Rough’n Tough + Veda Max Classic Jacket Review

Fall is my favorite season for fashion because I can easily get away with wearing these rough’n tough biker looks just about every day of the week….after the day job, of course.

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Veda Max Classic Leather Jacket + Cargo Pants + Chelsea Boots DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Veda Max Classic Leather Jacket + Cargo Pants + Chelsea BootsVeda Max Classic Leather Jacket (comes in red, white and blue!) / Paige Cargo Denim (see similar) / Ann Taylor Gail Chelsea Boots / Madewell Bucket Bag / Jacob Turtleneck (old see tissue version by J.Crew)

I’ve this Veda Max Classic Jacket for approximately three years now and I still wear it regularly throughout the year whenever the weather warrants it. I don’t wear it closed very often (or at all), but was asked by a reader to do a review and show a picture of it zipped up and I thought it would be a great opportunity to play around with a look that has the jacket zipped all the way up (it can also be worn with the collar folded down). Plus, since I’ve had it for quite a while, I agreed that Im probably in a good position to talk about it.

The leather is just as soft and supple as when I first bought it, even more so as it has broken in. It does fit a bit tight across the shoulders, however. So, if you are wide/strong shouldered like I am, going up a size would not be a bad idea. It has stretched a little bit over the years, but not dramatically.

As you may have noticed, it is made of knit under the arms making for a very snug fit. Because of this, layering isn’t so easy. I generally layer over a thin shirt, but chunky sweaters? Don’t even think about it. Also, the knit has pilled a little bit over time, but nothing a pill-shaver cant’t fix.

As for how well the leather has worn over time, it does look worn in some places. Because it is such a tight fitting jacket and requires some pulling to get it on, there are certain areas of the jacket like behind the shoulder or under the arms where the leather appears to be peeling/drying a little bit. Proper care regular moisturizing (and not pulling too hard) could help delay or prevent this. I admit, I don’t moisturize as often as I should.

Would I buy this jacket again? Yes, but definitely on sale. I believe I purchased it for under $400, and I think it was worth that price. I do think it could have worn a bit better over time, but given how much I do actually wear it, it probably was just inevitable.

Do you have a favorite leather jacket? I’m always on the hunt! Check out All-Saints, which is having a 20% off sale everything except handbags with code: NOVEMBER. Jackets are great for petites!

And a quick mention of these chelsea boots from Ann Taylor. It is one of my most recent purchases that I could not resist. These boots in particular attracted me because the slightly pointy/almond shaped toe box. Most chelsea boots I’ve come across recently either have an round toe or a pointy-toe, so I was thrilled to find a hybrid and thought it was different enough to justify its purchase. Right now AT is having their F&F sale with code FRIENDS40. A great time to snag these booties for 40% off! They also come in brown! I took my regular boot size.

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Review: Franco Sarto Hawk Flats

I have fallen in love with d’orsay flats since I had these on in-store a few months back. Unfortunately, they are quite a bit out of my price range at the moment so I have been fishing around for something similar but at a [much] lower price range. Recently, I spotted these Franco Sarto Hawk Flats and decided that they were worth a try since I liked the Franco Sarto Holt Flats so much (see the review here).

Here are a few photos and the breakdown:

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Look/Quality: These shoes appear to be made fairly well and look very chic. They are sleek and simple, definitely a modern classic and would look great with a minimalist-style wardrobe. Again, I’m loving white shoes lately and these the black/white is the perfect d’orsay pairing. They have a leather upper with black rubber sole.

Fit: Run one-half size large on my medium-narrow feet. While I am a true size 6, I purchased these shoes in 5.5 after reading reviews although some reviewers felt like they ran TTS. I am not sure if depends on the width of your feet since my feet run a bit on the narrow side or whether the sizing varies with color. For me, going a half size down was the correct choice, and almost astonishingly, I did not walk out of these shoes despite my having very narrow heels and my right foot being slightly smaller than my left. My right foot was slightly loose, but I think a heel grip (these are one of my favorites) or some sort of cushion inside the shoe would fix the issue.

Comfort: The footbed is padded extremely well and very comfortable. I have no issues with the pointed toe box. I do feel some slight “digging” at the inner part of the foot where heel meets the back of the ankle. But I am fairly confident that this only requires a little breaking in period to be comfortable. Otherwise, a Spot Dot or similar will eliminate any uncomfortable digging.

Verdict: Undecided only because I am not sure if I need a new pair of shoes right now. But I do really like them! It’s regular price is $79, but they can be purcahsed at Shoes.com for $45.97 (plus an extra 25% with a purchase of $100 or more with code 25SPRING!)  or Amazon. They also come in an array of colors and textures including, all black, olive, black snake, nude lizard, black/camel, mint/nude, platino metallic, and grey lizard.

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Chambray + Leather

Another one of my “easier” looks to throw together. I also love this pairing with a pair of heels which makes it so simple to go from day-to-night. And hey, I can’t ever say no to leather pants.

 

chambray shirt and leather pants Chambray shirt and leather pantsVince Blair Slip-On sneakers (size down 1/2) / Alice + Olivia Zip Front Leather Leggings / J.Crew Keeper Chambray Shirt (currently 30% off!) / Madewell Lafayette Bucket Bag / Aldo Cuff / Forever21 Rings and Bracelet 

This Madewell Bucket Bag has been my go-to bag in my spring wardrobe. Though, I usually opt for more structured bags, it is a nice change from my usual. It’s also not too small or too big and and not too heavy for a cross-body bag of this size. The leather is also very thick and sturdy. Dare I say that it looks better with wear? Some reviews mention that the leather stains clothes. I haven’t had this problem at all, but if you wear light colors and tend to get a little “damp” during warmer days, this is something that I would be cautious of if wearing cross-body. Highly recommend.

You can get it at Shopbop or at Madewell in black or dark camel. There is also a slightly smaller version in a Light Camel that is currently 25% off. Find it here.

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