There’s more to fashion than following the herd. Gok Wan-inspired ladies all over Britain are experimenting with creating their own unique ‘look’, haunting haberdashery counters for amazing finds and hunting through charity shops for DIY accessories. All of which means there are effectively two ways to buy this season’s leather jackets for women.
One, invest in a really good quality fashion leather jacket and let it stand on quality alone. Two, buy something slightly cheaper and make it your own. Do you adore love-hearts and flowers? Are you a bit of a rebel, into tattoos and fond of the darker side of style? What’s your special look? Whatever the statement you want to make, decorating and embellishing your leather jacket means you’ll make much more than an average impact! Here’s three bright ideas for decorating the back of your women’s leather jacket this summer.
First, how to create a sparkly heart on the back of your leather jacket. You can either buy special stick-on jewels at craft shops, or buy a pack of craft jewels and stick them on yourself with UHU glue. Cut out a heart shape, folding a piece of paper in half so the halves are symmetrical. Draw round the heart to make an outline on your jacket, using chalk or felt pen. Start in the middle and glue on scarlet and/or pink jewels to create a fabulously dramatic motif. Purple hearts are cool too!
Second, a circle of flowers. Buy some silk flowers. Dismantle them and lay the petals flat on your jacket in flower shapes. You might need to iron them first. Draw a circle on the jacket using a plate as a template. Then draw carefully round the edges with 3D craft paint from Pebeo or Tulip, which sticks them to the leather. Use sparkly faux craft jewels to make the flowers’ centres. And add leaves if you like, cut from scraps of green fabric. Again, work from the centre outwards.
Third, original art. In the ‘70s you’d see painted leather jackets everywhere. Album covers, fantasy landscapes, band logos, skull and crossbones, splashy abstracts, you name it. If you’re reasonably arty, you’ll probably have ideas of your own. If not, find yourself an art student and commission them to paint you a unique design on the back of your summer jacket. Use waterproof paint, or seal your design to keep the worst of the water out.
What to do next? If you’re inspired, take the time to track down a good quality, low priced ladies leather jacket online. Get your materials ready. And set aside an afternoon one weekend soon to get creative.
Retailers in general were apparently extremely relieved last weekend as the long-awaited and dreamed for retail Christmas rush finally kicked off with a vengeance. On being interviewed, countless shoppers confirmed they’d been too busy saving up to start their Christmas gift buying expeditions early this year. Millions of us have been leaving it ‘til the last minute. And millions more of us have been buying online in an effort to track down the best possible deals and bargains.
The leatherwear market is no different. After a quiet start, December 2011 has suddenly blossomed into a bumper year with many outlets experiencing sales up more than 40% on last year, when the snow put the kibosh on Christmas shopping and disrupted deliveries across much of the UK.
The leatherwear sector is lucky in that it’s also high fashion again this winter, with leather jackets for menand women top of the style list for fashion conscious buyers who love to stay warm. There’s still a threat of serious snow and the past two years have made us very wary of the winter weather! So far it’s been relatively mild. But you never know… another reason leather jackets for women and men are flying off the shelves. Even if it’s blowing a hooley and snowing fit to bust, the cold won’t find its way through wonderfully warm and durable leather, your second skin.
What’s in store for Christmas shoppers searching for the perfect leather jacket gift? Men’s leather classics for winter 2011/2012 include the soft, supple single breast boxy or fitted jacket, fully lined for less than a hundred and fifty pounds if you know where to look. At the other end of the pricing scale there’s the fabulously luxurious Shearling leather jacket, sumptuous and thick with a fleecy collar to keep you completely cosy. Vintage-look Nubuck styles of every conceivable kind. And leather bomber jackets in unusual colours like tan and cream as well as smart black and rich brown.
The most popular ladies leather jacket and coat choices this winter are designer-style hooded jackets with belts to cinch in the waist – very flattering! There’s any number of lengths and styles of zipped and buttoned short jackets in scarlet and purple, green and navy as well as the usual classic black and browns. And, for those of us who like to really push the boat out, the stunningly posh and luxurious Toscana lambskin coat, a triumph in quality and great looks that’ll last a lifetime. No wonder leather’s taking online shoppers by storm this Christmas!