I know it wasn’t long ago that I got my very first leather jacket (the Allsaints Papin), but it probably doesn’t come as a shock to you to know that I ended up getting a second. Since I only really had black leather style jackets and not a brown, when I saw the Allsaints Balfern in Sahara, I knew I had to get it. Luckily I managed to while they had the 20% discount going on, so that was a bonus too. It’s turned out to be absolutely gorgeous and perfect in every way and a brown leather jacket is just what I needed. You can read my review on it below!
The Sizing: The sizing on the Balfern Leather Biker Jacket seems to be quite true to size for Allsaints to me. I’m generally a size UK 6 in their coats and most of their other items (apart from the Kit Jersey Biker Jacket and the Papin Biker Leather Jacket) and the 6 is what I took in this one. It fits absolutely perfectly everywhere and isn’t too big or too small in any areas as you can see. Since I’ve been a UK 4 in their other leather jackets before, I decided to take the 6 in this one as the leather looked stiffer and not as supple, so I was definitely right in making that decision. If of course you would love to wear thicker knitwear underneath this jacket though, definitely size up one for a more comfortable fit.
The Fit: The fit of the Balfern is absolutely amazing. It’s got more of a boxy feel to it so it’s not nipped in at the waist like the Papin is, but it’s definitely gorgeous. The sleeve length is a full length design, so there’s no cropped sleeves which makes me happy. You can see the sleeves hit perfectly on my wrists, right where they should be. The actual length of the jacket is slightly cropped. It’s not full length as you can tell, but it’s not extremely cropped either. I would say it hits middle ground between the two, right at the top of my hip/pelvic bones. It would be great if it did have a more defined waist, but given the design of the jacket, with the belt around the bottom, it’s not that type of design to feature a feminine fit.
The Design/Style: In terms of the design on the Balfern, it’s pretty much perfect! The lapels actually have poppers to keep them lying flat against the jacket which is a huge bonus for me. Most of the time the lapels can end up folding in or flapping around, so keeping them strapped down is ideal. The zippers on the sleeves really add a nice touch to the design of the jacket too, as do the zippers and pockets positioned around the jacket. The belt around the bottom makes it edgy and perfect for that biker appearance and it works even in the Sahara brown colour. This jacket is really popular and comes in numerous colours each season: Black, Navy, Burgundy Red, Pink, Suede… but I really wanted something in a classic brown which is why I went for this one and it’s amazing. I’ve seen the black and it’s ideal if you want a biker jacket like this in black, I even want it myself. Usually I would go for a burgundy, but unfortunately it’s not quite the burgundy that I like as it’s a bit too dark and more on the mahogany side.
The Comfort/Leather: The leather on this jacket is a lot stiffer and harder than the usual soft leather of the Papin or Cargo, but it makes the jacket stronger and more sturdy which is why the stronger leather was used. I don’t think a really supple leather would hold up well on this jacket as it has a belt around the bottom which might pull it out of shape. It seems to be fairly durable and splash proof too, but if you want to know how to care for your leather jacket, just check that post. Comfort wise though, as long as you get your perfect size right, it’s extremely comfortable to wear. I adore mine and I can’t wait to wear it loads when the weather warms up! It’s perfect for really thin tops underneath or ideal for t-shirts!
The Overall Opinion: My overall opinion is of course a happy one. This jacket literally is everything I was looking for in a brown leather jacket. The colour is gorgeous, it’s not too much like an old leather sofa or too tan/orange, it’s the ideal brown you would want. The lapels stay down with poppers, the sleeve length is perfect on me, the fit is flattering and the versatility of the Balfern is amazing. I know this can be worn with anything! I definitely want to get the black one at some point too! Let me know what you think of it and of course, you can buy this jacket online at Allsaints for £298.
EDIT – I also own the Black Balfern Leather Jacket now too, and a couple of suede versions, which I have included photos of. The price as of 2018 is £318 and this jacket still remains one of their most popular styles. It’s a must have year in, year out.