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November 1, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Fall’s biggest must-have: Get geared up with a moto jacket

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By Georgea Kovanis / Detroit Free Press

The biggest trend in jackets for fall is the motorcycle jacket. Whether it’s made from leather, pleather or a sturdy knit, it just might rev up your wardrobe.

A few things to know:

When it comes to color, black moto jackets are the absolute classic. You’ll also see a lot of very chic white biker jackets, as well as colors, including light blues, grays and reds. As the season progresses, you’ll even see some modern plaids.

Biker jackets pair well with jeans, of course, but don’t be afraid to wear one with a flouncy, feminine dress for an eye-catching and very modern contrast. And don’t be afraid to wear one if you’re over 30.

But go easy on bikerwear.

You’ll look more hapless than hip if you wear a studded motorcycle jacket with studded pants and studded boots. The idea is to use moto jackets to add just a touch of tough to your look.

Some to consider:

Levi’s Motorcycle Jacket (on sale for $80 at Kohl’s). This faux-leather version is classic in appearance, with a rugged asymmetrical zipper and three zip pockets.

Jessica Simpson Trey Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($109 at Nordstrom). In syrah or grey, this faux-leather jacket features some of fall’s best colors.

Topshop Moto Black Borg Biker Jacket ($100 at us.topshop.com). A cold-weather alternative, this denim motorcycle jacket has a cozy borg lining.

ASOS Curve Leather Biker Jacket (on sale for $125 at us.asos.com). Cropped to accent the most narrow part of the waist, this faux-leather jacket comes in sizes 14-24.

INC International Concepts Quilted Motorcycle Vest (on sale for $37 at Macy’s). This faux-leather motorcycle-style vest is versatile and comes in a bright winter white.

Jag Jeans Knit Moto Jacket (on sale for $39 at vonmaur.com) This sleek and sporty ponte knit moto-style jacket has an asymmetrical zip — and you can toss it in the washing machine.

Calvin Klein Tweed & Faux Leather Moto Jacket ($159.50 at Nordstrom). Add texture to the look with a bright-blue tweed, which contracts nicely with the faux-leather sleeves.

Sunday Market contributed to this story.

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