Make no mistake, a biker jacket is one of the hardest workers in any autumn wardrobe, so before you flip the page or assume this might not be for you, can we beg you to reconsider? Arguably, no one piece ticks so many boxes: a great biker will give your body definition, highlighting the best of your curves whilst glossing over potentially problematic areas because biker jackets are extremely flattering on all shapes. More than a warming layer, they add all-season edginess and sheer versatility to any ensemble. If your age, gender, size, shape or usual aesthetic are putting you off, this could be the time to rethink.
AllSaints have crafted a reputation for iconic leather jackets and rock-chick chic. In addition to their range of casually conscious boho clothing, the brand has worked hard on its activism and philanthropy. Its place in popular culture has been established through close association with a diverse array of bands and singers from Jay-Z to Kings of Leon cementing their reputation as the label to wear. Their bestseller – the Balfern Biker Jacket, pictured here – is designed to get better with age, so makes for a great investment buy. £318 allsaints.com
Cosy-chic is always a goal, and this beautiful Somerset by Alice Temperley jumper from John Lewis will strike the right note when layered under some tough leather (be it hide or vegan – check out Free People’s excellent range of vegan jackets and coats). The statement sleeves, adorned with cheering (but not childlike) bobbles ensure that once the jacket is removed, the interest remains. £89 johnlewis.com
Ditsy print and pretty pleats will provide the yin to your jacket’s yan. Ramp up the fetching-factor with this pink floral midi from Oliver Bonas. £59.50 oliverbonas.com
Mix up your subcultural references with a pair of cowboy boots. They’ve been noodling around the edges of the scene for a couple of years now; not quite exploded into mainstream, but certainly making an impact (keep an eye out for Western detailing popping up in all sorts of styles). If you’re tempted to go the whole nine yards, Ariat is the real deal; world-leading makers of equestrian wear. Legacy Western Boot £190 ariat.com
Bombshell’s reputation was sealed when Nigella Lawson was pictured in one of their vintage-inspired dresses. The Luxury Velvet Bombshell Robe is a prescient design, given the times in which we are living, created to be worn either as evening wear or uber-glam loungewear, depending on your self-isolation status. Further, we are delighted to report it comes in four sizes which equate to standard fit 8-22. Such a stunning jewel of a dress can be tricky to cover up should you be venturing outside and not many of us have an opera jacket in the wardrobe on the off-chance it should be required. This is where your trusty biker comes into its own. Slip it on and immediately elegant becomes effortless. £199 bombshellhq.com
Garnet metallic leather, strewn with a distinctive star pattern. This quirky square shaped bag can be worn cross-body, over the shoulder or as a clutch. MARLO Mini Square Bag / Wristlet Clutch £125 bellandfox.com