September 30, 2017

Fall Style: A Classic Leather Moto Jacket

Autumnal weather has finally descended on Ottawa, after a record-breaking September heatwave. The extended summer weather was nice (read: sweaty) but I am definitely welcoming the fresh, crisp fall air and cooler temperatures. It gives me the opportunity to wear some of my favorite items from my recent post, "7 Must-Have Fashion Items for Fall" such as ankle boots, scarves, sweaters and of course; my leather moto jacket.

This is not a new trendy item, we always need a jacket when the weather turns cooler and leather jackets are more or less a staple in any girl or guy's closet but since I went a few years without one, this year it is a big item for me. There are many different styles of leather jackets out there; biker/moto, bomber, blazer, denim-style button down, leather trench and even a leather parka (Source: Slideshare). You can opt for real leather or faux leather like the one I got from Vero Moda.

There are endless ways in which to style your choice of leather jacket but here are a few ideas that I came up with for creating fresh, unexpected fall looks with a moto-style jacket:

Layered over a sweater or sweatshirt: The fall season is all about layering pieces, not only does it keep you toasty warm, it also creates depth and interest to your look. I bought my leather jacket one size larger than I typically wear, I did this for two reasons; first reason is that I like to be able to move my arms comfortably, leather can be a bit stiff. The second reason is so I could easily layer it over a t-shirt or a bulky sweaters, this will give it way more mileage in my fall wardrobe.

Worn with a dress or skirt: I'm a big fan of contrast when dressing lately, I never like my look to be fully dressy, grungy, tough or sweet. Instead, I prefer to mix these styles together to give balance to the look. A pretty, lace dress looks great when topped with a leather jacket, or pair a plain white t-shirt with a pleated midi skirt and leather jacket for a tough yet sweet outfit.

Wear it with heels: Another look I love is to wear  basic or ripped skinny jeans (grey or faded black are my current favs) with a t-shirt or blouse topped with my leather jacket and finished off with a pair of heels. Wearing this look with heels rather than flats makes the jacket a bit dressier and would be perfect for a more casual night out.

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There you have it, a few different ideas for how to wear this fall staple, check out my other fall fashion post "Fall Style: A Sporty Crew Neck Sweater" for more fall fashion styling ideas and Instagram for OOTD updates.


September 27, 2017

Fall Style: A Sporty Crew Neck Sweater

September is such a tricky month for fashion. Not only is it the month when we are busy previewing all the spring 2018 fashion shows, but it is also the month where the weather fluctuates greatly and temperatures can be both hot and cold. In my recent post "7 Must-Have Items for Fall"I chose crew neck sweatshirts as an essential for fall/winter, this has been a trend for a few years (Athleisure) but am still loving it and it's definitely worth investing in for your wardrobe if you are a fan of casual comfort.

I'm sure we all remember wearing hooded sweatshirts in high school, and (at my school) I feel "hoodies" were more popular than their crew neck counterparts. That stuck with me for many years, and there was a point where I gave up wearing sweatshirts in public altogether, until a few years ago that is. While browsing the racks of a local thrift shop, I came across a vintage, oversized, purple Nautica crew neck sweatshirt and I fell in love. On another shopping trip I found a cropped, fitted, heather grey crew neck on the sale rack at Joe Fresh, again I felt a compulsion to add it to my closet. This year I fell back in love with Adidas, I admit that for quite a few years there was very little sportswear in my everyday wardrobe, but the Adidas pink, unisex, Trefoil crew is absolutely my favorite of them all and I have been wearing it at every opportunity.

So here are my tips for styling  a crew neck sweater so that it doesn't look frumpy or like you just left the gym:

Cut: There are a few different styles and fits you can go for; cropped, boxy, and oversized. I like all of them and I think they all have a place in your wardrobe. Cropped would look great with wide leg denim or over  dress. Boxy can be paired with anything really; a midi skirt, skinny jeans, or shorts. An oversized sweater looks great with leggings, skinny jeans, shorts or  skirt.

Balance: The big key to making a sweatshirt which is cozy and (let's face it) "lazy girl clothing" look "put-together" in an outfit, is to make sure your look is well-balanced. By this I mean, pair an oversized sweatshirt with tighter, dressier items on the bottom such as a midi skirt paired with espadrilles, skinny jeans with pointy-toed stilettos or  a short skirt with ankle boots.

Style: A basic, blank front crew neck can be a bit too basic, thankfully there are accessories. Adding a necklace or a combination of different necklaces in varying lengths can really elevate a wardrobe staple like a crew neck sweatshirt. I like wearing my gold choker with another longer gold necklace or in the fall you could also wear a printed scarf for interest. If the weather is warmer, I like to roll up the sleeves and throw on some gold bracelets or bangles, this brings attention to my arms and completes the look. Another option is to layer your crew under a leather or bomber jacket for cooler weather.

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What is your go-to clothing item this fall/autumn? Let me know in the comments!


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