When my stylist and I were scouting the mall a few weeks ago, she made a beeline for this Lounge-Knit Moto Jacket. As soon as I put it on, I knew she’d found a winner. It’s light-weight but looks heavier, and even though it’s a terry fabric inside, the slubby speckled texture on the outside makes it seem high-end enough that I wouldn’t hesitate to wear it with a skirt or dress pants to work. It’s perfect for throwing in the bottom of your bag for an extra layer, keeping on the back of your chair at the office, and basically living in all weekend.
I’m wearing a size M in these pictures. I could squeeze into the small if I had to, but I like a little extra room. The Large gave me too much room. For reference again, my waist is around 33″, and my bust is around 40″.
As you know, I’m a big fan of ultra-suede this fall, and the a.n.a. faux suede drape front jacket from JCP is one more reason. JCP doesn’t call it a moto or biker jacket, but the asymmetrical zipper gives me the same vibe. This zipper has a great design feature for large-busted women: it stops immediately under the bust line, so there’s no danger of boob smashing. After that, it’s up to the drape-y collar to cover you.
While I love the form-fitting nature of this jacket, I have to admit that the drape-y collar can be hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes I think I have it laying just right, and other times I think it looks weird. Since it’s a unfinished edge, I’m tempted to ask my seamstress to help me figure out how to trim it to a more manageable shape. (On the other hand, with such a generous “lapel”, there’s room for some very creative use of brooches.) By the way, the sleeves are also unfinished at the wrists, so if you want to shorten them, it’s a simple matter of cutting them to the desired length. It’s also available in petite, but I only had a chance to try it in misses medium, which I’m wearing here.
Finally, here’s a biker jacket you’ve already seen, my linen Pepperberry jacket that I purchased in May and that I’m getting a ton of wear from now that it’s cool again. They currently have some nice ponte options on their website.
By the way, do you have a preference between the two necklines in these pictures? For some reason, I can’t stand the high neck with this jacket in real life. It irritated me so much that I had to change into my favorite H&M scoop neck 3/4 sleeve tee before walking out the door the other day. However, seeing the two images side by side, I’m not sure it’s as bad as I originally thought . . . .
While the moss green of my Pepperberry jacket transitions into the fall season well, this jacket has mostly been a casual piece for me. The neutral colors and drapier fabrics of the NY&Co. and JCP jackets make them feel much more versatile to me.
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