Sunday, March 18, 2012


Sooo...I was just browsin' know, killing time...when I realized that I need really want a proper black leather jacket. This faux leather one from F21 isn't really doing it for me. I'm never quite convinced that I'm pulling it off. I think that this one *cough* is more my speed:

I'm drawn to the collar (I think the more flappy ones sort of overwhelm my smaller frame) on this one, and the slightly longer length, as sometimes leather "moto" styled jackets tend to be shorter, and again, because I'm shorter, they don't hit me quite where they should. A silhouette like this, might just be more flattering overall. Also, I noticed that the back of the jacket has a touch of Ms. Zoe's fit-and-flare going on, which I love.

What I don't love? The price. *sigh*

Some similar but less kill-my-budget-dead options include: 
What do you think? Which of these seem the most promising to you? And what are you suddenly needing currently considering adding to your closet? 


  1. oh gosh, don't get me started on wants/needs- my eyes are bigger than my wallet right now!

    I like the Lucky brand jacket- it seems to have the details and requisite softness...

  2. If it were me I would go with the Express jacket. The faux leather wouldn't bother me. I think it's quite nice looking and very affordable!

  3. Ohhh love leather jackets! The lucky one would be my pick out of those, with the trouve one in second, love that soft camel color.

  4. I too have been obsessing over trying to find the perfect black leather jacket. I want it to be not so bulky, so it can be worn year round. I just found the Express one online as well, but in black the size is limited. I have not tried to find it at the local stores, but it seems like a deal, even though faux. Here is to my continued search! :)

  5. I have the express jacket's 2010 version. (FYI, I am 5'4", 115lb.)
    (I bought it on sale, about $40.)
    I wear it ALL THE TIME, it is VERY versatile.
    I own a couple of other leather jackets as well. Express' faux leather is very well made. When I put it side by side with my leather jackets, the only difference between their material is the leather smell. Other than that, you can't tell it's faux.

    The only drawback I can think of is that it doesn't stretch as well as real leather. In my second picture, you can see, it looks a little bit slouchy. I stretched it out a little bit by wearing a hoodie underneath it and it doesn't look quite the same after that. :S

    Even though I LOVE my express jacket, there's just something about designer leather jacket, the way they fit, just like glove...
    Right now I am actually eyeing a rick owens leather jacket. So I can totally relate your feeling.

    That being said, since Express jacket is so cheap (especially when on sale), I say you should go for one first and then splurge on the rachel zoe one when you have the budget. (Other jackets you list come no where near these two IMHO)

  6. Look at Muubaa leather jackets on, they are awesome

  7. I like the look of the RZ jacket! It's very tough and grrrrl so you'd want to keep whatever's underneath very feminine like the model shot has with the dress. Have you checked Zara? I got a really cute faux leather jacket there a few weeks ago and they have some nice black options in a few different shapes. One's more moto with zips and contrast stitching and such and one is more like the RZ option you like.

    Personally I'm lusting after Dolce & Gabbana's incredible floral dresses! Especially this one at Nordies and a similar more ruched version at Saks. Not that I need to be dropping $1K on a dress. Lottery win perhaps?

  8. I'm going to be an enabler and recommend that you get the Rachel Zoe jacket, even though it WILL be a budget-buster. Last month, I bought a Mackage leather moto jacket from Aritzia for $575; it was one of my most expensive clothing purchases this year. I waffled on it for a week -- I left the tags on it, so I could return it if the guilt of the price weighed too heavily on my conscience -- but I decided to keep it because I reasoned it's an investment piece.

    I tried looking for cheaper alternatives, but I couldn't find one that fit as well or looked as sleek on me. (I have a hard time shopping for my frame; a lot of designers and non-designer labels are too big on me and I hate getting things altered because I hate spending extra money.) Before I bit the bullet, I read various fashion articles and entries from some style bloggers (e.g., Stripes and Sequins) to see what the writers said about leather jackets; they all said that one should buy the best leather jacket she can afford, as it can be worn with so many things and will last a long time. Of course, they cautioned that one should buy a classic leather jacket, nothing too trendy. (Also, a person may argue that I only heeded those fashion articles and bloggers that supported my purchase. In my defense, I really, really tried to find an article that said that faux leather or cheaper alternatives were just as good. Much to my amazement, I couldn't find any. Maybe I'm terrible at searching on Google? Anyway, it was a difficult decision for me to keep the jacket, especially as one of my New Year's resolutions is to shop less and buy only a few clothing items. (Ah, yes, the difficulties I face as a member of the bourgeosie.))

    Anyway, I think the Rachel Zoe jacket would be a great purchase. While it IS really expensive, as long as you love it, it fits well and is timeless in style, I think it'd be a worthwhile purchase.