Ask Belle: Faux-Leather Jackets for Fall
Oct 8, 2013
Thank you for the post last week on casual clothes for work. Could you suggest a leather or faux-leather jacket that isn’t cropped? I’d like to spend less than $175, but everything I’ve found in that price range is way too short.
In that price point, you’re looking at faux-leather or vegan-leather as some retailers like to call it. Like with any synthetic material, there are good quality pieces and substandard pieces. So when shopping for leather-like materials, pay attention to thickness and feel. You want a material that is soft and pliable, not hard and plastic-y to the touch. You also want a material that isn’t too thin, it should have some weight to it.
While I can’t tell you whether these jackets pass the feel test, they do look like good options. So give them a try, and see if they live up to expectations.
Leather Accents. To get a leather look without being awash in faux leather, I like jackets with leather accents of leather sleeves. This jacket from Blank denim has a cool slouchy look with a shawl collar. I also like this Mango jacket with leather appliqués, and this chocolate-brown Carmen Marc Valvo blazer with leather sleeves. Plus-size? DKNY makes a shawl collar blazer with faux-leather sleeves.
Burgundy Leather. The great thing about colored leather is that no one expects it to be of sublime quality. It’s a trend piece, a fashion item, it’s supposed to look good. This Forever21 jacket is definitely worth a look at less than the cost of a Happy Hour bar tab. This INC stand collar jacket with quilted details is a nice-looking piece. I also found this Blank denim option with zipper details. And plus-size ladies should check out this Modcloth See You Maroon jacket.
Brown Leather Jackets are my personal favorite. I prefer the autumnal colors to the harshness of black. This New York & Co. jacket with a slight peplum is kind of interesting. And this collarless Charter Club jacket in a medium tan is a versatile piece at a good price.
You can also found leather or faux-leather jackets on Bluefly for a good price. They stock a number of great leather jackets in the mid-300s price point. I’m especially fond of this shawl collar Elie Tahari jacket.