I’ve been forever hunting for the perfect leather jacket for my wardrobe, but finding the right one at a reasonable price has eluded me for a long time. A black leather jacket is amazing for fall, spring, for travel and as a closet staple, so with our upcoming London trip I thought it was time to really find the right one. Shana mentioned she’d heard great reviews about the J.Crew jacket and I’d recently seen the Madewell in-store, so I ordered both of those and a third from AllSaints (my all-time favorite British cool-brand) in the same price-range to check out and compare. See what I found out…
J.Crew Washed Leather Jacket – Loved the fit, but this one smelled really strong though. I did like the width of the arms (a bit roomier than the others) but maybe too roomy to be flattering? The Small fit great and just a tiny bit looser than the AllSaints. I really liked the slight faded black color and that the simple hardware that wasn’t over-the-top. The leather had more texture than the other two. I didn’t love that, but it wasn’t stiff at all. I forgot to snap a picture of this one zipped, but it fit well when closed.
Pros: fit and length was great, leather was nice and substantial. Cons: smelled strong and the leather was a bit more textured than I wanted.
Madewell Washed Leather Jacket – The Madewell and the J.Crew are SO similar it’s almost hard to tell them apart in the photos, but the Madewell fit smaller than the J.Crew jacket even though I tried Smalls in both. It was slimmer in the arms, especially. This one was out of thinner leather than the J.Crew but really soft, nice leather and a super smooth texture. It would probably be the perfect weight for a bit warmer climates. It also didn’t have same strong smell as the other. It seemed just slightly more cropped than the J.Crew or AllSaints. Looking at these photos it was probably more flattering in the arms than the J.Crew was, even though the roomier arms were comfier.
Pros: soft, smooth, fitted (if you want that look). Cons: fit was too small, leather was thinner and the length was too short for my liking.
AllSaints Bales Leather Biker Jacket – Size US 6, UK 10. This one was more fitted than J.Crew but roomier arms than the Madewell jacket. This is the one I ultimately went with because it’s so rad. The collar is just amazing and unique. The buckles at the collar look great, even when not buckled (which is good because they’re a bit tricky to buckle without a mirror.) Love the soft leather and the hardware isn’t over-the-top either.
Pros: the collar, it’s unique, the leather is gorgeous and the fit was perfect. Cons: no real pockets to speak of (teeny 2″ deep zipper pockets at bottom look cool but don’t hold hands)
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For me, the decision was easy between these. I mean, that collar. And the AllSaints jacket just fit me best. But if you want a bit of texture and roomy sleeves, go for the J.Crew. If you like a slim fit with super smooth leather, try the Madewell.
A leather jacket is such a great wishlist item for birthday or for the holidays. I highly suggest ordering some to try out against each other for size and style. What I tend to do is order online so I can try at home and then return the no’s to the store for quicker credit, on big ticket items like these. I love being able to try them on at home for better lighting and the ability to try them with a variety of tops or outfits.
If you have a leather jacket you love, do share! Hope everyone is having a lovely October.