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By Katie Jackson

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What’s the wardrobe workhorse that many of the world’s most stylish women wear? A leather jacket. The fashion staple instantly adds edge to an otherwise conservative outfit, without losing any of its polish.

The former Meghan Markle proved just that when she sported a leather jacket for her first public appearance with Prince Harry at the September 2017 Invictus Games.

Soho House consultant Markus Anderson (L) and actress Meghan Markle attend the opening ceremony on day 1 of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 at Air Canada Centre on September 23, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.Samir Hussein / WireImage

The only problem? They’re not cheap.

Fortunately for us, there’s Amazon.

Katie Jackson

Recently, I went on the internet retailer's site to look at winter jackets. Given the cold temperatures this year, I was surprised to see one of the best-selling items in women’s coats, jackets and vests was a faux leather jacket. Apparently, we love our pleather more than down, even in cold weather. Thanks to 3,535 reviews and an average 4.1-star rating, Lock & Love’s hooded faux leather jacket is ranked No. 1 on Amazon’s list of best-selling women’s leather and faux leather coats, jackets and vests.

LL Women's Hooded Faux leather Jacket, $60, Amazon

Even though it’s hand-wash only, there’s no mistaking this $60 jacket (depending on which of the 27 styles and colors you choose from) for a $600 jacket. But when it comes to faux leather looks, Lock & Love has the formula down pat. The made-in-the-USA brand is also behind a few other best-selling jackets on Amazon:

LL Women's Quilted Biker Jacket, $50, Amazon

LL Women's Everyday Bomber Jacket, $30, Amazon

I opted for No. 1, the hooded version, in classic black. At $60, it’s the most expensive color, but thanks to Amazon Prime, shipping was fast and free.

Immediately, I was impressed with how soft it felt. The fabric was even forgiving and comfortable, as though someone had broken it in for me. I was worried the polyurethane shell would feel plastic-y and make noise when I moved. But it didn’t. My second concern was that the jacket would look cheap. For me, a bottom layer, like a T-shirt or tank top, can look like it cost less than lunch, but a statement piece like a leather jacket? That should scream "investment."

While I won’t say this jacket is worth saving for my future daughter to wear, it looks presentable enough that I wore it out to a fancy company dinner. It's an edgy jacket, but you can unzip the removable hood lining for a more elegant look. Keep in mind, however, that the sweatshirt fabric around the cuffs and bottom hems does not come out. It’s a minor point of contention in one review I read. Still, the reviewer gave this jacket five stars and titled her review “Dream Come True.”

Note: I’m 5’4” and 110 pounds, and I ordered a size small. It’s not as snug or tailored as most leather jackets, so if you like that look, consider ordering a size down.

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