By far my favourite of the lot – when it comes to essentials, that is – is a well worn in leather jacket. It’s one of those quintessential pieces that I feel no woman should be without, whether you opt for a high quality faux leather, or the real deal.
My love affair with the leather jacket started pretty early, at age 14, when I somehow managed to convince my mum to spend an arm and a leg on a beautiful cream leather jacket that was a good two or three sizes too big for me. From there, it snowballed. There were the cheap and cheerful faux leather moto jackets which never really quite hit the spot; the Mike & Chris leather jacket obsession in 2005 (which I never ended up buying, to be fair); the Whistles moto leather jacket, with its slightly exaggerated shoulders; and finally, my Acne Studios mape leather jacket – a solid wardrobe investment and an absolute staple in my closet come winter time.
While I’ll occasionally throw mine on with a skinny jean and an ankle boot, I love a leather jacket most when worn with juxtaposing elements. A little bit of lace here, and floaty feminine dress there, and always, always a strappy pair of heels.
I’ve still been wearing sleeveless tanks and skirts about the knee without even a hint of a pair of tights, but I get the feeling that come June, this leather jacket will be finding its way back into regular rotation. I’ve made a quick video featuring a few of my favourite ways to style my leather jacket (which is by no means an exhaustive list!) which you can check out here! x