I Go Back to Black: Remixing My Old Leather Jacket

Today I’m showing you how I am holding true to two style resolutions I made for myself in the coming year.

The first: Be more interesting in my outfit planning when time allows.

The second: Remix pieces I already own to avoid major financial ruin for my family at the hands of my shopping habits.

I have owned this cropped leather jacket for nearly five years. The purchase of this jacket was the beginning of my stylistic FREEDOM. Let me explain. From 2005-2009, I trudged through my “adult phase” of style. Life events-wise, I graduated college, got my first teaching job, got married, bought my first home, got a dog…so I felt my wardrobe should reflect the ADULT I was. And backtracking even more…ever since I was a young teenager, I always gravitated toward rocker chic pieces – studs, leather, bling, tough, edgy, etc., but in this “adult phase” of my life, I tried very hard to deny that I liked those details. I tried to be a grown-up woman who liked lace, v-neck sweaters from The Limited, and khakis, etc. Not that those things are bad…they suit many women very well. I’m just saying they didn’t feel like me. During this time, I was often bored when it came to getting dressed and putting together outfits. Style wasn’t fun. I just wore outfits to look professional, look dressed up, look casual, etc., not to reflect anything about myself.
But in 2010, I changed. Nothing really happened, per se…except Lady Gaga. That sounds totally nuts, I know, but I really appreciated her uniqueness. No meat dresses for me or anything, but I soon realized I wasn’t really being true to myself stylistically. So I colored my hair a really fun red, got my nose pierced, and bought this leather jacket. That’s how my stylistic freedom started, anyway.

Believe it or not, I found this jacket in 2010 while shopping with friends for work pants at The Limited. I tried it on, and it just felt right. You know that feeling when you find a piece that was meant for you. But for some reason, I’ve struggled to style it past the leather jacket + graphic tee + jeans formula. I think it’s the cropped length on 5’11” me…

So last week while I was holed up in my home waiting for it not to be -30 outside, I began outfit creating again and put this look together, along with another I will feature later in the week. I like the contrast between the cropped length in the jacket and the tunic length in my sweater. Adding the scarf creates visual interest to the outfit, as do the rips in the jeans and the studs on the boots.

I wore a variation of this outfit this past weekend when I went wedding dress shopping with my sister. I tried it with basic dark skinny jeans (if you look at previous posts, you know I love Old Navy Sweetheart Skinny Jeans in dark rinse) for a more polished look.

What have I learned about my style? I can still stay true to myself AND look professional, polished, or whatever I need to pull off for any given occasion. Style does not have to check itself at the door when you enter your office, school, wherever you work.

The Limited jacket (as I said, five years old) | GAP cozy turtleneck sweater (in heather gray) | AE jegging (in dark destroy) | Old Navy scarf (no longer available online, check in store) | Target boots (last season)


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