in praise of the biker jacket
I know. I keep banging on about the biker jacket but with good reason. I am obsessed!
And it’s all the fault of this one I’m wearing here.
For years I’ve been sporting a faux version from Zara that I picked up in the Covent Garden store during one February Fashion Week.
Remember the days when I used to do that?
It was under £40 and was pretty darn good. It always received loads of compliments and my fellow biker jacket worshippers would smooth it and exclaim how it looked like the real deal.
A good biker jacket
will serve you well…
So you CAN find great faux versions…. and I’ll be including a few suggestions below.
But… should you be in the market for investing in a genuine leather version this year then I would completely encourage you to go for it.
Having put this off for years (because lets face it, upwards of £250 is a LOT to shell out), I can now see the beauty in owning the real deal.
WEARING: Biker Jacket – The White Company c/o | Cashmere Roll Neck Jumper – The White Company | Nails – Essie in Licorice | Point Ring – Matthew Calvin c/o | Zip Detail Joggers – The White Company | Velvet Trainers – The White Company
This one from The White Company was the epitome of everything I look for in a biker jacket. Silver hardware, soft supple leather, a classic as opposed to trendy vibe and not too much of a snug fit.
I know. You’re probably sitting there thinking “Well that’s okay for you because you were gifted it for your wardrobe edit post!”
Yes I was. When I took delivery of the sample props for the shoot, straight away I knew I had to reduce my sponsored post fee to own this thing of beauty. And that’s not something I do very often because it doesn’t make good business sense.
So in the end it came out of my salary. And I don’t regret it for a minute – I literally grin like an idiot every time I put it on!
The true beauty of the biker lies in the infinite number of ways it can be styled.
The obvious classic combo of jeans, boots and a white Tee rocks my world as much as the more unexpected one such as pairing it with a printed dress.
Perfect lazy girl luxe…
And lets not forget my own lazy girl luxe incarnation here – biker + cashmere + joggers + trainers = Hello! Possibly The Best Work At Home/Take You Anywhere Outfit EVER.
So, to see if I can persuade you that the one wardrobe staple you should invest in this autumn is a beautiful leather jacket, I’ve put together some styling inspo, most of which is ably demonstrated below by the uber stylish Lucy Williams.
styling the black leather biker jacket
With cashmere (of course), over sweaters and Breton tops or grey joggers and white trainers.
Then there’s the print dress pairing (this one would be great for the colder months) and a personal favourite of mine – over black skinny jeans, black Tee and killer shades a la Sara Donaldson from Harper & Harley.
It even works when you shoulder robe it!
online stylist biker jacket edit
Take a look at the biker jacket edit below. It starts with some amazing faux finds and goes on through a range of great mid priced investments, all the way to the big buck buys to finish.
See one you covet? Click for more info or to shop…
They have lots of different takes on the classic shape, my favourite being this one if I had to pick only one!
So what do you think?
Will you be investing in a life long love biker jacket this autumn… and if so, which one gets your vote?
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Photography: Marlene Lee