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Bella Hadid Makes a Case for the Smart Leather Jacket (And We’re Sold)

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The leather jacket makes a grown-up return to the runway at Dior Spring 2018. Indigital

The Vogue Arabia September issue cover girl, Bella Hadid walks her own way when it comes to trends. She’s been a core champion of reviving the sartorial highlights of the ’90s: the crop top, Matrix-style micro sunglasses, and doubling (sometimes tripling) up on her denim over the last few months. Ready to bring on spring, the supermodel takes to the streets of New York in a key piece she’s worn on a handful of occasions – the leather blazer. Think of it as the grown-up version of your trusted biker jacket – but this cover-up means business.

Rewind to Gwyneth Paltrow starring role as Helen in the 1997 film Sliding Doors. Paltrow wore a leather blazer with a turtleneck in a scene-stealing moment and sparked a go-to look for women the world over. The longline leather blazer also featured on the runways at Calvin Klein Fall 1997 Menswear and Alexander McQueen Fall 1997 ready-to-wear.

Gwyneth Paltrow stars in Sliding Doors (1997)

Two decades later and the staple is still on-point and stars have a penchant for getting papped wearing leather-on-leather. Case in point: Kendall, Gigi, Bella, Dana, and SimiHaze. No less, Dior‘s Spring 2018 featured multiple leather jackets but without a ‘biker’ overture in sight, instead the storied French fashion house showcased double-breasted styles and longline versions in carbon black leather. It’s officially in.

While it’s still winter in Dubai and Kuwait, get on it. The fashion desk decodes two ways to wear the new wardrobe staple, Bella approved, of course.

#1: Double Up Your Leathers

Bella Hadid leather jacket

Bella Hadid is seen leaving the ‘Bulgari’ store on Avenue George V on January 24, 2018 in Paris, France. Getty

Bella Wears: Luv AJ Xl Hoop Earrings, Wolford Colorado Bodysuit, Bulgari 1 necklace and Serpenti Flap Cover Bag (also Bulgari), Lemarque Leather Jeans, and Prada Slingback Heels.

Go-To Brands: For a longline leather blazer, try Gucci, Loewe, The Row, and Balmain Spring 2018 collections.

#2: Elevate Denim Separates

Bella Hadid leather jacket

Bella Hadid is seen shopping on February 5, 2018 in New York City. Getty

Bella Wears: The trusty leather jacket returns but this time teamed with a sheer turtleneck, fitted jeans and a matching jacket worn with studded stilettos.

Go-To Brands: Off-White, Dior, vintage Levi’s, and Reemami Spring 2018 collections.

If you want even more in-depth detail on Bella Hadid’s off-duty wardrobe, team style stalked her for months and this is what we uncovered.

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