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!
Headscarf: c/o The Seamstress of Bloomsbury
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.