Outfit: 50s spin on a leather jacket (and another video!)

So, I realise that leather jackets were around back in the 50s, but you don’t see many photos of women wearing them… and while I think they’re often worked into more rockabilly looks these days, that tends to be the more traditional black, biker jacket style and as you’re about to see, my leather jacket doesn’t look a thing like that. In fact, it doesn’t really look like any other leather jacket I’ve ever seen, which is kind of why I bought it all those years ago – something about it just appealed to my contrary side. It’s a strange kind of pale khaki colour, has pleats and a rounded collar and in any other material, with its cropped length it might be quite vintage looking. While I love it because it’s so different, I actually find it hard to style in any kind of interesting way, particularly in terms of it making it work with 50s looks. If it’s not the style that clashes it’s the colour…
The annoying thing is that apart from the fact I don’t know what to do with it, it’s an ideal spring jacket because it’s just about warm enough to take on a windy British day. So for this outfit, I really gave it a go (and boy, I ticked the box on the windy day thing as you’ll see from the video below!). I’ve sort of ended up with a blend of formal and casual and it was kinda fun. It’s an easy jacket to throw on with jeans, but that would have been too obvious!
50s inspired leather jacket, headscarf and polka dot pencil skirt
Seamstress of Bloomsbury wire headscarf
Pale olive green leather jacket
50s inspired leather jacket, headscarf and polka dot pencil skirt


Seamstress of Bloomsbury wire headscarf
Collectif denim polka dot pencil skirt


50s inspired leather jacket, headscarf and polka dot pencil skirt
Seamstress of Bloomsbury wire headscarf


Leather jacket with sweetheart neck crop top


50s inspired leather jacket, headscarf and polka dot pencil skirt
Jacket: Miss Selfridge Petite (old – very old!)
Top: ASOS Petite (out of stock)
Skirt: Collectif (old – similar)
Bag: Primark (old – similar)
Shoes: Clarks (check eBay)
These photos were taken on a trip to a nearby coastal town and while we were there I was also being a reluctant film star again so that B could try out his new camcorder, having decided that my DSLR was a bit too sharp for what he was trying to do in terms of creating Super 8 style footage. We also decided, this time, to give a bit more insight into what goes into one of these posts, from me standing awkwardly in front of walls to grimacing as I flick through all the photos on his iPad in a funny little 50s style cafe on the seafront. And of course, lots of me walking around trying to look nonchalant while being extremely conscious of being filmed – you know I love that.
Any thoughts on how you’d work a jacket like this into a vintage style outfit? I think it’s crying out for a full skirt, but I haven’t got one for spring in the right colours… ho hum.



    • May 12, 2015 / 12:31 pm

      I think they can be really difficult to pull off… this is the only one that's not made me look like a wally – I don't really suit the biker style! Fingers crossed one turns up for you soon, but you're going to have more luck when the AW season stuff comes in! xx

  1. May 10, 2015 / 8:49 pm

    I am always on the look out for unique leather jackets. I spend a lot of my summers on the back of a motorcycle and struggle to still keep my sense of style while in leather boots and jackets. Leather being a safety necessity as it protects against wind and road rash if , god forbid, you go down. This jacket is wonderful and looks lovely on you.

    She Knits in Pearls

    • May 12, 2015 / 12:33 pm

      I'm not sure how good this would be if I fell off a bike… but I like the idea that it could be bike-wear, even if I never actually get on one 😉

  2. May 11, 2015 / 5:30 am

    hello CIci…this's a very charming look with stunning poses of Yours,lovely photos…but…I see nothing of the video alas…why? I dont know…what a pity…:(

  3. May 11, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Nice jacket!!! It reminds me a little of a 1940's bomber jacket.
    Another great video too!!

    • May 12, 2015 / 12:34 pm

      I'd never thought of comparisons to a bomber jacket, but there might be something in that! I wonder if I could find some more 40s appropriate things in my wardrobe to put with it…

  4. May 11, 2015 / 3:49 pm

    I'm a leather jacket lover. I have quite the collection. I wore a black leather motor jacket last week with a full length 1960's gown that had a side train. I actually liked it. No photos on the blog though. This is the dress…http://suzannecarillo.com/i-feel-like-ginger-from-gilligans-island/

    The only thing that bugged me a bit was that I took off the side train when I had the jacket on.

    I love this look! I think the fit, style and colour of the jacket is wonderful and unique.

    What about going the Olivia Newton John way and pairing it with some cigarette pants?


    • May 12, 2015 / 12:36 pm

      Wow, I can't picture a jacket with that dress but how fabulous! I don't see how you'd have got it on over the train though…

      Cigarette pants are a good idea – especially now I have a couple of pairs… I think that's one to try in autumn (my pants are quite wintry colours).

  5. May 11, 2015 / 11:02 pm

    Very cute! I like this jacket a lot, and I think that you've chosen a great way to style it – it calls back to the rockabilly style a little bit, with the polka dots and the hair scarf, without being too literal or cliched.
    To me, it has a very 40s vibe. I think you could pair it with some wide legged pants or jeans, or over an a-line floral dress. It's a great piece, I hope you find more ways to work it into your daily wardrobe.

    • May 12, 2015 / 12:37 pm

      Debra picked up on the 40s vibe above too – I can't believe I'd never clocked that! I like your ideas – wide legged trousers look ridiculous on me, but jeans I could do… with some victory rolls. Ideas, ideas…

  6. May 12, 2015 / 5:24 am

    hi CIci, thanks for sharing:it's a nice video!
    but maybe the video should contain more details about your outfit in motion,about your lovely poses, and less about the scenery…even if it's beautiful…what about?

    • May 12, 2015 / 12:32 pm

      Glad you got the video working! To be honest, I hadn't put a lot of coherent thought into the video, we were just capturing the things we liked and it was a bit of an afterthought to include some scenes of the actual place we were shooting… Perhaps in future I'll think it through a bit better as you say!

  7. May 12, 2015 / 6:00 am

    I love these cute little videos, I think they're your 'niche'! Pretty setting by the sea. But why is the seaside so windy?! We had to abandon a few outfit shoots in West Wales.

    I have a leather jacket that I wear to death, but I don't think it's ever featured on the blog. Sometimes I team it with a pencil skirt as you have here, but it also works over '40s style tea dresses, and capris. I like yours, the colour is really nice and probably works with a lot more than black, which can be a bit heavy looking sometimes.

    Looks like you had a nice day out anyway!


    • May 12, 2015 / 12:39 pm

      Funny you should say that, as a certain person who films them had kind of decided they were my 'niche' too. There are a couple more in the editing process, but they're a bit more random holiday video types, so haven't really worked out how they fit in with this blog yet!

      I can completely see why you wouldn't have featured your own leather jacket seeing as I've pretty much done the same! You've hit on why I didn't choose black – it's just so… black. heh.


  8. May 13, 2015 / 11:27 am

    Ohhh I've actually been eyeing some leather jackets at the moment…I have my heart set on a Collectif one…to wear with Freddies of Pinewood jeans….*sigh*

    It was fun watching you on camera, you look beautiful and I am in awe of what a cute place you live in, so many good blog photo spots 😛

    • May 16, 2015 / 8:04 am

      Ooh – the Sandy jacket? You'd look so hot in that, I hope you get your hands on it!

      And thank you 🙂 you've made my day! I'm very lucky because while I don't live by the sea, it's so easy to drive for a short time and get to it, as I did this day. It's the time when the fact the UK is such a small island can work in your favour 😉

    • May 16, 2015 / 8:04 am

      Ah, glad the skirt is getting some love – I adore it 🙂

  9. May 14, 2015 / 2:24 pm

    So true! I'd say that you actually see more from the 40s, as many gals borrowed them from the boys either in uniform or from their closets while they were overseas/deployed elsewhere.

    You are rocking this one so fabulous! I've really liked the combo of a pencil skirt + leather jacket. I don't have one (a leather jacket that is) myself or else I'd quickly follow your stylish lead here. Something else to look or while out thrifting. 🙂

    ♥ Jessica

    • May 16, 2015 / 8:05 am

      Very interesting – I want to go and check out lots of old photos now!

      I'd love to see you in a leather jacket, Jessica. I just know you'd create a fab outfit and I'll then immediately want to copy you 😀 x

  10. May 15, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Lovely little video, made me want to go to the seaside. Your jacket actually reminds me of one that my dad had in the '70's with its very fitted cropped shape and the elasticated cuffs and waistband. I think it makes a lovely outfit as you have styled it.

    • May 16, 2015 / 8:06 am

      I think I always want to go to the seaside 🙂 Interesting, I'm hearing 40s mostly and now 70s, but you're probably right there might be similar from the later decade, now that I think about it. Perhaps this jacket is far more versatile than I give it credit for!

  11. May 19, 2015 / 10:35 am

    This outfit is so unique, and really cute! I think it's a totally chic look that you've pulled off Cici and I love it! And your polka dotted pencil skirt adds a nice balance to the edgy jacket. Very awesome. Plus, your video, er, should I say B's video? – is really fabulous. I love it, and yes, I wish I could do video too! ❤

    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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