How To Buy A Leather Jacket Online


Leather weather is arriving soon… maybe… hopefully

For the last four years, every time fall approaches, I determine that this is the year I’m finally going to take the plunge and get a proper leather jacket. And every fall for the past four years, I’ve talked myself out of it. It’s an intimidating process, okay? Especially if, like me, you dread shopping in actual stores.

And a lot of you are probably like me, considering eight out of 10 Americans shop online, according to Pew Research. It’s convenient, you can usually find a good deal if not a discount code somewhere, and there are more options to choose from. But the luxury of no lines or pushy sales employees also comes with the burden of not being able to try items on beforehand or witness what a piece actually looks like in person—or on a person that is you. 

It makes sense that some items, particularly big-ticket items, make you worried if you can't see them in person before purchasing. And, a leather (or faux leather!) jacket is one of those items. If you don’t have the luxury of an in-person shop, or are just looking to avoid people, or if the style you’re lusting after isn’t actually available in stores, the good news is that we’ve talked to a couple of experts and rounded up some tips for what to consider before clicking add to your shopping cart.

Know What You Want
Are you looking for a double rider look? Or are bombers more your style? Do you want classic black? Or are you okay with experimenting with brown or maroon? Do you want oversize? Or sleek and slim? These are things to consider before even opening your browser. The finish of a jacket is also something to keep in mind, Kate Dimmock, fashion director at Amazon Fashion, says. “The finish on a leather jacket really impacts the look,” she explains. “Take extra care to determine if your jacket has shine to it or if the leather is matte and try to look at additional images to see if lighting is affecting the look.” 

Look Into the Length
Dimmock says you might need to pull out a tape measure if you want to get the right jacket the first time around. “Where the bottom of the jacket hits on your body pretty much determines if it’s flattering or not,” she says. If you’re on the curvy scale, she recommends getting a jacket that hits at or close to your waist. If your body type is less so, a boxier hip-length style is great. Of course, to each their own—buy whatever stands out to you—but it’s something to consider.

Don’t Overlook the Hardware
It’s something that you may not consider when a jacket isn’t physically in front of you, but the hardware—the zippers, the buttons, the metal accessories—impacts the look of a jacket greatly. “Pay special attention to details like the color of the hardware—silver? gold? rose gold?—and whether or not the zipper is exposed,” Dimmock says. “The metal on a jacket can affect the look quite a bit—gold hardware will give it a more dressed-up look, while silver is a little edgier and more traditional for a motorcycle jacket.”

Read Everything
You should be reading the reviews first and foremost, but also the description the website provides. As Caroline Maguire, fashion director for Shopbop, points out, the beauty of buying items online is that 9 times out of ten, they're shown on a model already, so you have an idea of what it will look like on a human. Use that. “I always read the descriptions of how big the model is, what the fit's like, do they recommend sizing up or down, is the leather super-soft,” she says.

Compare and Contrast
Another luxury of shopping through a screen: You’re easily able to compare and contrast jackets. “You can place four different jackets that you love side-by-side to see the fit,” Maguire says. Different websites also style their products differently, which you can also use as inspiration and direction on how you want to wear your own.

Consider the Return Policy
A truly great leather jacket is timeless and will last forever. And sometimes finding “the one” requires going through a lot of not-the-ones, which is where a forgiving return policy comes in. As much as we’d like for you to find your Cinderella on the first try, chances are, you’ll have to try out some duds. Plus, there are some things you won’t be able to judge until they are physically with you, like fit and feel. Until our friends in Silicon Valley create a virtual try-on service, a little trial and error never hurt anyone.

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.