My suede moto jacket is hands down one the best purchases I’ve made in the last 12 months. For the under $200 price point, BlankNYC’s suede jacket is definitely the best option on the market right now. The fit is absolute perfection (for sizing reference: I’m generally an xs or small in most jackets and I’m wearing the xs here.) And the genuine suede feels soft and luxurious – while still maintaining its structure.
Since I purchased my jacket, BlankNYC has restocked it in about 10 different colors (including a super wearable tan). Nordstrom sells eight colors, and you can find additional colors that are exclusive to Bloomingdales and Revolve.
I thought it would be fun to show you four ways to style this jacket, in case you’re considering purchasing one or something similar for yourself.
Here are three additional ways to style a suede moto jacket. In all of these outfits, I styled my burgundy jacket – but they would look just as beautiful with the tan version or even green or powder blue if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous.
Let’s talk about denim for a minute… As you probably know from following this blog, I’m pretty much a skinny jeans devotee. In fact, before skinny jeans came into style, I never really felt comfortable or confident in jeans at all. But the minute skinny jeans became a “thing,” I knew I had found my go-to. And the rest is history.
But lately, I’ve become a bit bored with the silhouettes in my closet. If I’m wearing jeans, I feel like all my outfits look the same. Literally, they all look like this. So in winter I purchased a pair of full-length flared jeans – these, in case you’re curious – that I absolutely love, and have gotten quite a bit of wear out of. But they still haven’t replaced my skinnies as my go-to. There are a few things I don’t love about traditional flares, but my biggest gripe is that they’re tailored for just one shoe height, automatically making them way less wearable than skinny jeans, which can be worn with flats or any heel.
Enter this season’s biggest pants trend: the kick flare, a fancy name for cropped flare pants. They’re cropped – so they work with any shoe height, automatically giving them a leg up (pun intended) on traditional flares. But… Do they look silly? When it comes down to it, aren’t they pretty much just high waters at the end of the day? Fashion is so fickle.
Regardless, I decided to give the style a try with a low barrier to entry pair… These $30 kick flares from H&M. I wore them all evening yesterday and can now say with confidence that I’m into them. (My husband is undecided. But who asked him, right?) Will they replace skinny jeans in my wardrobe rotation? Only time will tell.
As far as styling goes, the safest way to try out a new trend for the first time is to avoid wearing too many new-to-you trends at once. Let the piece you’re experimenting with be the star of the outfit. In my case, that meant pairing my kick flare jeans with pieces I’m already really comfortable wearing – a flowy blouse that I’ve had for eons and a moto jacket. Volia! As far as shoes go, this cut of jeans actually looks great with flat slide sandals (thank you Pinterest for the inspiration!), but it was too chilly for sandals last night so I went with another one of my no-fail, works-with-everything footwear options: classic pointed pumps.
Okay, it’s time to get off my denim soapbox and let you form your own opinions about different denim styles. What do you think? Are you pro kick flares or against them? (I really dive deep into important world-wide issues on this blog, huh?)
Psst! On an unrelated note… Shopbop just added a ton of new goodies to their sale section, just in time for spring! I especially love this super cute top, this affordable blush-colored bag, this tank (that would be so cute tucked into flares!), and of course, these amazing boots that almost never go on sale.
I tried on this dress last month and was so tempted to buy it but just couldn’t justify paying full price… But low and behold, the green version had a price drop last week so I snatched it up immediately. (Use code ‘LOVE’ at checkout to get an additional 35% off + free 2-day shipping!)
I’ve already worn it twice since I bought it, and I’m finding that it’s a great day-to-night piece. I love the length which feels sexy but is long enough to still look classy when paired with strappy high heels. And the draping is flattering in all the right places.
Outfit details: Banana Republic dress (on sale – use code ‘LOVE’ at checkout for an additional 35% off!). Veda jacket (less expensive alternatives here and here). Zac Posen clutch. Zara shoes (I also own and love these). Lulu’s necklace (similar). Old Ann Taylor bracelet (similar here and more from Ann Taylor here).
I have two back-to-back trips planned with girlfriends for this weekend and next so I made sure Carter and I snuck in a date night last weekend. On Saturday we headed over to North Williams neighborhood where he spends most of his time during the work week (but I’ve barely been before) and enjoyed a casual meal and brew at Lompoc.
The rest of the weekend was spent organizing our file system at home (exciting stuff!) and drinking wine with friends. I fell asleep before 10 on our couch both nights and Carter had to carry me to bed.
I think we’re really starting to feel like an old married couple… And I wouldn’t have it any other way.