I’m constantly trying to think of new ways to wear these culottes. In hindsight, I probably should have purchased this J.Crew Patio Pant in navy blue for some added versatility, but what is done is done. Pairing them with these awesome lace-up pumps and leather jacket to toughen them up is just so much fun.
Winter still seems to be hanging around in these parts. While Easter Sunday is supposed to bring some spring temperatures, Easter Eve was still below freezing. My family attended early morning Mass and I quickly realized I needed to add on some Easter layers to my outfit. Lightened up slightly from my typical dark neutrals from winter, I wore a dusty rose/mauve-colored silk blouse under my white leather moto vest and light grey wool peacoat. I topped it off with a scarf to cover my neck and I was good to go.
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.