So apparently it's not Black Friday, seeing as it's Sunday, hold onto your hats gals, it's Cyber Weekend *weeps* (I also wept when it took NINETY minutes to get to Asda yesterday to pick up the blasted Fifa 16 that I saved a whopping £15 - max - on. However it did almost buy my complete bargain of a furry scarf from New Look which I can't wait to wear.)
However I am determined that I will not be undeterred by the bargains that are out there and I was thinking (as I was sat in traffic yesterday on route to and from Asda...eating a box of Matchmakers - I don't even like chocolate much but I was starving and I had hidden these in the boot. Don't ask.) that it would be an excellent idea to have a look at leather jackets.
Doesn't take a mathematical genius to work out (which is handy as I am not. By any stretch of the imagination) that the greater the cost, the bigger the discount.
Still rather taken with the notion of a some sort of black jacket/coat alternative and since Polly Vernon mentioning a biker and a fur collar, I have become rather obsessed with the notion. Therefore I am going to see if, yet again, I can scratch the itch that is the leather jacket.
I've said it once and I'll it again, the biker jackets at All Saints are perfection. And with 30% off, on the High Street, it really doesn't get better than that, as they have the same styles year in, year out (rarely going into the sale and if they do, you can guarantee your size is sold out. I have to size up in these as well, especially if you're planning on wearing more than just your underwear under them).
And my favourite is the Cargo in a black/grey leather. Now I love a biker jacket but there can be, alas, a fine line between fabulous jacket and Danny Zuko. I think it's something to do with the shininess of the leather and how silver and in your face the hardware is.
So this, in a black/grey is the ideal solution.
Cargo leather biker jacket from All Saints in black grey £298
Saying that, they've just bought out a new one which is in a vintage black which I think pips it in my mind. Oh I love this - the quilting detailing - just superb. Now this would make an ideal Christmas present, no?
Astor Leather Biker Jacket from All Saints £348 Yes, this one goes straight to the top of the biker jacket pops.
Alternatively, they have a more unusual (but still a classic) green version. This one is slightly looser with more detailing but definitely one you would be wearing for years and years.
Balfern Leather Biker Jacket from All Saints £298
More buckles but back to the classic black at Mango with a great price. I will say, that after All Saints, I think Mango is the best leather on the High Street at a very reasonable price.
Another variation on the biker theme is to have a combination of both leather and suede. For me, this softens black leather especially which can sometimes be quite harsh.
Buckles Leather Jacket from Mango £139.99 pre 30% off with code 5BLACKFRIDAY15
Adore the collar detail.
If you still feel that a full on leather number is just not feminine enough, then one that is a suede/leather combo can perhaps work better - seems to have a softer edge to it? Love this one from Vila at ASOS.
Another with a suede edge to it. A more generous cut than some of the very fitted versions.
Selected Feline Black Leather Biker Jacket £230
Now most biker jackets are a cross front style, err ie biker, but that can equate to a lot of fabric at the front. So the plain zip up ones might be better for lots of people.
First up, need to say ignore the purple dress. Ignore. This isn't a pairing that floats my boat. But the jacket in a different setting would be superb.
Speziale Leather Panelled Jacket was £239 now £179.30
Collarless again but I love the epaulettes. These scream "I need a fur collar". Or any scarf.
Selected Isabello Collarless Leather Jacket £190 pre 20% off at ASOS. (although I do think is perhaps too big for her?)
Paired back now at Mango with just the basic biker shape but with a more elegant edge perhaps.
Zipped Biker Jacket £119.99 pre 30% off making this a great price for a classic leather.
However if you don't want to invest in a leather jacket than feast your eyes on this. Pleather. Would you know? Well, from this pic I absolutely wouldn't. The perfect little extra in a deliciously Autumnal shade of wine. For a snip of the cost, even without the 30% off - and frankly, with the discount, it would be rude not to.
Mango Zipped Biker Jacket in wine £39.99 pre discount
I am determined to wear mine more (chocolate leather from All Saints that I'ver never quite got to grips with... I think it's the not being black actually.... But now that I have my new fur collar from New Look to go with it. Pics tomorrow. It's marvellous! For less than £20...)
Quick outfit pic now from Friday night. Christmas drinks party. Was going to wear a dress but it wasn't back from the dry cleaners in time (SEE WHY I HATE DRYCLEANING. Put it in on Tuesday, foolishly assumed it would be done by Friday.. oh no. Saturday. Ugh). So the sequin tee made an appearance.
Hair had to be waved for the third time in two days. What once was hair is now straw... Randomly it used to hold a wave really well (this is done with a wand not the Babyliss curl secret thingymajig) but now, it drops out after an hour or so. Absolutely no idea why at all - I need to find a super strong hold mousse or something? Any suggestions would be gratefully received.
Sequin tee - H&M
Black tux blazer - hush
Black leather leggings - hush
Black fringe boots - Zara
Black clutch bag - Tory Burch
We've done rugby this morning, now off for a quick lunch before a Christmas party at friends. Has been an exceptionally busy weekend after a ridiculously busy week so am very much looking forward to catching up on the chores (ie washing - oh my lord, it's reached epic proportions) and a couple of hours of peace and quiet. Does anyone else miss time on their own? What used to be called loneliness is now called luxury.
AND FINALLY - Shoescribe now have a sale on, so... lots of Golden Goose sneakers reduced. I have reordered and am sending the ones I bought back. Saved £130! Oh my lord, I've also just seen the knee high leather boots. 50% off. *walk away from the computer, walk away from the computer*....