Re-styling my black biker jacket

Close up of black leather jacket



My favourite black leather biker jacket with its gorgeous red lining is definitely the oldest garment in my wardrobe. It is by AgnesB and dates back to 1985. If you have been a regular follower of my blog for some time you will no doubt have seen it before.

Back in 1985 I had too small children and a virtually non existent clothes budget.  I remember saving up for a whole year to buy this jacket. I had seen in the Agnes B shop in Les Halles, where I used to stay with my daughter who was having medical treatment in Paris. I finally saved up enough money to buy it and have loved it ever since.

I had it altered about 10 years ago as the shoulders were 80s Dallas style. It is not easy to get leather altered I was lucky to find a seamstress who did an excellent job.



Black jacket by garage door


I have styled it here with my Winserlondon midi skirt (now unfortunately sold out), similar by Coast,  a plain black polo neck and black boots. The pink leather gloves add a touch of colour.



Black biker jacket plus grey stripe sweater





biker jacket with white T shirt

White T shirt from the Whitecompany.



Black biker jacket back view

I feel that the red beret gives the look a french flair.



Black leather biker jacket with red scarf

Jacket worn last year with chunky cream sweater.


Black leather biker jacket with cream sweater




Black biker jacket in Brecon Beacons

Wearing my leather jacket in the Brecon Beacons last summer.



If you are thinking of buying a leather jacket The Outnet have a good selection by Muubaa. Whistles also offer some very good quality biker jackets (my daughter has one).






  1. Pam@over50feeling40
    6th February 2016 / 10:24

    You proved the jacket is a keeper for your wardrobe, Josephine! I like all the ways you styled it!

  2. Marie Jackson
    6th February 2016 / 10:27

    I like all these different looks. What brand are your jeans? I need a new pair and am struggling to find the “ideal” pair. I have tried on lots but can’t seem to find any!

    • 8th February 2016 / 12:05

      Hi Marie

      Thanks for your comment.

      Jeans can be very difficult to find. The ones I am wearing are by NYDJ, a couple of years old. I find that their current ones are not made of such good fabric. I have found another brand MAC but am having trouble sourcing it online. When I do I will post about them.

  3. Sarah
    6th February 2016 / 10:50

    Definitely a case of ‘the older the better’ (the jacket, I mean…) Looks great styled with this season’s midi skirt length.

  4. AnneD
    6th February 2016 / 11:36

    I love all the looks! So versatile. I think my favourite might be the one with your adorable French beret though

  5. Paula B
    6th February 2016 / 12:22

    Very nice! I like the black boots you are wearing with the jeans, white sweater and hat. What brand are they? I prefer flatter shoes and boots, and good ones are sometimes hard to find. I like the simple style of these.

    • 8th February 2016 / 12:22

      The boots I am wearing are several years old and by Agnes B. They don’t seem to do the same style Agnes B

  6. Sharon Daly
    6th February 2016 / 12:49

    You look young and hip in the photos with jeans and the beret. I think long skirts look dowdy on older women, even slim ones like you.

  7. Susan (une femme)
    6th February 2016 / 13:21

    That is SUCH a fabulous jacket, and worth saving up for. The leather looks so soft and supple and it drapes beautifully. It looks wonderful on you and is certainly earning its keep!

  8. Fiona
    6th February 2016 / 15:29

    You look wonderful (as usual) in all these outfits. The jacket is sublime. Just goes to show quality lasts for ever and Agnes B is to die for.
    Love love love reading you ….

  9. Jacquie
    6th February 2016 / 17:34

    All the looks are great, but especially the red beret! Fabulous!

  10. Chuky Reyna
    6th February 2016 / 18:38

    Great looks with your old biker jacket. It proves to me once again that when you buy a quality piece it can lasts forever. You just need great taste and creativity to make it current and trendy!

  11. Viv Butler
    8th February 2016 / 17:51

    Love all the looks. I gave my Diesel biker to a very grateful granddaughter, perhaps I was a bit hasty ? !!

  12. Amy
    11th February 2016 / 16:12

    That’s a truly great jacket! Expert shoulder alterations. – no one would know if you hadn’t said. My leather jacket is a treasured item in my closet. Great ideas for styling here.

  13. Jeannine
    13th February 2016 / 17:10

    Where did you find such a fine seamstress? London? France? Do you share names?
    I just ordered from Me+EM for the first time.Thanks for the intro. Their customer service agent was pleased to learn of your blog.

    • 13th February 2016 / 18:37

      Hi Jeannine

      Thanks for your nice comments.

      I live in London SW13. The seamstress I used for the leather jacket has now unfortunately moved away however I have found another very good one “The Barnes sewing Room”. Let me know if you want their address and phone no.

      I am a great fan of Me+Em I find their quality and cut excellent.

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