Why I Shouldn't Leave the Office @ Lunchtime

I enjoyed reading Shannon's post this morning


and recognised some elements in myself as I read.  I have become much more disciplined and now plan my purchases, research them, consider them etc etc but sometimes I just want a new little something (let's not get into how often I want a new little something lol).  It's exciting, it's fun, it can give birth to a series of new outfit ideas and I admit it makes me feel good!

So.... popped out at lunch for a wander, as one does, and came back to the office with this faux leather raw edge waterfall jacket.  This is one of those spontaneous purchases that I really enjoy.  On sale, only one in my size and something I have been wanting:)  The zippers are gold but I thought I would try the YFL black sharpie pen trick??

Anyway, my only reservation was that it's not leather.  I have become a bit of a snob!  Which is funny because I only own one actual leather jacket, my multi media pieces are all faux.  I worry that faux looks 'cheap'.  What do you think of faux leather in general?  I realise it comes in varying qualities, as does leather.  Do you wear it?  Yes, No and why?


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  • AJ replied 9 years ago

    Now why are you not modeling this for us?!

    I like the way it looks in the stock photo. It looks like a piece that belongs in your wardrobe.

    I only wear faux leather, because my winters are short and I don't want to pay the expense of professionally cleaning them. So, yeah, definitely a financial reason. :)

  • replied 9 years ago

    I have one faux that I wear - from BCBG.  And I wish that more stylish and quality jackets were available in this fabrication.  I'd love to be a Stella McCartney and wear only her faux - but where is it for women our age who aren't into cheap stuff, but don't have the budget for designer?  This looks great - I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Gigi replied 9 years ago

    That is really gorgeous!

    I wear faux leather—I have a few faux leather skirts. I think that faux leather has kind of become a thing in its own right, not just as a replacement for real leather. Some faux leather looks really cheap, almost like a garbage bag, but other faux leather has weight to it and some texture, which can make it look nice. I actually prefer faux leather because it is washable and so I don't have to be so careful about not getting it dirty. For me, it all depends on the quality of the faux leather as to whether it's worth getting.

  • Lyn D. replied 9 years ago

    I love it Deborah- even the gold zippers :)

    My only complaint about my old pleather jacket was the smell, and that I felt over-heated in it.

  • rabbit replied 9 years ago

    Looks like a beautiful jacket!   I wear some faux leather, it really depends on the individual item (weight, sheen, tailoring) how it looks.  Much easier to care for in rain too. I also think black tends to be more 'authentic' looking than about any other faux leather color (especially browns).  The one sad thing about faux is that it eventually, given several years, seems to break down,  so right now I'm trying to save a pair of boots that are flaking, and it's a losing battle.

  • Lucy replied 9 years ago

    Lovely jacket! 

    In autumn, I was dithering about, wondering whether to buy a new leather jacket or not. I wanted to, but the ones I liked were REALLY pricey, and I can't wear leather in winter proper, because the offices are quite cold on campus. While I was looking at options, I stumbled across a pleather jacket, which fitted perfectly and was a cute style. So I bought that. I have worn it heaps, and get lots of compliments on it. People stroke it and still think it is leather! So I guess a good "fake" is hard to pick! 

    But the funny thing about it all is that I have worn it more than I thought and the shape works so well, that I wish I had splurged on the leather! 

    Enjoy your jacket :) 

  • Gracie replied 9 years ago

    I love this: "So.... popped out at lunch for a wander, as one does, and came back to the office with this faux leather raw edge waterfall jacket." I have to try that with DH. ;) The jacket looks fantastic. I can't wait to see it on you. I much, much prefer real leather, I like the feel, weight, and smell :P but enjoy faux trims or panels on garments, as long as they are of good quality.

  • Caro in Oz replied 9 years ago

    Hard to tell from the photo Deborah - it looks good from here & I'm sure you wouldn't have bought it if the quality wasn't right :)

    I'm not a fan of faux leather in general for anything, it doesn't wear like real leather. IMO it can look cheap when compared with modern soft leather. Having said that I do have one pleather jacket - I bought it for the colour (turquoise) on sale, so not a big expense. It is holding up well & many people have commented on my lovely "leather" jacket. 

  • rachylou replied 9 years ago

    Nice jacket :) As to the question, I wear a lot of faux leather. I'm a little paranoid that PETA is gonna come get me. They *do* attack around here...

  • Neel replied 9 years ago

    All my jackets are faux leather. They don't look cheap if you buy the right faux leather IYKWIM, which does not necessarily mean expensive! I have the exact same one from New Look with silver hardware.

    I buy them mainly because our winter is very short, the chances of them not getting enough wear is more and plus the possibility of getting bored just watching them hang in there is even more (I mean how many winters can you wear the same jacket?!). So I refrain from investing. That's my logic anyway!

    I figure Aussie winter is similar. I love that jacket BTW!

  • carolbee replied 9 years ago

    Love the look of this Deborah. I also think it depends on the quality etc. I bought a pleather moto jacket from Target last year and although I like it I don't wear it much. I bought it to wear with leggings, but it only comes to my waist and doesn't seem right. What length is yours? Hope you will model it for us when you get home.

    PS. Have been catching up a bit and love the shorter haircut, YLF.

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Hi Carol and welcome back!  Will you be giving a trip report and fashion that you saw while away??

    The jacket is fitted in a tad at the waist and it's short.. ie.doesn't cover my bottom!!  I am thinking I will layer longer pieces under it and I think it will work nicely over some of my dresses:)

    How did your travel wardrobe work for you?

  • carolbee replied 9 years ago

    I forgot to say that the jacket was to wear with leggings AND tunics, just in case you were wondering!

    We were not in cities a lot, the main thing I noticed were the sporty luxe sneakers. Saw them a lot and saw a few I would love to have bought, which alas when travelling carry on only can't' be done. In Venice we were staying near Piazza San Marco and several times a day had to walk past the most amazing shops, Chanel, Gucci, Prada,Versace, etc, etc.

    The trip was fantastic, very pleased with my travel wardrobe, only one top I didn't wear much, because as soon as I put on a bit of weight it was a bit tight. Of course in the Arctic fashion was not on the agenda, and we were too busy looking at all the polar bears we saw. Sorry to hijack your thread.

  • Deborah replied 9 years ago

    Lol Carol, I couldn't imagine you wearing a short jacket and leggings... I figured you had omitted something :)

    Hijack away! So glad you had a great time. Interesting re the sneakers, they so seem to be everywhere! LynD and I went to Chanel at Chadstone a few weeks ago and it was quite the experience.

  • Lyn D. replied 9 years ago

    Ooh I would love to go back to Venice with DH and explore all the high fashion there! Waving to Carol :)

  • gryffin replied 9 years ago

    Beautiful jacket!!  I think the "fauxs" will get better and better wtih time.  I am a fan of all fakes of good quality.  As long as they feel good to the hand and feel good on, IMHO, that would make faux superiour to leather.  Lovely style.  Can't wait to see it on.  Very elegant and RATE which is the best combo ever!!

  • carolbee replied 9 years ago

    (Hijacking again...) Waving back to Lyn, I didn't even venture in to any of these stores with DH in tow. DH's niece took quite the fancy to an outfit in the window of Gucci or Chanel, not sure which now, which was a black jacket and skirt with some accessories. Cost approx 5000 Euros, roughly AUD$6500. As she wants to pay off her mortgage in 7 years she resisted, also said she would rather spend that amount coming to Oz for a visit.

  • viva replied 9 years ago

    I love the look of this jacket and the gold zippers too! As for faux, I think they are often really great quality. I still lust after DDs Free People cropped moto from last year. It's faux and it is fabulous. Amazing quality to look at and to touch. Come to think of it, I will probably be wearing it while she is off gallivanting in Hawaii this fall. It's the least I can do. ;)

    I hope you will model this for us!!!

  • Windchime replied 9 years ago

    I'm smiling along with Gracie at your popping out at lunch for a little wander and returning with the jacket. :) Which looks beautiful and seems would play well in your wardrobe. I have a faux leather skirt on order from NAS; am eager to see how it looks and feels. I do love the feel of real leather but worry about its maintenance.

  • Transcona Shannon replied 9 years ago

    Oh wow - can I relate to this Deb! I used to work downtown years ago and it dangerously handy to just "pop out".

    I adore this piece and can see it working very well for you. I like the tapered in waist and from what you've mentioned, I like the shorter length too as a contrast to some of your longer toppers.

    FWIW, I adore the gold hardware and wouldn't blacken them with a Sharpie. I think that the hardware gives the jacket a bit more "ooomph".

  • Debra replied 9 years ago

    It looks like a really nice quality jacket, and I really like the style. It will fit in with your wardrobe perfectly :)

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