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~ The Jacket ~
Faux leather and the rock chick looks seems to very in at the moment, as I have noticed a large range of leather look jackets, gilets and body warmers in the shops when shopping in my local town. This particular jacket is made by New Look and is available to buy in sizes 6 - 16. The jacket gives a great rock chick look but with a softer side. The black faux leather jacket comes with knitted sleeves and features an asymmetric zip front; bronze tone press stud collar and side zip pockets. The jacket is made from 100% Polyester and is only available in black. I do have a black faux leather jacket, how-ever it's about 2-3 years old now and I loved the look of this jacket. The jacket has a zip which is to one side rather than straight up the middle of the jacket, I also loved the fact that the jacket had knitted sleeves as well as this makes the jacket look slightly different in comparison with the other jackets I have seen. I also like the collar on this jacket as it's actually made from faux leather and is quite big but gives the jacket a really good look. The knitted sleeves on the jacket don't look too thick; how-ever it makes the jacket look warm.
~ Price/Availability ~
I purchased this from www.newlook.com for £34.99 and I had it delivered to my local store so I didn't have to pay postage. I saw this online and when I went to my local store they didn't have this in there otherwise I would have purchased it in store.
~ Wearing the jacket ~
The jacket looks great with jeans or with leather look leggings for a night out on the town. I love the way the jacket looks with the wet look legs as has a real biker/rock chick look to it. I am normally a size 8 in tops so I decided to purchase a size 10 jacket so it gave me room to move around. I have worn the jacket a few times over a thin vest top or t-shirt. The faux leather material is actually very soft and looks good. I think you can tell its not real leather; how-ever it looks good enough to me. The inside of the jacket is lined with black polyester material. The jacket itself felt really comfortable when on and due to the knitted sleeves I could move my arms about a bit more than I could if the whole jacket was faux leather. The knitted sleeves weren't too tight around my arms and they didn't make my arms itch. The jacket is a little shorter than I expected and it does tend to show a bit of my tummy a little, how-ever this doesn't really bother me. The jacket kept me warm when I have been out on a chilly day or evening and it didn't make me too hot. The zip pockets on the side of the jacket are very small; how-ever I can fit my phone and some money in the pockets which is more than enough if I am going out for a short time.
~ Washing Instructions ~
You can machine wash this jacket at 30 degrees and it must be washed with similar colour. You can't tumble dry the jacket so it will need to be left to dry naturally. I haven't washed my jacket as of yet, so I can't comment on how well the jacket actually washes.
~ Overall Opinion ~
I really love the look of the knitted sleeves on the jacket as it gives it a very different look. I found the jacket really comfortable to wear and it was easy to move around in. In terms of value I don't think the jacket is badly priced as I would expect to pay around this amount for a black faux leather jacket anyway. I have noticed that on the New Look website they are already Low on Stock in certain sizes of the jacket so if you are thinking of buying one I would do it as soon as you can. New Look have some different faux leather jackets available to buy, how-ever this one stood out more for me than the others did. It's great that the jacket can be machine washed and that you don't have to take it to the dry cleaners to get washed. As the jacket is made from Polyester I would imagine it washes fairly easily. This is a great jacket from New Look and is perfect for a more toned down rock chick look.
(review also on ciao)