Sunday, October 15, 2017

The Big Coverup: Favorite Fall Jacket Trends



Photography by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

The beautiful fall weather is finally gone from downright hot to that slight chill in the air that means its time to grab a jacket. It is that time in early autumn for something that you can put layers under or wear alone to show off your favorite pair of denim.

Trends for fall have been so creative and "anything goes" this fall that it has been fantastic to revisit some classics as well as embrace some fun new looks. From oversized plaid blazers (hello 90s) to feather and embroidery embellishments, finding your look was never more fun. Plus you can mix it up again the next day.




Levis, the oldest and largest denim brand, is instantly recognizable as an iconic brand, but with the onslaught of premium denim over the past decade it has been overshadowed by the perpetual onslaught of new lines of denim. I was happy to see that Levi come to the forefront of denim once again with their collaborations and capsule collections that stay true to the brand while giving it a modern edge. I bought these Levi 721 High-Rise Skinny Jeans from the Levi store in the Meatpacking District in NYC a few weeks ago. I love the fit and the detail of the rose embroidery on the hips. It makes me really happy to see this classic brand broaden their scope but still maintain the Levi look. And denim is always a great way to show off a stylish jacket.




In addition to a great pair of denim, boots are also a versatile way to show your style. Ever since I saw the Fendi Rockoko Chelsea boots with its ribbed color-block elastic inserts and multicolor floral embroidery at the Nordstrom Season Shift Event, I have been obsessed. I have been wearing these all fall, with dresses and skirts as well as denim. These boots are one of my favorite fall purchases and although they are clearly a splurge, I plan on getting my moneys worth in wear. Sometimes when someone says something is an investment piece it sounds like an excuse for spending money on a label, but these are truly one of those boots that I am proud to own.

Faux fur is another fun trend that makes the perfect fall handbag! Intermix in the Meatpacking District in NYC had this Maison Boinet Teal Mini Crossbody Bag that totally grabbed me. You can hold it by its gold ring handles or wear it in a cross body style for a great eye popping accessory.

Not everything needs to have a designer label to be cool. H&M has really pretty blouses that showcase the dark floral trend perfectly. This one is similar to mine, because as is the way of fast fashion, the blouse I am wearing is sold out. I wore it with a half tuck in the front to show off the embroidery detail on my Levis. Here are three of my favorite jackets to wear right now and into the cooler months ahead.




The Oversized Plaid Blazer

The blouse, denim and boots are great pieces that enables me to mix up my look with the change of my jacket. The oversized long plaid blazer is updated from the 90s and it a major component of the 2017 fall wardrobe. I think this blazer looks so cool with denim but I would also wear it with a dress and a chunky knit scarf. It is a super versatile piece that has polish and street smarts, and that is why I chose the Tibi Glen Plaid Oversized Jasper Blazer. You can get also get this look from Target, ASOS, and Shopbop.




Cargo Jacket with A Twist

Judging from the amount of army green hanging in the jacket section of my closet, I may have been having a love affair with the army jacket and it's fancier cousins for the past few months. My fashionable friend Monica spied this great jacket at Zara in Paris this past summer and I jumped online and grabbed it. If feathers aren't your thing, never fear. Shopbop has a fabulous lineup of cargo jackets, from statement sleeves to patched. Check them out here.




The Bomber Jacket

The bomber continues to be a big jacket shape for fall and I love all new twists that this jacket style has. The Cinq À Sept Leia Ruffle Bomber Jacket takes a plain army green bomber to a new level with  a double row of ruffles that run across the sleeve and around the jacket. And it is on sale ladies, at Nordstrom Rack, down from the original price of $595 to $189.97.  And don't be fooled by the photo on the Nordstrom website: it is not brown, it is green.




Metallic Moto Jacket

I think that Joie makes some of the best jackets around. I am a big fan of metallic moto jackets particularly ones that have a subtle look to the leather rather than a high shine. The Joie Leolani Leather Jacket is made of distressed leather so it is not bright, but has that favorite worn jacket look that goes with absolutely everything. I bought mine from my gorgeous friend Rebekah at the University Village store. I paired it with a Miu Miu skirt from MB Finds and those favorite Fendi boots of mine while out and about in NYC, but would also wear it with denim or over a dress. The sky is the limit. It comes in a gorgeous gray color too.



Raw Edge Blazer

Raw edges take a great jacket and just make it look cooler. The raw or unfinished hem takes a done up blazer and makes an individualistic statement. This Isabel Marant Étoile Ela Blazer was another MB Finds score, but you can find it here as well. I love the raw edge on a denim jacket or blazer too, and this Alexander Wang Collarless Grey Denim Jacket is a great combo of low key high style. Love!



Denim and Patches

Whether you are looking for a low key stylish look or something of a major statement, there are some amazing choices in jackets for fall. A interesting and fun piece like a metallic or embroidered and embellished really makes an outfit. I have been adding vintage patches to my distressed cropped denim jacket over the past year, and this week I finished it with a Gucci-inspired vintage snake patch I found in an antique store in Fremont here in Seattle. It is the cherry on top of this fun project and made the jacket complete.

Cheers to covering up in style. xx



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