In response to my earlier post about key fall items, a reader inquired about tips for shopping for a leather jacket. Good question! First off, I would say that a leather jacket is definitely one of those items to which the rule of “buy the best that you can afford” applies. Realistically though, you are looking at a minimum $150 investment — and that’s if you luck into a really good sale. As I mentioned before, the fit is really key. I prefer shorter/cropped styles because I think they tend to flatter most body types, and also because I have an irrational dislike for the blazer-style leather jacket. I love the motorcycle jacket because you can throw it over jeans and a T-shirt as easily as over a summer dress — it gives girly clothes a bit of an edge. But regardless of the style you prefer, the jacket should be well-tailored — no excess bulkiness. Some styles are meant to be boxier, but even so make sure that it’s not overdone. The leather jacket should, ideally, fit you like a second skin.
Here is a classic black style that will go with pretty much anything:
Michael Michael Kors US$250
Notice that the jacket nips in at the waist ever so slightly, but just enough to give a clean line.
This is a slightly more rugged look — love the rich cognac colour:
This is a boxier style, but it’s still not bulky.
I mentioned that I loved bright colours, and here is good example (it appears to be available online, though I have not seen it in stores):
And if you’re a little more adventurous, you can try something like this:
One thing to keep in mind is that leather jackets require care. You may want to apply a protective spray — after all, the “elements” around here can be a little rough — and always make sure you use the right products to clean your jacket.
Since I am by no means a leather jacket expert, I decided to seek the counsel of wiser minds on the topic. So I asked Style Guy — my go-to source for fashion and style answers to questions that stump even me. Here is how he sums it all up:
“A leather jacket is a classic piece and one that only gets better as it is worn over time. When selecting the perfect leather jacket for you it is important to consider your body type, the length of the jacket, the collar and of course the colour and quality of the leather. A longer (think peacoat length) jacket for example is very different from a bomber-style or motorcycle cut leather jacket. The jacket should flatter your form and leave you with clean lines and confidence. If this is going to be your only one, stay away from anything too trendy or wild in terms of colour, but do not be afraid to invest a bit of money. A good quality leather jacket can cost between $450 and $750 or upwards of $1200 depending on the designer and quality of the leather. Whichever jacket you decide on in the end, make sure it reflects your personality and looks good and fits properly. – be fabulous. style guy.”
So there you have it, dear Anonymous. Good luck with your search!
And if you have a question, don’t hesitate to leave it in the comments or send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.