Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow Toughen Up Their Weekend Style in Motorcycle Jackets: Trendspotting (GALLERY)

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The easiest way to instantly up the cool factor of any outfit? Do as cool girls — Gwen Stefani, Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow — do and throw a motorcycle jacket on before you head out the door.

It doesn’t matter where you’re heading – to grab coffee, to the office, or to dinner – the borrowed-from-bikers style adds the perfect amount of edge to any outfit.

Both practical and stylish, the motorcycle jacket has become so ubiquitous among style setters that it’s become a classic.

If you’re feeling extra daring this season, consider an update to the leather biker jacket: Giving the old standby an of-the-moment touch are fall’s hot hues.

Although black may be the most versatile shade to work into your wardrobe, if you want to soften the tough biker-chick feel or amp up the style quotient of your outerwear, try it in oxblood or canary yellow. Nicole Richie has been spotted in both, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is also a fan of the burgundy bomber.

If you’re looking for something a little less daring, gray, taupe, caramel and brown are all your friends. The warmer neutrals can veer preppy or modern but aren’t as tough as black or as daring as yellow or red.

Regardless of which color you choose, treat the leather topper like your trusted old blazer. Use a motorcycle jacket to toughen up a printed dress or skirt, to give skinnies and a sweater a cool edge, or to balance this season’s bright bottoms and printed pants.

We’ve rounded up much more motorcycle jacket magic — check out the gallery for all different colors and styling ideas.

Check out more of fall’s hot trends in the video below.

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