leather lover

I have this thing with leather jackets. And by "thing," I mean that I'm a tad obsessed (I own three in black, two in cognac, one in red, one in cream, and counting -- keeping my eyes peeled for a rainbow one...j/k...kind of). Whether you're wearing a girly floral dress or a chic, all-black ensemble, I love the instant transformation that occurs when you throw on a leather jacket. Leather jacket = Instant Badass™. Now I know what you may be thinking: "But Mekita, it's summer. It's hot. You can't wear leather when it's hot." Oh young grasshopper, trust and believe that indeed, you can wear leather anytime, anywhere. It's all about a little creativity. Case in point: this short-sleeved leather jacket. Did you even know they made these? Me neither. Until I found this one and it was love at first leather -- er, sight. Anyway, talk about the perfect piece of apparel for any leather lover, especially for these blistering summer months. You still get the tough flair and edginess of a leather jacket without all the sweat that comes with attempting to wear long sleeves in 90-degree weather.

As I mentioned in my last post, I'm a neutral gal at heart. Wearing color often requires more concentration than I'm willing to put forth. But in this instance, I had a vision. Maybe that sounds super dramatic and ridiculous -- but I really did! I hadn't worn this jacket in a while (or ever?), so I brainstormed some looks in my head. I do this a lot. More often than not, I'll just be going about my day and -- BOOM! -- an outfit idea will pop into my head. And then another, and another. Sometimes I can't fall asleep at night because I'm just wide awake thinking about outfits. It can (understandably) drive the boyfriend crazy. Good thing I've got this blog to help ease my fashion fever, right?

Okay, so, as I was saying: this outfit was born from a bit of brainstorming. Instead of opting for my usual all-neutral garb, I added a punch of color with these ah-mazing oxblood trousers and a pop of pattern with this black-and-white striped tank top. I finished the look with black accessories (because I can only compromise so much).

Jacket: BB Dakota (discontinued, unfortunately, but check eBay or local thrift shops for similar vintage styles)

Pants: H&M (similar)

Tank top: Daydreamer LA (similar)

Boots: Dolce Vita (similar)

Sunglasses: Buffalo Exchange