On the Run – Leather Jackets: Either or Neither?

I need your help to decide, should it be either or neither when it comes to the leather jackets?  Flo (eldest) initially decided neither, on the basis that she preferred my Oasis cream one. She felt that both were too big but then decided that she did, in fact, like the blue one . Okey dokey.

I also thought that these pictures may help anyone else who was thinking about ordering one of these jackets, come to a conclusion. I decided to simply put both jackets on over jeans and a jumper, without any accessorising.

So, this is a front shot of the French Connection one, size 8 and priced at £182.50 instead of £320.  I decided to order it on-line because the in store return policy isn’t great and I like to have the option of returning things if I’m not 100% sure.

This is the Boden one, again size 8, priced at £210 instead of £350

This is the back of the French Connection one.

…and this is the back of the Boden one. I have to say, despite being too big, I really like the detail and shaping on the back of the Boden one.

This is the French Connection one from a distance…

…and the Boden one from a distance.

The French Connection one is much thicker, which is great for me as I can tell it would be warmer.  It also fits better than the Boden one (which is definitely too big) and I like the colour.  However, I think that I marginally prefer the style of the Boden one. 

Whether I keep either of them or not (and I’m honestly not convinced about either of them – which probably answers the question) I do believe that it is worth bottoming things out properly, especially if something is quite pricey.  Seeing the back shot of the Boden jacket made me appreciate the detail on it, which I am not sure I would have done otherwise. For now my conclusion is that I need to sleep on it. But ultimately, if you don’t love something that is as pricey as this, it doesn’t deserve a place in your wardrobe!

ps Apparently the Next sale starts at 5am tomorrow – it’s a brave person who battles the crowds and shops at that time. There are also further reductions at Whistles and Pure Collection.


  1. Janet
    July 13, 2012 / 7:49 pm

    I like them both I thought the blue looked great until I scrolled down and saw the Boden one. It looks very sexy and you should definitely keep it. If that's the look you're going for x

    • StyleGuile
      July 13, 2012 / 8:23 pm

      Hi Janet – you were the first in a long line to say that you liked the Boden one!

  2. Janet
    July 13, 2012 / 7:50 pm

    Also, I just don't get it!!! Why oh why would anyone i to next at 5am, if at all……

  3. honey's mummy
    July 13, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    Defo the Boden one, it looks great on you! Ps further Whistles reductions?! You've just made my night! Xxxhttp://honeysmummy.blogspot.co.uk

    • StyleGuile
      July 13, 2012 / 8:24 pm

      I love a bit of consistency! It makes life so much easier! Thank you for your comment.

  4. Sian
    July 13, 2012 / 7:55 pm

    I much prefer the cut & colour of the Boden jacket, although it does look a little big on you 🙂

    • StyleGuile
      July 13, 2012 / 8:25 pm

      I agree, it is too big but I can't see any at all on the website – size 6 or otherwise! Maybe the decision will be made for me!

  5. Looking Fab in your forties
    July 13, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    I much prefer the blue one. I don't like the shape of the boden one at the back. We haven't helped have we!

    • StyleGuile
      July 13, 2012 / 8:26 pm

      Oh flip, now you've thrown me! How are you? Hope that all is good with you!

  6. Anonymous
    July 13, 2012 / 8:35 pm

    Both gorgeous jackets but, hate to say it, Boden is a wee bit big. Unless money is no object, I think you have to love it to keep it.

    • StyleGuile
      July 13, 2012 / 9:13 pm

      Yes, I agree, Boden is too big and will be going back!

  7. Kate
    July 13, 2012 / 9:07 pm

    Well the Boden one looks better on you than it did on me, but neither of them are nicer than the cream one you already have!

    • StyleGuile
      July 13, 2012 / 9:14 pm

      thanks for your comment – I think that my decision is made!

  8. Thea
    July 13, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    I like the detailing on the back of the Boden one, and the colour of the blue one, but to be honest I don't think either of them has that extra special 'something'. Why not save the money for something really yummy…?The blue one looks quite teenage and like you're about to jump on the back of a motorbike, and the leather of the Boden one seems rather wrinkly? And the colour is dull!Sorry, not to be more complimentary, but I think you could rock much more stylish jackets!Talking of which, look at this:http://tinyurl.com/6te2eggI haven't tried it on, but I think it looks delicious! You'd have to find somewhere that stocks it in a 6 or 8 though :-(Anyway, good luck with your choice. Let us know what you decide!

    • StyleGuile
      July 13, 2012 / 9:16 pm

      Not at all – I am happy for you not to be complimentary! Honesty is always good in my book! I will take a look at your link – thanks for that. Have a good weekend.

  9. Jo
    July 14, 2012 / 7:06 am

    I can't believe you are even considering this! Yes both jackets are gorgeous in their own right but you have identified things about both that you are not sure about. If you feel the need to ask opinion my guess is that you know deep down that neither are right. The price is too high for you to feel 'not quite right' every time you wear it. Sorry!

    • StyleGuile
      July 14, 2012 / 5:18 pm

      Hi Jo, yes you are absolutely right and both are packaged up to go back but I am grateful for everyone's input.

  10. poppys-style.com
    July 14, 2012 / 11:04 am

    Beth – you are teeny tiny – the woes of an 8 being too big lol! I love my Boden one – great shape and great color – http://poppys-style.com/2012/07/12/boden-sale-haul/ – maybe wait for a 6 to be returned in clearance? They were further reduced yesterday but looks like most are gone right now…

    • StyleGuile
      July 14, 2012 / 5:14 pm

      Hi Joanna – really pleased that yours has worked for you -especially given that it has travelled all the way to the States for you! I will be keeping my eye on many items in the sale! You too no doubt.

  11. Cheryl Chamberlain
    July 14, 2012 / 11:38 am

    Beth, I was surprised at the Boden one- I had wanted one but all gone (I called as well), colour is duller than I expected, and yes too big on you- do wish Boden did proper sizing and not vanity! Love the blue, agree the styling isn't anything special, but the colour is a wow. Also love your cream one so it's up to you!

    • StyleGuile
      July 14, 2012 / 5:17 pm

      Hi Cheryl, good to hear from you. I am going to stick with my cream one for now. A full price leather jacket isn't an option for me so I thought that I would investigate the best of the bunch in the sale, just to see whether another one could deliver anything in addition to the one I have. However it appears that the answer is no for now!

  12. Sian
    July 14, 2012 / 4:07 pm

    Hi Beth….I think the Blue one looks more stylish….something about the collar and it makes the shoulders neater. It adds a smart sexy look to it and it is more figure hugging .

  13. Sian
    July 14, 2012 / 4:12 pm

    me again…..since it would seem your not really sure about either of them then I would not get either one….lol. My daughter has a gorgeous one she got on ebay for only £25.00 and it is suede and fits like a glove and is sooooo sexy and soft to look at and to touch. She is a size 6 to 8 so maybe you could have a try of a suede one……

    • StyleGuile
      July 14, 2012 / 5:19 pm

      Hi Sian – thanks for the top tip re ebay. And you're right – neither is for me. Any amount is too much to spend if it's not exactly right!

  14. StyleGuile
    July 14, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    Yes Jo, you're so right – but I am glad that I asked for everyone's opinion. I was undecided but now I am sure, so thanks for your comment.

  15. xx Nicki (home bird)xx
    July 16, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    I'm so late to this party but I really loved the Boden one on you. It was obviously a teeny bit big on the shoulders but not so much that it wasn't worth keeping. Such a great colour and style – hope you manage to pick up a size 6!

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  17. Karla Bathrick
    March 22, 2014 / 12:15 pm

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