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Insta Kind of Cool

[Chelsae Anne | Photographer]

LEATHER JACKET: (c/o) Bernardo/TEE, DISTRESSED JEANS, HEELSSCRUNCHIE, MINI SATCHEL: (c/o) Shopbop

You try on an amazing leather jacket. You fall in love. You think, “this is everything.” Then you look at the price tag. Your heart skips a beat. “Do I buy it?” Heart beats faster. Takes deep breath. You slowly… very slowly… place the jacket back on the rack. Tear rolls down cheek. You walk away. Giving that beautiful leather jacket a little #sideeye while you wipe tear. You drive back home contemplating life. Go to sleep. Jacket in dreams. Go back to store. Repeat.

Raise your hand if this is you. Every weekend.

Waves both hands in air.

I get it. Leather jackets aren’t cheap. But every girl, deep down inside, wants one. No matter what their style is. They add instant cool. The kind of cool you see on Insta fashionistas.

Which is why today I’m wearing what could possibly be one of my favorite leather jackets I’ve ever owned (from Bernardo – you can shop it here via Nordstrom). And guess what?! It’s super affordable considering it’s 100% genuine leather. #stopit

I first discovered Bernardo last September (click here to see post) and have since, worn that beautiful tan leather jacket so much. When I travel. To dinner when it cools down in South Florida. Draped over a floral maxi dress. You name it. I’ve worn it. Having been such a fan of that jacket, I needed another one. But in black. Hence today’s look.

So if you’re willing to invest in one, I promise you won’t regret it. It’s a justifiable purchase. Leather jackets last forever. (Pretty sure my mom has one in her closet from the early 90s) You’ll wear it a ton. Think: causal t-shirts. With ladylike dresses. All white. With stripes. A bow in your hair (yes, scrunchies are making a comeback this year). Pretty much anything you can think of that needs a cool layering piece.

It’s a staple. And truly timeless.

And totally send a subliminal message to others that you’re super cool.

Shop today’s look from Bernardo by clicking the pink links above or below (for more leather jacket options from Bernardo)! Happy FriYAY everyone.

Xo, Stephanie

P.S. Thank you everyone for your feedback yesterday! Happy to hear so many people are on the same page when it comes to creating intentional content and the future of blogging! <3

[Thank you Bernardo Outwear for sponsoring this post!]

Break out the Leather!

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

[Chelsae Anne | Photography]

LEATHER JACKET: (c/o) Bernardo Outerwear/TURTLENECK: (c/o) Storets/SKIRT: (c/o) Storets/SANDALS: Here/TOTE: (c/o) Marshalls/SUNNIES: Here/LIPS: (c/o) Kevyn Aucoin

It’s that time of year. It’s time to break out the leather. Leather is perfect for fall. It’s also the international symbol of cool. No. Joke.

Growing up, I watched my favorite Spice Girls fashionista’s rock leather jackets. I associated leather jackets with rebels, rock stars and the cool kids. I wanted to be the same way! [So much in fact, I have a Glamour Shot wearing a leather jacket. When the photographer asked what props I wanted for my photo, I said – “the leather jacket. No bows. Please. And thank you.” Little did he know, this was the start of my blogging career. At like 7 years old.]

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

As I grew older, I would see some of my favorite street style bloggers swing leather jackets over one shoulder or over both shoulders. I thought it was so chic. “The ultimate blogger staple,” I thought. And I needed one.

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Today, you’ll find chunky sweaters, blazers, jackets, trench coats in my closet but believe it not, no leather jacket. It’s taken me forever to find one that I love. Between the fit, the style, the color, and the cost (because let’s be real, they can get costly), I’ve never pulled the trigger! Until recently…

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

This beautiful, buttery brown leather jacket from Bernardo Outerwear made it’s way into my wardrobe and it’s never leaving. It fits me just right yet comfortable enough to move freely and wear layers underneath. And the leather! The leather is supple and soft. It’s luxe and definitely high quality. And definitely worth every penny.

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Couple tips for those considering buying a leather jacket…

I suggest leather. Vegan won’t last long and wear the same way. With leather, you’ll have it in your closet forever (therefore, justifying the cost-per-wear).

Think about color. For me, this color blends in well into my wardrobe. For some, black is better. Or a colored jacket like burgundy for those looking to make a statement.

Consider the weight of the jacket. A light jacket is causal. A heavier jacket, with interesting hardware like zippers, studs and bets, is way cooler. It also lends well to cooler temps.

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Fit and quality are super important too when shopping for a leather jacket! Try it on or contact your local tailor for more information on what to look for.

All in all, there’s something so special about the way a leather jacket feels. And I’m so happy with this one! Be prepared to see it A LOT this season.

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Bernardo Outerwear - The Style Bungalow

Shop it below or click here for more details…

Xo, Stephanie