And for once, I'm not talking about gin.
Bikers. Except I have a funny feeling that if it's oversized it's not a biker, it's an aviator. Or does an aviator just have a fur collar? Fur lined? Who cares. These are the jackets that I am currently obsessed with.
And I'm also going to fess up now that I may shortly be hoovering a massive portion of humble pie. As I have always proclaimed wearing one's coat over one's shoulders as massively impractical and, dare I say it, non sensical. Well. *backtracks like Michael Jackson moonwalking". I can see how this would work.
Big chunky winter knits - which I adore, but what do you wear over the top. An oversized biker of course. Duh. What else? Extend the versatility of those jumpers you previously could only wear on certain days as you had nothing to layer over the top and justify the purchase of a new big aviator as it also serves as a cape style coat (I totally just made that last description up). I will also be wearing it with my arms in the arm holes. Just in case anyone was worried.
So everyone else may have been sporting this look months ago. Never let it be said I'm one to jump on a fashion bandwagon. Why would I do that when I can jump on it when everyone else has jumped off?
I'm going in. We all know once I get the nugget of an idea in my mind, it's very hard to reign me back to reality.
The seed was sown with my growing obsession with the Me+Em one but the idea grew legs yesterday on my rather fabulous day out at Bicester Village with the British Wool Collective. There were leather jackets in abundance (there was lots of wool as well, I should probably point out) but I decided to abstain (a sentence I rarely get to say) as I have my heart set on a looser, bigger version.
Now it seems that the majority of these are shearling and Topshop is as good a place to start as any.
The real deal. For a real price.
Real Shearling Biker Jacket £595
Half real. At less than half the price.
Suede Aviator with faux shearling from ASOS £180
This shade is completely sublime. But in real suede? I would have to spray within an inch of its life.
ASOS Suede Aviator Jacket in Mink £180 Oh lord the more I look at this, the more I melt...
And then there is the faux option. Were I to buy one in this shade, it would most definitely be faux.
Faux Shearling Biker Jacket from Topshop £79.00 I'm assuming this is a very warm jacket as her legs must be freezing.
This would be a much more wearable colour I would think.
Faux Shearling BIker Jacket £79.00
Having said that, feeling all the love for the grey version from Story of Lola at ASOS.
Story of Lola Aviator Jacket in Faux Shearling £115 This is all sorts of divine. The whole outfit is Autumn inspiration right there.
Another faux version from Story of Lola in black and white. Ok so how many of these would be too many?
Story of Lola Longline Aviator in Faux Shearling £130
Then there are the faux leather shearlings, with Warehouse topping the pops.
Oversized Faux Fur Biker Jacket from Warehouse £85
And in what they call a khaki but it's definitely a brown khaki by the looks of things again £85
Then we have the leather versions, naked of fur.
Milk It Vintage Oversized Leather Biker Jacket £195
Oversized leather biker at Mango £149.99
Of course there are also some pretty darn good faux leather options around. Err ok, there's one. But's super reasonable and in an epic colour. Seriously this is the bargain of the day.
Urbancode Oversized PU Jacket was £150 now £65
However, I still don't think any of them come close to the Me+Em jacket of dreams. I think it's because I do want to drape mine cape style (I'm getting into this) so I don't need any padding. I fear I may look less Vogue Street Style and more Captain Underpants.
Boyfriend leather jacket from Me+Em £699 (and don't forget your 20% off with ORDER20)
Or there's a navy version...
And today - in an outfit that is crying out for an oversized biker/aviator - although perhaps a suede or shearling version with the coated leggings. Otherwise the potential to tip over into Hell's Angel territory is great.
Black layering longline tee - Baukjen
Tiger jumper - H&M
Coated jeans - New Look
Susanna boots - Chloe
Half Moon bag - APC
Finishing with one from yesterday - as I mentioned, a truly truly great day at Bicester thanks to the British Wool Collective and Bicester Village. I will be reporting back with my spoils (although I only bought one thing but"my spoil" doesn't really work, does it?!)
Berry leopard 70s dress - Lily & Lionel
Berry leather bomber - Gerard Darel
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Half Moon Bag - APC
Friday night, all the rock and roll. The husband has gone out for a "quick drink" (that's the same as my version of a "quick shop"), I have a super sore throat (which I fear may be from yelling at a child this morning - it was mine - not that makes it any better) and so am ensconced on the sofa with a medicinal glass of red (ok so it's not *that* sore) and The Apprentice.
Talk me through you leather jacket scenario Can I tempt you an oversized number?