September 02, 2008

FW08: Leather Jackets

It's finally September! I can't believe the clear blue skies and sunshine is about to come to an end so soon. On the bright side, we can now officially focus on our FW08 wardrobe! And the beauty of fall is that you can experiment with different FW outfits without worrying about the snow and freezing to death- yet. The first thing that caught my eye this season is the leather jacket.
No big surprise since it is one of the heaviest advertised looks by high street stores. Bebe went for the typical dark, cool leather jacket look.
While Express mixed the hardcore leather jacket with feminine flirty dresses and prints, creating a look which I absolutely ADORE! Thus I must now go and look out for the perfect leather jacket and floral dress to recreate this look.
First things first. I got to find that leather jacket. Urban Outfitters has this simple one (left) with ribbed trims and Vanessa Bruno Athe has this classic asymmetrical zippered one (right) which I especially love because it looks cute with this black dress (which I have a very very similar one of!) and it'll look very cool with just jeans. The fact that they're both brown makes them all the more interesting.
More ribbed leather jackets from Ted Baker (left) and Top Shop (right). The ribs make them less rock and more toned down and sporty, which is great if you want a softer look. Although I'm not sure about these two. It's usually hard to tell quality with leather until you feel it, but from the LOOKS of these... they don't look of very good quality. And you definitely don't want to look cheap with leather.
So for styles with higher quality, I think it's safe to say that at the >$600 price range these two from Marc by MJ (left) and Vince (right) is good. One is classic biker chic while the other is more toned down and ladylike.
Of course, not everyone can afford the >$600 price range and even though I believe that jackets are my best friends, even I'm not sure they're worth that much (I'd be REALLY sad if I bought a leather jacket of exquisite soft leather and it got SCRATCHED). Thus I have my eye on this Aqua leather jacket I tried on the other day. The quality is not bad and it fits quite snug and well, with a bit of a crop. For $298, I thought it was priced reasonably, in the mid range of the worst and the best. Leather jackets are expensive things after all. Unfortunately, my bargain hunting instincts wouldn't let me buy it until it is at least on some kind of tiny sale. Fingers cross there will still be one left by then!

Image Source: Bloomingdales, ShopBop, Bebe, UO, Vanessa Bruno, Ted Baker and Express


Blogger AusAnna said...

seriously be quick, leather jackets sold out so fast on the coast, aus for fw08. We are just heading into Spring/Summer 08/09. Any tips for us this side of the globe??

9/03/2008 11:39 AM  
Anonymous Lucy said...

omg the last one that u wanted to buy looks really really pretty! please do do do get it!! i like fell in love with it first sight!

9/03/2008 1:58 PM  
Anonymous mimi said...

im just excited to see 3 aussie models featured - abbey lee, catherine and skye. go girls!

lover leather jackets are my favourite.

9/03/2008 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Donna said...

I love them! I'm lucky & got mine last year! =]

9/03/2008 3:28 PM  
Blogger Savvy Mode SG said...

a gal just can't go wrong with a good black jacket. i have a versace black biker jacket and still adore it today.

9/03/2008 3:44 PM  
Blogger i.d. said...

I agree with AusAnna! I'm in Oz and we just came out of winter...I waited until the end of the season to look for a leather jacket and they were all gone! (I managed to score a classic biker one after a massive hunt though.)

I think the leather jacket is totally an investment piece - it should last you for at least several years. :)

9/03/2008 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so glad that these are back, THANK GOD!!!!!!!! You have no clue, just when I was going to consider buying one, I thought everyone was going to ridicule me for wearing it.But everyone like them now... I felt so bad, though, because I was watching this show that showed how leather is made... Poor cows, So I don't care...I'm sticking to faux leather!

9/03/2008 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Abercrombie and fitch polo's said...

Is this something real? leather jackets are back for good? I mean, my mom have this way back in 80's i think.. might asked her if she still have that jacket.. lol.. anyway, they are gorgeous and I love them!

9/03/2008 6:52 PM  
Blogger Hip Hype Central said...

Yeah leather jackets are heading it's way back into the society. Everyone should have one, just bought mine last week. Yeah....

9/03/2008 7:43 PM  
Blogger Fashion Tidbits said...

wow! i really like that Vanessa Bruno one, how much does it cost?

9/03/2008 8:25 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

i love them!

9/03/2008 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Viviana said...

HI! I'm new in this blog, i'm italian, but i went to london two weeks ago and i bought the ted baker leather jacket for 245 £.
I can assure you that the leather is the most soft i've ever touched, really, it's something unbelieveble, so...son't worry about looking cheap! It's a good price for a very good quality.

9/03/2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger LaCouturier said...

i love leather jackets! =) its a wierd new obsession!

9/03/2008 11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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9/03/2008 11:54 PM  
Blogger Stefanie Grace said...

I love the leather jacket look! The problem is that I'm quite tall, so the shorter length ones are reallly short on me! I will continue to look for one! Thank you for giving me more options!!

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9/04/2008 2:03 AM  
Anonymous raquel said...

i'm totally digging leather jackets right now. the ones from express look quite good.... might have to check them out!

- Raquel

9/04/2008 5:30 AM  
Blogger the dressmaker said...

If you can't afford a leather jacket, why not check out the thrift store? I've found some really stylish ones for less than $10. And if it doesn't fit you? Bring it to a tailor!

9/04/2008 5:52 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

where can i get the vanessa bruno jacket??

9/04/2008 6:51 AM  
Blogger Mrs. C said...

oh i wish i could wear one here in manila. they sell leather jackets in zara and im dying to buy one, but m not quite sure how practical it will be for such a tropical country. =(

9/04/2008 9:17 AM  
Blogger Szarka said...

Oh it's been a long time since I even thought of leather ...... but you have my mind turning.

9/04/2008 12:29 PM  
Blogger Glowing Doll said...

Leather jackets are a great investment, like a well fitting pair of jeans they are timeless and iconic.

9/05/2008 3:11 AM  
Blogger Momma Magpie said...

Oh yes. I love the last jacket the best. And I agree that it's a great investment. I have my old leather jacket that is very similar to that last one--I'll have to pull out of the closet from my 90's grunge days. Yayyyy for the leather jackets coming back around!

9/05/2008 3:52 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

I like the dark pants/skirt with opaque tights and big shoes. I've been seeing that a lot lately.

9/05/2008 5:08 AM  
Blogger Knikki said...

You've really got me hyped for leather jackets. I always felt that they were... old fashioned.. Idky so don't ask.

9/05/2008 9:40 AM  
Anonymous alex said...

Great post!
Love leather.

9/06/2008 2:01 AM  
Blogger ZuKi said...

I adore leather jakets! Mostly I like Marc Jacobs' jacket but 600$ is too expensive,I shall find something like this,or maybe...velvet or cashemire(if i'm writing right) jacket I adore them too:)they are cheaper,animals continue to live and PETA is pleased:)))how many pluses have they,aren't they?:)

9/06/2008 6:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where is the Vanessa Bruno jacket available? It's perfection!

9/09/2008 10:54 AM  
Blogger annnim said...

Oh I love leather jackets!!

9/09/2008 5:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ug, no thanks. i am not falling for the leather jacket thing this time around. i never wore the one i had. i am also seriously avoiding denim jackets. who's idea was it to reinstate those? no wellies either... next!

9/10/2008 12:57 AM  
Anonymous candice said...

oh i love the leather jacket!!! i bought mine about 2 years ago now and i still wear it and still get compliments the best buy iv eva had :D

9/11/2008 11:20 AM  
OpenID katnmouse said...

I like the look of leather jackets, but I could do without. I feel guilty wearing leather if I can help it.

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