Clothes for Older Women: how to wear a biker jacket if you are 50+

Went to lunch to celebrate a friend’s birthday the other weekend with some very elegant, friendly and charming 60+ women. As we were walking into the restaurant I couldn’t help but notice that our birthday girl was wearing a leather biker jacket. She looked amazing in it – very youthful without being mutton dressed as lamb. So I got to thinking about clothes for older women and if 50+ 60+ 70+ women should wear biker jackets. Would love to hear your thoughts please at the end of this article!

We baby boomers are so lucky – long gone are the days when it was de rigeur to wear a twinset and pearls when you reached 30 (thank goodness). Now we can wear whatever suits us and, if we want, in uplifting colours too.

The leather jacket is ageless, durable and never goes out of fashion. It is a firm favourite of many stylish women’s capsule wardrobe and could be one of the best clothing investments you’ll ever make.

Wear it with a cashmere jumper and jeans (not ripped!), midi skirts, a knee-length shift or a pretty midi dress and heels. When you slip on the jacket you’ll feel instantly more contemporary – it’s a great feeling! But don’t wear it with biker boots and ripped jeans… remember to keep the rest of your outfit classic.

Apparently when we look in a mirror, we see ourselves as we looked ten years ago. So, when we’re talking clothes for older women, we need to modify our style as we age. Which means that the style of biker jacket you choose is important – perhaps avoiding one with multiple zips and buckles and opting for something simpler. Saying that, we all can do exactly what we like these days. So whatever floats your boat!

Long gone are those heavy, thick, stiff biker jackets that you had to wear in. Now, leather – and faux leather – jackets are soft and lightweight.

If you are tempted by the idea of a buttery soft leather we are talking an investment piece, so it’s essential to choose wisely (which I’m sure you would do anyway). Be sure to go with the best you can afford. Me+Em has a few you might like. Faux leather is cheaper but can look chic, too, depending on the brand, as can jersey or cotton biker jackets. There are many styles of biker jackets, so there’s bound to be something that will suit your precise requirements – from ‘out there’ to understated.

Another key thing to remember when choosing a biker jacket is that black isn’t always a great idea. You may look more chic wearing another, less draining, colour – perhaps navy or burgundy leather – with for example, a neutral coloured dress with boots. However, if you look and feel great in black, there is a wealth of choice.

So, if you feel like you want to add a little ‘not dead yet’ sartorial edge to your style, here are a few biker-style jackets to consider:

  • Cate 100% cotton – available in 8 different colours £129 and we are wearing the Rachel which is available in 18 different colours £139 – both from Kettlewell Colours.
  • Pink denim jacket £39 from Cotton Traders

A good place to look for a second hand designer leather jacket is ebay or your local charity shop.

We’ve more style tips and clothes for older women here

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Elizabeth van Til
Elizabeth van Til
10 months ago

I bought a mustard yellow biker jacket from Marks & Spencer a couple of years ago, and now I have shoes to match. People always compliment me when I wear it and I’d never thought about being too old to wear the colour or style. I’m 71.

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago

Hello Elizabeth. Thanks so much for getting in touch. Funnily enough, mustard is one of those colours that many of us don’t consider and yet works so well with other colours. And we agree, NEVER too old to wear anything that suits us! Best wishes, Grace

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 months ago

The black handbag strap is a bit tacky I would say, more for a younger girl.

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hi Anonymous. You may be right. But I wanted something ‘rock chick’ to wear with the biker jacket. Luckily, if it doesn’t float your boat, Saint & Sofia have other straps: https://bit.ly/36IlTQC Best wishes, Grace

Ginnie Rhodes
Ginnie Rhodes
10 months ago

I got my biker jacket ( without extra studs etc ! ) about 3 years ago ( then aged 65) and I love it .. with smart jeans and white tee or cashmere polo its fantastic – makes me feel young.

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Ginnie Rhodes

Hi Ginnie. This is amazing. Just love that our readers are contemporary and super cool women! Best wishes, Grace

Sara
Sara
10 months ago

I have a few leather jackets, navy, black and dark tan in colour, some biker style and one double breasted style and I love wearing them. I wear them with floaty dresses, flouncy skirts, jeans etc. I always feel ‘pulled together’ when I put one on. As you say it is worth investing in quality jackets that just get better with age. I will soon be 60 and I am certainly not going to relegate them to the back of the wardrobe.
Really enjoy reading your posts.

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Sara

Hi Sara, thank you so much for commenting. We so love hearing from you all… best wishes, Grace

Debs Simpson
Debs Simpson
10 months ago

I think a biker jacket looks good at any age, I certainly wear one, I’m 65

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Debs Simpson

Hello Debs, so glad you agree and already have a biker jacket. Thank you for getting in touch… best wishes, Grace

Anne
Anne
10 months ago

I loved your pic, all in black, real cool. As a Spring-colouring I don’t wear black but have 4 various biker styles in light colours. Never too old. I’m 70 in May.

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Anne

Hi Anne, thanks for your comment. Couldn’t agree more with your sentiments. Go girl!!!! Best wishes, Grace

Kathleen McNab
Kathleen McNab
10 months ago

I think you look elegant and stylish, Grace, in the photo. I agree, baby boomers are much more free to dress with a nod to fashion trends than our mothers. A fitted biker jacket like the Hobbs one you picture, is very flattering to an hourglass-shaped figure. And it’s a nice alternative to the ubiquitous denim jacket – which I like too.

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Kathleen McNab

Thank you Kathleen, so kind of you to say. Thanks for your additional tip about the hourglass figure. Best wishes, Grace

Clair Beech
Clair Beech
10 months ago

I have several biker jackets in leather and faux leather and wear then all the time. As a baby boomers, why do we care what is age appropriate (dreadful phrase) ? I wear what I love and age doesn’t come into it!

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Clair Beech

Thanks for commenting Clair, it’s so lovely to hear your point of view. Best wishes, Grace

Kay Riley
Kay Riley
10 months ago

Hi can I ask where Grace got her black jacket from. Many thanks

Annabel
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10 months ago
Reply to  Kay Riley

It is a very old one from Agnes B (at least 25 years old) but they still have some great designs.

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 months ago
Reply to  Annabel

Thank you. You look amazing k

Anonymous
Anonymous
10 months ago
Reply to  Annabel

It is gorgeous. Thank you. Think I may need to save up. Could you let me know the size you have? Thanks.

Annabel
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10 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I have size 2 and I take a size 12UK in a jacket.

Heather
Heather
10 months ago

Hi – what make is the biker jacket that you’re wearing with the black maxi dress – I love the dress & the jacket (and the handbag strap too !)

Annabel & Grace
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10 months ago
Reply to  Heather

Hi Heather. The dress and bag/strap is from Saint & Sofia and comes in various lovely colourways. The biker jacket is Annabel’s – she has had it for over 20 years, it originally came from Agnes B. I keep borrowing it because it is so gorgeous! Am saving up for my own one! Best wishes, Grace

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 months ago

I bought a black biker jacket last year from Matalan great with dresses … I am 79 on Saturday .

Annabel & Grace
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9 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Brilliant! Happy birthday for Saturday… best wishes, Grace & Annabel

Anonymous
Anonymous
4 months ago

Hi where is the black leather jacket with lie down collar that you’re wearing with floaty dress and boots from please?

Annabel & Grace
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4 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous

Hi Lindsey. It’s a fabulous Agnes B jacket that belongs to Annabel – she has had it for years. I believe the brand still do similar styles. Best wishes, Grace