All right. I concede to the seasons. In the midst of summer travels and tomatoes, I felt autumn in the air. First on the East Coast, one morning in Philadelphia when the breeze was not hot, not stifling. Then here in California, when the sun suddenly slanted in a very fall sort of way.
We’ve got months of warm weather ahead, here on the West Coast. But I’m taking these signs as permission to think about fall clothing. Which, to the middle-aged lady still in the process of updating her wardrobe to match a retire/working from home/casually elegant lifestyle, means leather jackets.
Do you have one? I used to. My family gave me a great big bomber jacket, for my 35th birthday. That was 1991, and big jackets still ruled the upper bodies of America’s women. But what to buy now?
In my life as a Grande Dame, in which I already own two leather jackets, maybe three, I want this.
Donna Karan via net-à-porter, $3995
Who would not love to swagger around like a pirate in Chanel sunglasses, purple satin blouse, and a perfect pair of brown tweed trousers?
I also confess to a weakness for the biker genre. All rebellion and rocker attitude and zippers. Like this.
Lot78 via net-à-porter, $1190
I mean, come on, it’s navy blue. What on earth could be more High WASP Artsy Cousin than a navy suede biker jacket?
But I’m looking for a jacket for my real life, not my pretend one. Compelling and intricate though my pretending may be. In this real life, as for you, perhaps, zippers snag shirts and arm hairs, suede gets ruined by rain, and one owns a lot of black t-shirts. Well, perhaps you are more polished than I and therefore have no arm hair. It’s possible.
So, quite likely, I’ll go for the simplest, sturdiest, most minimal leather jacket I can find. Like this.
Classic fitted jacket via Fog City Leather, on sale for $299
Except I might get it custom-made, to make sure my broad shoulders don’t turn me into a lambskin rectangle. And I might have them narrow the collar just a tad.
Too dowdy? What say you on this Monday morning, oh my swaggering pirate biker friends?