Once upon a time a teenage girl went out clubbing wearing a red, white and blue striped swimsuit underneath a pair of black cycling shorts and topped with black leather biker jacket. That girl was me. What can I tell you, it was the eighties. They were tough fashion years. It was all about looking different and getting noticed. Think of it, if you will, as a low rent debutante outfit!
Actually I think I was simply copying this guy….
Michael Hutchence – Image via Pinterest
And the queen, of course….
Madonna – Image via Pinterest
I don’t think there is any visual evidence of this particular night out and this post will self-destruct five minutes after you read it, but it’s safe to say that I’ve never worn an outfit like it again.
I think with some pieces of clothing you have to be careful that they don’t ‘wear you’ and I’ve never felt that comfortable in leather jackets, and it shows. Leather or pleather jeans is another thing altogether and the current trend for coated jeans and jeggings is one I really enjoy and have a few pairs of in my wardrobe. To be honest the confidence, or lack of, lies in my body shape. Being apple means I need no extra bulk on my top half. No thank you.
However, this season I might be challenged to change my mind. Leather jackets are definitely an effective way to up the ante and raise the stakes in the style race. And it’s not just for the young, see below. I rest my case.
Helen Mirren – Image from Pinterest
On a mooch around the shops last weekend (you couldn’t go into any store without a seeing a version of the classic leather ‘biker’ jacket), which currently come in gorgeous butter-soft leather. Or pleather, depending on the price you want to pay. My old jacket (no idea what happened to it) was as stiff as a board and didn’t give way, at all. At total odds to my body, I simply bulked up and the overall look felt too heavy. Now, perhaps it’s time to take a second look. I did try on this version in Karen Millen
Karen Millen jacket
Okay, it’s not the best picture (excuse the frizz, it was raining outside) and in all honestly I’m currently at my heaviest, ever! So I would have to be careful how I pair it. Skinny jeans being enemy number 1. But perhaps….
So, what are the other retailers doing?
They all look the same don’t they? At least you know it’s a style that will never go out of fashion. I could pull up pics from any era and you’ll find one.
So really, the only decision here is whether to pay the price of a night out or a European city break. Of course, you can lose a two-week holiday if you go down the designer route, but honestly unless you have that kind of disposable income (fair play if you do) there really is no need.
I think most of my friends have re-purchased denim jackets in recent years, because they’re classic and therefore stylish. They also afford the wearer a more youthful appearance and I think that is the crux of it. They are therefore invaluable additions to the wardrobe.
Bear that in mind if you’re a younger reader. Don’t throw anything away, it will come back to bite your purse in the arse. I could have put that old jacket on Ebay.
Have a fab weekend.