The older I get, the more I appreciate the value of a fitted jacket. The younger girls can get away with the oversized, slouchy sweaters, but after you’ve had a few kids and gravity has taken its toll, structure is a girl’s best friend.
Diamonds? Meh. Give me all the structured jackets!
Even if the sweater I’m wearing underneath is a little boxy or my t-shirt is slouchy, putting a structured jacket on top is a total game changer.
I’ve been wearing my black leather jacket so much lately that I decided it might be nice to have something similar in a lighter neutral, so over the Black Friday/Cyber Monday weekend, I snagged this taupe suede moto.
I’m pretty sure I see at least one of these BlankNYC suede moto jackets every time I scroll through my Instagram feed. It’s practically a requirement as a fashion blogger to have at least two.
They’ve been around in one iteration or another for several years, and they occasionally come out with new colors. I’ve always loved the look of them, but I wasn’t crazy about the dangling waist belt so I kept holding off. But then this fall, I noticed this newer, more refined style making its way around the Interwebs, and I started jonesing for one.
I debated and hemmed and hawed, thinking that with winter setting in, I may not get a ton of wear out of it, but then I told myself, Just try it. You can always return it . . . #famouslastwords (I’m pretty sure I’m not returning it.)
I like how it’s fairly plain. There are no epaulettes to add bulk to the shoulder area, there’s no belt to futz with, and the lapels actually snap back so they stay in place.
I’ve already worn this jacket over a burgundy sweater with black skinnies, and it looks amazing over ivory and beige, but for these pictures I put it over a black turtleneck with distressed blue jeans and black booties.
This look is pretty basic, but adding the taupe jacket on top gives that instant cool girl vibe. Shhh . . . don’t tell them what a dork I really am!
Size-wise, this jacket runs a little bit small. I have the medium, and when it came in, I wasn’t sure if I had the right size so I took it in to Nordstrom to try the large. The large was definitely too big — it didn’t look good from the back, and the sales associate agreed the medium is the right size, especially for wearing over t-shirts and camis in the warmer months.
The shoulders fit well, and that’s the most important part. I can zip it if I absolutely have to, but I doubt I ever will. The arms are plenty long, and they fit over a medium-weight sweater. All that to say, if you’re in between sizes as I often am, you’ll want to size up.
I chose black booties to “bookend” the outfit. I like how they echo the black in the sweater.
These booties were a major splurge, although I did get them on a pretty significant sale. I’ll link to a few similar for less options below.
I get a lot of questions about how to wear skinny jeans and booties. In this case, I just let my jeans fall into them, and I guess it works okay. I tried cuffing, and that looks okay too. Because these booties dip in the front, I think I like them better with the jeans un-cuffed.
This is the kind of outfit I love to wear this time of year when I’m meeting friends for lunch, running errands, or going to the mall. Since I’m not outside for extended periods of time, I’m warm enough with the turtleneck and jacket on top, and there’s no bulky coat to contend with when I get inside. I’m comfortable but I feel chic and put-together.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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