Anyone who knows me, knows that I love the rock chick look. Even nearing middle age, I still convince myself that I can pull it off. I find it easy and classic. I love nothing more than grabbing my leather biker jacket and rushing out the front door to do the school run/ nursery run/ castings /or most realistically, a trip to the local Sainsbury’s for a pint of milk and some nappies. A leather jacket is almost as much of a wardrobe staple as socks for me, and is an essential part of what I consider to be part of my look.
When my old biker friend finally hit the bin after fifteen years of use when an arm fell off, a gaping hole was left not only in my wardrobe, but also in my perceived identity! So, I went on a hunt for a new leather biker jacket…one that is great quality and made of a soft leather. And bizarrely, for me a leather jacket has to smell good- I have been known to sniff leather jackets before trying them on!
Few passed my strange sniff test. That was until I went into All Saints- not a shop I usually consider, but in this particular hunt, my usual suspects of shops didn’t hit my biker soft spot. All Saints, I quickly discovered is leather biker jacket heaven- they have over 20 different biker styles, so there’s something to suit everyone.
After trying most of them on, I plumped for the Conroy leather jacket for its slim fit and signature biker details. The buttery sheep leather will only improve with age, and don’t even get me started on the smell! If I could bottle that great quality leather smell and spray it behind my ears, I would… That must be the horse lover in me.
I always go one size up in leather jackets, as I like to wear jumpers underneath them, and prefer them to be a bit looser even though the leather always gives way slightly. Even better, the Conroy jacket is fully lined, so there’s no sacrificing style for warmth… Especially important after three hours standing on the edge of a football pitch.
Leather jackets work with everything from jeans to dresses, and can be dressed up or dressed down according to the occasion… hell, I have even been known to wear a leather biker jacket to a wedding to tone down a floor length gown. In these pictures I am wearing my new purchase with one of my new favourite discoveries- a cream lace dress from TopShop that works brilliantly with the leather jacket and some statement earrings. Perfume isn’t required, as I am now shrouded in ‘Eau de Leather Musk!”
The Jacket is here.
The TopShop Ruffle Lace Embroidered Dress is here.