Thursday, 8 October 2009

In Love With Leather, for better or worse......



















A perfect leather jacket is a joy. Wear it with dresses, skirts or jeans, for sexy smart or modern casual. I personally think that although yes, you could have too many leather jackets, one is not enough. I, inevitably, have several which I've collected over the years and I love them all, from Jean Muir's classic buttersoft dark brown edge to edge jacket from years back to Jaeger's little tan number. They all come out over and over again and I'd never be parted from them.

This season's jacket is the biker jacket. Studded, seamed, distressed or ruffled (and sometimes all at the same time) and nearly always zipped, giving it that hard edged look. Yesterday at the station on my way in to ECMOD I spotted one being worn perfectly, flattish black suede boots, black opaque tights, slightly full black skirt, well worn biker jacket and insouciantly tied scarf - I envied the wearer on sight, I have to admit, because she looked just so......beautifully, nonchalently put together and I was not having one of those days tubing my way to Earl's Court to give a talk about online retail on a panel with people I hadn't met before.

Anyway, back to leather, and asking myself the questions 'who should wear what'? 'Is there a style for everyone'? 'Is there an age when you just look so muttonish you should leave leather, particularly black, zipped leather, well alone'?

Making it my mission today to research what was out there and online, I've come to the following conclusions; Rock-chic biker leathers should be left to the rock-chicks. Unless you're very slim, a lot of leather jackets don't have enough shape to flatter (yes I tried on loads). Always buy absolutely the best that you can afford (cheap leather looks cheap), and if you're not a rock-chick, but still want the contemporary edge a great leather jacket can bring to the party, go for a simple, well made, high quality, flattering style.

It isn't necessary to go down the designer leather jacket path unless you want to. As long as you're buying good quality, and it makes you feel great, that's good enough.

Happy Hunting.