I don’t know who drew up the original what-not-to-wear after a certain age list but every time it appears, and it does with alarming regularity, in magazines or the supplements of weekend newspapers, and no matter who writes it, there is remarkable consistency about what’s acceptable and what’s not.
I have no wish to look like mutton dressed as agneau so it is good that I mostly concur with what the list-makers suggests are things that are best avoided after a certain age: short skirts, agreed; long hair, agreed; anything too tight, agreed …
Leather often features on these list with some compilers allowing that a tailored leather jacket is borderline acceptable. Anything else in leather: a skirt, trousers or a biker jacket is normally verboten.
Well, the thing is a couple of weeks ago I bought a leather jacket. Er, no, it’s not a tailored one. In fact, it’s very definitely a biker jacket. I cannot claim it was an impulse buy because when I tried it on I had some doubts and I was about to walk way when the sales assistant offered to put it aside for me. Fatal that. And I am sure it’s part of the sales psychology because once a piece of clothing is dangling on a rail in a storeroom at back of a shop, with your name on it, you own it in your head. So, three days later I was back like a boomerang to pay for and bring home my jacket.
I think because it’s navy and not harsh unforgiving black and because it’s butter-soft that I can, I hope, get away with wearing it. So long, of course, as everything I wear with it is age appropriate.
I am puzzled by the why of my purchase as I am not given to buying on-trend fashion-y items and the jacket is definitely such a thing and especially because the buying of it has totally torpedoed my clothes budget for the rest of the year. Anyway, no matter why, I love it. I am justifying and rationalizing the splurge by telling myself that it’s a once in a decade buy: I have a significant birthday later this year and I look on it as an early birthday present to myself.
For those who are interested in the details – my jacket is by Isabel Marant, it’s not from the main line but from her more affordable diffusion range but gawd that’s only by comparison!