Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Style Essentials - Classic Leather Jacket

There are certain things that every girl should have in her wardrobe that will last for years and never go out of style. A classic leather jacket is definitely one such dependable item.

The absolute master at creating a luxurious yet wearable leather jackets is undoubtedly Rick Owens.

He is the master of modern grunge and is loved and adorned by celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Cheryl Cole, Ashley Olsen, Nicole Ritchie and John Mayer.

Jennifer Aniston

Nicole Ritchie

Sarah Jessica Parker

John Mayer

What is so amazing about a Rick Owens leather number over other versions of this style staple is that it is cut in such a way that it drapes beautifully even when it is not closed. Leaving your jacket open is certainly a lot more casual than having to zip it up but often the structure of the jacket can be lost in an excess of leather material. Rick Owens jackets often come with a funnel neck which is super-flattering and the stretch inserts in the arms and around the sides of the jacket ensure that it hugs you curves perfectly.

The washed effect means that it already looks slightly worn in even when brand new and only improves with age.

My current favourite is the blister washed leather biker jacket which is exclusive to Net-a-Porter.

Rick Owens £1,320 (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/163824)
 Another classic is the blister distressed leather jacket which is great if you prefer your jacket slightly longer and less cropped than other versions.

Rick Owens £1,295 (http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/163834)
 If your budget won't stretch to Rick Owens, then try All Saints for a slightly more affordable version.

The 'Nene' jacket is currently on sale at £247.50, down from £495. It has a wool collar which will keep you warm, even in the winter months.

All Saints £247.50 (http://www.allsaints.com/women/leather/nene-jacket/black/wlj007-5)
 The 'Hyde' is another classic style which will keep you 'en vogue' for seasons to come.

All Saints £295 (http://www.allsaints.com/women/leather/hyde-jacket/black/wlj060-5)
My favourite of the All Saints jackets though is the 'Heston'. I love the dramatic big collar and the off-centre zip.

All Saints £295 (http://www.allsaints.com/women/leather/heston-jacket/black/wlj073-5)


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