Swag Talk: The Perfect Leather Jacket

One of my favorite foolproof fashion staples is the leather jacket; it’s the perfect mixture of bad ass and chic.

It took me awhile to finally find the perfect leather jacket within my price range. It seemed like every style I liked had too many zeroes in the price tag – I’d look around in other stores and see the same dingy looking, pleather jacket, or a real-leather one that didn’t feel all that great. I ended up buying many jackets that looked leather-y but weren’t, all in the same motorcycle style. Eventually I’d get tired of them, finding myself with a growing pile of jackets that didn’t quite meet my expectations.

I’ve been eyeing some of the leather jackets in Aritzia for what feels like forever – we’re talking 4 years or so. After getting a sizeable paycheck from my job at the time, I was deciding between buying a lamb skin jacket from them or a Louis Vuitton bag I had seen and loved. I ended up with the purse because I thought I could find another great leather jacket in my shopping ventures – four years later, I finally have! A $600 lamb skin leather sold at the pre-season price of $200.

In my quest along the years, I’ve learned:

1. Go for quality: don’t make the costly mistake I did of buying several non-leather jackets in the hopes that they’d satisfy my need for one great leather one. You’ll quickly learn – one, two, three jackets later – that they’re not what you’re looking for. Save all that money and put it towards one made of quality, buttery-soft leather.

2. Pick a versatile style & color: I’m a huge fan of the classic black motorcycle jacket (that’s what I ended up getting) – it goes well with pretty much everything I own. I’ve seen deep burgundy leather jackets look absolutely amazing, as well as brown and off-white. Pick a color that will fit in seamlessly with the rest of your wardrobe so you’ll be able to get the most wear out of it.

3. If you’re spending a lot of money on one, stay away from anything too trendy: if I were you, I’d reserve the big $$ for a jacket that will look stylish no matter what trend is in or out. In a few months, that studded, multi-textured jacket may have you regretting the hundreds of dollars you spent on it. Those jackets are great and very purchase-worthy; just don’t blow your really-nice-leather-jacket budget on them. If you’re living in Rack City, go right ahead.

4. Buy the right size: if you’re going to be wearing the jacket in areas where layering clothes for warmth is key, do yourself a favor and buy a size up. Squeezing sweaters into a jacket that fit you perfectly without all of that added bulk will do nothing but stretch out the jacket and look unnecessarily unflattering.

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