Trend Report: Moto Style

Posted on September 13, 2022 by Stephanie Triplett

The nostalgic style known to TikTok as bikercore (aka moto or biker style) is one we’ve seen throughout the entire year that dares us to tap into a fiery persona. Think freedom with a bit of danger for fall. The likes of leather and an edgier presence will continue and even be amplified. Find out which biker-inspired styles you need to check out for fall that will give you that hardcore edge you’re looking for. Yes, we’re talking moto jackets and distressed styles, so get revved up and ready!

First, it’s important to discuss the overarching aesthetics that moto style is influencing for fall:

bikercore fabrics
bikercore fabrics
bikercore fabrics

Contemporary Redux

Thanks to the bikercore trend (and celebrity inspiration, of course) there's newfound femininity added to biker style, including leather paired with lingerie, moto jackets paired with tutus, and more. Dior experimented with this feminine biker aesthetic for F/W '22, pairing long ballgowns with striped racing jackets. The juxtaposition between hard and soft makes this upcoming season of moto style a bit more unique while also dabbling into drag racing style, as well as motorcycle style. Colored leather sets seen by Blumarine are a nice balance for a polished night out look still inspired by the trend, while a corset and leather pants are the definition of feminine and edgy.

bikercore fabrics
bikercore fabrics
bikercore fabrics

Y2K Meets Moto

While some designers took the feminine route, others took creative liberties by continuing to embody the Y2K style with today’s fashion trends. Grommet belts, cropped moto jackets, and distressed patchwork are all less polished and rougher around the edges. A refreshing change from the super polished looks making mainstage waves on social media. Plus, it doesn't stop there! Don't forget to include metallics, low-waisted skirts, and paneled pants into the moto-style mix.

Now onto moto specific trends we can explore:

bikercore fabrics
bikercore fabrics
bikercore fabrics

Think leather, silver hardware, and lots of distressed looks. It’s the moto jacket that we all think of when we think of leather and biker style, however, the leather look doesn't have to stop there, and it's not just about shiny leather for fall or heavy biker jackets. Opt for a fitted leather vest for a feminine touch if that’s more your vibe. The fall moto trend for the moment is all about the worn-in look, including leather that’s slightly discolored and far from polished. There’s no need to stop at the staple leather jacket. My mind goes to leather styles beyond the jacket, like moto pants, mini skirts, and gorgeous trench coats that practically kiss the ground with a grungy leather finish.

Moto style is all about decorative silver zippers, studs, and chains, and it’s time to embrace all of them. From studded belts and denim jackets to big zippers, silver hardware makes its mark on handbags featuring any or all of the hardware pieces mentioned above. Embrace silver embellishments and jewelry to lean into the moto trend for fall because the two are a complementary pair. (Psst-don't forget the dark denim!)

Grab your helmet and bike and get ready for a fall season full of fun biker-inspired trends. This is one trend that doesn't scream versatility, but somehow it has a feminine feel, and I can’t wait to mix soft and edgy pieces to create contemporary biker-styled looks. Do you like the idea of a softer biker style for the upcoming season? Leave a comment below!

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