Fall 2022 Biker Fashion Trend Breathes New Life At Moto Staples

There’s a new aesthetic focusing on fall: Get familiar with the biker fashion trend of 2022. Comprised of ramshackle leatherwork and a dangerous badass attitude, the style merges strength and femininity. It’s Rihanna in vogue, pregnant and naked except for motorcycle patterned gloves and a bumblebee yellow racing jacket. It is Rosalía who names her third studio album Motomami, a term the singer describes as the shameless spirit of a biker girl. Forget him Sons of Anarchy; This year welcomes the girls from a new biker club – and they are thrilled and ready to go.

Amberly Reese, Expert Stylist at Stitch Fix, offers insight into fashion’s motorcycle moment via email. “When most people think of [biker-inspired style,] the first things that come to mind are the essentials: moto jackets, chunky exposed zippers, distressed graphic tees and leather galore!” All of these iconic dress codes, she says, will be prevalent in the coming season – watch the Fall/Winter 2022 shows from Chloé, Prada and Alexander McQueen, which all featured lots of worn leather, boxy moto jackets and lackluster material.

Here’s where contemporary redux comes in: “While we still see those traditional elements, the ‘bikercore’ trend of 2022 also introduces an updated feminine twist on classic style with denim-on-denim looks, paired leather jackets to flowing skirts, and biker-approved accessories,” Reese says, echoing identifier’s report from last spring. She invites you to consider the “grunge-inspired opera gloves” and hard-and-soft styles of racing striped jackets paired with puffy dresses in Dior’s Fall/Winter 2022 runway. Balmain’s collection of the same season adopted a similar dichotomous vibe, introducing structured body armor-like corsets and thigh-skimming miniskirts detailed with motocross quilting.


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The nuances of this year’s moto styling don’t stop there, though. “Today’s iteration of biker fashion also incorporates a year 2000 nostalgic element,” says Reese, confirming that, yes, the Hot Aughs are maintaining their grip on the trend cycle. Look at Louis Vuitton’s Cruise 2023, where Nicolas Ghesquière sowed the seeds for the return of eyelet belts — think more Gwen Stefani circa 2000, less a suburban teenager who haunts Hot Topic — and the shield sunglasses of early years. Acne Studios’ Fall/Winter 2022 collection also tapped into an early 2000s vibe, albeit with a slight dystopian edge; once-shiny silver jewelry, muddy leather fabrications and distressed patchwork denim.

However, the most Y2K-y of all the fall/winter 2022 motorcycle-reminiscent projections was from Diesel. Cropped moto jackets, tattered denim and ultra-low waisted skirts – you could imagine Paris Hilton wearing anything from the edition while cruising down the highway on a hot pink Harley. “There is, of course, that nostalgia factor,” describes freelance fashion writer and editor, Jamila Stewart, of the Glenn Martens-led brand’s bedazzled biker collection. “There is so much to reference from the archives and through the prism of pop culture; Because of that, [Diesel’s Fall/Winter 2022] the collection felt authentic and the authenticity resonates.


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“Fashion remains in a constant see-saw, and I see ‘bikercore’ as sort of the antithesis to the super-refined approach to clothing we’ve become familiar with in the age of Instagram,” describes Stewart. “And,” she adds, “when you think of the biker lifestyle, aesthetically there’s room for fun and carelessness – it’s still cool, but effortless.” So if you’ve always dreamed of joining a motorcycle crew, 2022 is your year. Ahead, more insight from Reese and six ways to rock your fall wardrobe with the biker fashion trend.

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Tell me about it, stud

Unsurprisingly, studs are an integral part of this year’s bike-obsessed aesthetic. Start with a matching denim ensemble embellished with metal or a Valentino item adorned with the brand’s signature Rockstud. And there’s also Balenciaga’s studded City Bag, a relic of Nicolas Ghesquière’s 15-year tenure with the brand that has become a bit of an underdog trend, emerging from the shadows to become one of the surprising must-haves of the year. Of course, you’ll remember the handbag for being a favorite among Indie Sleaze It girls like Nicole Richie and the Olsen twins in the mid-2000s.

Rebag, an online platform for buying and selling luxury handbags, shares with TZR that “Balenciaga City” is one of the 25 most searched terms” on its site. Additionally, data from Rebag show that “Balenciaga’s Neo Classic City bag may retain up to 77% of its original market value in the secondary market, while Balenciaga City Classic studs retain up to 68% of its primary market value at resale. “.

better in leather

“It’s never a crime to switch leather over leather – when it comes to bikercore, more is more,” says Reese. “For those who prefer a bold approach to this trend, head-to-toe black leather ensembles will be a go-to. Others might opt ​​for a more subtle approach by incorporating edgy staples, like chunky leather boots. leather motorcycle, in their wardrobe.

The Hot Aughts, refueled

“With the re-emergence of Y2K influences, motocross pants are definitely having a moment,” says Stitch Fix’s Reese. Her advice for styling bottoms? “Pairing motorcycle pants with [your] favorite graphic tee and a pair of combat boots,” she says. “Then, to take the pants from day to night and play more with the contrast of hard and soft, swap the t-shirt for a silky blouse and finish the look with something that brings more texture and interest – like a pair of silver ankle boots.”

You’ll also notice a resurgence in low-slung leather bottoms, shiny metals and punk-y leather eyelet belts thanks to this year’s moto craze.

Silver hardware

“One of the things to keep in mind this season is that silver is the new gold, which lends itself well to [2022’s biker fashion trend,] whose basic clasps use silver closures and embellishments,” says Reese. “Not only are people wearing more silver jewelry, but we’re also seeing sunglasses at gas stations,” a trend endorsed by Kim Kardashian who is precisely what it looks like, and “bags with serious gear,” too. As for the latter, look to Balenciaga’s Le Cagole Chain shoulder bag with silver studs, buckle and eyelets, which Rebag says “can be worth up to 107% of its retail price on the secondary market.”

out of the race

As well as a gritty, edgy look in leather, the 2022 biker trend includes the sleeker motocross style popularized by Spanish singer Rosalía – who, by the way, is proving to be a trailblazer on all fronts. Think graphic stripes, leather racing jackets, and form-fitting sportswear that would work for drag racing (no, not the RuPaul kind).

Girly meets grunge

“You don’t have to reinvent the wheel when pairing two different aesthetics — the trick is to find a balance that stays true to your personal style,” advises Reese. “Start with a basic piece that you know works well for you; For example, if your style tends to be more feminine, opt for a delicate slip dress that you can accessorize with items that generally have a more masculine edge, such as a leather jacket and a bag adorned with hardware. If you frequently wear leather bottoms, balance them with a feminine camisole to complete the look.

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