Luxe to less: your guide to leather jackets!

It’s one of the most versatile and season-transending items you can purchase for your wardrobe, it’s also likely to be one of the most expensive. It is the leather jacket…. and today we’re covering everything you need to know to purchase, style and care for yours this winter!

I picked up my leather jacket about 3 years ago from Just Jeans. I hadn’t considered a neutral colour prior to purchase but have found  it to be very versatile indeed! Here it is on it’s sleepy owner:

 AS Leather Jacket

Not all leather is created equal…

There’s typically four types of leather used in jackets: beef, buffalo, lamb/sheep and pig. A general rule of thumb is the bigger the animal, the thicker and heavier the leather. Lamb is a popular choice in ladies jackets as it’s lighter and softer and tends to have a ‘buttery’ feel. Pigskin is thin and often shiner, it can look to have a cheaper finish. (An apology here to our vegan readers and a note to all, some of the man-made finishes are getting very good. While we don’t feature any in this post today, check out Guess and Jeans West as a starting point)

Style

This seasons fashions tend more towards a cropped cut, asymmetrical zips feature heavily and the styling moves between a true biker jacket-esque look through to a very soft drapey finish.

Fit

Your jacket should be snug but not tight, especially around the shoulders, arms and armpits. Sleeker silhouettes will be more flattering to the figure, beware embellishments that may add undue bulk to your look. Your jacket should have about 1.5cms of space on all sides if it fits correctly.

Enough, enough, show me the jackets! 

Okay, sheesh! Today’s finds are split into two categories; black and colour!

Blackout:

Trenery Leather Soft Biker JacketTed Baker Meyaa Biker Hacket Marcs Leather Zip Jacket Cooper Street Leather Jacket Helmut Lang Two Tone Leather Jacket Sportscraft Mariana Leather Jacket Sportscraft Jilian Leather Biker Saba Erika Biker Jacket Black Scotch Soda Leather Jacket Seed Heritage Biker Leather Jacket Sass and Bide Mourning Air Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket Esprit Leather Biker JacketJeans West Piper Leather JacketAsos Muubaa Rabi Knit Lined Leather Jacket

1. Trenery Leather Soft Biker Jacket, $599; 2. Ted Baker Meyaa Panelled Biker Jacket, £299; 3. Marcs Leather Zip Jacket, $599; 4. Cooper Street Leather Jacket, $299; 5. Helmut Lang Two-tone leather jacket, $530 USD; 6. Sportscraft Mariana Leather Jacket; $569.95; 7. Sportscraft Jilian Leather Biker; $599; 8. Saba Erika Biker Jacket, $679; 9. Scotch and Soda Colour Block Leather Biker Jacket, $659.95; 10. Seed Heritage Biker Leather Jacket, $599.95; 11. sass and bide Mourning Air leather jacket (comes in white too), $890; 12. Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket, $349.95; 13. Esprit Leather Biker Jacket, $399; 14. Jeans West Piper Leather Jacket, $199; 15. Muubaa Rabi Knit Lined Leather Jacket, $399.10 (half price!)

Colour My World:

Gorman The Sooner the Better Jacket MCQ Alexander McQueen River Island Dark Pink Leather Biker Jacket Rag and Bone Blush Pink Leather Vespa Jacket for Women Marc by Marc Jacobs Karlie Leather Jacket Todd Lynn Edition Grey Leather Asymmetric Jacket Just Jeans Devenport Double Zipper Leather Jacket J Brand Aiah Leather Jacket Alannah Hill So Be It! Jacket Alannah Hill Oops Oh My! Jacket Decjuba Ransom Leather Jacket Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket 2 Pretty in Pink Front Zip Lamb Skin Leather Jacket Ted Baker Ballari Leather Jacket GreenJust Jeans Westwood Leather Waterfall JacketSussan Quilted Leather Jacket

1. Gorman the sooner the better jacket, $469; 2. MCQ Alexander McQueen Leather Biker Jacket; $1,640; 3. River Island Dark Pink Leather Biker Jacket, $240; 4. Rag & Bone Blush Pink Leather Vespa Jacket, $1,595 USD; 5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Karlie Leather Jacket, $1,022; 6. Todd Lynn/Edition Designer Grey Leather Asymmetric Jacket, £240; 7. Just Jeans Devenport Double Zipper Leather Jacket, (comes in black too) $199; 8. J Brand Aiah Leather Jacket, $1,772.87; 9. Alannah Hill So Be It! Jacket, $499; 10. Alannah Hill Oops Oh My! Jacket, $499; 11. Decjuba Ransom Leather Jacket (comes in black too) $329.95; 12. Decjuba Cooper Leather Jacket (in black as well), $349.95; 13. Pretty in Pink Front Zip Lamb Skin Leather Jacket, $309.95; 14. Ted Baker Ballari Leather Jacket, £349.00; 15. Just Jeans Westwood Leather Waterfall Jacket, $199; 16. Sussan Quilted Leather Jacket, $399.95

Styling Tips! 

The truth is, you can wear a leather jacket with pretty much anything, such is it’s status as a wardrobe staple. The challenge is rather utilising your jacket in as many ways as possible! Consider some of the looks below:

  • Classic: team with a white tee and jeans for a classic look that will transfer from day to night by changing you shoes; flats in the day, heels for evening.
  • Edgy: make a black leather jacket part of a strictly noir outfit for an edgy look. If you don’t want to lose your femininity, pair it with a LBD or black skirt!
  • Ladylike: mix your non-black leather jacket (tan/cream neutrals work best) with a floral dress for a girly look. The jacket will add texture and shape to your outfit to create an all-occasions look.
  • Textile: team your jacket with different top/dress textures like lace or silk to create a really dynamic outfit
  • Evening: Modernise a cocktail look by pairing with a cropped leather piece

Leather Care! 

A leather jacket is often a solid investment and like a lady, deserves to be cared for appropriately! To be safe; ask your retailer for the best ways to care for your particular product. It will likely include the following:

  • spray with a leather protector before use (it should be odourless and colourless)
  • hang it on a large, shoulder shaped hanger (invest in one if you don’t have a spare)
  • never put your jacket away while it’s damp, let it dry properly first at room temperature
  • look into leather cleaning and conditioning products to extend the life of your jacket
  • if in doubt, many dry cleaners also specialise in treating leather products – let the pro’s handle it!

Go forth and find yours, sublime seekers! May your leather be soft, your cut be flattering and your style be that little bit edgier than before!

♥AS

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Jumpsuiting for Joy!

It happened about a week ago: I woke up OBSESSSSSSSED with jumpsuits. Out of the blue. For the last 27-and-a-bit years I haven’t cared about jumpsuits (I am told I had a brief dalliance with them in that first year). I have gladly gone about my fashion life with tops, bottoms and dresses. Until now.

I’m not sure what sparked this sudden change, perhaps it was a season of jumpsuits seeping into my subconscious in the same way they tell you pictures of skinny girls in magazines make you feel like you have to be thin. Maybe it was my obsession with new app, Covet, and how freaking awesome my Covet character looks in jumpsuits (more on Covet in a in another post soon). Seriously, you can’t deny she’s rocking this:

Covet Jumpsuit

Whatever the source, I had a jumpsuit-sized itch to scratch. After a little online pre-shopping-prep to determine the location of my future-jumpsuit, I set out to Myer after work. The Bardot black, front-wrap jumpsuit did not disappoint! Half hilarious, half totally liberating, I immediately felt like my new jumpsuited self was way better than pre-jumpsuit AS. And better yet, it instantly made me happy! Sooooo happy! THIS happy:

Jumpsuit Joy!

But where you gonna wear it, girl?

Everywhere! The jumpsuit seems like the perfect outfit to wear in an apocalypse, to a hens night or as a contestant on The Amazing Race… basically any situation where you may be faced with a variety of unknowns. I could see it being awesome for shopping, a day at the races, a night out with the girls or when travelling. It is practical, entirely comfortable, dress-up-or-down-able and made me feel more than a little bit fabulous. I feel like so much life has been wasted, un-jumpsuited!

And I don’t want you to feel that way, sublime seekers! So I’ve scoured the web to find a BUNCH of fun and fabulous, ready-for-anything jumpsuits. I believe that picking the right jumpsuit for you is a question of body shape. Think about the part of your body you want to accentuate, and work around that. Funny about your legs? Choose a wide leg style. Want to show off the girls? Pick a v-neck.  There is every combo of loose and tight tops, middles and pants. It’s worth browsing around to figure out what’s best for you. In fact, start your browsing here!:

Best of Black!
If it’s your first time, like me, perhaps start here!

Bardot Wrap Front Jumpsuit First Class Jumpsuit Sheike Witchery Overall Jumpsuit ASOS Maternity JumpsuitBardot Slouch JumpsuitDissh Warner JumpsuitCamilla and Marc Continuous JumpsuitTree of Life

1. Bardot $119.95 2. Sheike $159.95; 3. Witchery $149.95; 4. Asos Maternity $$60.82; 5. Bardot $129.95; 6. Dissh $69.95;  7. Camilla and Marc via Jules and Roc $528; 8. Tree of Life $24.95

Nice in Navy!
Super chic, this look will easily take you from day to night!

Etsy Navy Blue Jumpsuit Wide Leg Palazzo KSclothingASOS Curve JumpsuitForever New Wendy Strapless Wrap Body Jumpsuit

1. KSclothing via Etsy.com $49USD 2. Asos Curve $69.29; 3. Forever New $119.99

Pretty Prints!
A super fun way to brighten up your weekend!

Jayson Brunsdon Vintage Orchid Jumpsuit Zimmerman Tamer Petal Jumpsuit Mister Zimi Geometria Farrah JumpsuitDissh Expedition JumpsuitCotton On Strapless Jumpsuit Stormy JungleSass and Bide The RadicalEvents Pineapple Jumpsuit

1. Jayson Brundson at Myer $189; 2. Zimmerman $695; 3. Mister Jimi $120; 4. Dissh $39 5. Cotton On $39.95; 6. Sass and Bide $490; 7. Events $55.98

Courageous Colour!
Make an impact with a jumpsuit in one of these bright hues!

Hayley Thin Strap Jumpsuit Jovita Cami Jumpsuit Aqua Jagger Jumpsuit with Bodice Top Dissh Dearest JumpsuitLouise Cross Front JumpsuitFinders Keepers via SurfstitchMiss Selfridge

1. Portmans (comes in 6 colours and prints!) $69.95; 2. Forecast via The Iconic $55.96; 3. Asos $88.19; 4. Dissh $89.95 5. Portmans (in two colours!) $69.95; 6. Finders Keepers via Surfstitch $139.95; 7. Miss Selfridge – Petite $80

Beautifully Bridal?
Because… you’ll be able to incorporate a high-kick into your bridal waltz?

Bridal Jumpsuit JCrew Bridal Jumpsuit 2Bridal Jumpsuit 3 

1. J.Crew; 2. Stephanie Allin; 3. David Fielden

Accessorise it up! 

No matter which Jumpsuit you choose, I am certain it wants to be accessorised. Think contrasting (to your jumpsuit) rather than complementary. Think belts and necklaces that are carefully chosen to draw the eye to the right spot. And shoes! Shoes will convert your jumpsuit from breakfast-appropriate to cocktail-appropriate.

I’m putting it out there lovely readers; if you haven’t already, it’s the trend to try in 2014. I am certain there is fun to be had in the land of jumpsuits! Jump on it!

♥AS

Have you got a jumpsuit? Do you want one? Where will/do you wear it? Tell us below!