You may remember that in the last few months I was strangely drawn to motorcycle leather jackets. This was surprising to me, because even if a moto leather jacket is one of the iconic staples in woman's wardrobe, I never wanted to own one. I think that part of the reason for this new atraction was shopping too much at J.Crew in the last few years and, in consequence, getting bored with too many pencil skirts and cashmere cardigans. Suddenly, I was craving something a little more 'edgy'.
I was still not sure how much I would actually wear it, so I decided to look for synthetic, not real leather. When I saw this jacket at UNIQLO, I thought it was just the thing to try. Overall, I think UNIQLO offers some excellent prices on basic items and it is worth checking out. I also tried on Celia Birthwell 3/4 sleeve dress, which was surprisingly nice and comfortable (and knee length if you style it with a drop waist, instead of hiking it up).
I got the jacket in size Medium, which is my regular size and was a good fit, with room for a sweater or other layer. The cut is classic and simple without too many embellishments. It looks good open and closed. Sleeves are quite long on me, which is good news for most because I have proportionally short arms (I am 5'6). Because it is synthetic, it is very light and does not smell, two things I always disliked about leather jackets. Plus, no animals were harmed in the process of making it :)
The jacket comes in black and three other colors: brown, blue and ivory but I was going for classic, not original, so black was my choice, but I liked the brown version a lot.
I really like the shape of it and it is very comfortable in current weather. Despite my initial hesitations, I have already worn the jacket several times, so I have the feeling that by the time this season is over, the cost per wear will already justify the purchase ($39.99).
I like it with jeans, heels and something longer on top but is also very cute over flower print dress. In general, I would usually try to add something feminine to soften up the look, even if it is just a pink t-shirt.
I think my style is evolving again and this time it is away from J.Crew aesthetics, that I am just getting bored with. I haven't bought and kept anything from J.Crew since December and the longer "the separation", the less I am attracted to it. I probably missed many new arrivals that have debuted since I have last checked the stores, but after quick scanning of the website, the only things that I would like to wear now are the midrise toothpick jeans in white and a pair of silver metallic heels, both of each I can probably get at other retailers.
That's all folks!
Have you bought anything at Uniqlo?
Do you wear moto leather jackets?
Are you craving anything at J.Crew right now?