I’m normally not one to embrace fall. I truly loathe the end of summer, even to want to shed real tears. I love warmth and sunshine! Because of that, I think I shy away from fall since I know what is to come after it (here in the Midwest – that means cold, snowy weather). But this year fall has really had a positive impact on me. I seem to have noticed the changing leaves more and really found beauty in them. I have embraced pulling out my sweaters and jackets. I think it’s because I was ready for a change. This year has had me, like so many others, working from home (which I am thankful for) which has been pretty monotonous. A change in seasons has brought a change in activity and lifestyle. While I am still not looking forward at what’s to come (I see you 40 degree temps by end of this week), I am learning to live in the moment and embrace what I’ve got.
One thing that makes this season a little easier on me is my love of coats and the fact that I get to start wearing them. Seems odd for a person who hates cold weather to love coats, but for some reason I have a true passion for them – and a closest that is overflowing with them. One of my all time favorite coats though, and a staple that should be in every closet (no matter what type seasonal weather you will deal with) is a leather moto jacket. For those of in colder temps it works well as a full jacket in fall and transitions into a great blazer in winter, that can be worn under another coat. For those in warmer climates, it’s likely one of the only two coats you will actually need for chilly days and nights (the other would be a denim jacket).
Earlier this year I had to come to grips with saying goodbye to my favorite leather jacket. (Walk down memory lane with it here!) A very minor problem considering all that is happening in the world – and I don’t want to be insensitive to that. But, it was a coat I wore like a second skin for years. Thankfully I found a new one (from one of my favorite brands – Topshop) and am back in business just in time for the weather that will require it! What I love about the moto style jacket is that it’s so versatile. It pairs easily with casual jeans and tees, but also looks sleek with a dress and heels. It’s perfect for everyday use at home, and for travel (you remember what that is, right?).
Whether you are purchasing your first leather moto jacket or just buying a new one, here are my tips for finding the perfect one! I recommend one that has a tailored fit and sits at or right above the hip. This will keep it sleek but not boxy. Think about how you will wear it, as that will make a difference in finding the right size. If you plan to wear layers or chunky sweaters under it, you’ll need it to be somewhat roomy. You might want to size up. (Don’t go too big, that’s when it will look like you’re a little girl playing dress up in your dad’s coat.) If you’ll only be wearing it with light fabrics, you can probably stick to your normal size. I found my new one on sale during the summer months so I actually bought it in two sizes, so I have a more slim fit one and a larger one to layer with. My jacket happens to be faux leather – which is good for vegans and animals of course. I will say, I wouldn’t be opposed to a real leather one. While they are more expensive, they will wear with the elements (rain, snow, sleet) much better over time. Definitely a personal preference on real versus faux, but either way you go, you will have plenty of options when shopping.
Leather Jacket: Topshop at Nordstrom Hat: C.C. T-shirt: Similar Here Jeans: Talbots (similar here) Boots: Sam Edelman (similar here) Purse: Marc Jacobs (similar here) Sunglasses: Sunglass Warehouse Ring: Kate Spade (similar here)
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