Finding the perfect leather jacket isn’t always as easy as 1, 2, 3. In finding my own new fav, I have also uncovered some handy tips to consider in your search.
Asha the label jumpsuit | Betts ‘Rousey’ heels | Le Specs sunglasses | Colette bag | Vintage scarf
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I am no stranger to a statement jacket, so it really should come as no surprise that the only leather-look jacket that I own is bright shade of yellow. I saw this jacket in a runway show, and I owned just 15 minutes later. That is how obsessed/committed I am to the statement jacket movement!
Up until now, the only other leather jacket I have owned was a bright red one that I picked up in Mauritius in 2007. Yes, in all of my 27 years, I have only owned 2 leather jackets. Finding one that looked right on me was such a chore. Black leather seems to wear me, and most of the styles I tried on felt too bulky and shortened me. Some people pull of a black leather jacket superbly, then there is me.
Thankfully, I have finally managed to work out what I need to look for in a leather jacket.
My biggest issues with all of the leather jackets that I tried on were that they were too ‘harsh’, and they made me look disproportionate. As I pushed on trying to find something that suited, it became apparent that lighter (or brighter!) coloured leather was much less severe on me than black. Black isn’t a huge contributor to my wardrobe as it is, so it should have been a no-brainer that a black biker wasn’t right. I guess I was adamant that I needed to own such a classic before I bought into anything a little left of centre.
Opting for something in yellow meant that I could still enjoy the edgy style of a biker, without feeling overwhelmed and heavy. Funnily enough, this isn’t the first yellow leather piece I have purchased. My obsession with yellow clearly extends through to leather too!
It wasn’t until bomber jackets became all the rage that I worked out I can’t wear jackets that cut at my hips.
This was the second faux pas I was making in my search for leather jackets. Everything I was trying on was the wrong length. You would think this would be something I had come to understand about my body shape by now. Alas, I hadn’t. In saying this, I wasn’t trying on anything ridiculously oversized or lengthy, most of the time it was just a matter of centimetres. A lot of leather jackets are made standard length, but leather doesn’t exclude and there are plenty of options for us ladies these days!
Just like the high waisted pant or skirt, a jacket that accentuates the waist flatters the figure. If you are anything like me, a cropped leather jacket may just be your salvation from all of the unflattering styles. It sure was mine!
Do you collect leather jackets? If so, I would love to know what features you need in your pieces!