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If French girls are the ultimate style inspiration, New York girls are a close second. There’s just something cool and effortless about the way they make all black seem unexpected and pull off nighttime looks (like a slip and heels) at 10 a.m. Here’s how they style a leather jacket. Copying is recommended.

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With Black Culottes and Slip-On Sneakers

That thing about New Yorkers wearing only black? Kinda accurate. Play with proportions and pair billowing pants with a slimmer fit jacket, then finish it off with slip-on sneakers because, well, how miserable would you be trekking from East 52nd to West Fourth in stilettos?

Get the look: Mango jacket ($200); RACHEL Rachel Roy culottes ($70); Vince sneakers ($250)

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With a Silk Skirt and Mules

A leather moto jacket is tough in the best way possible. Play off of the edginess with girlier pieces like a sheer-ish skirt and skinny-heeled mules. Consider it an exercise in androgynous balance.

Get the look: Zara jacket ($70); Lily Ashwell skirt ($185); Jeffrey Campbell mules ($125)

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With a Floral Skirt and Platform Sandals

Speaking of contrasts, another way to soften black leather is with a bright skirt emblazoned with pretty flowers. Though this stylish gal opted for platform sandals, the look goes just as well with block-heeled boots or even white sneakers.

Get the look: Sam Edelman jacket ($198); Current Air skirt ($80); Imagine by Vince Camuto sandals ($140)

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With a White Button-Down and Printed Pants

Spice things up by choosing printed pants instead of solid, untucking (or half-tucking) your shirt and tossing a leather jacket over your shoulders. Girl boss alert.

Get the look: Old Navy jacket ($60); Banana Republic button-down ($68); J.Crew pants ($53)

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With a Graphic Tee and Knee-Length Skirt

Another work-appropriate pairing: a printed tee tucked into a mid-length skirt with a fitted leather jacket on top. To dress it up, swap the tee for a silk button-down and marvel at how rad you feel.

Get the look: The Arrivals jacket ($695); Madewell tee ($42); BP. skirt ($55)

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With a Printed Maxi and Ankle Boots

Breezy maxi dresses are a summer staple, but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear them well into fall with a little strategic styling. Top yours with a leather jacket and slip on a pair of flat Chelsea boots to bring on the autumn vibes.

Get the look: Uniqlo jacket ($60); Ganni maxi ($225); Clarks boots ($150)

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With Skinny Jeans and Coordinating Boots

Have you heard? Red is *the* color of fall. Get in on the trend with a matching jacket-ankle boot situation. Luckily, both of these pieces look as good worn together as they do, separately, with neutral staples like black jackets and white sneakers.

Get the look: Nasty Gal jacket ($90); LOFT jeans ($80); Dolce Vita boots ($240)

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With Skinny Jeans and Brogues

Can you say everyday uniform? The classic combination of skinny jeans (in a dark wash, to keep it a little more elevated), androgynous shoes and a black shirt-jacket combo will never, ever get old.

Get the look: Aqua jacket ($338); Gap jeans ($80); Born brogues ($100)

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