Felted/knit biker jackets are everywhere this season, and I think they're great for adding a bit of rock chick without committing to a huge leather jacket investment. Zara seems to have superb selection (incidentally, you can click on the photo above and you'll go to Polyvore, which has the details of all the jackets pictured - you can do that with any of my clothing collages) - if you do check out Zara online, make sure to look at the TRF range as well as the Woman range, both have lots of good stuff in.
I'd been fancying one for myself since I first clocked a couple of more expensive versions on Matches and Net-A-Porter, but knew there was no way I was committing that kind of dosh for what is essential a between-seasons coat. Besides which, the more expensive versions mostly seem to come in black and grey, which is no use for me. So I started looking at cheaper options, particularly Zara, but again, nothing in a colour that worked for me. I did actually buy the red-trimmed Zara jacket on the top left above, but had to admit defeat and accept that it really isn't a shade that works for me, although the style was amazing.
Finally, with a bit of help from some friends, I came across the perfect one.
Chocolate brown and a felted, almost boucle fabric. And gold hardwear. Perfect. But at £165 it wasn't exactly the budget option I was hoping for. I happened upon the black version in John Lewis a couple of weeks ago and was able to try it on, and it was so ridiculously perfect (you know, apart from being black) that I decided to bite the bullet and order the brown. After all, I do nothing but complain about my lack of clothes at the moment, so it seems a shame to turn down the opportunity to get something that's spot on. I've owned a couple of bits from Toast before, and I know that the quality is absolutely impeccable, so I'm not totally traumatised about the price. Also, since this jacket is absolutely my style, I know I'll be wearing it long after it's had its fashion moment (I'm a believer of the 'style over fashion' mantra). Oh, and here's the black version, if you're interested.