Nostalgia in the fashion world has recently hit an all-time high. Whether it takes the form of Kristen Stewart’s chunky blonde highlights or Dua Lipa’s white silk two-piece ’fit at the Grammys, our love for ’90s and ’00s style seems never-ending. If you’ve been keeping up with the catwalks or following your fashion favs on Instagram, you may have noticed one trend in particular making a welcome resurgence: the long leather coat.
Inspired by the hacker-chic look of The Matrix’s Trinity, the long leather (or pleather!) coat is a deceptively easy-to-wear piece. Its sheer size gives it a definite character (coats like these often descend to somewhere between the knee and ankle) but at its core, the long leather coat’s simple form gives you near-endless styling options.
As far as color is concerned, for celebs like Kaia Gerber, Lily-Rose Depp, and Sofia Richie, black is the mainstay — with finishes ranging from a natural black leather look to a reflective, almost plastic-like polyurethane shine. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have options if you’re looking to spice things up in the color department. Looks featuring brown or more brightly colored leathers are rising in popularity, seen on the likes of Bella Hadid and Sofia Carson.
Whenever she rocks one, the supermodel gives us a textbook example of how to style this piece casually. Let’s be honest: Normally, our winter attires are dominated by the coziest blue, gray, and black pieces we can find. Luckily, those will pair perfectly with an oversized black coat. Try wearing your favorite knit with a pair of jeans under your long leather coat to achieve an everyday winter look with a nostalgic twist.
As we previously mentioned, Bella Hadid has a bit more fun with her take on the long leather coat. Sometimes, she keeps it simple, throwing the jacket over sheer wide-leg pants, black boots, and a stringy black top for that perfect night-out look. But, like Bella, you can opt to occasionally mix things up — instead of black, why not go for a long brown leather coat paired with a creamy white turtleneck and black pants? Plus, you can make your preferred coat stand out even more with a Bella-inspired monochromatic ’fit. The options are endless!
Kendall Jenner also recently rocked a near-monochromatic ’fit while out and about on the streets of NYC, wearing her long leather coat paired with some Prada combat boots for a classy dinner style. Even if you’ve gone for the full-black look like Kendall, follow her lead and shake things up with a little brown or another color of your choice. Think scarves, faux fur, or accessories — these small additions can really elevate your long-leather look!
The long leather coat’s place as a casual piece should be obvious by now, but if it’s not, Hailey Bieber is here to give us another example of what wearing this coat on a day-to-day basis can look like. Because this is such a large piece, varying the look with a slimmer, casual ensemble underneath can create a nice distinction that’ll tie the whole outfit together. Hailey is all about simplicity and you can be too: Try tucking a well-fitted black turtleneck into your favorite jeans, completing it all with your long leather coat. Match the belt and boots and you’re all set!
While we’ve mainly focused on the colder seasons so far, this piece is not just a winter look. Celebs like Lily-Rose Depp clue us into how this coat can be styled and re-styled all year long. In the spirit of this vintage piece, look to other trends of the ’90s and ’00s eras to create an unstoppable modern ’fit. Lily’s pairing of crop top and wide-leg jeans is a classic look that’s easy to emulate. Slide on some shades and you’re all ready for the summer sun!
Dua Lipa’s love for the ’90s and ’00s goes beyond her two-tone Grammy ’fit. She’s recently added this long leather coat to her rotation. And though it might appear to be black, Dua's take is actually forest green. If you’re trying to do it like Dua, pair your coat with loose, light-wash jeans and a neon green tee for a totally retro look. Styling here is easy: A big dark coat can beg for a color, so keeping it bright underneath is a fun way to add character to a look all year round.
When in doubt, going totally monochromatic never hurt anyone — and Zendaya shows us just how easy pulling off a glam monochromatic look can be. Slipping your long leather jacket over an LBD with ankle-length boots results in a knockout ’fit that takes no time at all to coordinate. Rely on your black wardrobe staples and you’re sure to pull off a powerful and glamorous outfit with ease.
Sofia Richie takes the long leather coat and gives it a punk-rock edge. Leather on leather is a strong move, but as Sofia proves, incorporating it into the right ’fit can be stylish and give you major bad*ss vibes. Contrast makes this look work — complement your black leather-like bottoms with a strong white top, such as the white crop top Sofia’s opted for here at the launch of her new clothing line.
Okay, so this coat isn’t quite the long black look we’ve grown to love over the course of this list. However, Sofia Carson is yet another example of some of the variety that a long leather coat allows, and it does feature some black. Her patchwork of gold, silver, bronze, and black reminds us to be colorful and feel free to experiment. You can choose the same colors she has here, or mix and match to make a style all your own. Once you’ve developed a solid base like Sofia’s black tee and jeans, you can have fun with it — notice not only the color but also Sofia’s black knee-high boots!
Here’s where you can go if you’re interested in picking up some coats of your own:
Whether you're looking for the classic black coat, a more out-there crocodile option, or another alternative on a budget, here, we've rounded out the best (vegan) options that you can shop now to knock the long-leather-coat trend out of the park!
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