That'll be the biker jacket. For me - there currently is no jacket which is more versatile. Leather, pleather, fitted, oversized these are simply the one item of outerwear I wear more often than any other.
Why are they so versatile? They go over everything. Over any sort of trousers, dresses, skirts, they work.
They're also the ideal coat for drizzle. Note - not full on rain but it's a better bet than a leopard fur number. You can also layer them under and over for the perfect all year round best friend in a jacket. Into the Winter, all you need to add are seasonal accessories - fur stole from yesterday is a great start or a classic cashmere scarf. Hat and gloves when the weather really starts to bite.
Historically, the classic biker is black. Check. I love mine. I genuinely couldn't live without it. Or so I thought. The more I thought about a coloured version, the more I thought, this is a genius idea.
I know from all your lovely feedback and from meeting so many people at talks I give, that lots of ladies aren't feeling the love for a black biker. They think it's too harsh. Which I understand. Certainly there are lots of other colours which are more flattering, especially as we start to mature.
So when it came to getting a new jacket recently, as I already have a black biker, I couldn't justify another one in the same colour, even though it was a *slightly* (yes I acknowledge the *slightly*, even though I maintain it's *totally*) different cut and so I opted for the navy instead. Best decision ever. I was toying with the aviators, I really was but it was the classic leather that I went for in the end.
But it's just not navy as an option - there are so many other glorious colours to choose from. Starting with some options from Mango which for me, is the best placed to go for reasonably priced leather jackets.
Classic Leather Biker Jacket from Mango in coffee £119.99
Or the super wearable charcoal again £119.99 from Mango
If I hadn't gone for navy, I would definitely have gone for green. I LOVE this jacket.
Leather Biker Jacket from Mango £139.99 in forest green.
Very similar in the burgundy (DARN me already having a burgundy leather jacket albeit a bomber) again from Mango at £139.99
Slightly more pared back in green again.
Zip Leather Jacket from Mango £119
Moving onto the navy. All the hearts here.
Leather BIker Jacket from Mango in navy £119
Upping the budget if you're looking for an investment piece. Why would you spend more on a jacket? Having tried on many, I have to say I find the costlier leather of a better quality (not saying the cheaper ones aren't amazing - heck I've got a faux leather one from Penneys that I love and still wear) and they're cut more generously. Some navy options.
Fitted at Jigsaw. Napa Leather Biker Jacket £298 in ink.
Quilted Washed Biker Jacket in navy also at Jigsaw £298
Slate blue at All Saints. Atkinson biker jacket £298
Burgundy at Jaeger. Super wearable shade that will easily see you through the year.
Leather Biker Jacket from Jaeger £350
An aubergine shade by Bruce Oldfield at John Lewis.
Bruce by Bruce Oldfield £299
An oxblood that has a hint of conker in it for me - I actually have an All Saints brown one which I have had for about eight years and I absolutely love. Can personally vouch for the longevity, quality and versatility of these.
All Saints Gidley Leather Biker Jacket £358
Or there are some grey options. Again at All Saints.
Gidly in slate grey £358
But there are some great faux leather options around and in fact, I think a lot of these look better in another colour than black. Navy in particular works really well.
Faux Leather Biker Jacket from M&S £55
As does the taupe also a rather reasonable £55 also at M&S.
And what did I opt for? The Me+Em navy - 20% off with code NOV20 which is really really worth it (obviously) - boyfriend biker jacket £699 pre discount.
And here I am in mine - I only got it at the back end of last week and I've already worn it twice.
Navy polo neck - Zara
Navy side stripe joggers - Me+Em
Navy boyfriend leather jacket - Me+Em
White leather sneakers - Autograph at M&S
Silver Smile bag - Anya Hindmarch from Collen & Clare
This was on Sunday, bundled up for the rugby. Perfect sunny sport watching outfit I think.
Striped jumper in navy - Me+Em
Coated Skinny jeans - New Look
Navy Boyfriend Leather Jacket - Me+Em
Wellies and socks - Ilse Jacobsen
Navy and white cashmere scarf - Black (currently 20% off all things navy on their website - definitely worth having a look...)
So I haven't necessarily done an about turn on all things black - but I have to say, navy has suddenly taken on a huge appeal. However navy and black together are ideal playmates in my book. Plus grey? Navy and grey... Navy, grey and black. Navy and khaki?
What would your first choice colour jacket be? Or have I still not turned you to the biker side?