The Leather Jacket
I realised something this week, as I have prepped and (almost) shopped with three different clients. On certain matters, I am a broken record. One of those things is, I think a good quality leather jacket is a perfect and essential item to a capsule wardrobe.
There is a lot of choice out there, at staggering degrees of expense. Shape, cut and colour have flavours of the seasons. But essentially, a good quality leather jacket is, at its heart a stalwart item- and it will weather the fickle ebb and flow of passing trends.
There are styles and shapes out there to suit any age (my mum is mid 60s and owns 3) It can really elevate an outfit, and as I have mentioned before in previous blogs/posts. A leather jacket has that clever ability to dress up or dress down an outfit, befitting most occasions.
Some Tips. DO buy leather, if you can stretch to it. There are some very reasonably priced selections out there. Some not coming in that much above a decent PU leather option. But, leather will keep you warmer, mould your shape better, smell better (as in you wont get clammy!) and will last longer.
DON'T be afraid to size up. It doesn't always need to be a form fitting thing and its nice to ease knitwear under them too. THINK about style before you buy. Look at your current wardrobe, think about your job/lifestyle. What shape jacket suits that best and works with what you have got? DON'T buy into a fad/trend at huge expense, buy classic with clean lines and not too much embellishment.
DO care for them, but don't be afraid to let them get a bit battered round the edges, worn in buttery leather is a gorgeous thing.
DO chuck them over anything, silky dresses, evening wear, teeshirts, tailoring, knitwear, even a wedding dress!
Below are some selects off the current high street. I have tried to include a mix of prices, shapes and styles. I've also included two of the best priced faux shearling jackets (in my opinion)
Hope you find something in here for you.