The Perfect Leather Jacket

I thought I would do something a little bit different this week and pick out one item that I think is just the best in its field and show you how you can style it with many an outfit. So I am starting off with my perfect leather jacket. I bought this Set Black Leather Jacket back in May (I got mine from Black White Denim). Even though I already had a perfectly decent Biker jacket, when I tried this on I didn’t want to take it off so I had to just buy it. It is the softest, most comfortable leather jacket the world has ever known, or at least in my world! It’s not cheap at £369, but it’s definitely an investment piece and one that will never go out of fashion. I’ve had mine for 5 months and cost per wear is already down to about £15, and falling fast!

A Black Leather Biker jacket is a wardrobe staple at any age. I went out for dinner last week with 3 other ladies of a certain age and we all turned up separately wearing one of these! You are never too young or too old to wear one. I bought my first one in Kensington Market when I was 15 with the £50 prize money I won in an art competition. I have owned many since then, they have seen me through the goth years, the rock years, the rave years, the toddler years, (remember, leather is a wipe-clean fabric which is a massive bonus for the toddler years!) and I still wear now in the teenage/mid forties years. But enough about me, let’s have a look at how you can style up this jacket in five different ways…(P.S. I will add some cheaper alternative leather and non-leather jackets in the sliding panels under each look)

 

LEATHER JACKET AND JEANS

Your classic ‘off duty’ look. I’m never really ‘on duty’, or should that be, I’m never really ‘off duty’, either way I could wear this any day of the week. I’m lucky enough to work in an office where you can wear whatever you feel like. Within reason, I mean I’m still not sure you should ever wear hotpants and a boob tube. Which I did see someone wearing last summer in the canteen. I know it was hot, but there are limits…

 

1. Set Fashion Black Leather Biker Jacket 
2. H&M Frenchie Printed Sweatshirt
3. Mango Bella Printed T Shirt 
4. Top Shop Boyfriend Hayden Jeans 
5. Vans Corduroy Slip Ons 

 

 

LEATHER JACKET AND DRESS

This dress is also one of my favourites and (at the time of writing) is now back in stock at M&S. It was gone, but now it is back for you all to enjoy again. Size down as it’s HUGE, but that’s part of the reason I like it so much A classic ‘buffet’ dress. You can eat all the Pizza and Meatballs you like in this dress and never fear a gut-busting wardrobe malfunction. I wear mine with chunky flat boots, but if you crave a bit of height I think it would be perfect with some knee-high heeled boots too. You can layer up in this dress too. Either with a light polo-neck or some Uniqlo heattech thermals underneath and your biker over the top obviously.

1. Boden Broadgate Leather Crossbody Bag 
2. M&S Floral Print Drop Waist Maxi Dress 
3. Set Fashion Black Leather Biker Jacket 
4. M&S Tall Leather Block Heel Boots
5. Ganni Shearling Lined Leather Edna Boots 

 

LEATHER JACKET AND PLEATED SKIRT

There’s something about a really smart pleated skirt that just goes so well with a biker jacket. I think it’s the smartness of the skirt and the rocker chic of the jacket that just work for me. If weather allows, go for classic Stan Smiths and a T-shirt. If it’s too chilly, throw on some 100 deniers, a good Chelsea boot and a chunky roll neck. I am looking forward to busting out the polo neck jumpers soon. Instant double chin disguisers!

1. Set Fashion Black Leather Biker Jacket 
2. Boden Green Wool Daisy Jumper 
3. Blouse Printed Cotton T-Shirt 
4. M&S Satin Pleated Midi Skirt 
5. Adidas Stan Smith Leather Trainers 

 

LEATHER JACKET AND SILK SHIRT

I never really thought much about silk shirts in my youth. For some reason I felt like they were only for older ladies who shop at Betty Barclay, or Joan Collins circa 1986. But no! they are totally cool. Barely need any ironing, hang really well, good day-to-night item. All round wardrobe essential I would say and go perfectly with your black leather biker jacket. The best silk shirts money can buy are by Equipment, but they come at a price. If your budget won’t allow one of those then check out Boden and &Other Stories for top quality alternatives. If you ever do splash out on a pair of Gucci Loafers, may I recommend you get the ‘Brixton’ ones with the fold-down heel. You will never fold down the heel but they are made from much softer leather than the other ones and therefore WAY more comfortable.

1. & Other Stories Printed Silk Shir
2. Set Fashion Black Leather Biker Jacket 
3. The Outnet Current Elliot Mid Rise Skinny Jeans 
4. Boden Silk Printed Shirt 
5. Gucci Brixton Horsebit Loafer

 

LEATHER JACKET AND EVENING DRESS

Hey, if Helen Mirren can still rock this look then what are you waiting for? Proving you can wear your leather jacket for any occasion, even on the red carpet. It gives a great edge to a very girly outfit. I find it very hard to be girly. I love a dress and beautiful shoes, but I rarely wear heels. In fact I never wear heels these days as I just don’t feel myself in them, but I know a lot of you do and still think they look amazing. This would be my ideal night out-outfit if I could walk in these shoes! Add this perfect tiny Gucci bag. I got these Dinny Hall earrings for Christmas about 3 years ago. They are pretty much the only ‘big’ earrings I ever wear. I like to wear them when I out my hair up and I think they balance out my long face!

1. Dinny Hall Gold Plated Bamboo Earrings
2. Lily and Lionel Black and Gold Lucy Dress
3. .Set Fashion Black Leather Biker Jacket
4. Gucci GG Marmont Mini Bag 
5. & Other Stories Suede Front Cut Boots 

 

As always, thanks for reading. Do let me know if there is anything you’d like me to write about. or if there are specific things you like/dislike about the blog. I may well completely ignore your suggestions, but it’s always good to get some feedback!

K x

19 thoughts on “The Perfect Leather Jacket

  1. The leather jacket and silk shirt combo was me yesterday! I almost wore loafers too, but went for slip on trainers instead.
    There was a point in the early 90s I would have bought a silk shirt if I’d had the money! The shirt of my dreams back in the day, was a scarf print one, which would be bang on trend at the moment.
    It took me about 20 years to get around to buying a silk shirt, now I love the way you can dress them up and down!

  2. Totally agree with you that a leather jacket is a wardrobe staple, I even wore mine over the top of my wedding dress when it got chilly that evening! I really enjoy these kind of posts, helps me to make the most of my already pretty vast wardrobe.

  3. My go to outfit is black silk shirt, leather jacket with grey jeans and pointy Chelsea boots from stories. Would wear every day if I could! I like to channel a Russel Brand/pirate vibe!!
    Love your blog!!!

  4. This is my Sunday morning routine now, wearsmymoney plus cuppa before facing the laundry mountain. I’d love a blog post about warm footwear. I work in a school and spend a lot of time on yard duty so need to find something warmer than my stans.

  5. I always love your blog. I used to read a few blogs but now so many have changed. It’s all about paid partnerships and just not what I want to read. You keep it real. I’m like you in that I just can’t wear heels anymore! Last time I wore them I couldn’t feel my toes for days afterwards! Always wear trainers when I can. x

    1. I would always rather be comfortable. I love the look of heels but have never ever found them comfortable

  6. Hi Kate,
    Great post. Did you see up in your leather jacket, or happy with your usual size? x

  7. Really look forward to your weekly Sunday morning blog post Kate. Unfortunately it just gives me too many ideas!

  8. I struggle with mixing metals! I have a gorgeous leather jacket that has ‘silver’ zips etc but I also have Gucci belt with ‘gold’ buckle and handbags with ‘gold’ hardware… I feel weird if I mix the silver with gold.
    Am I the only one who feels this?!

    1. My navy leather has oxidized hardware, it doesn’t “not match” anything I pair it with!
      I’m probably a bit weird, cos while I don’t mix metals with my jewellery (if you don’t count my white gold engagement ring), I don’t mind too much with shoes, bags and jackets – go figure!

  9. I would love you to do a post on your sneaker collection and how you choose to style them……as a fellow sneaker NUT (!!) this would bring me much joy and I’m sure many others.

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