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I'm not saying I'm easy or anything but I've never met a biker jacket I didn't like. Say hi to my latest crush, in glorious navy suede.


It’s all very well buying all these Christmas presents for your nearest and dearest but what about something special for the most important person in your life – yourself? (JOKE! Er, sort of). I have just the thing – this sexy suede biker jacket from Abingdon-based shearling, suede and lambskin specialist Pelle London. This little number comes in six shades – black, brown, taupe, slate, berry and – my favourite – navy. I absolutely love a navy jacket. It’s a softer and more chic hue than black, and, contrary to popular fashion wisdom, you can mix both shades, so this jacket would be fine and dandy with your black boots, jeans or handbag.

It’s certainly not cheap at £330 but it is – and here’s the phrase that makes Him Indoors twitch with anxiety – an investment buy. The biker jacket has joined the white shirt, LBD and trench coat as one of those classic capsule pieces that form the building blocks of your wardrobe. You’d wear it all the time, basically. I’d team it with jeans and a longline shirt or fine knit tunic jumper. Or over a day dress as the zips will provide a bit of edge. Or indeed for evening, flung over a cocktail frock – a more modern look than wearing a proper, formal evening coat. You could also put a faux fur gilet or tippet over the top to ramp up glamour (and warmth) levels.  And not only is it very versatile, it’s made from the strokeably soft suede and comes in a flattering, slim fit cut.

And if you can’t stretch to it, maybe Santa will oblige – he’s a big Muddy reader, apparently.

Pelle London, The Coppice House, Clifton Hampden, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3DF;

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