Thank goodness for leather jackets in this weather. You buy a jacket during fall, thinking that you'll wear it through winter, but if you live in a place like Chicago, you end up wearing it nine months out of the year. I really only take a hiatus on the leather jacket from June - August then it's game on. The leather jacket is my favorite third piece; I remember buying my first leather jacket was a black, blazer style with a zipper that I had.to.have when I was a freshman in high school. I pined after that jacket--the boxy leather blazer that was so very late 90s. Now I pine after Moto jackets. Some things never change.
IROand Veda are my favorite leather jackets but here are some more budget friendly options: