Nothing works harder for its money than the tried and trusted leather jacket. A wardrobe main-stayer thanks to its versatility and all-round naughty but nice appeal, leather jackets can be dressed up and down for the catwalk or the curbside.
Pushed and pulled in a multitude of different directions by fashion forward designers across the globe, we've seen the sturdy moto-inspired piece reconstructed and brought to us in unimaginable combinations, far removed from its original roots. From the ballroom to the boardroom, the biker jacket can flip a once bland outfit on its head, turning princesses into punks with one swift wardrobe change.
Picking the right jacket can be the secret to outfit success. A more oversized, tough-looking jacket can be paired with a feminine silhouette, and a sleek, minimal leather jacket will look great with more masculine items, like menswear-inspired trousers. That's why this week, I have picked a simple, elegant piece from the All Saints AW15 line.
Whilst most of us have conquered the simple prêt à porter look a million different ways over the years, for most, one look still remains an enigma – the androgynous look. Styled to nonchalant perfection by models straight off runway shows by Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons, wearing it like you just don't care can be, well, harder than it looks.
A mid-range staple with a simple silhouette, the Ryder jacket is the perfect fit to pull off this balancing act. Styled with low slung cuffed pants, a terribly on-trend felt hat, slouch bag and leather Chelsea boots, you wouldn't look amiss amid throngs of models come Paris fashion week. What sets this casual-yet-chic outfit apart from the crowd is its subtle nod to femininity with the Cassie pussy bow blouse. An eye catching accent of creativity in monochrome houndstooth, adding a signature style to an otherwise uniform look gives it an editor approved, high luxe appeal.
Easily curated no matter your figure, this sartorially elegant and irreverent ensemble is a creative ode to our favourite edgy counterpart – marrying hard lines with playful proportions for a tough but timeless en-vogue touch.
Pictured: VAUGHAN houndstooth pussy bow blouse, All Saints leather jacket, Otte New York Alexis hat, Hope news trousers, Mulberry hobo bag, Cole Haan ankle boots