Happy Monday, dear friend. I hope you had a restful and lovely weekend. And I also hope you are staying well. So if that means staying in and staying away for now, let’s do that. One of these days we absolutely will be out and about again. So I’m carrying on here at Dressed for My Day, sharing classic winter outfits that we might wear out and about. But please know that I’m simply trying to provide a little normalcy in difficult times, a dose of frivolity when so much feels weighty and yes, a little hope on days that feel bleak. Okay, enough waxing eloquent. Let’s check out my winter classics outfit with my leather biker jacket.
Whether you have a leather jacket or not, I want you to be able to get something from this post. So here’s the biggest take-away. Are you ready for it? Look over the next photo and consider what you think pulls it all together.
Did you notice that this outfit has wardrobe essentials in it in almost every possible color of neutrals? I’m wearing blue denim jeans, an oatmeal cashmere sweater, black leather boots, an oxblood brown leather jacket and a grey cashmere scarf. (Well, actually I didn’t manage to get a single photo with the scarf around my neck. Ha! But I did wear it that way.)
So I think this outfit is a good illustration of why it’s important to fill your wardrobe with neutrals that you love. I do suggest only having 2-3 neutrals in your wardrobe (besides white or cream). It’s just easier to build a cohesive wardrobe that way. You can learn more about How to Choose the Colors of Your Wardrobe in this post.
But the key that pulls all these neutrals together is that they all have a cool undertone. So yeah, black is black. But browns and beiges and camels can definitely have either warm or cool undertones. And I’m generally pretty careful to choose those in cool undertones, simply so that my closet will stay cohesive.
Of course, I also don’t include blue denim in that number. In fact, I use blue denim to add a little light and color to an otherwise all neutrals look. I absolutely could have worn black or grey jeans with the outfit. But I intentionally went with blue denim to lighten things up a little. I think blue denim, especially in a light to mid wash, also looks more casual than black denim. So that’s another reason I went with it.
Notice I wore full length jeans. That’s because I’m wearing my Franco Sarto notched ankle booties, which feature a low shaft, and I wanted to be able to wear socks without them showing. These booties, which also come in taupe snake print and caramel croc print, are still available and they’re a whopping 70% off. They are so comfortable and versatile.
My v-neck oatmeal colored cashmere sweater is also still available in limited sizes, and it’s marked down 62%. There are plenty of other colors to choose from still, too. I enjoy having cashmere or other lightweight, natural fiber sweaters in pretty neutrals because I can insert them into so many different outfits.
I chose silver jewelry for this outfit simply because my leather jacket features dark silver hardware. I like having a couple of versatile necklaces in both silver and gold so that I have what I need if a jacket or blouse features metallic trims or hardware. These Gorjana necklace, linked below in the widget, are very lightweight and modern. Of course, silver jewelry also accentuates the cool undertones in the neutrals in my clothing.
I’d about given up on the biker jacket or moto jacket trend, when I came across this Allsaints Dalby leather jacket. I had tried on so many others, especially during the past three Nordstrom Anniversary Sales. But the arms were always tight on me. I’m no skinny-Winnie, y’all. My upper arms are very muscular. Oh yes, they are. But they’re also just thick. Yeah. That’s true, too.
So I do suggest sizing up in a leather jacket. They just tend to run a little small in the arms. But I’ve also learned, after trying on dozens and dozens of jackets, that price does reflect fit in this particular genre. And I think that actually makes sense. You’re paying for the fabric, among other things. So designers that charge more are also more likely to give you more fabric in your garment, whether that be a silk blouse or leather jacket or wool blazer.
Of course, I’m linking to other leather jackets as well as faux leather options below in the shopping widget. You absolutely can duplicate this look with a faux leather or suede moto jacket. I’d long admired biker jackets because I felt like they are such a modern and yet classic cut. I think these are one of those garments that an older woman can pair with other classic pieces and create a very current look without looking like she’s trying to hard.
So even though I never did wrap that grey cashmere scarf around my neck (at least in the photos), that’s a wrap! This is definitely an outfit I enjoy wearing in real life. I love pulling neutrals together in an interesting way. And the key is simply making sure that all the neutrals you’re wearing have the same undertone – either warm or cool.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope you have a wonderful Monday.
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Blessed for My Day
Has your life taken a detour? Sure it has. We’ve all been on a yearlong detour of sorts. Plans have changed, jobs have shifted or been lost, events were cancelled and trips were postponed. We’ve experienced a year of disappointment. But we’re also tired from having to pivot…and pivot again… and yet again. No wonder we feel dizzy and disoriented! Even if we trust that hope is on the horizon, it’s hard to SEE the horizon for all the uncertainties that cloud the vista.
But this I know. God will accomplish His plans for me. And He will accomplish His plans for you, too. Even if you have to pivot a dozen more times this week, you can grab hold of this certainty for balance and perspective. God is in control. Let me clarify. God…is in control. I am not, you are not, they are not, the enemy of our souls is not. And He will bring to pass the plans He has for you.
The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. ~ Psalm 138:8