Dear Anine Bing: Never change. No, really. That’s what I mean. The Danish model’s eponymous brand has been at the top of my wish list since her debut in 2012, thanks to her minimalist vibe and her instant credibility as a cool girl. The brand somehow manages to speak to my soul every Tuesday when it releases a lot of new styles that look so good that it hurts, but in March there was a certain piece that I had to have: the Benjamin motorcycle jacket, which is part of the brand’s core classics collection.

 

The butter-black leather jacket is both bold and elegant, which is more difficult to remove than it looks. The leather is thick without being too heavy, soft without being too delicate, and the functional accent belt is *the chef’s peck* when it comes to adding personality to any outfit. It’s the kind of jacket I can throw at anything and it makes me feel instantly fresher. I had no idea that this would serve to increase the constant rotation of cotton leggings, vans and crew-neck sweatshirts from 2020, instead of the silk slip dresses, mom jeans and knotted collar blouses that I had originally imagined.

But that’s the beauty of this black leather jacket — it goes with everything. There’s a relaxed vibe that says, “I’m not trying too hard on myself,” even though I’ve been secretly planning my outfit for a week (hey, I don’t have anything else to plan these days).

The slightly oversized but anything but boxy fit means that I can wear it over a big sweater or an oversized hoodie while keeping full freedom of movement in my arms (if you know, you know). And the slightly shortened silhouette sits exactly at my waist, which makes it ideal to wear it decompressed or with a zipper.

However, there is one caveat: the metal belt buckle makes a little rattling sound when it is not closed. But to be honest, I don’t mind if friendly glances look my way as I meander through the aisles of the grocery store. I even had other buyers who stopped me (no less than a meter away) to ask me where my jacket came from. And so, my friends, you know that you made a good purchase.

Although I imagined wearing it in front of the Eiffel Tower on a trip to Europe (paired with an Emily-style beret in Paris) and improved my favorite pair Dr. Martens on a walk through Shore ditch, I have found more than enough examples to wear it in the last ten months. For some, it may seem like a silly purchase if I can’t show it properly. But for me it was a bright spot in this strange, strange year. The best part? It will never go out of fashion, so I can flaunt it with all the above outfits if I no longer have to worry about which face mask to combine it with — which, by the way, was the Anine Bing brand mask, which is now delivered by default with every order.

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