When the Biker Jacket Met the Maxi Dress

Maxi skirts and dresses are a summer staple and not something I normally wear in the colder months, but the other week the temperatures rose and we had a few days of delightfully warm weather here in Los Angeles. Suddenly my black maxi dress, which had been in winter hiding, felt like the just the right thing to wear. I thought it might look good with my biker jacket, and it did. I wore this outfit about three days in a row, and felt like one of the cool girls the whole time.

Then it got cold and I had to put my boots back on. But for a few days I looked like this.

Black Maxi Dress and Biker Jacket

strapless black dress

Tape measure purse

Maxi dress and biker jacket

Black maxi dress with biker jacket

For those of us not living in an area prone to winters with summer weather, here are a few ways to wear your maxi dress in the cold.


  • Black leather biker jacket from The Gap (Here’s another one from The Gap)
  • Big leather cuff from a place on Melrose
  • Black maxi dress from Veronica M
  • Black sandals from Nine West
  • The tote was a gift from my father
  • In case you’re wondering, the red polish is “I Red a Good Book” by Wet n Wild.

Would you wear a maxi dress with a biker jacket?


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39 Responses to When the Biker Jacket Met the Maxi Dress

  1. Playing with Scarves January 30, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    Hi Heather!
    Before seeing your photos, the answer would have been “no”. You made me change my mind………. I have a dark red leather jacket that I usually wear with jeans. I feel like revisiting it soon with a maxi dress. Thanks for the idea 🙂
    Anne Touraine (Playing with Scarves)

    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

      You’re welcome! Florida is probably a maxi-dress year round kind of place. Let me know how it works, and what scarf you wore with it.

  2. Marla January 30, 2013 at 3:12 am #

    I love all your photos. I love biker jackets. I love bomber jackets. I love any type of leather jacket. This jacket looks very cool with the maxi dress. I like it. Your bag is fabulous.

  3. SACRAMENTO January 30, 2013 at 5:31 am #

    Fabulous encounter indeed, wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.
    Looking glorious, dear Heather.
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  4. Stacey - Total City Girl
    January 30, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    Looks good! I have a dumb question – why wouldn’t you wear a maxi dress in the winter? Can’t you just wear tights under it? I’m making up my owl rules 🙂 I’m clueless I guess.
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

      Yeah, you can wear a maxi dress with tights but it depends upon the fabric. Mine are all made of knit jersey and it can stick to tights. It can certainly be done, but I rather like how maxi dresses look with sandals. The super-long can be kind of frumpy (…at this age. What looks frumpy at 20 really?) but when worn with not much else they can be really sexy.

  5. Sylvia
    January 30, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    Very nice Heather. Love it!
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  6. Suzanne January 30, 2013 at 8:02 am #

    I wore my black maxi with my leather jacket a while back and loved it.

    You look fab and that bag is great.

    Your comment form made me go back and add more text. Kind of funny.

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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

      Sorry about the comment form. It gets persnickety sometimes. I’m not sure why. But I’m glad you like my look.

  7. Ariane January 30, 2013 at 11:33 am #

    You look like a top model in these pictures.

  8. Annette January 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm #

    I never thought of pairing a long black dress with a leather jacket!
    Your look is very stylish and inspirational.

    Lady of Style
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

      Thanks Annette. I was very pleased with the outfit myself. I’m glad you find it inspirational.

  9. Kiki January 30, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I like it. I often combine my biker jacket with more summery/floaty pieces.
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  10. anne the SpyGirl
    January 30, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    Are you cavorting in the LA River again?
    The last shot with the blocks — so intriguing!
    [Great job, Hugo!]

    btw – a similar style purse is made by Goods of Desire in Hong Kong
    (oh yes, let’s just jet over there)
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    • Heather Fonseca January 30, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Anne! Actually we were at Pan Pacific Park. It looks very moody doesn’t it? I know we both have the same purse. Only I think mine came from a little store on third.

  11. Jeannie
    January 30, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Holy Shimoly!
    You look HOT! What fabulous photots!
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  12. Spashionista (Alicia)
    January 31, 2013 at 9:25 am #

    Absolutely! You wear it to perfection. It looks effortlessly edgy on you 😉
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    • Heather Fonseca February 3, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you so much! Glad you like it Alicia.

  13. Oh to Be a Muse
    January 31, 2013 at 8:00 pm #

    Don’t you wish it were spring already? I love leather/biker/moto jackets and maxi dresses.
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    • Heather Fonseca February 3, 2013 at 10:18 am #

      Well, it kind of is here in LA! It’s been so warm recently.

  14. Nanne February 1, 2013 at 11:09 am #

    I love the outfit, and you look like a fashionable celebrity in those shots! I’d definitely wear a maxi dress and a biker jacket – but not in 20 inches of snow:)
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    • Heather Fonseca February 3, 2013 at 10:14 am #

      No, 20 inches of snow wouldn’t be a good place to wear a maxi dress for sure. Glad you like the outfit though!

  15. Alexis Grace February 1, 2013 at 11:48 am #

    Frankly, I love a black biker jacket over just about anything (especially if there is a bit of a juxtaposition!)…. great look!
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    • Heather Fonseca February 3, 2013 at 10:13 am #

      Thank you Alexis. I’m not always 100% happy with my outfits, but I think this is an especially good one.

  16. nofearoffashion February 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm #

    Very well styled. Ines de la Fressange (La Parisienne) would be proud of you. Looks terrific.
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    • Heather Fonseca February 3, 2013 at 10:11 am #

      Thank you Greetje! (Per your e-mail to me, which I will respond to as soon as I have time, your comments are always lovely and very much appreciated!!!!)

  17. Gabriala
    February 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Hi Heather, YES, I would wear a rough jacket with a maxi. Have done it before and will do it again. Your pics are amazing as usual! xo
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  18. http://www.dressforme.net November 24, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Hello there! I know this is kinda off topic however I’d
    figured I’d ask. Would you be interested in trading links or
    maybe guest authoring a blog article or vice-versa? My website
    goes over a lot of the same topics as yours and
    I think we could greatly benefit from each other.
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    I look forward to hearing from you! Excellent blog by the way!

    • Heather Fonseca November 28, 2013 at 10:32 am #

      Hi Dressforme, Unfortunately I only trade links with friends and the websites I follow myself. Thank you for your compliments though.

  19. Busola Coutts December 26, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I love your hair, your makeup, the all black outfit, the biker jacket and boy, that dress is rocket! You look gorgeous.

    Happy Holidays!
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    • Heather Fonseca January 8, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Thank you! It’s a good outfit. Actually, the weather is perfect for it right now. I should pull it out again!


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