Why a Leather Jacket is an Absolute Wardrobe Essential

Leather Jacket vintage TopshopWhy to buy…

Leather jackets are an absolute wardrobe staple, I’ve had my Topshop one for years, literally. I’ve had to repair both the lining and various seams too many times to remember. I continue to carry out the repairs because the longer I wear it the softer the leather becomes and so now, it moves with me and fits and folds exactly to me and I would be lost without it. If I’m ever stuck for something to wear, I know that I can rely on my favorite piece of clothing.

I think the key to the success of my love affair with this jacket is the fact that it is completely trend-free; it has simple lines, a visible-zip, hidden pockets in the side seams, a stand collar and because it is fitted it looks as good open as it does closed. Plus the fact is, it is really warm and waterproof. Show me a cagoule that looks as good! If  I had to buy another one I would pick either the same simple shape or if that were unavailable I would go with a classic biker style, sans studs thanks!

How to Wear…

Because the jacket I have is so simple I get away with wearing with completely contrasting and different looks; being leather, it naturally lends itself to the rock chic trend, worn with ripped jeans or black skinny trousers, slouchy rock tees and chunky chains. Note: Never worn with leather trousers, I am neither a comic book super-villain nor do I ride a motorcycle. These are, incidentally, the only times a leather jacket and trousers should be worn together.

I also team the jacket up with a grey hoodie underneath, followed by straight-leg blue jeans a funky tee and white runners to create a casual, ‘street’ influenced, sunday-arvo / gig-going / sight-seeing look.

My favorite way to wear it is by giving an edgy look to a pretty tea / summer dress. Knee-high socks, brogues and the jacket, gives attitude to a femine, floral-print dress.

Where to buy…

Oasis. They are celebrating the 25 anniversary of London Fashion Week and have temporarily reduced all their leather jackets to €140 untill September 27th. They have a lot of different styles and colours including these classics:

Leather Jackets AW09 Trend

L-R: Ultimate Biker reduced from €213, Shoulder Pad Leather Jacket €188, Shrunken Washed Biker Jacket reduced from €200. See the whole Oasis collection here.


3 Responses to “Why a Leather Jacket is an Absolute Wardrobe Essential”

  1. 1 White Rabbit
    September 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

    I absolutely agree! You can create so many looks with a simple leather jacket. I love it with a feminine dress as well.

    They have a good article about wearing leather in last week’s style!

    • 2 whisty
      September 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

      From the Sunday Times, yes I saw the headline… “like a hit woman in a p0rn movie”, so not true!? I have it here next to me and I still haven’t managed to read it yet, I’m hopeless!!!
      I’ll have to put a few looks together with the jacket on. So glad someone else agrees that they are totally versatile and ever so chic… if you wear ’em the right way that is!

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