What to do with this leather jacket?

Jesssh

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I bought this a few years ago and didn't wear it much. Loved the fit, the materials, the colors and the details, but was never sure about the overall style. I can think of ONE place to wear it. :-s

What do you think? Can it be styled to be more versatile? Can it be saved? What would you wear it with? Where would you wear it? Or should I try to sell it to a Clothes Mentor? Or should I donate it to charity? Or wait for it to be in style again? Or keep it for just the right occasion? Or cut it up for scrap leather? (I really don't hate it, it just isn't clicking for me.)

I have the missing button, just need to sew it back on.

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Style aside, it does look really cute on. For example, if it was a solid color and had no exposed running stitch or studs, I probably would use it a lot. It has a slightly curved silhouette, which is why I bought it originally.

ETA: just had a thought - maybe I could restyle it into an envelope clutch? And maybe a padfolio?
 
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randr21

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nice color and good bones. i just wish the front pockets werent studded. if you're in a city where ppl wear southwestern type of clothing, then sure, wear it out with jeans and turtleneck or cream silk blouse underneath, esp since u said u looked cute in it. if not, i'd just try to sell it. might be the dream jacket for some other lucky lady.

maybe a picture with you in it would help get more responses on this thread.
 

BarbAga

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Hang on to it, they always come back in style. I do agree about the darker pockets. It really is a pretty jacket though.lol I really helped huh?
 

AstaK.

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How about with wide legged cord trousers and Marc Jacobs Stam? Cute wool beanie and big sunglasses and you straight from 70`s NY...

Sell it if you dont like it, its such and beautiful piece. Maybe its the ligh brown colour you dont fit? Ive had two of the same tone and didnt like them myself either. I like more chocolate:biggrin:
 

MsCandice

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Hmmm....I feel like if you are 60+ you could wear it with all black or whatever and really make it look good. Otherwise, I would say let it go. Since you say it fits well, I agree that if it didn't have all the fandangles it would be a nice leather blazer, but the thing is it does. So if you're younger scrapping the leather sounds like a great idea.
 

justpeachy4397

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Depending on how much you are looking to spend, I would take this to a leather specialist a crop the sleeves so they are 3/4 length. That would help modernize the style and would work nicely with the pocket embellishments.
 

Jesssh

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Thank you everyone! Please keep the comments coming. I keep going back and forth between keeping it for western events or scrapping it and making a colorblock envelope clutch.

Depending on how much you are looking to spend, I would take this to a leather specialist a crop the sleeves so they are 3/4 length. That would help modernize the style and would work nicely with the pocket embellishments.
This is interesting, hmmm. There is probably enough leather on the bottom of the sleeves to replace the pockets, too.

(Love your blog!)
 

Jesssh

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Well, I decided I don't like the jacket. It has been demoted to the staging closet where it will live until I am ready to either donate it to charity or rip it apart and make a clutch - or a saddle bag - or both! (The leather is nice.)

Note to self: NO MORE IMPULSE PURCHASES!
 
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The one thing that deters for me is the brown studded accents on the pockets. If you have a good leather guy maybe you can remove the brown pieces and just put the studs back in and then it might not look so western?

I love the whip stitching, the color, and even the brown collar. Its a nice jacket. Just that little bit on the pockets for me makes it a western look. I think it would be nice with a cream pant and cream turtleneck, or jeans and white tee?
 

glamour_chic

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I would go with the cut it up and turn it into a clutch route.
and then whatever leftover scraps you have, you can use to make leather pockets on a shift dress. .. like this:
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LoopysEldest!

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I actually like the pocket detail, I think it compliments the collar. I agree having the sleeves shortened might be a bit nicer but I would style this with a plain white T-shirt and some good black slim fit (skinny if your comfortable wearing them) jeans.

Simple and leaves the detail with the jacket. You could add a light silk day scarf for a pop of colour or adding a pattern.