So this is a… problem. | The Leather Jacket Dilemma

I’ve been thinking some Serious Thoughts about leather jackets recently, and (in light of a short Twitter conversation with a few of my favourite human beings on the interwebs), I thought I may as well get my predicament out there.

Because I’m sure lots of you will be having the same problem.

Just kidding! No one else is having this problem, because I’m a good number of degrees weirder than the rest of the world. But hey! What’s a blog for if you can’t bitch about clothes every now and again?

(Basically, I just want to find a warm, soft, secondhand leather jacket with an asymmetrical zipper and a bit of a masculine edge. Is that really so much to ask for?)

(See, but that’s funny, because it really, really is.)

The problem(s)

Basically, there’s this thing wherein when I put on a leather jacket, I look like I’m on my way to beat someone up. (Conversely, when my adorable older sister puts on the same jackets, everyone around her is faced with an unbearable urge to give her candy or pat her on the head.) It’s not my best look, by far.

(Unless I’m going for “aggressive to a fault,” I guess. Though I can’t really think of a situation which would call for that.)

That’s problem one.

Problem two is that I’m not really into leather. I’m not vegan, or even vegetarian, but there’s just something kind of uncomfortable about the idea of wearing something else’s skin around, you know? I’ll make an exception for shoes (preventing back problems is always a priority for me, and I’ll take good arch support wherever I can find it), but I’ll avoid leather bags and belts if I can.

[ Aside: If it’s something that I could find non-leather, I’ll go for the non-leather version. If not, I try not to get too hung up over it. At the end of the day, it’s a squeamish issue for me, not an ethical one. ]

Anyhow, leather biker jacket ramble –> over. I think I’d like to go secondhand or vintage if I do pick one up (smaller eco footprint, not directly supporting the businesses producing leather, etc), but I’m still not sure.

In all likelihood, I’ll just put it off until I forget that I wanted a leather jacket in the first place. Crisis averted! 

Quips, questions, qualms: hit us up in the comments.

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  • mostlysunnybunny

    LOL you're too funny! I got my first leather jacket ever half a year ago, and I'm still madly in love (OK, I did have to go through a large part of winter without it, but now we're hanging out again). I always thought I couldn't pull off leather jackets because they're short and I risk exposing the fact that I am, let's put it this way, bootylicious. My boyfriend didn't believe me, so I tried to prove my point by trying this one on in the store… and I fell in love! It's brown, not black. If you want to wear a leather jacket without looking too gangsta I think brown is a better bet. I do wear leather shoes as well, and since I don't plan to buy another 5 leather jackets anytime soon, I don't feel very bad about it.

    You'll see. I think a lot of serendipity is involved in purchase decisions sometimes. Maybe one day you'll try one on, fall in love, and start an affair with it :)
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    • Hmm. I've never been much of a fan of brown, for clothing, but maybe I'll have to give it a try ;) Thanks for sharing your story, Sunny! It was cute ^.^

  • Joey

    Hey, go find your own shopping strategy! Putting off purchases until i am distracted buy some other shinny object is my money saving plan. It is how I survived an entire year buying nothing but the basics to save up.
    I am not willing to share. it is mine, all mine. You can't…..Oh, tarte spring looks pretty *click*

    ps. jacket 2 is amazing but OMFG $$$$$$$!!!!!!!

    • LOL! Nope, it's too late. I've already grown so attached to it! You'll just have to learn to share :p

      (And oh my god, I know, right? Ouch!)

  • Haha, oh Rae. I can't imagine you looking like you were going to go beat someone up, so that's problem 1 averted. Also, there are a lot of faux leather jackets out there. I'm not a fan of them personally because a lot of them don't look well made, but if you can find a well-made one…I would go for it. Or perhaps…find another type of masculine-cut jacket to replace it? There are a lot of cute military style jackets that are made of canvas or other materials and look really great on women!
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    • False. You'd think that if you took a cute jacket and a flaily little girl, you'd get a flaily little girl in a cute jacket, but actually you just get a tiny person who looks like they're in need of an ASBO.


      I do really want a men's pea coat, though! They're so much punchier than the women's ones. /sighs

  • I think it was established in the Twitter convo that I, in fact, DO have the same problem…

    Ergo (vis a vis, concordently, etc.), I am just as weird as you! #Hurrah (<– weird people use hashtags outside of Twitter!)
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  • shandimessmer

    hahaah, I'm the same way about leather. I try not to, but if it's the only option, what can you do?

    • Exactly! People are always like, "well, then go with fake leather," but it's really not the same. Especially not in a place like Edmonton, where it gets super cold – leather just doesn't freeze up like synthetics do, y'know?

  • Maybe a cropped one would help the "aggressive" issue? I envy the leather-jacket-weather-able weather though…I would just imagine when I do get one here (almost 30 degrees Celsius) , it would be hyperthermia in 3…2…1

    • Eep! Yeah, that weather doesn't sound like it would mix well with a leather jacket :/ It's cropped ones that I've been trying on, though, and they're no less aggressive! >.<

  • Ciambella

    Hahaha Rae you always crack me up! Personally I love leather, but I'll only get quality leather stuff because good leather is an investment and it's only the good quality leather that will stick around for the investment, and I'd like to think that the cow died for something that'll keep me clothed for a good while. …That was a little circular…ANYHOO! I got my leather jacket in Florence in 2008 and it's still my most beloved article of clothing, even though I can't wear it very often anymore because I live in a tropical climate! The "wearing someone else's skin" thing has occurred to me before, but I love to eat beef and meat in general, so it's like…wearing someone else's skin and eating someone else's flesh…it's all yummy and keeps me warm/alive.

    I can't imagine you looking like a thug for some reason…but I think I know what you mean, because I also tend to look like I'm going to beat someone up when I wear my jacket, but that's because I usually wear it with jeans and leather boots and leather gloves. But if I go a little girlier with, say, a skirt, curled hair, or bright accessories, and not so much leather, I don't look so thuggish and all is well! If you do find your leather jacket, I hope you take a picture and share it with us! ;)

  • I had the same problem when I was shopping for leather jackets. I ended up looking at tan and grey jackets and picking a tan-coloured jacket, as I found that all the black jackets looked too "aggressive" … maybe that will help? Plus, I figured that a lighter coloured jacket would be more wearable in summer and spring, seeing as Canadian weather doesn't allow for wearing leather jackets year round. Good luck!
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    • Hmm, I hadn't thought about grey – but I'm really liking that idea! Thanks for mentioning it, lovely :)

  • mochiandmacarons

    You like the same jackets I do. I searched through m0851 and found the Perfecto Jacket which is SUPER light and SUPER soft after you wear it down.

    It's perfect, but expensive

    • Holy crap, you were not kidding when you said "expensive"! :/ Yeah, I'm… definitely not okay with spending that much on a coat. Not even if it's going to last me ten years!

      /alarmed! O.o

  • toyarosie

    I want the exact jacket you posted here!! I am sort of in the same boat, I want it but I'll likely let the urge pass until I forget because I haven't been successful in finding anything either. My problem is that I'm too short waisted so these coats look stupid on me and not awesome-rocker-chic like I want it to. I kind of hope you do find what you're looking for though Rae, because then at least I know it IS possible on some level!! :)
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    • Ha! I'll let you know if I do ;) I've been seeing a lot of cropped jackets around campus recently, which bodes well for us short girls – maybe they'll even look a normal length on us! :P

  • Alison

    If you want to find a leather Jacket, check out Ellen H's page on Lookbook: You may not be able to find one, but she does occasionally post where she gets her clothes, and I would gladly steal anything from her wardrobe.