Okay, so we’ve definitely seen the back of summer now, have we not? I feel like I’m full throttle into transition dressing now – I’ve worn my new blazer a handful of time and it’s definitely been jumper weather for a while now. One of the things on my ‘to invest in’ wishlist after my massive decluttering and Ebaying session is a leather jacket. I went into a sweet little boutique in Berkhamsted called Muse last weekend and they had a deliciously soft ochre coloured one (I’ll try to remember to get a photo – EDIT got it, see below). I searched for the price tag expecting it to be hundreds of pounds, only to discover that it was actually faux, and less than £50. I really had set my heart on real leather though – a proper, great quality piece that’s going to form a pivotal part of my capsule wardrobe to be loved and cherished for years to come. Thing is, though, having looked into it, quite a few of the great quality ones can be up to around £300. So should I invest in a leather jacket?
I’m torn between a classic black biker style, thinking that will have longevity, and something a bit different. For quality and great design, you can’t beat Boden. Not going to lie, I’m loving the edgy look of the Boden Morleigh leather jacket – the epaulettes! I can see this looking epic with tweedy looking trousers or a floral maxi dress:
I’ve seen, and fondled their leather jackets on various hush press days and can attest to the fact that they are deliciously soft and gorgeous. The hush onyx leather jacket is around the same price as the Boden one at £295 (they come in grey and midnight but I think I’d be looking at black), but I just know it would last forever and just keep on looking better and better.
I love the shoulder detail and the washed effect of this Jigsaw washed leather biker. I’d like to feel it but it looks like it’s really soft, and I quite like the simplicity of the collarless style – it doesn’t have too many knobs and whistles going on (I’m not so keen on the ones with belts around the bottom).
This Mango zipper leather biker is one of the more affordable ones I found and it comes in a great range of colours too. I’d like to feel how soft it is, but this could be the one if it’s nice – it’s one of the simpler designs, which I like.
Still a classic shape but a more unusual colour – I adore this green ASOS leather jacket. I just don’t know about whether I’ll still love it a year or two from now…. Maybe if I’m going to go with a slightly more ‘out there’ colour I should go with the faux ochre one and save myself some money though?
And finally, moving on from the classic shape, I absolutely love this belted Mango one, but I do see that it does have a whiff of The Professionals about it (Google it, Millenials), although anything 1970s is fashionable right now, right? It’s also available in an even more 70s slightly pooey brown version, but I think that might be a bit much.
So, what to do? Go all out and splurge on a design-led classic that’s going to last me for years? Or head back and grab the soft faux one? Decisions, decisions… Do you have one? Do you love it? All advice welcome!