Week of requests: leather jackets

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Theory leather jacket

A couple of you expressed a desire for a “perfect” leather jacket, which is a tricky request to fulfill, as we all have our own individual ideas about what perfect is. This has also been a tricky post to do because most of the really exemplary leather jackets I find are too pricey for me to feel comfortable posting on GOACA. So all of the following are on sale—some still pricey, but less pricey. And because they are all on sale, sizes are sometimes limited, for which I apologize. My ideal leather jacket is fairly streamlined, with minimal-to-no hardware or ornamentation, so that’s what I’ve included here.  This one from Theory seems thin enough to wear right now under a puffer, which I always think is a good look.

Allsaints leather jacket

Allsaints makes great leather jackets, and I’m a big fan of this shearling-lined number. The combination of brown and black is underrated.

Allsaints leather jacket

Here is another choice from Allsaints, which I like because it has a certain chic slouchiness, and would look as good with a dress as it would with jeans.

Cole Haan leather jacket

Another nicely streamlined option with a nifty snap collar.

Sandro leather jacket

OK, this exceeds the GOACA price limit even marked down, but there is something so fun about red leather, and it’s lined in shearling so it’s warm, warm, warm.

Lauren Ralph Lauren leather jacketI’m pretty sure I think this is just classic and perfect.

Maje leather jacket

Cropped and cute, with a great furry collar.

Lauren Ralph Lauren leather jacket

A dark green leather jacket is a very stylish and unpredictable thing to own.

Bernardo leather jacket

A super-clean-lined choice.

Vince leather jacket

This one from Vince could not be a whole lot more perfect in my book, and I like the ever-so-slight sheen of the leather.

Allsaints jacket

And this little cutie is suede so it doesn’t quite fit with the category, but it’s so damn adorable I had to include it.

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30 Thoughts on Week of requests: leather jackets
    lizzie
    2 Jan 2018
    7:35am

    id love to see what you would pick up from target/old navy/HM, and other lower end stores? thanks for the daily inspiration!
    lizzie

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    Christina
    2 Jan 2018
    9:10am

    Kim – this is unrelated to this post, but I just tried a lip primer that I think might actually work. I remember you posting about looking for one as well a few weeks ago and figured I’d share 🙂

    https://www.sephora.com/product/ultimate-ozone-multipurpose-primer-pencil-P395733?skuId=1704550&icid2=ud_lp_makeupallday_carousel:p395733

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      Christina
      2 Jan 2018
      12:31pm

      Unsolicited update – Still going strong at hour 5! And on chapped winter lips, no less.

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    Sharon
    2 Jan 2018
    10:15am

    Emerson Fry just released another run of their biker jacket. I missed it last year so I think I’ll bite this time!

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      Dana D
      2 Jan 2018
      11:47am

      I like that one a lot. I also like one from the Arrivals. I have really hesitated to buy a pricier jacket because I just don’t know the “one” with which I’d be satisfied and I’m trying so, so hard to just buy fewer, higher quality, fairly-made pieces.

      I just took a bunch of stuff, including a Coach leather jacket, to the WEAVE shelter clothing store here. Felt good, but I’m afraid I’m too afraid to know what the right jacket is???

      Here I go, new year, over-thinking already…

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        Mamavalveeta03
        11 Jan 2018
        2:02pm

        I go for the same look, Dana…simple and classic is better. Look at Oak.com for a few well-priced good ones.

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      Darcy
      2 Jan 2018
      9:05pm

      Yes, this Emerson Fry one deserves real consideration. Black linen is just slightly smarter/more original than everyone-has-it-already leather.

      https://emersonfry.com/collections/shop-all/products/emerson-moto-black-linen

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      Julie
      3 Jan 2018
      1:20pm

      Sharon, I bought it last year and I love it.

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    Viajera
    2 Jan 2018
    10:53am

    Hurray, you’re back! Hope you had a good trip!

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      Dana D
      2 Jan 2018
      11:41am

      Yes! Happy New Year to you and everyone here!

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    Nicole
    2 Jan 2018
    11:41am

    I just got a leather jacket from Massimo Dutti and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for! Biker style but without too many bells and whistles. The one I got didn’t have pebbled leather like this one I’m linking here but the silhouette is the same: https://www.massimodutti.com/us/leather-biker-jacket-c1804003p8135084.html?colbenson=biker%2Bjacket&colbenson-page=1&colorId=800

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    Anne
    2 Jan 2018
    1:53pm

    That second AllSaints one is perfect and the price is really good. Birthday present for myself on the way!

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    Wendela
    2 Jan 2018
    2:07pm

    That green one is gorgeous and I’m totally coveting it—but I have a weirdly long torso and need things a bit on the long side even to appear like a regular cropped length. Does anyone know how long that RL jacket is, or where to find ones that fit long torso-ed peeps like me?

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      suz
      2 Jan 2018
      7:47pm

      I buy Lauren jackets as they fit me well, and I am short waisted. I have a tweed moto from them and it hits me just below the waist – so I don’t think it would be long enough for you 🙁 Their sizing is pretty consistent.

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        Wendela
        3 Jan 2018
        11:54am

        Thanks for the info, @Suz. Super helpful.

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    c.w.
    2 Jan 2018
    2:09pm

    Thank you for this post, Kim! Leaning toward the AllSaints (2nd one).

    Happy New Year one and all.

    Love the Instagram photos of your trip, Kim. Looked as though you had a smashing and relaxing time!

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      c.w.
      2 Jan 2018
      4:40pm

      Ordered the 2nd one from AllSaints plus another one from AllSaints that is similar, but different. I’m confident that one or the other will win out.

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    ceejay
    2 Jan 2018
    4:03pm

    Isabel Marant Kady or Bacuri … on Ebay, $300-400 max is what you should pay. I finally got one (black Kady) earlier this year, wear it all the time, lots of compliments, glad I made the plunge (never thought of myself as a leather jacket kind of person).

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      suz
      2 Jan 2018
      7:42pm

      The Kady is perfect, a classic. so money very well spent!

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    suz
    2 Jan 2018
    7:41pm

    Oh, you are killin’ me. Am trying to justify buying the Ralph Lauren one, as yes, it’s perfect. Nice lack of too much metal all over the place. They really do get jackets right, regardless of the preppy heritage.

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      suz
      2 Jan 2018
      7:44pm

      Welcome back and happy new year!

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    ComicSansa
    2 Jan 2018
    7:53pm

    1) I have a dark green motorcycle-style jacket (in suede), and I get compliments every time I wear it. It’s a very cool alternative to black.

    2) That said, nothing really beats Rick Owens (the leather on those things is gorgeous), although they are way over the GOACA price limit new, but it’s fairly easily to find them on TheRealReal and other places for $400-$600. I bought one secondhand, but of course I got a little chubby so it’s a little snugger now than I’d like. Sigh.

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      y.k.
      4 Jan 2018
      8:46am

      i agree on the Rick Owens & am laughing about your chub comment. my RO jacket is definitely an effective way to keep me from excess, there’s not much buffer zone with the way he cuts the sleeves & torso.

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    Amanda
    2 Jan 2018
    8:45pm

    Your example made me agree: brown and black is definitely an underrated combo. Great find!

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    Meg
    2 Jan 2018
    10:36pm

    My go-to for well-priced leather jackets is always Reiss. I have three in various colors that I have been able to snag on sale at various points. They have just the right amount of hardware and a great flattering shape

    This one is great: https://www.reiss.com/us/p/bonded-leather-jacket-womens-camilla-in-cognac/

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    Amber
    3 Jan 2018
    12:16am

    Coming from one of the requesters — thank you for this! So many good options to consider (including in the comments). The post made my evening.

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    Viajera
    3 Jan 2018
    11:09am

    I would make a request, except I am pretty sure what I want doesn’t much exist. I’m looking for a citified platform ankle boot that is a 2 inch heel and 1 inch plat (more or less). There are very few and I haven’t found one that looks nice enough. Also, I like how suede looks but it doesn’t wear if you drive, which I have to do. I am one of those people who are picky but keep things forevvvver.

    Some of those clog makers might have something though. And enough of you-all here seem to find them comfortable, so maybe I’ll check them out. (I don’t really get how a wooden base can be very comfortable but if enough people say so, I should at least try.)

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    Susan
    4 Jan 2018
    11:16am

    I actually went into the All Saints store yesterday after reading this, tried on the shearling jacket and left, only to return 30 minutes later and bought it! I’m glad I did because it’s already out of stock in all sizes. Purchased just in time for this crazy snow we’re having here in NYC!

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    Mamavalveeta03
    10 Jan 2018
    8:23pm

    Thanks, Kim! These are pretty perfect, if you ask me. I really love the classic biker look, but without all of the bells and whistles, so the Bales by All Saints, and the Lauren Ralph Lauren are just the ticket. And as a “fun” extra, the green one is GORGEOUS!

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