Full Makeover Jacket

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(update at the bottom)

So far I always went with: A leather jacket doesn't wear down, but it gains character.
Well, I had a very old one I used all the time and another ancient one I used for colder weather and on the bike and such.
But both have really aged, with light spots on the dry leather, rips, torn pocket linings (leading to secret storage, haha), both are boring black.
So I went shopping and really didn't expect to almost immediately find something that resonated a lot with me.

A couple days ago I found a jacket at a supermarket for 50€ and it was awful, like a plastic corset, and the pocket situation was cheapass. But it awakened my desire.

Yesterday I replaced my black right-handed wallet with a soft-cushiony-brown leathered left-handed one (the 'vertical' layout). Easier to see stuff in it and just looks and feels more interesting, and the conventional layout was always an annoying hassle with the coin pocket.

(The Zero-Euro is my design. Reminds me of the real value of money.)
Alte und neue Geldbrse by Dowlphin

I also recently got a pair of made-in-Germany(!) shoes for a fair price (60€), and they're very light and comfy, and their color goes well with many pieces. (Also well-designed soles. No dirt or gravel will ever get stuck there.) This together with also having replaced my ancient, deteriorating bike tires for top-class ones for a bargain is like a renewal of my ground contact, if you look at it poetically. (And then there is that new and original Waveboard I managed to buy for 15€. Just waiting for no rain and no wind now, hah.)

Neue Schuhe - Jomos - mit Karton by Dowlphin

So today at a medium-class clothing store I saw a jacket for only 40€ that feels a lot better than the supermarket one, has zippers for the hand pockets, looks stylish and is blue, just my wallet doesn't go easily into the relatively small inner pockets.

At a high-class clothing store I saw a beige-grayish one that feels amazing (sheep nubuk), appropriate for the price (which is A LOT higher, haha), has abundant big and convenient pockets, just the hand pockets are buttoned, but they're not fully vertical, so they do have some depth that stuff doesn't immediately fall out of. (I actually ended up with one pocket empty - not enough stuff to fill it.)
As you see, I am always looking for a synthesis of beauty and practicality. Which can be VERY FRUSTRATING.

I went back and forth, on the way picked up a lovely-cheerful-yellow-white hoodie for 9€ to replace my - again black and ancient - sweater jacket for when a t-shirt isn't enough but a jacket is too much. (I resent pullovers almost as much as business suits.)

LEFT: granddad jacket | RIGHT: Yo-yo-yoooooolk!
Hoodies by Dowlphin

I realized that while the blue-j is a bargain for what it offers, I still needed one that gives me that 'primary, everyday jacket' feeling. So I bought the beige one, and when you spend a lot of money, other expenses pale in comparison, so I decided to buy the cheap one, too. This is wise because when you buy something expensive, it is good to have something less valuable for situations where the expensive item would be too precious. (And artificial leather is just so very convenient in the rain.)

This was definitely worth the investment, considering for how long I have owned the old jackets. (Must be very roughly two decades.)

I'm also watching someone who I was thinking of while writing this and who I think may find this topic of some interest: www.deviantart.com/chromattix

(I gotta say though, I think the style of the black jackets fits me well, too. They have that laid-back vibe. And the easy-access drop pockets of the former everyday one are just the peak of practicality.)
Jacken 1 by Dowlphin



Jacken 2 by Dowlphin

There are many jackets. But these ones are mine.

So whadda ya think?


SUPPLEMENT:
Some combining. I am considering using this as my bio picture, but I might pick better background and lighting first, and maybe shave.
Full2 by Dowlphin


UPDATE:
The light brown jacket is in return because it turned out to be a nightmare regarding waterproofing and generally keeping it clean / cleaning it and the seller quite misinformed me about this. I'll sigh when that is resolved.
So the blue jacket (Blue-J) is now my only one. And thus it is worthy of more dedication, and was also in need of that. I replaced the buttons. The wrist on the left side was annoyingly clashing with the heel of my hand, and I couldn't deform that bit to not be like that anymore, so I switched the order of how the buttons connect on the wrists, and took the opportunity to also change the look to golden, which I like a lot better with that blue. (Sadly I of course cannot just replace all the zippers to golden, too. Really a missed opportunity by the manufacturer.) In the process the tool broke and some buttons bent, I had to improvise the rest, and now I am one piece short in case I want to replace the lower parts of the epaulet buttons which I realized too late are not compatible with the new buttons. Because right now they are loose and make noise on movements, which cannot stay. But to replace the lower halves I would have to open the interior lining of the jacket in both shoulder areas! Really not in the mood for more potential trouble. I'll probably try to figure out a good way to affix them otherwise, or maybe I eventually find the motivation to go through the tedious procedure anyway. I don't think I can file them off to have a smaller diameter. I'd probably create a hole in them and then water could leak into the jacket. Definitely not gonna risk that. (Although I guess glue could fix that.) I could also consider glue, but that would probably not handle the movement. It's just a very vexing situation.
And to add to my pissed mood, now some other part of the left arm (related to the zipper element) is clashing with my hands, scratching against my wrist, because it, too, is deformed in a different way that on the right side. And the zipper handles sit differently, too. Oh, and when I fold the collar over, I can feel the leather handle loop on my neck. And dunno whether I mentioned it, but the inner lining has already ripped in the past, near one arm, and needed repair.
I hate stupid design. Compared to this, my crappy old jacket was perfect. - Man, I wish I had the money for custom tailoring.

New Buttons by Dowlphin


UPDATE 2020-10-29: So much effort and money put into swapping the buttons, and then discovering that the jacket is losing its color in many places, becoming cream white. I mean, maybe it could pass as worn-look, but that's not what I got a slim blue jacket with golden buttons for.
I got it discounted for 40€, and I noticed a torn inner lining later-on that was not mentioned in the store, but that the dying is shoddy is disappointing. But even more disappointing is that the store kept it a secret why the jacket was discounted, thereby suggesting it was one of the reasons other than second quality. AFAIU second quality, errors in the goods, have to be declared by law.
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Chromattix's avatar
Can't go wrong with a leather jacket (well, there's some awful ones out there but these ones are OK :thumbsup:)
Dowlphin's avatar
Heh, yeah, I did briefly browse through the textile section in every clothing store I visited, but the style of any textile jacket is just so very different than the style of any leather jacket. I can't see/feel myself in a textile one. The sporty ones have such a strong practicality/hiker vibe and the ballooney ones look really lower-class, so to speak.
And the hoodie sweater was mandated by my childlike side that absolutely couldn't resist that soft, sunny-yellow fabric and good price. ... I now also got a yellow blanket for my resting place that lightens up the room.
It has been nothing but rainy here for more than a week. Puts me in a defiant mood, haha.

How are things going for you? Your last journal entries were quite a while ago, but it looks like slowly lightening up there, too.
Chromattix's avatar
Too right about the puffy ones seeming lower class. Those things look so cheap and ugly that I can only imagine that people who wear them care more about saving twenty bucks than they do about looking good. But who knows - they might be comfortable and they could have chosen it for that instead.

Eh I just don't have the motivation to show much activity around here anymore. I've tried fixing up my mess of a life but nothing I do seems to be making any difference.
Dowlphin's avatar
I know that so well, about the fixing up. So many perceived success come with their spoilers. I am trying to see it as the price to pay and a challenge to focus on the upside instead and not give the adverse forces the satisfaction, while seeing them as worthless and not deserving my time. Resolute disapproval, but not self-eroding hatred. Maybe life is potentially crap for everybody, and some sell their soul believing it to make things better, while it isn't, and people like us try not to do that, and thus choose a different path that still involves pain. But maybe that pain is actually easier to handle and does not corrupt us at the core.
Being true to oneself instills inner confidence, and I think the big difficulty is that a society of soul-sold ones tries to convince us that we shouldn't focus on that core of strength. It's their psychological warfare. It's kinda pitiful, but skillful compassionate action might require tough love, not pampering embraces and loving hugs. First their inner demons' grasp needs to be broken or you're just talking to a demon. Mercy can only be granted from a position of strength.

God's loving gaze does us not faze, but it terrifies the weak, so to speak.
(Although we should be modest. It can prick a needle in every tiny demon in you and it will feel like a knife stab. ... But that's not the needle you feel. It's the demon.)

We want to do well when confronted with challenges, but defeat might be the lesson once again. Allow yourself to be sloppy and messy on the path. (Ever wonder why some of the dumbest, most low-effort Youtube videos can be so successful? ... It's like a profound spiritual lesson, showing us the limits of our mind's control and where it is not motivated by untainted forces.)

P.S.: I updated the above journal entry with a little combo experiment. I think yellow and blue go well together.
(The jacket already needed some sowing on an inner seam. But what do you expect for 40€? - The expensive jacket caused me annoyance with the retail store's behavior. As I mentioned, these are the adverse forces. They're always there, like the common cold. We should bolster our immune system.)