Bold Leather Jackets
It's one of those investment pieces I had basically never invested in... I know, shame and there goes for pretending to be a fashion blogger! Any normal middle aged woman has at least one leather jacket in their wardrobe because a) it goes with pretty much anything, from denims, to dresses, skirts and shorts and b) it makes you look kind of cool (if you wear a leather jacket for your school run, surely you are on the fun side of parenting, right?).
So anyway, until recently I was not one of those cool mamas and I had decided to resolve this major wardrobe lacuna. So I went on a hunt for the perfect leather jacket and was determined not to get impatient about it. I browsed the shops, the internet, I looked at the styles I liked in the streets. I was pretty much set on buying a black leather jacket. Did not want to spend a fortune. And I was not really keen on the biker style either. Seeing I had not worn a leather jacket before I was not feeling particularly bold. After weeks of uncertain search, I managed to narrow down my selection to these two jackets.
The first one, the Tyler Leather Jacket (£369), is from Set Fashion, a pretty recent brand (started in 2009) which offers an urban casual range. The second one, the 'Becane' Jacket (£315), is from Comptoir des Cotonniers and it includes a removable fur collar. I was gradually leaning towards the latter: I could not find any shops to try the one from Set Fashion, and the 'becane' (slang for motorbike in French) was cheaper and had the extra collar feature. But I tried it over and over again. And although I wanted to convince myself it was the one, I just could not bring myself to buying it. There is something to be said about instinctive buys. And this jacket just was not one of those 'I like what I am seeing' type of moment. The combination of the boxy cut, the thick leather which wasn't so soft and the fact that I had attended the Belstaff fashion show where all leather jackets really had that extra factor probably decided me against buying either of those two jackets.
Now that's what I call intuition. Because no sooner had I almost given up on finding THE leather jacket, this is what I stumbled upon... A biker jacket, a red biker jacket. Pretty much the opposite of what I was looking for and more expensive too. But oh so perfect! It's not available yet online but should be soon: Maje Basalt Leather Jacket (£420).
Ergo, if there is one conclusion to be drawn from this silly meandering, it would have to be: trust your instincts and more importantly, if you are tempted by (another) leather jacket, just go for it the whole way. Why wear a black tedious jacket when you can wear this?!
In that vein, I have since then looked at leather jackets quite differently and found a few which I think would also fit the bill. Take your pick!
Theory Zandita Leather Suede Jacket 65% off at The Outnet (£485) / Set Fashion, same as before but the colour (pinciana) changes everything! (£369) / Vila Suede Jacket from Asos (£95) / Asos Premium Biker Jacket (£160) / J.Crew Motorcycle Jacket Navy (£550) / H&M Leather Biker Jacket Silver (£199.99)