Yo, Vinnie! - une femme d'un certain âge

Yo, Vinnie!

The right leather jacket, une femme believes, is a versatile and indispensable item in anyone’s wardrobe. Last year in Paris my very basic 3/4 length black leather jacket served me quite well in all but the heaviest downpours, and looked right at home on les rues Parisiennes. I love the instant shot of attitude and subtle masculine element that a leather jacket adds to an otherwise feminine ensemble, and some of these below would be a great balance for the ruffled blouses and florals that seem to be hot items for fall.

A good leather jacket will last for years. Styles can range from classic to edgy, but the best are versatile and can be dressed up or down.
Office-worthy AK Anne Klein, $299. Would also look great with jeans. (Not loving that skirt, though.)

Classiques Entier, $348. I’m on the fence about this one. I like the shape and pockets, but think those buttons at the top are a distraction.

For beautiful leather and classic, sublime styling, look to Cole Haan. $695.

Bluefly.com also has a great selection of Cole Haan leather jackets (at a discount!) like this one, $537. Another in walking length. While I like this length, it does limit your utility to outerwear. Kenneth Cole Reaction, $299.

Great color, great style! Ellen Tracy, $998.

Cole Haan, $477. I’ll bet those seaming details make this one look fabulous on.

Similar collar detail, an edgier look. Andew Marc, $357. Can’t you just picture yourself zooming around Paris on a scooter wearing this jacket (and a fabulous scarf, bien sur)?

No scooters here. This one is the real deal; requires a Harley-Davidson, and oodles of attitude.

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  1. September 8, 2008 / 12:26 pm

    I just had a weird moment. People have told me I look like Marisa Tomei in the past and I’ve been like, “Whatevs.” But when I saw that photo of her, I thought, “Hey! Where did you get that picture of me from the ’80s!” I think it was just the hair.

  2. Toby Wollin
    September 8, 2008 / 12:27 pm

    What..no boots? I had a black leather skirt in college and thought I was the bomb in that. — perhaps a black leather jacket is in my future – though I have a very soft spot for a brown leather one my father had when I was young…baseball style, I thought it had a lot of oomph.(and I am with you on that Anne Klein skirt)

  3. September 8, 2008 / 2:08 pm

    We’re in sync again. I’ve got a great little black leather jacket but I saw another one this weekend that I keep thinking about — an updated retro-bomber one in a soft distressed grey. Not convinced the bomber is the right deal for my short (and not-so-defined)waist, but it was not bad on . . .
    But I gotta exercise some restraint, I thought, ’til you came along and got me thinking again. Hmm!

  4. September 8, 2008 / 3:03 pm

    I’m drawn to the higher end like Cole Haan (and love those collars) b/c leather tailoring really counts, expecially when the coat breaks in.
    A quality leather jacket looks even better with wear- great syle boost!

  5. Anonymous
    September 8, 2008 / 3:12 pm

    I got very, very lucky and found a simple-but-beautiful Banana Republic thigh-length black leather jacket at Goodwill for $15 a few weeks ago. A little leather conditioner, a little stitching in the lining, and it’s good to go. A classic, and my wallet’s happy!

  6. September 8, 2008 / 4:31 pm

    Yum! Love that Andrew Marc jacket! Too bad it’s just a wee bit too small in the bust; otherwise, it could be love.

    *le sigh*

  7. September 8, 2008 / 4:38 pm

    Great choices – especially love the Ellen Tracy!


  8. September 8, 2008 / 8:02 pm

    The first Cole Haan put me to sleep, but the Andrew Marc is le vraiment chic.

    Almost rhyming for the win.

  9. La Belette Rouge
    September 8, 2008 / 2:19 pm

    The Ellen Tracy jacket is my favorite. That leather looks like butter.

    I haven’t had a jacket for years. The last one I had was a black leather swing coat with formidable shoulder pads.

    Do you find you get a lot of opportunity to wear your leather jackets in L.A.?

  10. September 9, 2008 / 2:00 am

    Wendyb – that’s funny, because when I saw that pic, I thought for a moment, “hey, that looks like Wendy B!” I think it’s mostly the dark hair, the red lipstick and the spunky attitude.

    Toby – boots are on deck.

    Materfamilias – well now it’s my turn to enable…go for it!!

  11. September 9, 2008 / 2:04 am

    LBR – yes, doesn’t that one look yummy? Wish I had a spare grand hanging around. Actually, it gets pretty cool here in the evenings during the winter and spring, and I do get a lot of wear out of my jackets.

    Duchesse – many years ago a friend of mine had his dad’s old Air Force leather jacket. I so coveted that jacket, even thought it was probably six sizes too big. The leather was so broken in and fabulous.

    anon – great find! You should be proud of your bargain spotting skills.

  12. September 9, 2008 / 2:07 am

    Ashe – I went back to look at that Andrew Marc again this afternoon (love to torment myself, dontcha know?) and it was all sold out. 🙁 Not surprised, it’s a great style.

    Couturecarrie – I have to admit that one is my favorite. Très chic!

    Thomas – well, if Blake can rhyme “eye” and “symmetry,” yours will hold.

  13. Karen
    September 9, 2008 / 6:56 am

    Deja, There is so much leather here in paris, but all bomber style mostly. THe weather has been nice and cool, a light sweater and a light trench are perfect. My vanity in the shoe department has got the best of me; I am a virtual cripple at this point!Will write more on the blog…Karen

  14. ed
    March 19, 2009 / 11:25 am

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