There are certain pieces of clothing that will go down in history and Michael Jackson’s red leather “Thriller” jacket is certainly one of them. In fact, thanks to Michael Jackson, “Thriller” is the first thing that comes to mind when we see a red leather jacket—and lately, we have been seeing a lot of them thanks to top tastemakers like Gwen Stefani and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, not to mention major brands like Balmain. With that said, we can’t wait to get in on this trend and we are willing to bet you can’t either, so click through to today’s Trend Report for the scoop on how you can make this thrilling trend your very own!
Who is trying this trend?
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was one of the first stars to give this new trend a spin, sporting a dark red leather jacket on her way out of her New York City hotel back in March. Sophia Bush followed soon after, wearing a cherry red leather jacket to a Lakers game in Los Angeles in early April. Earlier this month, Gwen Stefani wore a bright red jacket to a Coldplay concert in Los Angeles, while the very next day, Jessica Alba wore a red-and-white leather jacket for a flight out of LAX Airport in Los Angeles.
How are they styling it?
This trend is such an easy one to pull off because the red hue of the jacket will instantly jazz up your outfit. In other words, you can wear it with something super-simple and still look super-stylish. With that said, let’s take a look at how each of our four muses styled their “Thriller” jackets. As you can see, Sophia, Gwen, and Jessica all opted to stick to an always-chic color combo: red, black, and white. Both Sophia and Jessica opted for relaxed silhouettes, which balanced out the cropped and fitted silhouettes of their jackets. Naturally, Gwen gave her outfit a personal twist by adding polka-dot skinny jeans. As for Rosie, she picked a grey tee and pale blue skinny jeans to pair with her jacket, which worked better given that her jacket was darker in color. Once again, she was able to wear low-key pieces because the jacket instantly elevated her outfit from simple to stand-out. To sum up, you can dress your jacket up or down—the choice is yours!
How can I make this look my own?
The best thing about this trend, of course, is the shopping—and we are pleased to report that there are tons of options on the market right now. If you are working with a budget, we suggest you check out Kenneth Cole’s Mixed Media Moto Jacket ($135) and Bebe’s Zip Front Leather Jacket ($199). Both of these come in a bright cherry red, but if you want a darker hue, you can check out Muubaa’s Mallow Leather Moto Jacket ($530). On the other end of the scale, we are obsessed with IRO’s Tangerine Leather Jacket ($1,095)—zips, lapels, and a flattering fit, oh my!—and we are equally enamored with Simone’s Leather Biker Jacket ($1,275). When paired with your favorite black and white pieces, any of these jackets will make for a perfect addition to your look! On that note, happy shopping!
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