Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Debut of the Embroidered Moto Jacket

Today, one of my coworkers said, "You look like you should be in some sort of a gang!" I flashed him a two-hand double-shot of "horns of the devil" and yelled, "YEAH!"
My goal was Ladylike Rocker - the jacket is a massive statement piece, but I didn't want it to be just about the jacket.


  • Faux leather jacket - Frank Lyman; purchased here with gift cards from Mom for $177.00
  • Top - Club Monaco, consignment; first worn here in October 2017 in a mod outfit
  • Skirt - Benetton, consignment; first worn here (2nd outfit) in November 2017 with all green
  • Shoes - Calvin Klein; last seen here in September 2017 with Dries and sleeves
  • Coat (below) - Apparence, vintage 80s, thrifted; last worn here on Christmas Day 2017 over my Muppet skirt


I see lots of possibilities for future styling of this fab motorcycle jacket, but for the first wear, I really liked how it worked with the deep green pleated satin skirt.
 I kept the top underneath simple and wore minimal jewelry.

All of the colours were pulled out of the embroidery colours.
I loved the jacket overall, but it did have a few downsides. The studs snagged my hair (must remember to wear it up), and because the jacket is PVC it doesn't breathe, and I had a few warm moments. The pockets being actual metal zippers mean you can't put your hands in them (ow! hurty!).

But for this? Yeah, I'm good with it.
 I might have to do a puffy skirt with it next. How would you style it?

Outerwear - it freakin' RAINED today, like torrential downpours. It was dark out until about 1pm, when it got incrementally lighter. Stupid we(s)t coast weather.
 I also carried my umbrella.


  • Toque - Danier Leather
  • Scarf - Smoking Lily
  • Gloves - Parkhurst


The stuff:
 These aren't the most comfy shoes I own, but I do adore the perfect pointy-toe pump shape of them. Shiny!

Simple bling:
Both pieces that I love.


  • Earrings - Tania Gleave, Vancouver
  • Lapis lazuli ring - Wendy Brandes

30 comments:

  1. Def with super poufy tulle skirt, or long and swishy voluminous skirt. With your red pants. With distressed or pale jeans. With strapless dress.

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    1. Thanks, Ismay! I do own a tulle skirt and a couple of pouffy ones. Lol, my one pair of jeans might work. I like the idea of a dress with it!

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  2. Great suggestions Ismay. Love the jacket done up. I can't wait to see you style it with red, purple and white. We will take any moisture you send our way. We've had 0.07 " precipitation since October.

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    1. Yeah, it looks good done up, but I can't see it being worn that way unless I'm using it as outerwear (too hot!). Purple, eh? That would be interesting. Sending RAIN your way, Chalotalo!

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  3. Ladylike Rocker!! I love it!! and your jacket would look fabulous with a puffy skirt, absolutely rocker!
    Lovely outfit!
    besos

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  4. I love it with the skirt, such a beautiful combination! It's such a nice jacket. I'd probably just go the boring route and wear with jeans, haha! What about a monochrome outfit underneath with one of the colours from the embroidery on the jacket?

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    1. Jeans, yup, definitely could see that. I have a red dress that would be very pretty under this - great idea!

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  5. I adore red shoes, sadly I can't wear pointy or high shoes now. Love the jacket and the whole outfit.

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    1. Oh, I hear that - I have to limit my heel heights these days too, and even some pointy shoes are too pointy for me now. :( Thanks, Polly!

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  6. I love the jacket and it looks ace with the green skirt. I think it would look fab with a big circle or patterned swishy skirt, too, and of course it would look fab with trousers.

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    1. Thanks, Veronica! I agree on putting the jacket with a full skirt. I have limited trousers, but I do like the idea.

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  7. What a fun jacket, and the colors are wonderful on you! I like the Merlot-colored hair a lot.

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  8. Although I think the jacket works just fine with that green skirt, I can definitely see it getting more oomph with a circle skirt. Or why not try cigarette pants in one of the colours of the embroidery? The jacket really suits you to a T, Sheila, and I love it especially when it's done up! xxx

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    1. Yes, I agree - the fitted jacket with a full skirt makes such a nice silhouette. I don't own any cigarette pants, but I like the idea.

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  9. Oh, wonderful! Jeans may be an unoriginal pairing, but the combination is a classic for a reason. With wide-legged long trousers emphasising the slight shortness of the jacket, it would be fantastic. & with anything with pockets for your hands! Also, it's a biker jacket, but the embroidery itself is quite folk-y in style, so I'd be tempted to wear it with a full skirt and blouse with likewise folk-y embellishment. You look wonderful!

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    1. Thanks, Radostin. I will probably try jeans at some point with it. I don't own wide-legged long trousers, but I like the idea of that shape - and YES to pockets! Agreed, the folk-y look of the embroidery is an interesting contrast, and could be fun to play off the "tough" look of the jacket.

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  10. I just love your style and the way you put ootd together. I would never be able to do what you do with some of the exotic items you have, but it all just goes! Just wanted to say Hi and send some love from NC...from one Panthers fan to another!!!

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  11. I'd join your gang if you let me in. Great jacket! This is exactly what an office needs. Stand near the coffee machine looking playfully menacing, keep the drinkers in line. Yeah, wet coast, at least it's not snow and minus eleventy-leven. I trust you'll find a multitude of other great stylings for this piece.

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    1. Pfft, you're a founding member, darlin'! I'm givin' 'em all the stink-eye in this bad-boy jacket, lol. So happy to have rain and not that S-word. Yup, I think I can figure out my styling. I like hearing what ideas others have.

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  12. You *know* I love this jacket! Now just hop on my bike and we'll go for a ride. :-)

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    1. I'll put a real leather coat on first, but you bet!

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  13. The jacket is so fab Sheila and I love the way you've worn it in this post! I love how the top, skirt and shoes complement the jacket so well. I love that the earrings match the shoes too! I think that jacket would look fab paired with anything, Sheila! Actually I think you'd look awesome in a short dress with that jacket but honestly, you'd look great in anything, Sheila! :) XXX

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    1. Thanks so much, Sasha! I always go matchy as my first impulse for styling. I love the idea of it with a short dress too!

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  14. A fabulous debut of your new motorcycle jacket!
    Love the red pumps, and I agree this is a ladylike biker look, lol .
    Fantastic look, I hear you with the ouchy pockets!
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle,
    https://theellediaries.com

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    1. Thank you, Elle! Ladylike bikers - should be my gang name, ha ha!

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  15. Oh wow, what a jacket! I do approve however of this very elegant dressing up of what is essentially a rock chick moto. I've yet to find an embroidered leather jacket (faux or real) but hope one day to come across my dream purchase. I like the idea of a puffball skirt next time, either that or a sparkly, gossamer net affair (you've got one of those stashed away somewhere I'm sure!)

    Anna x

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    1. It's a stunner, isn't it? Thank you, my dear! I love the dichotomy of mixing rough with soft, tough with pretty. I think I need a gossamer skirt now, though!

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  16. A fantastic first ! The jacket looks outstanding with that skirt Sheila.

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