Thrifty fashion – 4 looks from one leather jacket

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I’m one of those people who wear only a few items in their wardrobe over and over again. The statistic that’s always quoted is that most of us only wear 20% of their wardrobe 80% of the time and I am certainly guilty of this. I often seem to choose one or two ‘favourite’ items and wear them so much that I end up being sick of the sight of them or I find something that fits so well that I go out and buy 3 of the same skirt in different colours. I’ve had to the urge to do that with my New Look jumpers but so far only bought two… and that’s very restrained for me! But I don’t want to limit myself any longer and I want to get the most use out of my clothes – I’ve already paid for them, and we all know that the value of an item comes down to cost-per-wear. So over the course of a few blog posts I’m going to take items from my wardrobe and rework them into different looks that I hope will inspire you to do the same.

thrifty fashion looks - styling a black leather jacket four ways

This week I’m starting with a leather jacket. I’d coveted leather jackets for a while back in the autumn and I’d been Pinning images of fashion looks with leather jackets like crazy. I finally caved in and got this black jacket from Bon Prix because it was such a bargain price compared to all the others that I’d seen and I wore it a lot in the first week after it arrived and even bought some grey skinny jeans thinking that I was channelling a biker chick look. But then I stopped putting it on. I felt like it didn’t really go with anything else in my wardrobe and I didn’t know how to style it. Ultimately, I felt it added bulk and I didn’t want that extra puffiness on top of all the woolly jumpers and thick layers I was wearing during the winter. So it got put at the back of the wardrobe (and I mean literally) and I haven’t looked at it again since.

thrifty fashion looks Miley Cyrus leather jacket

Rock Chick / Classy Casual / Girly Glamour

Someone who does look good in a leather jacket is Miley Cyrus. She’s performing her ‘Bangers’ world tour at the O2 arena in May and even though she might be ‘controversial’ these days, all I really want to talk about when discussing Miley is her clothing. If you want an example of how to wear a leather jacket in a very casual way, look no further. Miley has grown up wearing her favourite leather jacket to create lots of different looks but nowadays is just as likely to be teaming a leather jacket with nothing else as she is a long glamourous gown.

I’ve tried styling my leather jacket in a few different ways and here’s what I’ve come up with – a girly dressy look that would be fine for a date, two casual looks using denim and chiffon and my very own attempt at a rock chick look using my favourite Tina Turner concert t-shirt and a bit of animal print!

fashion looks - styling a leather jacket for a girly lunch date

Floral dress from ASOS  & pink belt from ASOS

thrifty fashion styling - how to get more looks from one leather jacket

Cat print scarf from New Look & specs print chiffon shirt from George at Asda

Denim shirt from Matalan, belt from Apricot & handbag from Next

fashion looks - styling a leather jacket four ways

Tina Turner tour merchandise t-shirt, scarf from Accessorize & necklaces from Primark

At least I’ve found that there are few more ways of wearing my leather jacket and I think it will probably come out of hibernation now that we’re in Spring and I can finally shed all of those chunky layers. I especially like how cool the jacket looks with dresses and it’s nice to have a fitted item of clothing underneath it because it doesn’t feel so bulky like that. Please let me know what you think of my outfit ideas and let me know how you would style a leather jacket for spring – tweet me @Cassiefairy or leave me a comment below 🙂

Author: Cassiefairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle
promotion studies. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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  1. Pingback: Thrifty Fashion – 4 looks from one denim shirt | Cassiefairy - My Thrifty Life

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