The one item that actually goes with everything
How does one item of clothing that goes with everything else you own sound?
I’m talking one item that works with your active wear, work wear and that amazing party dress.
It’s the leather jacket and isn’t called an investment piece for no reason.
Now I can hear some of you saying why does it have to be leather – well it can be faux or vegan leather and that’s entirely your choice.
Girl boss and the owner of Rebel Muse in Canberra Alicia Xyrakis is a fan of the fashion staple.
“Leather jackets last years, you can literally buy one and have it three, six, 10 years and they don’t really date,” she says.
That’s because of their classic shapes – the biker, classic slim line or bomber.
“Those styles are there for years, you don’t see leather jackets come in weird cuts. The basic style doesn’t change that much,” Alicia says.
“If you buy a good quality one, generally if it is real leather or a good quality faux, you don’t get fabrics tougher than that and it’s one of those pieces that the more you wear it, the more beautiful it becomes because it just wears in.
“You can dress is up, over dresses when you’re going out, you can wear it with your active wear during the day, with jeans when you’re going for coffee.”
And just what gives it that cool look?
“The fact that it is leather is what gives it that edgy effect,” Alicia says.
“The fabric makes it edgy but then it’s the cuts that make it sophisticated and classic.
“A leather jacket has never gone out of fashion, it’s always been there and then evolved and gone into different looks.”
But Alicia says she’s seen more people asking for non-leather alternatives.
“It comes from a rise in all different areas like diet, there’s definitely a move towards a vegan diet and it comes to a point of conscious consumerism and wondering where leather comes from,” she says.
“I think it’s awesome people are becoming more aware of it and having that thought process when it comes to what they buy, wondering where their money is going.”
You might think vegan leather means poorer quality – it used to be called pleather and that was a turn off – but that’s not the case anymore, according to info on the PETA
“Most vegan leather is made of polyurethane, a polymer that can be made to order for any designer’s whim. It can sparkle, have a nice glossy sheen or be saturated in all kinds of shades that put leather to shame.”
There are also environmental benefits with fewer chemicals needed to make vegan leather products.
Stella McCartney is a big fan of vegan leather and has helped lead the rise of this more ethical offering.
And like you get leather shoes, belts, skirts and pants, it comes in vegan options too, as you can see from the pics of me here.