It’s about this time of year that I get royally fed up with cumbersome coats, gloves that get in the way of everything and scarves that shed a layer of wooly fluff that leaves a trace of your every movement. Cue dreams of Spring, tulips blooming and baby rabbits springing up everywhere.
Also cue, the leather jacket. Spring is a horribly unpredictable weather wise and makes knowing what to put on in the mornings a total pain, but we shouldn’t worry. In this seasonal shift, the most appealing solution is to embrace your inner biker.
From a very young age, I have classed the leather jacket as a wardrobe staple. Looking around my train carriage this morning it would also appear that half of the Victoria Line would agree with me. Where leather jackets win out to other mid-season cover-ups is in their ease, they go with everything, they are warm but not bulky and they can make a look oversized or grungy, fitted or vampy.
But the real clincher is in their attitude. There’s this thing you get from wearing a leather jacket that you don’t get from anything else; a sense of rebellion. It’s Siouxsie Sioux on the back of a motorbike, Debbie Harry smoking a cigarette giving you the V’s. Where a trench coat can look flat, and blazers formal, leather jackets have the pizzazz – oomph – the ‘edge’.
I have always thought All Saints to be the daddies when it comes to beautifully soft, tough looking leather and cost per wear it makes sense to invest in a good quality real leather style as it will last.
But, if leather isn’t your thing then there are plenty of faux options that look convincing.
Black is classic and will always be classic, but if you feel it looks too harsh for you then try navy or grey.
Whatever style is for you, embrace your inner Patti Smith, Kate Bush and Karen O and put on a little bit of attitude.