Vintage leather jacket – An old favourite

I defy you to guess the year that I purchased my still favourite black leather jacket. I will give you a clue in the charts that year were:-  Madonna with “Like a virgin”, Culture club with “Karma Cameleon”, Phil Collins with “Take a look a me now” and Stevie Wonder with “I just called to say I love you”.

I remember seeing the jacket in the window of the Agnes B shop in Paris. It was love at first sight. As I had two small children at the time and very little disposable income I saved up for about a year, putting aside a small amount of cash every week into an envelope marked “dream jacket”.

It has been languishing at the back of my wardrobe for a while surviving many a wardrobe clear out. Somehow I just could not bear to part with it despite the fact that the style was “demode”.
I recently discovered that my treasured dressmaker could tailor leather et voila my jacket is transformed and continues to give good faithful service. It was worth the investment, and as far as I am concerned is ageless. The key is to continue to update the items you wear it with.

If you choose a good fit in the best quality leather you can afford and a colour and style that suits you a leather jacket always looks fresh and chic.

If you did not guess the year of purchase it was 1984. Do you have any favourite pieces that you just can’t bear to part with?
Thank you for reading. I really love to hear from you and appreciate the time you take to leave comments.
Fashion and Style, Beauty tips, Lifestyle


  1. 25th October 2013 / 15:32

    Terrific advice!! The key IS to update the pieces you wear with it and how you style it. You look fabulous in it!
    I have several “dinosaurs” in my closet that I adore and bring out occasionally. They are quintessential items for me and are as appropriate now as they were then.
    Great post. Have a stylish day!

  2. 25th October 2013 / 20:16

    What an amazing story and an amazing jacket which still looks amazing on you! I wish I could save up small amounts of money for the things I really want x

  3. 25th October 2013 / 20:23

    Wow, I am an absolute sucker for leather, I like adding it to my outfits for a bit of edge. Your jacket is timeless and perfect! Definitely worth the investment 🙂



  4. 25th October 2013 / 22:35

    Your jacket is wonderful and how brilliant that you’ve had it ‘ updated ‘ ….. it looks as if you have just bought it !
    I’m afraid that I find it very difficult to part with anything !!
    …. and, many thanks for your comment today and for wearing pink !! XXXX

  5. 25th October 2013 / 23:18

    I too purchased a leather jacket from Agnes B more
    than a decade ago. At the time, it was the most
    expensive item I had ever bought. It still is
    the top five of expenditures. But this jacket–styled
    after her ubiquitious snap sweater–has served me
    well with everything from jeans to evening gowns
    and it has accompanied on many a trip–most recently
    to Madrid and Morocco.

  6. 26th October 2013 / 03:46

    That jacket looks fabulous. How sad it makes me that I let my Agnes B. black leather jacket go, thinking I’d never wear it again.

    xo Mary Jo

  7. 26th October 2013 / 11:16

    The jacket is beautiful, and I love all your look simple and elegant.

  8. 26th October 2013 / 16:04

    Barbara emailed me this comment.

    Wow you look fab-u- lous ! in your re vamped leather jacket & right in ‘le mode’ I was never & still not a dreamer for leather wear & as to morrow is my 70 (something ) birthday I think I’d be a little over the mark. I really like the way you have put together your ‘ensemble’.

    Thank you Barbara and everyone else who has been very complimentary.

    Leather like us gets better and better with age.

  9. 26th October 2013 / 20:43

    I am looking right now for a leather jacket. Since I am petite it is a little difficult to find the right fit and doesn’t over-whelm me. Love yours!

  10. 27th October 2013 / 10:31

    Agnes B in the 80s was so cool, everyone else was doing power dressing and she was the original Isabel Marant, with fluid shapes and muted colours. I once saw her at a market in Cap Ferret near Bordeaux, she was so stylish and eye catching, yet completely appropriate for buying fruit and veg.

  11. 27th October 2013 / 23:23

    What a gorgeous leather jacket. I have a navy suede jacket that has been sitting in my closet for a couple of decades. Just can’t let it go. Perhaps, it’s time to take it to the tailor.

  12. 30th October 2013 / 15:40

    That jacket is so cool! I love vintage clothes. Greetings from Sicily. I am following you on Twitter and Bloglovin.

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