I’ve had a complicated relationship with leather jackets the last few years. While they are undeniably cool, classic, and mindlessly easy to style, the classic black leather jacket has been worn everywhere by everyone the last few years and I’ve kind of been wanting something a little bit different. I wouldn’t feel very “me” in a basic moto jacket. I owned no black leather jacket up until recently because I could never settle on something that felt just right for my style.

I’ve mulled this over for many months now.I almost pulled the trigger on ordering this super fun Mira Mikati leather jacket this winter (and now that it’s on sale, it’s extra tempting). Another option that struck me as having great potential was this amazing faux leather Shrimps coat with a cotton candy pink faux fur detachable collar. Upon exploring the world of non-basic leather jackets….there were so many fun options, why would you go basic right now?

I’ve been loving the rebirth of Coach the last few seasons and have been lusting after their gorgeous bags and jackets for a while now. I was very lucky to be invited to a dinner Coach is throwing here in Dallas tonight and I get to wear this beautiful Coach jacket for the event. When I put it on, I knew this was the kind of jacket I’ve been looking for! It’s just a bit more fun than the usual suspects. I feel like myself in this.

With this jacket I wore a Coach leather skirt with a vintage belt, a vintage Culture Club t-shirt, Golden Goose sneakers, vintage Keiselstein-Cord necklace, and Coach bag.

Below are some other killer options for upgraded leather jackets…I could go for any of these!

This jacket is a long time favorite of mine. I found it at Dolly Python here in Dallas, and another matching jacket in green and red. I wear them both constantly, sometimes belted over a nightgown to go to the grocery store! This belt is my favorite thing to wear with them. It’s an antique tapestry belt I found at Feathers Vintage in Austin. They pair so well together!

I have been having a really hard time finding a pair of jeans I like lately. Skinny jeans feel dated and I always wear vintage Levi’s 501s. I like these Grlfrnd jeans because they are a mix of both. The fit is crazy flattering! If you are thinking about ordering a pair, I took my normal size in them and they fit great. The label warns you they’ll stretch a lot but I have not had that problem wearing mine!

This bag is really special to me, it was a recent hand-me-down from my mom. It’s from Wunderkind’s Fall 2010 collection, a very special collection in my memory! My mom had found this bag on Yoox. I still pore over the runway images. What a great collection!

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This is a look I put together with some recent vintage favorites. The skirt is 70s Celine and the top is vintage Sonia Rykiel. I’m a huge Sonia Rykiel fan and this outfit is definitely inspired by some of her signature looks. I love how she played with French classics in such a tongue-in-cheek way, and her use of disco-light shades of super saturated color. I added a beret and a tassel earrings just for fun with this. I’m not normally a fan of knife pleats but in the context of this skirt I love them, the shiny fabric makes the skirt play with the light in such a great way! Maybe I’ll have to change my mind about knife pleats now.

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