Thursday, October 17, 2013

my leather jacket story

Well, to be honest, maybe this should be called my leather jackets story... more on that in a bit!
Original post here, with all your great suggestions/comments
Last month I ended up ordering 2 leather jackets & after polling you smart & opinionated folks on Instagram, I was no closer to sending one home without a rose. 

You see, I have been on the hunt for a perfect leather jacket for 4 years. I wanted it to be soft, fitted, but not too small, badass, but not too casual, versatile & more importantly in my price range. I had been eyeing the selection at Zara for some time, but with most ringing in at $150+ (more like $200 with shipping, let's be honest), & not checking all my boxes, I was frozen, unable to click that darn "add to basket" button!

I was in a leather jacket drought. But as the saying goes, when it rains it pours!
Within the same week I stumbled upon this badass H&M leather jacket & this more subdued number from Chicnova. It was leather jacket nirvana.
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So I did what any rational person would do, I kept them both. Seriously though, as a budget conscious blogger, the fact that I was keeping two very similar jackets made me think long & hard. But I came to the following conclusions:
1. The H&M + Chicnova* jackets combined rang in at under $120, about what I was looking to spend for just 1 jacket
2. While similar in that they are both black & {faux} leather, the jackets are actually quite different. I can see myself wearing one with dressier pieces, while the other one totally speaks to my inner biker chick (after all I have the burn to be legit!)
3. These are quality made pieces that fit me perfectly in their un-altered state... how often is that going to come along?
4. I won't have to purchase a leather jacket for at least twice as long now. The only way I am going to be looking at a new leather jacket is if I decide to make the bump up to real leather.

And because I can't be the only woman in the world searching for her leather jacket soulmate, I rounded up my 10 favorites for your shopping enjoyment!
(Psst.... they are all under $100!)
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 // 9 // 10
Have you ever purchased multiples of your favorite items?
Any other recent leather jacket success stories out there?

*Chicnova provided me with a gift card with which I purchased this jacket. I would never accept/choose gifted items if they were not my personal taste. This jacket rocks, I would have gladly paid full price for it, out of my pocket.

P.S. Linking up with Laura's TN blogger linky today.
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  1. these are both gorgeous! totally with you there. i found my perfect one at the Limited of all places

    kw ladies in navy

  2. I love all these picks, Jessica–number 4 is definitely my favorite!

  3. I have an insanely comfortable, cute, and versatile chambray dress that I have 3 of just in case something were to happen to 1 of them (they were like $19 each so I don't feel too bad). They're my "confidence dresses" so I need to have one available on blah days for sure! Cute jackets!

  4. I've been looking for the perfect leather jacket too! Madewell has gorgeous ones...but they are $400+....which is WAY overbudget for me. Actually loving number 6. And I love that you kept both jackets...they look fab on you :)


    The Other Side of Gray

  5. I found my perfect leather jacket last year actually and you're right -- it's SO rewarding! Mine came from Obey and I can't recommend it enough for price point + quality + perfect leather look!

  6. No, unfortunately you will be hard pressed to find real leather for under $100 at a regular retail store. If you are set on the real deal, a Wilson's Leather Outlet might have better prices, or you could try your hand at thrifting. Happy shopping :)

  7. Love that you kept them both! I think you are entirely right in your justifications - and the really both look fabulous on you!

    Clothes & Quotes

  8. I am in the market for a great black (faux) leather jacket--thanks for sharing all these great options! I love the ones you chose :)

  9. I guess you loved them both! The next one you get can be in a different color. I had a major hunt for a leather jacket a few years ago. First for black then a year later for brown. I got the black one at Victoria's Secret.com and my brown one from H&M. I wasn't willing to settle for faux so I paid above $100 but I love them to pieces.

  10. Ordered the H&M quilted jacket the other day!! I couldn't get it out of my head, so I thought it was a sign I had to have it. I was looking for a quilted leather look. And it was a great price. Can't wait til it arrives!

  11. I often buy multiples of a pair of shoes that i like, or a simple tee that I like the cut of (not necessarily cheap ones either, whoops!) - I've never owned a faux leather jacket, I suppose there have just never been any options in New Zealand which don't look cheap, instead, I've splurged twice. Once on a Claude Maus leather jacket, and once on a Whistles leather jacket. The quality of both have been incredible, and I imagine will last me a long time - plus they're pretty low maintenance!


  12. How do you think the faux leather will hold up over time? I've been on the hunt for the perfect one for a few years, too!

  13. I think you made the right choice! Both jackets are different so you will be able to use it differently.


  14. Choosing the right leather jacket is no easy task! It took me a long time to find the perfect one and I opted for one that's quite unique. I'm glad that you have more than one because they're such a staple and you're going to get so much use out of both! Love your picks, number 1 and 2 are my favorites!

    xo jen
    Pearls & Lace

  15. I have purchased multiple items that are similar and the only thing that changed was the color!
    & I still have to find the leather jacket that suits me! :)

  16. These are great examples! I seriously need a leather jacket this winter, loving number 2!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina


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