It's official. The search is over and the position has been filled. What you see above is my new favorite wardrobe staple: my perfect leather jacket.
I've been searching for the perfect leather jacket for a few years now. While I've enjoyed wearing the vintage one that a family friend gave to me in high school, it never felt quite right or quite like me. For the past few years I've been on what you might call a passive hunt, always keeping my eye out for a killer deal on the perfect jacket, but never making it a priority. I was happy to wait and figure out what style and silhouette truly suit me, which is why I am so thrilled with my find.
The search for this The Kooples jacket was long, deliberate, and thought out, and I knew immediately after trying it on that it was what I had been searching for. I think the jacket strikes the balance between classic and contemporary, with an edginess that makes it modern and a distinctly French sleekness that will ensure it doesn't become a relic in a year's time. When I stumbled upon it on clearance at Nordstrom Rack (and after some encouraging texts - I mean you wouldn't buy a skirt without asking your friends first if it looks good on you), I knew it was time to pull the trigger and welcome this new treasure into my closet.
This jacket was originally priced at $1,100 (lol), and I bought it for 75% off at $275. It was a definite splurge, though well worth it. I have worn it just about every single day since purchasing, and I wholly adore it.
Because I passively searched for the right jacket for a few years, and bided my time until the right deal materialized, I do not feel guilty about breaking the shopping rule mid-season for this piece. It's quite the opposite, actually. I'm proud that I didn't jump on the first moto jacket that came my way when I was building up my winter and spring capsules. I am proud that I waited this one out, and that I quieted my impulsivity long enough to score this quality staple. If the capsule process has instilled in me one overarching principle, it is to practice patience when shopping, and try to never settle. This has been a hard lesson for me, full of a whole lot of returns and quietly defeated, "I'll make it works." I'm proud that I broke the rules of the capsule to live the "buy less" mantra in practice. I definitely think I chose well.
Do you have any staples you've been searching a long while for? Anything that you'd break the rules for (or splurge on) if the opportunity presented itself? I'd love to hear all about it!