Location: Museum of Fine Arts (TripAdvisor), Tournai, Belgium
My personal style tends to demonstrate bipolar tendencies every once in a while. I usually have a rather feminine style but sometimes I just want to step out of the house feeling like a tough(er) kid, wearing something more boyish or edgy.
That occasional rocker drift (even though I’m too young to truly understand the meaning of that word) has been the root of my longstanding love-hate relationship with leather jackets. I’ve been on the hunt for one for as long as I can remember. I love the instant off-duty feeling and rebellious punch it gives to an outfit and the warmth it provides without obstructing your movement as thicker coats tend to do. Yet I’ve never managed to find one that I like. Whenever I try one on in a store, it just doesn’t look good on me and I end up sticking to my usual fool proof garments. As much as I wanted to make it work, the mirror just told me otherwise.
Recently, in the wake of the sartorial icon being declared the star of the season by Vogue, I decided to borrow this leather jacket from Esprit from my cousin and give the whole concept another chance.
My cousin’s jacket was not the androgynous black type, instead it had a softer, beautiful grey/bluish colour that made the jacket a little more true to myself than the ones I had tried on before. The leather is buttery soft rather than stiff (what you’d expect from a biker jacket), with a figure-hugging cut and asymmetrical zip closure. I paired it with some neutral Scandinavian-inspired hues, among which a vintage cream knit 7/8 skirt with a back slit that gives the look a more distinctive female touch and an oversized scarf (apologies for the slipshod way of draping the latter in my last few photos!).
It still does feel “me” but at the same time just a little more invincible. Come on, girls, join me. The world is waiting for us.
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