A couple years ago, I wrote a love letter of sorts to my hand-me-down leather jacket. But sadly, my little leather jacket and I are breaking up. Why? Well my too-wide shoulders have pushed a wedge between us. So now I’m on a hunt for a new love because everyone needs an LLJ. Whether faux or real, a little leather jacket is an excellent layering piece when the seasons change, and can elevate the look of simple jeans and T-shirt. So during my first search for an affordable LLJ, I stuck with a price of $250 or less and found 12 leather jackets that got my style juices flowing … maybe you’ll fall in love with one too!
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“People think pop is rock, and the lines are getting blurred. Now Rihanna‘s wearing f**king leather jackets and it’s really annoying.”
— Miserable raccoon Taylor Momsen in the September issue of SPIN magazine. Taylor, you are on “Gossip Girl.” Rihanna wears clothing covered with spikes. Who should be lecturing whom here? [MTV.com] Keep reading »
“I love my leather jacket, but I don’t know if I can wear it during the summer months. Any advice?” –Lindsay
The rule in fashion is that there are no rules. I say hell yes, you can wear a traditionally winter fabric in any season. My only limitations? Don’t overdo it and stay away from black. Summer isn’t really the right time to bust out top-to-bottom biker chic, but a few leather pieces here and there can work no matter what the weather is. Check out these suggestions to keep you cool in leather all season long. Keep reading »
I’m the type of person that has a difficult time getting rid of stuff, especially clothes, shoes, and accessories. I’ve had the experience too many times of something coming back in fashion the season after I’ve donated it to charity. So even though my closet is literally bursting at the seams and I have several stacks of shoe boxes crowding my room, I refuse to get rid of anything that still fits. One item I know I’ll never give up, unless I’m being held at gunpoint, is my vintage black leather jacket.
Back in the ’70s my cousin’s father worked at a leather jacket factory and made this black jacket for her. It was passed down to another cousin when she outgrew it. And then, I got it when I was 10. It was a little big for me, especially in the sleeves, but I rocked it anyway. I still remember what I wore with it the first time — a pink sweater with thin beige stripes and black wide-wale corduroy pants. (I have this strange ability to remember the outfits I wore on certain occasions, including what I had on down to my underwear when I lost my virginity.) I felt so stylish and adult because I’d never owned a leather jacket before — my usual outerwear was a down coat from London Fog, courtesy of my dad or grandma. It was NYC in the early ’90s and a child wearing a brand-new leather jacket was asking for trouble. Keep reading »
If you adore frilly little dresses but don’t always want to look like a girly-girl, throw on a black leather motorcycle jacket. Instantly, you become a bit of a badass. (This concept is not original at all, but it is pretty timeless.) Amelia is a regular dress-leather jacket combiner. [Trender Bender] Keep reading »