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#54. 8 Leather Biker Jackets Under £500: 12/03/2017.

So, following on from my recent outfit post, I thought it would be a good idea to provide an update to an old blog post I had written on picking up a leather jacket on a budget. That post is now a few months old, and, as such, the links to those pieces are out-dated, and I’m sure many of you may still be looking for that ideal, affordable biker jacket.

For this post, I’ve picked out 8 of my favourite leathers that are currently available online, each varying a little in both, style, and price. There’s a couple of jackets at the upper boundary of what may be considered ‘budget’, but I’ve also included a few options that are certainly affordable. Also, there’s 3 faux leather pieces for the vegans amongst you.

Anyways, I’ll spare you any further introduction, and crack on with the list.

First up we have 3 finds from Zara, and I want all of them. If you’re looking for the classic leather biker jacket, with epaulettes and a belt, then this first piece is most likely your best choice. If you’re looking for a statement leather jacket, look to picks 2 and 3. I particularly like the third jacket.

Zara – Leather Biker Jacket – £179.99

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Zara – Biker Jacket with Studs and Flowers – £89.99

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Zara – Studded Biker Jacket – £79.99

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Next up we have a real heavyweight leather; the Reclaimed Vintage studded biker jacket. This one is for anyone who prefers an over-sized fit to a regular or slim fit. It’s also worth mentioning that its down from £200 to £140. For a bulky, genuine leather jacket, that is very reasonable.

Reclaimed Vintage – Leather Biker Jacket with Studding – £140 (down from £200)

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River Island have their own take on the classic form, similar to that of Zara, and almost identical in price, but they’ve streamlined it, removing unnecessary details for a sleek, contemporary look. I personally like my leather jackets with more to them, but I know there’s a lot of people who love very minimal style.

River Island – Leather Biker Jacket – £180

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I absolutely adore the ingenuity of this next jacket. It’s a double-layered leather biker by AllSaints, featuring a button collar on the first layer, and classic styling over the top of it. I just love how unique this one is, but it’s also a hefty £390. If I can convince anyone to make the investment, do it. It is honestly worth the initial spend. My AllSaints leather jacket is my prized possession.

AllSaints – Clint Leather Biker Jacket – £390

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Newly-found April77 are up next. I mentioned these guys as one of the 4 new brands I discovered this year, and their vegan leather biker jacket is gorgeous. This is by far the best-looking faux piece I’ve ever seen, but it also comes with a higher price than the usual vegan jackets.

April77 – Vegan Leather Biker Jacket – €250

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And finally, the beautiful brand that is The Kooples are offering a near-50% saving on one of their leather jackets. Having recently bought two coats from The Kooples in their outlet sale, I can vouch for the meticulous attention to detail and the incredibly high-quality of the construction. This piece will set you back £300. Again, reasonable when you consider the brand.

The Kooples – Leather Biker Jacket – £300 (down from £595)

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#53. 3 Ways To Wear A Leather Biker Jacket – Outfit 1: 09/03/2017.

Hello, you lucky things. For your viewing (dis)pleasure, I’ve decided to create a series of three posts, showcasing the varied ways that you can style a leather biker jacket. As many of you know, I am a sucker for a leather jacket, and the one that I’m wearing for this first look, in particular, is my prized possession; my AllSaints Kahawa biker jacket. An AllSaints leather jacket will set you back around £350, and though I did get this one with a sizeable staff discount, if I had the money to invest in my wardrobe, I wouldn’t think twice about buying this piece full-price. The versatility of a leather biker jacket is unparalleled amongst outerwear, and this specific one is just ideal. I did write a post a few months ago with a handful of budget biker jacket picks, but I’ll be writing up a revision to that in the coming days, in case you’re one of the people still struggling to find one that you like, or that you can afford.

For this first look of the series, I decided to go about as smart-casual as it can get. I’m particularly proud of the trousers in this outfit, as, not only do they fit perfectly, but they also cost me a fiver; the equivalent cost of a flat white and a muffin at Costa for a beautiful pair of grey puppytooth trousers – thank you, River Island sale. To pair with the formality of the trousers, I opted for a pair of burgundy braces, by ASOS, and matched these with my Selected Homme Chelsea boots. I dressed the look down with a black P & Co t-shirt, and threw my AllSaints leather jacket on over it. To accessorise, I picked a few rings by House of Need and The Great Frog, as ever, and completed the outfit with my Breo sunglasses – massive thank you to Breo for the gift, I love them!

I think the photos came out really well for this shoot (I could be wrong). It was rather nice to have a bit of sunlight, after the recent drab and drear. I hope you guys like the photos, too! Photo credits to Luke Oldham.

Make sure to leave a comment letting me know what you think of the outfit, and how you’d like to see a leather jacket styled for the next two posts. Thank you. As always, I’ll leave the links below to any of these pieces that are still available, and I’ll be doing a future post with picks to recreate a similar look to this.


 

 

#50. OOTD: 20/02/2017.

A warm winter coat would seem a wardrobe essential, to most. The emphasis drawn upon the word “most” is simply because I, being somewhat stupid, have never seen such a thing to be an essential. Instead, for the past few years, I’ve opted to layer t-shirts and jumpers beneath denim and leather jackets. I think the reason for this is partly that the vast majority of winter coats are hideous, in my opinion, usually being far too bulky, clunky, or another adjective to the same effect. And whilst, as you guys already know, I adore winter, and much prefer it to the warmer months, it seems that I’ve ignored the North Yorkshire chill for too long. In recent weeks, I’ve found myself at the mercy of minus temperatures with little to combat it with.

In response to this realisation of my stupidity, and in response to an email from The Kooples notifying me of their “Final Markdowns” sale, I decided to take a look at finally investing in a winter coat. And if I was going to find one that I actually liked, it was going to be one by The Kooples (or AllSaints). After a brief browse, I happened upon a black parka that I knew from first sight would be the one. This is beginning to sound like the exposition of a terribly cliché romcom, or of an equally terrible tale of textile fetishism, but I assure you, it is simply the story of a cold man and his warm coat. As I was saying, I knew from first sight that this parka was the one, and the only thing that would stand in my way was money. The parka was reduced. And not only reduced, but dwindled in price to a more than acceptable amount. I figured if I was going to buy a winter coat, at last, then I may as well invest. £157.50, down from £525. Still expensive, mind, but reasonable. I bought it, and I genuinely think it’s the best buy I’ve ever made. Warmth and comfort in York is priceless.

To style it for this outfit post, I decided to pair it with a black, long-sleeved top, also by The Kooples, which features a leather trim on the neck and shoulders, matching the leather details on the parka. I tucked the top into a pair of plain, black skinny jeans, by ASOS, wore a black, leather belt, with studding, also by ASOS, and completed the look with black, part-suede, part-leather brogues. The brogues, as you may have guessed, were another ASOS buy.

Hope you guys enjoy the photos – let me know what you think of the look in the comments! I’ll leave a link below to whichever pieces are still available online:

#49. Outfit on a Budget: 06-02-2017.

It’s been a long time since I last posted an ‘Outfit on a Budget’; the last one was near November last year. And in between then and now, there have been numerous interesting outfits (in my opinion, at least) that would make a good selection for this post. That being said, I think the most interesting to-date has been the outfit from last week’s post, featuring that embroidered denim jacket by Zara. The statement jacket is always a look that directs attention onto yourself, and so, this post may not be for everyone. Though, since that particular denim jacket is no longer available anywhere online, I’ve found it rather difficult to find a substitute. It truly is a unique piece, unlike any other denim jacket I’d ever seen before, high-street or high-end. So, rather than have this post fall to pieces because of the apparent lack of beautiful embroidered denim jackets, I thought I’d pick out an array of different statement jackets that you could pull this look together with. There’s a leather jacket, some embroidery, and even some patchwork, and each jacket has its own unique design quirk. Also worn in that outfit post – which, by the way, if you haven’t checked out yet, you can do so here: https://nikpxtxl.com/2017/01/31/48-ootd-29-01-16/ – was a pair of Cheap Monday corduroy jeans. These jeans, too, have disappeared into Cheap Monday’s archives, away from the grasp of any desiring customers, but I did manage to find a couple of replacements for these; one of which, it must be said, is not suitable for a tighter budget, but I’ve included it regardless because I’m sure all of your budgets vary greatly. I’ve tried to offer at least two options for each aspect of the outfit, unlike in previous posts of this kind, and so, there are a lot of pieces on here that you may wish to pick up for the purposes of your own styling, rather than to recreate something similar to my look. I’ve included a handful of t-shirts, a couple of smart black belts, and a few choices of footwear.

I hope you guys find something, at least, that piques your interest. Let me know in the comments if you do decide to pick anything up! Cheers.

Statement Jacket:

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Corduroy Jeans/Trousers:

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T-Shirt:

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Belt:

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Shoes:

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#46. A Handful More Picks from the January Sales. 

So, how are we? How’s the weekend going for you guys? Today, I thought I’d write up the companion to the post from earlier in the week, in which I picked out some of my favourite sale pieces currently available on the high-street (or, rather, the Internet high-street). To add to that list, I thought I’d pick out some of my favourites from the more expensive brands that I love to (window) shop from. 

Rather than go through each piece individually – because this is a more numerous list than the last – I think it might be better, for sake of brevity, to just pick out which of these I’m most keen on, and which I’d be tempted to splash out on. 

Two of the three pieces by The Kooples are at the top of the list; the skull jacquard blazer – my personal favourite of the entire lot –  and the parka. I still don’t own a functional winter coat, and 70% off on that parka just screams “buy me”. I’m not really a ‘parka’ sort of guy, generally, but the leather detailing and sleek, crow-black design makes it far more favourable to my eye. My eye is also drawn to the Docs backpack, which is also available in black, though, surprisingly, I find the brown suede to be preferable. Investing on a good backpack (rucksack… I know it’s a rucksack) is one of the more wise spending decisions you can make; the use you get out of it is well worth the initial expenditure. The Selected Homme striped tee is a steal, too. £6 is quite ridiculous. And, of course, the dream shoes are that pair of Saint Laurent derbies. One day, one day.
Hope you guys enjoy the post, and find something that takes your fancy. Let me know in the comments which of the pieces you like best, and whether you’re considering picking any of them up! Cheers. 

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#45. The Top Picks from High-Street January Sales.

Is it just me or have recent sales been terrible? The pre-Christmas sale was woeful, the Boxing Day sale equally so, and the January sale – the one that I tend to find the best pieces in – seems to have followed suit.

I decided I’d do this “Top Picks” post in two halves; this half being one of high-street pieces, and the second half being picks from the more upmarket sales, which will be going up at the weekend. That being said, I scoured the high-street retailers’ websites to little avail; thousands and thousands of products, either poorly priced or poorly designed. I did, however, manage to pick out a handful of pieces that I’m very much keen on. It was actually only Zara and ASOS that were even remotely up to scratch, though I did manage to find one buy at River Island.

First up, this beautiful black blazer by Zara. I’m a huge fan of the subtle embossed patterning, and it reminds me of a blazer by The Kooples, only £300 cheaper. This piece is £49.99, which is far less than even the most lowly of blazers tend to cost.

Zara – Black Jacquard Blazer£49.99 (was £99.99)

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I’m beginning to enjoy corduroy far more than I used to; maybe I’m just getting too old too fast. I currently own a charcoal corduroy shirt, by ASOS, but this Zara shirt, I must say, is a little nicer. It’s sharp and minimal, and would look snazzy with that blazer above. The shirt is £15.99.

Zara – Black Corduroy Shirt£15.99 (was £25.99)

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The Legend collection that Zara released not too long ago was perhaps the best collection I’ve ever seen released by a high-street retailer. Whilst that embroidered denim jacket seems to no longer be available, this studded compatriot is a stunning substitute. £39.99, too. Can’t go wrong.

Zara – Studded Denim Jacket – £39.99 (was £69.99)

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Moving on from Zara, we have one piece from River Island. Now, I will say that I managed to pick up one of the best steals of my life in River Island a few days ago; a cropped skinny pair of charcoal puppytooth trousers, for £6. The fit is perfect, and it was the last pair available, and in my size – it was meant to be. However, having pored over their online sale, it seems there is very little actually left of it; anything halfway-decent has one remaining size available, and it’s usually the most uncommon of sizes. I did manage to find this basic, black denim shirt. I genuinely might pick this up, because I don’t yet own a black denim shirt, and they’re so versatile. £12.

River Island – Black Denim Shirt£12 (was £30)

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Every single time I post a photo of me in my ASOS black worker boots (that I bought nearly 3 years ago), I never fail to receive messages from people looking for a similar pair, and whilst I had, too, been looking for a replacement, I had not come across any at the right price. Until now. These black boots are also by ASOS, and come with a side-zip and buckle detail, and are priced at £26. Bargain. They’ll last years.

ASOS – Black Lace-Up Boots£26 (was £65)

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Next up from ASOS are these high-shine burgundy leather brogues by Base London. They’d look sharp with my new trousers. £48, for these.

ASOS – Base London High-Shine Burgundy Leather Brogue Shoe£48 (was £80)

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My eye kept getting drawn to this next piece, and I really don’t know why. It just looks as though it fits perfectly. I like the military detail, too, and it’s only £54… for a wool-mix overcoat. That’s very decent. I’m looking to incorporate more browns in my wardrobe, too, amidst the blacks and greys.

ASOS – Brown Wool-Mix Overcoat with Military Detail£54 (was £90)

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Finally, we have a pick of two suit jackets by Noose & Monkey. I’m a massive fan of what Noose & Monkey are doing with their tailoring, and the contemporary cuts mingled with classic design win me over instantly. This first suit jacket comes in at £67.

ASOS – Noose & Monkey Super-Skinny Suit Jacket in Check£67 (was £140)

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And this second jacket – a little less of a statement piece – is a few pounds steeper; £72.50.

ASOS – Noose & Monkey Super-Skinny Suit Jacket in Brushed Check£72.50 (was £140)

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Hopefully you guys found something in here that caught your eye; let me know in the comments if you’re thinking of picking anything up, and also whether you’ve had any luck in the January sales. Cheers!