion Bomb Daily showed photos of her with an all black ensemble (and the infamous Valentino jacket) on her way to the airport in June 2012.

Kim Kardashian - BlackBerry Porsche P'9981

photo by: Hollywood PR

Kanye West

You’re nobody unless Kanye West promotes your product, right? That’s what it seems like for Phillip Lim. While all the celebrities were rocking the Gucci and Valentino leather jackets, West was rockin’ the 3.1 Phillip Lim braided leather jacket, which became a sensation immediately. According to Complex, the jacket retailed for $1, 750 in 2011, but it was almost impossible to buy since the jackets became so popular overnight.

Kayne West

photo by: DrabikPany

Miley Cyrus

Disney princess turned wild child Miley Cyrus has gone biker chic onstage and off. She was recently spotted sporting a black, cropped leather motorcycle jacket with studs and a bra top, black shorts and heels to Pharrell Williams’ 40th birthday bash. Her cropped, platinum blonde hair only added to this biker-chic look.

Miley Cyrus Gypsi Tour Acer Arena Sydney

photo by: Eva Rinaldi


A leather jacket seems to be Usher’s clothing of choice. This smooth, soulful singer is often found rocking a pair of shades, denim jeans, a white t-shirt and leather jacket. During his Whitney Houston Tribute at the Grammys, he performed in black pants, black shoes, a black t-shirt and a black leather jacket.

Vanessa Hudgens

“Spring Breakers” star Vanessa Hudgens isn’t particularly known for her squeaky clean image. Her goody-goody “High School Musical” image was tarnished after provocative photos of her were released for the public to feast on. In 2008, she walked the red carpet in a black snake-print motorcycle jacket over a polka-dotted dress.


Grammy-winner Miguel has adorning fans all over. This R&B singer knows what works for him, and he’s rarely seen without his trusty leather jacket, black shades and perfectly styled hair.

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