As the gaudy Christmas lights on my local high street attest, we are flirting on the edge of winter. While the approaching festive season may make it acceptable to start mentally cataloguing present wish lists and walk in public with lips rouged by mulled wine, it also presents a bit of a wardrobe issue: namely, finding the perfect trans-seasonal jacket.
Chances are it will be most people’s big ‘investment piece’ for this time of year, or failing that, a chance to dust off some old favourites. Mine was always a simple black biker jacket bought on the high street a couple of years ago – simple, chic and sadly stolen at a party a few weeks back.
So – the solution? I went looking on the high street and online, in search of the perfect leather. Here are four of my favourites:
The Topshop Biker – £58
This time last year, the nation was still in the throes of a love affair with all things Burberry. Christopher Bailey’s shearling jackets spawned hundreds of copycat designs – but none as wearable as the Topshop version. Fast forward twelve months and the high street mecca has updated it, with a (helpfully detachable) faux fur collar and a tailored shape. Delicious.
I spied this one – made by Goldie London – on the BeFrassy blog. I loved the slouchy-looking fit of it and – as a bit of a magpie at heart – the clever graduated stud detailing around the neckline.
Perhaps it doesn’t follow the traditional leather/biker/straps/studs format, but I was inexplicably drawn to this number precisely because it had no frills. With its lightweight wool base – helpful when on a sweaty commute into work – and subtle leather trimming, I think this is the perfect jacket to wear from day-to-night.
The Rick Owens – £1,515
Nope – that isn’t a typo. This Rick Owens number may be a fantasy purchase, but damn, the man knows how to do lux leather. I loved the soft shape of the shoulder against the graphic felt panelling – although I fear that this one might not be for everyone.
What do you think – is a leather the ideal winter warmer? If so, have you come across one that we have forgotten to include? Tweet us @style_thensome to let us know your thoughts!