Gwyneth Paltrow Wore This Item Almost Every Day in the ’90s—Now It’s Back

I may have been born at the tail end of the ’80s, but I still consider myself to be a ’90s child. I wore floral leggings with oversize T-shirts, tied my hair with a rainbow of scrunchies, and donned my light-up trainers with pride. Of course, perhaps with the exception of the scrunchie, I would never wear such items now, but it seems there are a plethora of cool ’90s trends I missed out on because of my age. And the most notable has to be the leather blazer.

Practically the uniform of the ’90s A-list elite—think Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Cindy Crawford—the leather blazer was easily the coolest cover-up of the decade. Most commonly worn with slip dresses, vintage denim, or a pair of tiny rectangle sunglasses, it now appears the throw-on is making a comeback and is being styled much the same as it was in its heyday.

Arket was the first brand we registered as resurrecting the trend, with its perfectly slouchy leather blazer. Since then, it’s won a legion of loyal fans (the most notable of which being Brittany Bathgate). Then that was it—we began spotting leather blazers left, right and centre, gracing new-in sections and Instagram alike.

Keep scrolling to see just how much outfit mileage it can give you. Then once you’re sold (which we have a feeling you will be), proceed to shop our edit of the best leather blazers—be it vegan or the real thing.

Cindy donned leather blazers from 1991, right the way through the decade. 

Gwyneth pairs her leather blazer with on-point grey and white tones in 1995. 

Make like stylist Sylvie and wear yours over a slip dress and finish with mules for a complete ’90s homage. 

Who said your leather blazer needs to be restricted to black? 

Brittany Bathgate has been wearing Arket’s leather blazer offering on repeat in 2020. 

This has been on my wish list for so long—perhaps this winter I’ll finally invest in it. 

A stylish alternative to classic black. 

Faux options tend to be more affordable.

This faux-leather blazer is a best[seller. 

Not into boxy silhouettes? Belted waists will add definition. 

This leather blazer is buttery soft. 

This will look so good paired with black tailored trousers. 

This shade of green looks so expensive. 

M&S’s real-leather option is one of the best on the high-street. 

Where leather and tuxedo jackets meet. 

A longerline option is ideal for winter when you need more coverage. 

Zara has its fair share of leather blazers—this one is a highlight. 

The gold buttons make this iteration feel so glam. 

You’ll never regret a tan colour-way. 

No need to size up—this is already perfectly oversized. 

Nanushka always serve up chic vegan leather blazers. 

Next Up: I Practically Collect Zara Blazers—Here Are 25 New Styles I Really Rate

This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.