it looks like winter is rearing its ugly head again, with Texas facing another winter storm as well as the east coast. power outages continue with bitterly cold weather gripping most of the country. stay warm, gang. stay safe! February is the shortest month on the calendar, but boy, oh boy, it always seems like the longest one to me. this is the time of year we’re itching for sunshine, warm breezes, and blue skies. everyone but everyone is ready to break up with old man winter. for good! take heart; spring will be here before we know it. daffodils are a hardy plant that will soon peek through even snow if it’s on the ground. then tulips arrive with dutch iris hot on their heels. alliums too. the spring equinox arrives on March 20th this year, a mere four weeks away. yes, spring is getting ready to burst forth, reminding us once again of rebirth and renewal. spring cleaning, anyone? if not, i’m sure you’re ready to open the windows wide to let a breath of fresh air through the house. this time of year is a great time for transformation not only on the outside but also on the inside. spring is a good time to re-group, re-prioritize, and balance our lives. but transitioning from winter to spring can be tricky, at least from a fashion perspective, which is why it’s always a good idea to have at least one jacket on hand to do the heavy lifting. today, i’m taking it back to the classics and sharing how to wear an iconic moto jacket.
why do i consider a moto jacket to be a classic? just like my tagline, trends come and go, but true style is ageless; timeless wardrobe staples and classic leather jackets have staying power. if chosen well, a timeless moto jacket will last for years. it’s a forever chic look that can be dressed up and down with ease. moto jackets look equally fantastic with a dress or a graphic tee and jeans. the choice is yours. it’s the ultimate layering piece that is perfect for those chilly days spring loves to deliver. these days there is a variety of choices when it comes to the mighty moto jacket. there’s leather, faux leather, suede, and vegan to choose from. plus, moto jackets have a wide range of price points, so i know there is a jacket that’s perfect for you and your budget.
today’s ootd is simple and chic and starts with wardrobe staples. black straight-leg jeans (sold out, similar here) from Madewell are paired with a cashmere crewneck from Everlane. a black leather moto jacket (old, similar here and here) is the perfect choice to add an edgy vibe. a silk scarf (old, similar here and here) was added for a hint of femininity to an otherwise masculine outfit. on the other hand, a masculine moto jacket toughens up an ultra-feminine blouse. this is the yin and yang of fashion. opposites always attract.
this time of year, we all need pops of color to brighten our mood, especially when wearing head-to-toe black. a pair of red kitten heels and a red camera bag (similar here) will do the trick. see how easy it is to wear a moto jacket? it perfectly transitions from season to season with style.
similar denim | sweater | similar jacket here, here, and here | shoes | similar scarf | similar handbag | similar belt | earrings
“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own; and from morning to night, as from the cradle to the grave, is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.” — Charles Dickens
is the Founder and CEO of Style at a Certain Age. She writes Sundays-Fridays on all topics ranging from fashion, health, wellness, home design and more.
She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
I really enjoyed your video yesterday Beth. You have amazing style and I look forward to your emails. I can’t afford a lot of the clothes but a girl can dream. I love to see Oscar as well but I thought you had two German Shepherds.
I’ve loved your commitment to inspiring ‘Style’ for years. I couldn’t agree with you more about a moto-jacket especially for women of a Certain Age!
I rocked a pink leather moto with black jeans and a black T’neck to a Billy Joel concert in 2016. It simultaneously felt, retro, bold and SO MUCH FUN!
Thanks for your commitment to inspiring fun in fashion Beth. Cheers to ‘Style’. Long may you moto!
Your moto jacket is by far the coolest one I have ever seen. I love it!!!
Hi Beth, I agree that moto jackets are timeless but they add more style than a staid blazer and they perk up any average outfit to look more up-to-date and jazzy.
One thing I’m looking forward to is the return of longer pants. They will come around again and I, for one, appreciate having my legs look longer and not having my ankles hanging out all naked. I’m a pale, former redhead (now white/gray) and my skin is so white as to look ghostly. That 4” or so between the hem of ankle pants and the foot makes my legs look so much better.
Looking forward to tomorrow’s Friday with Oscar!
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