I’m really excited to be sharing with you my brand new and very first, leather jacket. I’ve been tempted by real leather jackets for a long time and after having numerous faux options and lots of leather boots and bags, I decided that I thought I could make the jump to a real leather jacket. I wasn’t sure at first, but after seeing this gorgeous All Saints Papin jacket that I had been staring at for months, I finally decided to try it when they had 20% off a while ago. I’m really glad I did as well, so I thought I would review it for you since it’s a very popular jacket.
The Sizing: I ended up taking size UK 4 which is the same size as the jersey Kit biker I had from All Saints, however my usual size with them is UK 6. This jacket is designed to be worn oversized though as you can wear knitwear underneath it, but I found having a larger size actually made me look quite bulky since the sleeves are padded. That’s why I decided to go with the smaller size and wait for it to stretch a bit. I can wear it comfortably with a light weight knit underneath, but that’s about it at the moment, until it stretches some more. If you want a tighter fit, then you should size down like I did, but if you want it looser and you can get away with that type of look, go with your normal size.
The Fit: The fit on this one isn’t 100% perfect for me since the sleeves are quite cropped unfortunately. I have longer arms and usually I fit sleeves perfectly and since this one is cropped, they do fall at a bit of an awkward length on me, but if I wear knitwear underneath then it looks much better. I’m not sure this leather jacket works for bare arms though. Not on me anyway. I tried numerous larger sizes and the sleeves were still cropped so they are definitely designed that way. The shoulders fit me perfectly, the arms are quite tight, but they will stretch and I can’t really do it up at the moment as I have quite an awkward shape. My shoulders are smaller so I often need to size down to get jackets to fit them and that means I can’t often do jackets up. I’m not too bothered though because I think leather biker jackets look best worn open. With all that said, I do still love everything on it, especially the design.
The Design/Style: When it comes to leather jackets, I’m quite particular on the designs and styles I like. They have to have quilting, zips, lapels that stay flat and a nipped in waist from the back. I’m not a huge fan of the belt that usually goes around the entire bottom of leather jackets and I’m thankful that this Papin leather jacket doesn’t have one, only two little ones. Everything about the design and style of this jacket is perfect to me. I love the collar, the sleeves, the zips on the sleeves and on the body of the jacket as well as every other detail and it nips in perfectly from the back, so you can still see your feminine shape. As far as biker jackets go, this one is definitely beautiful. Styling it is easy as it goes with everything from cute black ankle boots and skinny jeans to layering it over a floral dress. My favourite way to wear it at the moment though is with burgundy knitwear and grey skinny jeans, with heels or boots. I love it worn like this and I can’t wait to show it to you in January in an outfit post.
The Comfort/Leather: As I’m very much used to faux leather jackets, I’ve not really experienced the comfort and ease of a real one, so I was quite surprised to find out just how stretchy and soft this jacket was to wear. I can move my arms a lot more freely in this one than I can any of my others and the leather doesn’t squeak either, which is a bonus. It’s very soft, supple and delicate which allows it to fit me nicely. The arms are a little tight at the moment but given how stretchy it is, I know they will mould to me perfectly soon. It’s a pure black shade of leather too, so I can only imagine how nicely it will fade a bit in the creases as it gets older and has more wear.
The Overall Opinion: So overall, I absolutely love it! I would like it to be less cropped in the arms though so it could be worn without knitwear underneath, but it’s definitely got me liking leather jackets a lot lately. I’m always checking out the new ones and I can see this one being really durable and long lasting, despite the delicate and soft leather. I’m sure you will see it on me often next year, that’s for sure! What do you think of the All Saints Papin leather jacket? I’d love to hear your thoughts and if you have one! I know fashion blogger, Marianna has this exact one and looks amazing in it.