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Cheap or expensive leather jacket??

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MaudesMum Sun 29-Oct-17 13:37:27

I ordered a leather jacket in the Sainsburys 25% off sale, and it has arrived, and is fine. Not brilliant, but fine - on the positive side it doesn't look too cheap, on the negative it has quite irritating flappy lapels.
However, I'd previously tried on an All Saints jacket - the oversized one - and fell very much in love. Lovely leather, very much "me" in terms of how it looks. But it is £420 and the Sainsburys one is £74.50. - so 5 1/2 times as much, and the most I've ever paid for an item of clothing. On the other hand, if I wear it for many many years because its so lovely it would be worth it. Aargh....

Greenteandchives Sun 29-Oct-17 13:39:42

Waiting to see what replies you get as I am currenty considering an investment in an All Saints jacket. I try it on most weeks! 😳

carb0nated Sun 29-Oct-17 13:41:55

Leather jackets last years and years. I wouldn't even look at one that cost less than £100 as I know the leather would be cheap rubbish.

happymama99 Sun 29-Oct-17 13:46:17

If you can afford it you should get the one you love!

bellsandwhistles89 Sun 29-Oct-17 13:48:18

You could try a River Island jacket, the leather ones are actually surprisingly could quality although around £100. If you can afford the expensive one though then go for it.

bananafanana1 Sun 29-Oct-17 13:48:20

They last ages and you’ll always love the all saints one- splash out! grin

Leatherboundanddown Sun 29-Oct-17 13:57:06

I just got a muuba one from asos for £215 in sale and I love it. Definitely just as good as the all saints ones.

PNGirl Sun 29-Oct-17 14:10:03

Mine are both AllSaints. They were worth the money. You can get the odd nice cheaper one (Mango) but if you want it to last years there's no contest.

HolgerDanske Sun 29-Oct-17 14:28:05

I would definitely go for the all saints one.

If you can wait for a discount or sale, even better. But even at full price, if that's the one you love, and you can afford it, then that's the one you should get. I'd rather have one beautiful item that's just right, than five lesser items of varying suitability and/or quality.

whoareyoukidding Sun 29-Oct-17 14:28:06

If you're young (ish) and basically ok figure then go for cheap. The older one gets, the better quality clothes one needs just to look ok.

MaudesMum Sun 29-Oct-17 14:35:41

Thanks - all really interesting thoughts! I'm in no way young (mid-50s) and not that thin (somewhere between 14 & 16 at the moment). I've come down from size 20 over the last 9 months, and the jacket is going to be a present to myself for getting to the point where I can actually fit into one - but realistically I'm never going to fit into very small/short ones. Will now trawl Asos and River Island to see what they've got...

Floisme Sun 29-Oct-17 14:36:47

If you can afford to, I would wear the cheap one first to see how you get on with it. I bought 2 cheapies: a pleather one for £50 and a real leather one from a charity shop for about £6.99. Much to my suprise, I realised the biker style didn't suit me nearly as much as I'd thought it would. I was very glad I found out before pissing away £300+.

Catinthecorner Sun 29-Oct-17 15:02:31

I’ve done really well on eBay with all saints stuff. Also bought my muuba leather jacket for about £70 on there

ChardonnaysPrettySister Sun 29-Oct-17 15:04:06

I paid a fortune for one. 18 years ago and its still lovely.

ElspethFlashman Sun 29-Oct-17 15:17:15

I'd try out the style on the cheap first. It's an expensive experiment if you aren't used to the style. My sister bought a V V expensive leather jacket which she soon realised didn't really do her any favours and it languished in her wardrobe for years. God knows where it ended up.

I always hated bikers on me as I looked a bit masculine, until I found a faux leather one in Topshop without a collar so it's much more elegant and you can wear scarves with it.

Have worn it to death and it looks pretty authentic. I'm honestly not sure something that costs hundreds would be any better tbh?

But if you have found one that you are 100% sure of the style of, then no harm thinking about it. It's a hell of a lot of money though and I'd wait for a sale somewhere.

NewBallsPlease00 Sun 29-Oct-17 15:20:24

I wanted to know that the leather was ethically handled and had same dilemma with all saints at £398 (random price!!) or a next one at £160.
I'm actually ok I bought the cheaper one- I would have loved the other one more yes but I also love love loved the shoes and dress I bought with the extra I was going to spend. I wear it 2-3 times a week and don't regret not spending more

bingolittle Sun 29-Oct-17 15:24:59

I really wouldn't buy the cheap one - the lapels are already annoying you and you will never really be happy with it. It's cheaper than the other, but it's still not exactly free.

Whether or not to buy the expensive one is a separate issue and depends on whether you really love it.

MaudesMum Sun 29-Oct-17 18:22:16

Thank you everyone - I've decided to send back the Sainsburys one and carry on looking. I've seen some quite nice ones at John Lewis - both their own brand and Jigsaw - particularly this one www.johnlewis.com/jigsaw-washed-biker-jacket/p3284308?colour=Black - so I'll go off to a big branch at some point and have a bit of a try on.

zippyswife Sun 29-Oct-17 18:32:04

Hey I’m a bit of a cheap skate but I’m glad I got my all saints leather jacket. I love it. And it makes me feel good. Wait till the 20% off and go for it!

zippyswife Sun 29-Oct-17 18:34:26

Mine was £220 in the sale at all saints (ink blue balfern) which was a seasonal one and so super reduced. I didn’t want black so it was perfect for me!

whoareyoukidding Sun 29-Oct-17 18:36:07

There's a back Friday coming up 24th November I think - why not wait til then OP and get a bargain?

glovesonstrings Sun 29-Oct-17 18:38:22

Zara sell decent real leather jackets. Worth trying on. If you can bear standing in a queue to pay for half the day.

Jermajesty Sun 29-Oct-17 18:43:33

I recently got this and am very impressed with the quality : www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/leather-biker-jacket-6809159

They also do an oversized one : www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/oversized-leather-biker-jacket-6876354

Ktown Sun 29-Oct-17 18:48:14

I have an all saints and a next one.
I don't think there is much, if anything in it.
I like both.

mowglik Sun 29-Oct-17 19:37:32

Get the one that makes you feel great and you love, it that’s the £400 one then save up for it/xmas sales, you will wear it for a long time so getting it right is important

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