Biker jacket moments (and how to wear them)


Biker jacket dressing is an art form. Originally routed within typically male domains, from the bomber squadrons of World War I to motorcycle gangs. This trans-seasonal staple lends a boyish outsider edge to even the most feminine ensemble.

Classic accents including a robust leather shell, chunky zippers and various other shiny hardware, impart a toughness that ceases to lose its appeal. Though, selecting your biker of choice is no easy feat. The guises are endless: longline or cropped, belted or form fitting, quilted or smooth. Here at Whistles, we offer new and relevant designs constantly, so the dilemma strikes afresh each season.

Once you’ve unearthed your signature biker, there is a wealth of iconic imagery to inspire styling. For cropped designs, look to the masculine shirting and slim tailoring favoured by Debbie Harry. If you’ve opted for an oversized silhouette, a high-waist jean or trouser – see Drew Barrymore – will counteract the androgyny. For office-friendly ease, Caroline de Maigret’s knotted white shirt feels sharp, contemporary and effortless. 

Further reading:
Whistles muse: Francoise Hardy
Whistles muse: Winona Ryder