Why We’re Dressing like We’re In a Biker Gang This Fall

Extreme times call for extreme measures.

By: Sharon Ainsberg

Like many of you, I am finding myself struggling with current events on a daily basis. I have said in my previous, more politically minded posts that there is just one silver lining to The Orange Man: We as a nation are more attuned and more active in the political narrative than ever. News viewership has skyrocketed, mostly because our government officials dole out better entertainment than The Sopranos. We need to toughen up and become more active and less tolerant. Taking action means educating ourselves, writing to and calling senators daily and participating in marches, political think-tanks and other fund- and awareness-raising events and conversations.

And, you’ll want to dress the part, because there is something really empowering about toughening up what you wear. You know how you feel effortlessly badass in a motorcycle jacket, even if it’s topping a flirty dress? This fall, we need to amp up our tough-girl status and fuel our inner warrior. We are going to need all the heavy armor we can get dealing with Humpty Trumpty.

Studs and heavy statement jewelry are weighing on my mind (pun intended) for fall. Think Daenerys Targaryen meets Siouxsie Sioux. Get ready to be the very best kind of hell-raiser.


My most recent acquisition in advance of fall is the Givenchy Elegant Studded Boot. They’re a classic and I like them to toughen up dresses or wear with a cropped pant.

If you’re looking for a heel, you can never go wrong with a newer style from Stuart Weitzman. The AllJill has a slightly rounder toe and thicker heel than the celebrity-favored Highland boot. It’s a little more of a ’70s vibe…

I’m loving heavy chain necklaces for fall and Balenciaga never seems to disappoint. I love that this piece can be worn as a choker or a metal scarf.

I’ve always loved a brass knuckle, and if you have a run-in with our president and he tries to grab your p***y, you may want to be wearing this ring by my pal Meredith Kahn.

Top things off with a hot bag in an interesting shape and a great moto jacket. My current obsession is this lambskin biker jacket in wild berry from Acne.

Or check out this classic Aiah jacket from JBrand in blue.

And treat yourself to this off-the-beaten-path handbag from Wendy Nichol that will definitely become a conversation piece.

Now go raise some hell!