The Importance of Buying Quality Pieces | Turtleneck Sweater and High Waisted Jeans

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes.

Turtleneck Sweater and High Waisted Jeans

Jacket: Lefties (old) || Top: ASOS (old, similar here) || Bottoms: J.Crew || Accessories: Madewell small Transport tote || Shoes: Zara (old, similar here)

I have a confession: I originally meant to wear my trusty leather bomber jacket but… it completely fell apart on me! I had the idea of wearing this in my head when I was planning my outfits. I pulled this jacket from the back of my closet and hurriedly left my apartment, only to realize when I got to our photoshoot location that the faux leather had started peeling off of my jacket! This post is a reminder to myself and everyone reading out there that while it’s tempting to buy that faux leather piece because it’s affordable and trendy, this is what happens to those pieces after a few years. I was so sad because I got this jacket during my study abroad Spain and kept it as a memento of my time there. Then I remember that Brian has a leather jacket that he got when he was in middle school that still fits him and hasn’t fallen apart on him in the slightest - in fact, the aged leather just makes the jacket look edgier and classic! Sometimes, it pays to fork over a bit more cash for pieces that will last.



Potential replacements?

After I realized my leather jacket has fallen apart, I was excited by the idea of replacing it with something that would actually last… until I realized, I let my jacket get into this state because I never wore it enough in the first place. If I had been wearing it more often, I would have noticed much more quickly what has happening to it. Since I didn’t wear this jacket, I think it'd be a safe bet that any replacement leather jacket wouldn’t get much wears from me either so splurging on a nice leather jacket would actually just be a waste of money. Part of my shopping ban goal is to reduce clutter in my house. I did the Marie Kondo thing - I thanked my jacket for the years it kept me warm when I did wear it, and then I threw it out and I’m not turning around and shopping for something new to replace the hole in my closet. I went years without wearing it so I know I’ll be fine without it.



…And for the rest of the look

I took my outfit photos without the jacket. It does look kind of bare but it is a good basic look. A gray turtleneck sweater and high-waisted jeans. I wore my Madewell Small Transport tote to add a bit of color to the look. It’s definitely not the same without the jacket but I quite like it. It’d look nice with some other coat or jacket during a warmer winter day.

Lefties Leather jacket
Turtleneck Sweater and High Waisted Jeans
Turtleneck Sweater and High Waisted Jeans
Turtleneck Sweater and High Waisted Jeans
Turtleneck Sweater and High Waisted Jeans
Turtleneck Sweater and High Waisted Jeans
DeborahOutfits