The 23 lengthy leather-based jackets permitted by each the catwalk and the mom


My mother spotted a fashion trend without trying. In anticipation of winter in Chicago, my mother and I always go shopping for coats together to find a new warm jacket for her. We tear open Michigan Avenue and walk from store to store in 15-minute steps. The same thing happens in every store: I pull out funky bombers and cropped puffer pants, my mom shakes her head, no, she reaches for a knee-length jacket.

“Come on, mom. Why not this one? ”I say I hold out a leather bomber jacket that I secretly hope she likes so I can“ borrow ”it from her closet.

She is telling me for the 97th time that she won’t wear a jacket that doesn’t completely cover her bottom. I remind her of her great physique, perhaps due to weekly Pilates and five mile running every day. In return, she tells me that this is not the point and that it should not be an urgent matter. “I wear a short coat on the same day that you wear a long one,” is her last word.

In my defense, I tried to wear long coats. But with every long buffer I felt like an elongated marshmallow, with every trench coat I felt like a lurking private detective, and with every wool coat I felt trapped in a blanket. Then one evening when I was putting on my favorite leather jacket to go out, it occurred to me: long leather jackets.

While I may still not understand my mom’s short coat rule, I’ll say I can get behind her long coat look. Long leather coats are the ideal jacket for winter. They are slim, subtle and have just the right shape. The leather isn’t too heavy and the extra length makes for a lot of warmth. And after a long search online, I found tons of options that I could carry from both my mom and myself. Below I have put together 21 long leather jackets to get you through the winter. (And mom, if you read this, it’s your turn to try the leather bomber.)

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