Today’s outfit was purely utilitarian. My birthday gift from my husband was to be a leather moto-style jacket, which I’ve been wanting for a while, but had been taking my sweet time finding, and today I was going out to try a whole bunch of them on. So I dressed to facilitate doing that. I knew I’d be likely to wear it with outfits such as this one, and I also wanted to be able to slip them on and off quickly and without much of a fuss.
I had a lot of requirements for this jacket — which I did finally find and purchase today — and most of them were negative requirements, as in, things I did NOT want. No studs, no epaulettes, not a lot of hardware, no excessive shoulder padding, no quilting, nothing overly girly about it, no godawful tacky blingy embellishments of any sort. I especially did not want any of the cheap-looking gold zippers and hardware I’ve seen so much of in my lengthy search.
I also had some fit issues to work around. I knew it was going to be a fairly short jacket, no matter what, and that’s fine, but I have a long torso, and what reads as cropped on shorter women often reads as shrunken on me. I don’t mind a small gap between my waistband and the hem of the jacket, but huge four-to-six-inch gaps are just way too much for me, personally. Thus the low rise jeans; I figured these would be the best way to judge the acceptability of the gap. I’ve also had problems with jackets that fit my shoulders and bust being absurdly big in the waist, and with an angled zip, that can look really, really stupid.
I had to give up on my All Saints dream pretty quickly, due to the length issues; yeah, the jackets technically fit, but they just didn’t look right, and I gave them a pass. Pretty much every other high street shop was a washout, but my luck came in at a leather specialty shop, where I found a jacket that fit all my requirements, and as a really pleasant bonus, was both very reasonably priced, and made in the UK, including British-sourced hides, which was very happy-making indeed. I did go up a size; although the smaller size fit well, I wanted a bit of extra room for bulkier jumpers than the one I was wearing at the time.
So that’s one more item off the list, and I think I’m on a shopping hiatus for September at least. Things are going unworn, I am reaching the point where too much to choose from is inducing decision paralysis way too often, and I want to start trimming my wardrobe down to a much more manageable size. Ceasing to add to the problem is probably a good place to start.
Oh! I will be writing up some of my stain-cleaning tips very soon, and answering some questions for Terri, who kindly nominated me for a Liebster Award. I’m hoping this upcoming weekend will not be anything like as busy as the last one, so I’ll have more time for stuff like this.
Scarf: Desigual, probably remixed. It was a bit on the cool side today, and I also wanted to have a fairly typically-sized scarf to try on with the jacket. As I’ve mentioned, I am really sensitive to cold, but for some reason, if my neck is covered, I can endure. Also, this scarf is big enough that I can use it as a wrap if more coverage is needed. (I ended up having the dude just cut the tags off my jacket so I could wear it out, because the weather sure didn’t get any warmer as the day went on. (Also: I am not just whining about the awful weather; it’s official!)
Jumper: Uh, something merino from TK Maxx. So very many sweaters of mine could be described that way. Maybe remixed? Has a scoop neck. Fine gauge. No manky sheep smell. Nice!
Belt: Gap, remixed.
Jeans: Gap Outlet Premium Skinny, remixed.
Sandals: Hush Puppies, remixed. Yeah, I know, sandals with a scarf and jumper, but I had a sore spot on the tip of a toe, and wanted nothing to make it worse. I did not freeze, fortunately.