First off, I’m a huge fan of the blog. It was incredibly helpful a few years ago when I was a new grad starting my first DC job and had no idea what to wear!
I’m hoping you can help me. I’ve been looking for a classic leather jacket that wouldn’t look out of place with both dressy or casual clothing in either black or a natural brown. I like zippers and more moto styles, but I don’t want anything too unusual. I need something that is a little longer so it’s not accidentally a cropped jacket, which so many of them are. I’d like to spend sub-$500, less if possible.
My favorite leather jackets come from Tahari. They’re longer than many of the styles you see for sale, and they’re well made. The leather also has a good feel to it.
Tahari Drape Collar Jacket ($299)
This Tahari jacket is on sale at Nordstrom in either black or grey. You can also find it at Bloomingdale’s in brown for full-price.
I think the best place to go looking for a well-priced leather jacket is Bluefly. Lots of brands, styles, and colors in a variety of price points. They have this Elie Tahari leather jacket, that hits at the hip, in three colors. I also like this moto-style DKNY jacket in luggage brown.
Looking for a feminine leather jacket? I love this blush-colored jacket from Neiman Marcus.
One last place to look is eBay. I tried on several brands before I realized Mike & Chris was the fit I was looking for, so I searched eBay religiously for a few months and picked up a jacket for $125.
I just bought a leather moto jacket from Zara that is very good quality. I really like their styles, they tend to fit very well, and the prices are pretty reasonable as far as leather goes. I think I paid just about $300 in total and it looks like some much more expensive jackets that I tried on.
I’m a big fan of All Saints for leather jackets. They are a little more moto/edgy in style, so I’m not sure if that’s too casual for you. They occasionally run a 15% off promo, which really helps.