The DIY Playbook Style Series – Leather Jackets

Bridget & CaseySeptember 21, 2016 Comments

The DIY Playbook Style Series: Like many of you, we both strive to buy clothing that not only reflects our style, but is also comfortable, affordable, and can be worn at work AND on the weekends (did we mention we don’t want to spend a ton of money either). We know that a lot of the DIY Playbook’s readers are currently in this same exact situation, so hopefully together we can start this new journey of connecting one another with clothes (and sales!!) that make us all feel confident and comfortable. Don’t get us wrong, we are NOT fashion experts and we are not even fashion forward, just regular girls trying to have a little fun with our styles all without breaking the bank. *If you’re confused as to why the heck we’re writing about fashion today, be sure to check out this post!

travel-essentials-fall-fashion-outfitAnd today we are diving into the details of our leather jacketstravel-carmel-bridget-fall-fashion-leather-jackettravel-carmel-casey-leather-jacket-toms-dinner-succulents

Because we both recently invested in new leather jackets, we figured this would be a good starting point. So let’s dive into this fall fashion staple.casey-courtney-carmel

We’re both big fans of leather jackets, as it’s the perfect addition to our wardrobes for those brisk fall days. As Chicagoans, we’re all about making the most out of our time outside before winter comes into town. Because once those chilly temps come, we’re big homebodies who stay indoors and become vitamin D deficient!

Usually we don’t spend too much money when it comes to our clothes, but since this is a wardrobe staple that will be worn over and over…we were okay spending a tad more for leather jackets (like $100-ish). Whenever either of us purchase new staple items we both tend to do lots of research before we swipe that credit card. Shopping for these jackets was no different. We read reviews, checked out lots of sites, and found some awesome contenders.

Our Favorite Leather Jackets for Fall

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*Affiliate Links Used 1. Double Peplum // 2. Classic Moto // 3. Drape Front //
4. Drape Front with Zipper (Casey’s) // 5. Draped Moto Jacket // 6. Easy Rider //
7. Leather Biker (currently on sale…33% off!!)  // 8. Cropped Moto (Bridget’s) // 9. Faux Suede

Here are the ones we each purchased for our own wardrobes.

Bridget’s Leather Jackettravel-carmel-bridget-leather-jacket-fall-fashion

I have actually been looking for a tailored leather jacket for A WHILE! I spotted this one online recently and sent the link to my little sister for her approval (she’s my fashion conscience). Ironically, she emailed me back saying… “that’s the EXACT jacket that I have!”. I’ve borrowed hers a lot over the years so I knew I loved the fit and went ahead and bought it immediately. It cost around $100, which is usually far more than I would ever spend on one piece of clothing but since I plan on wearing this for years (yes, years!) to come…. I didn’t mind spending the extra money.

Fit tips: I bought an XS and it fits extremely snug (however, I’m not always an XS). The faux leather is super soft and very nice quality. And I usually don’t like things to feel snug, but I like when jackets fit more tailored and less baggy…. especially a leather jacket. But since it is a bit snug,  I can only wear very light things under it. If you’re looking to wear layers under your jacket, I would definitely suggest sizing up on this one.

Casey’s Leather Jacket

casey-fall-fashion-jeans-jacket-purseAt just over $100, there was no way I couldn’t say no to this jacket. I loooove the “drapey” look, as I think it’s so flattering and instantly adds a little edge to your outfit. My big pet peeve with leather jackets is when they feel so tight like you can barely move your arms. No bueno. This one has stretchy material on the back of the arms, so you have lots of mobility. I’ve only had this jacket for about a month, but I’ve been wearing it constantly. All in all…a great purchase!

What we wear our jackets with

  • Jeans (just got these distressed ones this season. So soft!)
  • White Pants
  • Flannel around the waist
  • Fall Dress (just purchased this dress in navy. Comfortable & soooo flattering. Can’t wait to take pics for you guys)
  • T-shirt or Blouses
  • Pretty much anything!!

Where NOT to Wear your Leather Jacket

travel-casey-beach-carmelAnd we’ll leave you with this parting advice. A leather jacket may not be the most practical clothing option when you visit the beach. We were not expecting such brisk temperatures during our recent trip to Carmel-by-the-Sea and our leather jackets were the warmest clothing options we brought. So therefore we had to both wear leather jackets down to explore the beach! Talk about awkward. You can only imagine some of the looks we were getting…. and rightfully so! bridget-travel-beach-carmel-leather-jacket

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  • Summer Hogan

    Great first post! Love these leather jackets on both of you! Might have to snatch one up myself!

  • Summer Hogan

    Great first post! Love these leather jackets on both of you! Might have to snatch one up myself!

  • Whitney Regeth

    I love #8! I recently purchased a white leather jacket and absolutley love it. I think I need to get a black one now! They really do look great with anything!

    • White leather….you are soooo cool! Love that idea to add to your wardrobe. And #8 is so cute, and such a good price tag!

  • Whitney Regeth

    I love #8! I recently purchased a white leather jacket and absolutley love it. I think I need to get a black one now! They really do look great with anything!

    • White leather….you are soooo cool! Love that idea to add to your wardrobe. And #8 is so cute, and such a good price tag!

  • Andy Smith

    Wao nice collection the leather jacket and the combination of leather bag are really looking cool. I ordered a leather jacket from my favorite store ‘A1 FASHION GOODS’. They have large collection of leather accessories like leather jackets, leather bags etc.

    • Thanks Andy! We will have to check A1 Fashion out, thanks for sharing!

  • Andy Smith

    Wao nice collection the leather jacket and the combination of leather bag are really looking cool. I ordered a leather jacket from my favorite store ‘A1 FASHION GOODS’. They have large collection of leather accessories like leather jackets, leather bags etc.

    • Thanks Andy! We will have to check A1 Fashion out, thanks for sharing!