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How To Buy A Leather Jacket Online

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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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Well, actually it's crocodile, but she looks out of this world so...

Winnie Harlow walked the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday on her way to a screening of Oh Mercy!, wearing a showstopping gown.

The sheer black dress featured green embroidery on the front and back, which Ralph and Russo confirmed was in the shape of a crocodile. She belted the dress with a black crocodile skin-like belt and finished the look off with some strappy heels. She didn't leave it at just that. For beauty, Harlow packed on full lids of sparkly purple eyeshadow. She kept her hair sleek and simple.

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Though the brand says otherwise, as Game of Thrones fans, we'd like to think the embroidery is reminiscent of a dragon's skin. Not to mention, Harlow looks out-of-this-world beautiful in it.

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That denim kimono!!

Marion Cotillard shut down the Cannes red carpet on Wednesday at a screening for Matthias Et Maxime. Instead of an extravagant gown that's expected of the event, Cotillard wore a matching black crop top and shorts. Despite wearing an outfit I typically don to a hot yoga class, she looks incredible. She completed the look with an oversized denim kimono, a statement necklace, and heeled booties.

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At first, I was drawn in by the crop top and hotpants duo, but, after looking closer at the kimono, it's clear that it's the real scene-stealer. The floor-length Balmain piece was decorated with artful rips and dragon motifs. I would like to live in it.

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Let's all bow down to the Khaleesi of Cannes.

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"It doesn't make you weak to ask for help"

Singer Billie Eilish is continuing to open up about mental health, this time in a new PSA video in partnership with the Ad Council and Seize the Awkward.

In the video, Eilish insists that "it doesn't make you weak to ask for help." She doubles down on the importance of asking for help, and stresses the importance of friends and family being there when their close ones reach out and checking in on them as well. "You should be able to ask anyone for help, everyone has to help someone if they need it." According to Eilish, there have been times when someone reached out to her at the exact moment she needed it, and it helped.

It was particularly refreshing to see Eilish acknowledge that there are things she still doesn't know and has to learn about her mental health. At the very beginning of the video, the interviewer asks her to reflect on her mental health journey, and all Eilish can do is let out chortle. "I think when people hear, 'Remember to take care of your mental health,' they think that everyone else is, and that is not at all accurate," she admitted. "You know, for me I'm trying to learn still to make sure that I stay okay."

Check out the PSA below.

Billie Eilish On Mental Health & Friendship | Ad Council www.youtube.com

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"#NotOnMyMoodBoard"

Kim Kardashian has definitely been accused of borrowing a design now and then. But when Instagram influencer and Kardashian look-alike Kamilla Osman claimed the entrepreneur copied her birthday look for a Met Gala after-party, Kardashian was not going to let it fly—and shared plenty of photo evidence to shut down the claim.

Fashion industry watchdog Diet Prada first noticed Osman's claims on Instagram and shared side-by-side images of Kardashian's Cher-inspired outfit designed by Mugler and Osman's dress. "Never get confused with who 'inspires' who. They won't give you credit but they will copy," Osman wrote on her IG story. "I designed this dress for my birthday last year. Nobody had a dress like this was an original design."

Kardashian responded by posting the true inspiration behind her look: images of Cher, in similarly sparkly, plunging-neckline dresses and wigs, and of model Yasmeen Ghauri walking a Mugler show in the '90s. In fact, the only similarity between Osman's and Kardashian's looks is the bodycon mini-dress style, which the two are not the first to wear. Among the images, Kardashian included a blank slide with the hashtag "NotOnMyMoodBoard," making it clear that this was in response to Osman's claims.

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Screenshot via @KimKardashian Instagram Stories

Though I am with Kim on this one, Kardashian does have a history of co-opting other people's work. From being sued over her Kimoji app, to claims she copied makeup palettes and perfume bottle designs, to being accused of copying Naomi Campbell's entire style, it's far from the first (and probably, far from the last) time Kardashian's name will be mentioned like this.

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After delivered the perfect pep talk

When Lena Waithe took over as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live, her first time ever as a late-night host, actress and friend Halle Berry knew exactly how to pump her up. After Kimmel's security guard Guillermo Rodriguez hit the "Berry Button" (a large button on the wall that says just that), Berry came running out in a backless tee and boyfriend jeans to give Waithe a pep talk... and plant one on her.

Berry rolled in as if she'd just jogged from hanging out with her friends to come to Waithe's immediate aid, joking she wasn't dressed for the occasion; but, let's be real, she could wear a paper bag, and we wouldn't complain. Waithe requested the "Halle Berry juice," similar to her 2002 Oscars speech, and Berry immediately had the lights turned down low and jumped into inspirational speech mode.

"I know that you are a force of nature. You are a beautiful African-American queen going after everything that is hers," Berry said before going on to list Waithe's many titles and accomplishments. She jokingly concluded, "And you already winning, girl, 'cause you are dressed way better than Jimmy ever will," before asking if Waithe needed anything else. Clearly, Waithe thought that was all Berry was there to do, because she said no, but Berry insisted she needed one more thing before grabbing Waithe's face and surprising her with a kiss. "Wow," Waithe reacted after Berry pulled away, and honestly same!

Watch the video, below.

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