12/6/17

Moto Jackets vs. Cardigans + Link Up

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Just the other day, Noelle made a comment on this post and said, "Remember when we were all about moto jackets?!" When I saw her comment I thought...wait I still like moto jackets! But it's true, I haven't been wearing them as much this season. Fall of 2017 has been all about the cardigans, and their comfort factor is hard to resist! But her comment inspired me to break out one of my trusty favorites and pair it with one of my favorite Black Friday purchases, these charcoal jeans.

Similar Jacket in Chianti, Similar Jacket (Same Brand) | White Tee (c/o) | Jeans | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Similar Shoes | Necklace

My jacket is a couple of years old from Maurice's, and I was really impressed with the quality of it for the price. They have a current option that's a very similar color, style, and price. The quality is on par with (Minus the) Leather Moto Jackets from Express and the sizing is the same as well. Express also has an color similar to this one, but definitely wait for a sale on those.

I ordered mostly winter-friendly sweaters and jackets during the Black Friday sales, and hardly any of them worked out! I also ordered a couple of pairs of jeans, which I just liked but didn't really "need" as much. And of course, the jeans are what ended up working out the best!

This pair of charcoal jeans are true to size and very comfortable and flattering. Some of my jeans seem to have more of a Spanxy-effect (if you get my drift) than others, and this pair is one of those! I do love to wear black jeans a lot, so this is a nice alternative. Plus, I don't have to worry about them fading with wash and wear!
Similar Jacket in Chianti, Similar Jacket (Same Brand) | White Tee (c/o) | Jeans | Bag (c/o) | Earrings | Similar Shoes | Necklace

This is just personal preference, but more often than not I like pairing a moto jackets with t-shirts and cardigans with camis. Those proportions just work better on my body and I just feel most comfortable with that balance of dressy/casual. I've seen the opposite combos on other people and liked them a lot, but when I try it on myself it just doesn't look or feel me!

I already shared the selfie versions of this outfit here but since I'm on the subject of moto jacket vs. cardigans, I'll just make this post a two-for-one with an example of the opposite cardigan + cami pairing:
chenille cardigan, black lace trim velvet cami

All of these pieces ran true to size for me, but as a note on this chenille cardigan (a.k.a. the most comfortable cardigan I've every owned!), Kristi bought this on Black Friday too and asked me if I've had any issues with shedding since she's having a bit of a problem with that.  I have not had that issue  (and I wear this almost every night around the house) except for on this day when I paired it with this black velvet cami! The black velvet attracted and showed a lot of chenille specs so I won't pair these two fabrics again. One of the satin or silky options I shared in this post with twelve lace-trim cami options would probably resolve the issue.

Currently...
On the first Wednesday of every month I like to join Anne to share a few things that are currently happening in our lives. She's so creative with her ideas and I appreciate that she lets us piggyback on her concept to help me blog a little more outside the outfit of the day box. I'm also joining Kristen & Gretchen for "What's New" since these topics fall along those lines!

Currently Lighting....
...up our house with this holiday light projector. This is our first year using one and it's so convenient! Way easier than hanging a bunch of lights. (Not that I've ever done that myself, but so I hear!) It has an automatic light sensor so we never have to remember to turn it off or on.

Currently Spending...
..."money." I was stumped on something worthwhile (and maybe not so obvious?) to say for this question, so I asked my ten year old, "If someone asked you what your mom was spending lately, what would you say?" I was hoping his answer would be something like, "quality time with her kids." But no. It's money. Out of the mouth of babes...

Currently Choosing...
...a new black crossbody bag. Mine is a few years old looking pretty rough these days because I reach for it a lot. I really want a simple, classic style, so I've been browsing some options at Shopbop:
1. Shop Marc Jacobs Bags (Recruit Small Saddle Bag)

2. Shop Rebecca Minkoff Bags (Nubuck Mini MAC)

3. Shop Tory Burch Bags (McGraw Crossbody)

4. Shop See by Chloe Bags (Joan Shoulder Bag)

I'd love to know from my bag aficionado friends if they think any of these styles are more trend than classic. I love the ring detail on #4 but I do think it's a trend that won't be around forever.

Currently Sending...
...all kinds of paperwork in to the state of California. Just my luck that my driver's license renewal, vehicle registration, and jury duty selection all happened at once!

Currently Singing...
...nothing! I used to sing a lot in the car, but now I am either listening to an audiobook or riding in the car with my kids, and they don't especially enjoy my vocal stylings. Especially not when we're getting close to school or any place where they might know someone who might see or hear me!



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40 comments:

  1. Wow you've had a lot of paperwork to do lately! We don't really do outside lighting except a garland around our door and have been debating a projector too. They just look so easy and aren't too expensive either! You can't beat that!

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    1. Definitely give it a try! They are such an easy and affordable way to be a little more festive.

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  2. I love my moto jackets - I think they are classics! While I love a good cardigan in spring and autumn a leather jacket is a must have in winter for me! :)

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a great start to the week and all your Christmas preparation is going well! I'm hoping to wrap some more presents today!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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    1. That's a good point! I think with the warmer climate here I do have to wait until almost winter to justify this type of jacket.

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  3. hahaha your boys are funny. I love the See by Chloe bag the most. My moto jacket is making a comeback on the blog soon lol.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. Thanks for voting on the bag situation! And yeah...leave it to kids to tell it like it is! Can't wait to see your moto jacket!

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  4. You always look great in moto jackets and loving your charcoal jeans!! I think we need to try the lights projector too next year! Thanks for hosting Gina:)
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  5. Can't wait to use the lights projector again! It is such a fabulous thing!

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    1. I don't know how long they've been around but now I'm wondering why we didn't try this sooner!

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  6. I love both moto jackets and cardigans, but cardigans are definitely more comfortable!

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    1. Agree! Although I do have a few softer knit moto jackets that are almost-cardigan comfy! :)

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  7. Anyone who reads my blog knows I love my motos. I will not usurp them for a cardigan, mostly. I do like my cardis too, when it's cold. They both have a place in my life.

    BTW super lighting and I enjoyed your currently prompts

    http://www.muttonstyle.com

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    1. Thanks Anna! And yes, I was anti-cardigan for awhile (I just think jackets look more polished!) but now I'm fully embracing both.

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  8. I love moto jackets but for whatever reason never really bought one. I'll check out Maurices and Express with your recommendations. I have the RM mini mac and MJ cross body bags and I love them both. Both bags are small but fits my necessities so if you are like me and only carry a few items then both bags will work well. The MJ bag has a lot more pockets and zippered compartments though than the RM mini mac. I thought I'd mention it in case you are into pockets. I hope you are having a great day so far!

    www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. Thanks Maureen! That's really helpful to hear those details about the bags! I mainly took a first glance based on exterior but the interior functionality is really important for me too so I'll be taking a closer look at that before deciding! And sometimes those details aren't very visible in product pics so it's nice to hear from people who already have the bag!

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  9. Ooh I love the color of that moto jacket--it's so unexpected and pretty. I love that you asked your kiddo about spending--that one is true for me too though, even though I did put "quality time" :) Spending money is unavoidable this time of year! I love all the bags, but I'd pick 1 or 3, they look the most timeless.

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for voting on the bag options, Shea! "Timeless" is definitely a key factor for me!

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  10. I am loving all of those crossbody bags!

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  11. I wanted a light projector, but haven't got one so far. I'm seeing them everywhere so will have plenty of choice when I do. Thanks for sharing and hosting Hun. Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. I have a feeling a lot of people will start converting to these. So much easier!

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  12. That moto jacket is beautiful, the color is gorgeous! I need to add a burgundy jacket (or cardigan) to my list because it really is one of the prettiest jewel tones. It also looks great on everybody! And, we bought a similar light projector LOL. Nate thought it was lame until he realized that it's way less work for him! Ummmm duh! Happy Wednesday Gina :)

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    1. LOL! Glad to hear he came to appreciate the convenience of the projector. And YES! You definitely need a burgundy jacket or cardigan (or both!). They go with so much.

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  13. Love that light colored style for Winter! So gorgeous. And, all those bags are so pretty- how will you choose??? Sounds like you have soooo much going on. I feel ya- it’s the season!!

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    1. Yeah, I think we're all in the "too much going on" boat during the holidays!

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  14. Aw, love hearing that you enjoy the linkup prompts for a little something different to write about - it's always one of my favorite posts of the month to write. Thanks for joining in! Your "spending" answer cracked me up, and that light projector is so intriguing. I kind of hate dealing with tangled Christmas lights...

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  15. I definitely still prefer a good moto jacket over a cardigan though cardigans have started to inch their way back into my closet. The biggest challenge is once it starts getting colder and making sure the jacket I wear OVER my cardigan is longer than the cardigan itself! We are past being able to wear cardigans on their own I feel like with our temps!
    Also- I’m excited that you’re using the light projector. I used to think they were silly but they have grown on me and I certainly get the convenience!
    Caryl | http://morepiecesofme.com

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  16. Loving every one of those cross body bags!

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  17. I love that jacket! And I loved the honest answer of "money" to what you're spending--at this time of year, who isn't?

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  18. I'm totally team moto jacket myself!
    x0x0 Caro http://thecarolove.com/

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  19. I love crossbody bags, and when it comes to classics/trends, I still think you should go with most appeals to you and the hope is that you'll still like regardless if the trend dies down, as most do!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  20. oh bummer about the things you bought not working out. i have really lucked out with all my clothes purchases, they all worked out fabulously. love those charcoal jeans, such a good point about wash and wear. nothing worse than faded (and not in a good way) black jeans. also i need all the spanxy jeans i can get haha.
    i am not a holiday decorator, inside or outside, but i love that holiday light projector! i want to be an outside decorator one day.. maybe next year.
    i like all the bags you shared, 1 & 3 are my fave.. but i'm not trendy lol so i'm sure whatever you end up choosing will be fabulous.

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  21. Both of these looks are awesome!

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  22. Cardigans are like my uniform. I like both looks though.

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  23. My parent's neighbors have the light projector this year. I had never seen one before, but I imagine it streamlines the whole outside light process!

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  24. I love the look of the moto jacket - it just adds a great tailored feel to the outfit!
    xo

    www.katrinagwenrose.com

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  25. Moto jackets are my go to! I love them and how edgy they can be!

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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