Hell For Leather
I waited years to find the perfect leather jacket. 20 years to be precise. You think I’m joking? Mais non my friends. Aside from a boxy cropped disaster in the noughties, which was ok but didn’t really do much for me, my last leather jacket was a beautiful tan knee-length leather trench coat bought in a vintage shop which I wore as a student 20 years ago in London. I’ve no idea what happened to it but it was always a talking point.
Anyway back to the boxy, quilted black number. I persevered with this item purely by dint of it being a leather jacket and the tired notion that it needed a place in my wardrobe. How wrong I was. I hardly wore it and when I did I felt uncomfortable in it, knowing it didn’t really suit my athletic shoulders and curvy frame. I gave it to charity about five years ago and with it waved goodbye to any hope of channelling that louche Parisian attitude I so craved, for a while anyway.
By their very nature most leather biker jackets are fairly cropped and the wide lapels on a traditional design exacerbate this look. I never gave up, hoping I’d find a longer one on the high street via All Saints (which do a lovely range & there’s currently a sale on) or Whistles.
But despite this low level research it never materialised. I was told by those in the know that Isabel Marant did the best leather jackets as they were a bit longer in length, but I discounted this due perceived expense of such an item.
That all changed earlier this year when I did my regular visit to The The Outnet The jacket I feature below is THE ONE, the sartorial answer to all my leather-jacketed prayers and in the form of a butter soft tan beauty from British heritage brand Belstaff. I paid a pretty penny for it but it was in the January sale and enormously discounted. I mean REALLY discounted. So what I was getting was a beautifully made and flattering leather jacket that will last me a lifetime and surely get better with age for less than half its original cost. A true ‘Investment’ piece. It works I think because of the extra piece at the bottom, so you have the required length but the biker style remains intact. It’s insanely comfortable and doesn’t tug or make me feel like it’s owning me and not vice versa.
I’ve worn it with jeans (pastel and denim), with knit dresses, with ditsy tea dresses, with maxi skirts and with jersey skirts and it works every single time. I feel I’ve arrived wearing it. It’s a proper ‘adult’ piece it was worth the wait and the money. Well there we go friends. What’s your investment piece? Let me know in the comments below. I love a good fashion story. AND DON’T forget to scroll down for my shopping edit of lovely leathers around at the moment (some really good sale bargains too) which you can link directly to. Bye for now. xxx