I thought I would turn this blog post into a review actually because I got this brand new Allsaints Elva Leather Jacket and am totally obsessed with it. This is the first time I wore it in these photos and I paired it with a Topshop Knit, my L’AGENCE Margot Jeans in Slate, and my Golden Goose Sneakers. It’s a very casual outfit and I love how easy to wear it is, but because of the fit of everything, it’s very put together and styled at the same time. Anyway, I hope you like this outfit, do let me know! And tell me what you think of this jacket too! Lorna xx.
The Design: The design of the Elva is actually my new favourite from Allsaints. It’s a hybrid between their two best sellers, the Dalby (which is my other favourite, see my review here) and their Balfern (see my review here). As you can see from the photos, it’s so perfect! The zip detailing on the sleeves, and the two side pockets, make it a no fuss detail leather jacket, with black rivets, and I’m obsessed with that. It fits like a dream too. The cut as you can see is a little longer, so it hits just below the top of the hip bones, which I love, and it flares out a bit with more of a straight cut. I think this makes it really edgy and more rock inspired, and that’s why it has quickly become my new favourite!
The Sizing: I would say the Elva runs true to size, if not a little on the smaller side, but I ended up getting two of these jackets, one in a size UK 8 and one in a UK 10. The simple reason for that is because I had a discount code, and because the UK 8 was so perfect and beautiful, I wanted a bigger size to wear in the Winter with knitwear too. The UK 8 is very fitted, and looks absolutely amazing with t-shirts, while this one I’m wearing here is the UK 10 and fits perfect with knitwear underneath! So I can literally wear this jacket all year round, and that is a dream come true! I think you can tell that’s how much I like it based on the fact that I own it in two sizes!
The Leather: The Allsaints Elva leather jacket is made from 100% sheep leather and it’s actually more of a stiffer leather, which does have a smell to it because of the dye. It’s a beautiful black that has blue undertones to it, so it’s a cool tone black and not a warm tone. I would say the smell, from when you first get it brand new, is kind of electrical smelling, ha ha. But the leather is soft, an amazing quality, and comfortable to wear, even though it’s not super soft and buttery, it seems much more durable. Which makes it great for a casual leather jacket that you don’t have to be delicate with!
The Details: I mentioned a few of the details above, but this jacket has a normal zip closure in silver, long sleeves which have silver zips on the cuffs, a standard length, shoulder epaulettes, which I think really add to the design and make it flattering, and two simple zipped pockets which are functional, with all black rivets. The lapels also have poppers so that they will stay flat if you want them to. It’s minimal, but has just enough detailing to make it an incredible leather jacket with an outstanding fit.
Overall Opinion: I think you can tell in this Allsaints Elva Leather Jacket review that I give it 10/10! I would potentially knock maybe a .5 off for the smell of the leather, but that fades in time. It’s just perfect all over, in both sizes, and it’s incredibly flattering. I’m thinking of selling most of my others because I’m probably just going to be living in this one! I always found the Balfern too short and the belt annoying, and the Dalby is perfect for being super clean and minimal, so combining the both to produce this Elva love child is heaven! I love it! And for £298 (you can get 15% off) you can’t go wrong! It’s such an amazing quality jacket with a perfect fit, like a designer brand, but affordable.
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