I thought I was all ready to go out on Saturday night. I had selected the cocktail (vintage, almost-to-the-floor lace) dress a few weeks ago. I had my makeup done, hair pulled back and up, kids fed, iPhone and credit card in my clutch, Uber idling outside. But then as I was turning out the light in my closet, it occurred to me that I might be cold later and should take a cover-up--something cropped, fitted, slightly tough and edgy to temper my dress' frothy, feminine vibe. I must have tried on a dozen things, ranging from a creamy satin tuxedo blazer to a gold metallic cardigan. Nothing worked. What was in order was a cropped (keyword here!) leather biker jacket, one that doesn't have a million zippers, lots of shiny heavy hardware and crazy quilting, but rather, one that is sleek, supple, butter-soft and goes with everything. Something I don't have! So, yes, the search is now on, and since I know that this cropped biker will become a long-term wardrobe staple, I am up for paying the price. My faves so far include this T by Alexander Wang, this Rag & Bone (small sizes here at 40% off!), this French Connection, this Whistles, this BLK DNM, and this Balenciaga.