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Always said I'd never buy a faux leather jacket but decided to give it a go last year on an Oasis biker. Its nice and all but I still have the idea hanging over me that its not the real thing and wondering if it looks cheap to other people or not. I'm toying with the idea of selling it and getting a real leather jacket. Am I being daft?
OP I also have a leather one that I've had since I was 15, so nearly 6 years. I wear it all the time in the rain and it's fine, keeps me completely dry. One Faux leather doesn't necessarily look plastic and certainly doesn't smell, what an odd thing to say. Unless it's some super cheap specimen I suppose, I haven't encountered such a thing...
I have a faux one and as a vegetarian wouldn't consider buying a real one now, although I did really want one before I went veggie but I couldn't afford one then anyways. I LOVE my fake one and I've had lots of compliments on it and lots of people thinking it was real (which I don't understand because I think it's pretty obvious what is and isn't real leather, maybe they're just being polite haha).
I have both real and faux leather jackets. I have a real one (patent) which looks plasticky and has never really softened. I have and expensive-ish Mango faux leather one which (I think) looks real and I wear a lot. I also have a faux metallic blue one which doesn't look real - but I like it any way.
Go on what it looks and feels like rather than what it is made of.
So I picked up a real leather off EBay for a bargain. It's so buttery soft that the fake one just couldn't hold up to it. I think I may want one a size smaller though. Gah! I want it to fit really neat on the shoulders and arms cos I worry if it doesn't it might make me look a bit bulkier.