Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Berry moto jacket: 4 ways

Today Gina and I are collaborating to each share 4 different ways to wear this berry colored textured knit moto jacket. Yes, reunited and it feels so good! It's great to be working on something with her again, so I hope you guys enjoy this project! 

Left: Original post here | Right: From random roundup post here

If you remember, I already have this jacket in ivory and in olive. I bought the ivory one late last season after admiring it on Gina and some others who had it. When I finally caved and bought one for myself, I loved it instantly and kicked myself for not getting it sooner. When it was released in olive and now in berry, I didn't hesitate to get the additional colors. I personally size down in this jacket with no intention of ever zipping it. I just like the way it looks worn open, and I don't think it would be as flattering on me worn open if I bought my normal size. Today's focus is on how to style this in berry, so let's get started.

Outfit #1: Snakeskin print cami, metal bib necklace, blush skirt, silver metallic heels

If you read my post yesterday, you saw that I was sick all weekend, but I did manage to take selfies for the purposes of this post! Since I was resorting to selfies verses proper blog photos, I figured I'd provide you with the flat lay also so you can see more details of the pieces I chose for styling. First up is this combo-- snakeskin print cami, metal bib necklace, blush skirt, silver metallic heels.

Necklace: Kendra Scott (c/o) | Jacket: Express | Cami: Express (option here, would also look great with this print here) | Skirt: JCrew Factory | Heels: Kate Spade (option)

I'm not afraid to wear blush in the colder months, so I knew I wanted to style this skirt with the jacket first and foremost. I didn't realize until I pulled the older outfit photo of the ivory version of this jacket above that I also styled that jacket with this same snakeskin print cami. It's just a good backdrop to the jacket, adding interest, but not being too overwhelming of a print.

Possible outfit adjustments: 
1. You could switch out the print cami for a black one and add black tights with black booties to make it more cold weather friendly.
2. This skirt also comes in navy, which would pair beautifully with the jacket. You could do the navy skirt with this and switch the snakeskin for a solid blush colored cami, or even just a white one, keeping the shoes and necklace the same.

Outfit #2: Black tee, long tassel necklace, camo pants, black pumps

I didn't include the jacket in this flat lay, but you get the idea. I already showed you that wine and olive pair perfectly together here, so I thought I'd take it one step further and style this with my camo skinnies to mix it up a bit!

Jacket: Express | Top: Express | Necklace: Kendra Scott (gifted) | Bottoms: Gap (option) | Heels: Valentino (budget option here)

I really loved the way this turned out. The moto jacket is a nice alternative to a denim jacket in this instance, as I always tend to reach for my denim jacket when I'm wearing my camo pants. The color contrast keeps it interesting and the pointy toe pumps keep it from being too masculine.

Possible outfit adjustments:
1. Switching into a white tee and some black Chucks would make this outfit weekend ready.
2. Instead of the black tee and wine colored necklace, try a light grey sweater and silver necklace, with wine colored flats or pumps.
3. Don't have camo pants? Try some solid colored olive skinnies instead! Don't have olive skinnies either? Do black pants with an olive colored cami or tee. 

Outfit #3: Striped dress, statement necklace, black lace up flats

I did this flat lay for Instagram a few weeks ago, as part of my packing post for NYC. I didn't end up wearing this combo because the weather in NYC kept warming up each day we were there, and this jacket gets warm really quickly. As I was trying on this outfit for this post, I decided to make a couple of adjustments.

Jacket: Express | Dress: Old Navy | Necklace: Purple PeridotHeels: BCBG (option)

Since I already showed you that this jacket pairs well with black pointy toed shoes, I decided to skip the flats and wear leopard pumps with this as well. Wine and leopard go together like peas and carrots after all! The long bauble necklace would have looked great with this also, but I grabbed my gold bib necklace at the last second since the last outfit featured a long necklace.

Possible outfit adjustments:
1. Add a chambray over or under the dress for an extra layer if you need more warmth. If you layer a chambray over the dress, add a belt, too, to define your waist. And then ditch the bare legs for tights and boots - cognac knee high boots or booties would look great.
2. Pointy toe leopard flats would work just as well with this.
3. If you don't have a striped dress, try this with a striped colored top and your fave destroyed skinnies. Or to keep it on the dressy side do a solid colored top (in black, white, wine, grey, navy, olive, baby blue, blush, or even mustard!) with a striped skirt instead.

Outfit #4: Berry colored plaid blouse, navy and ivory striped scarf, black leggings, brandy colored booties

I knew I wanted to layer this with leggings, and a plaid shirt just seemed like the natural pairing. I have a ton (ok, "only" 6) of these oversized plaid shirts from Express, the weight is perfect to layer under the jacket, and the length is perfect to wear with leggings. All my bits are covered, and I'm offering you the side view as proof.

Jacket: Express | Top: Express (other colors here, here, here) | Scarf: JCrew Factory (option, option) | Bottoms: Express (option) | Booties: Dolce Vita (more sizes here)

I went monochromatic here with the top, but that was only because I realized I hadn't done a monochromatic look yet with these 4 outfits. This might be my favorite of all of the combos because I just love my layers and my print mixing. And my new booties. Ha! 

Possible outfit adjustments:
1. If you're not into print mixing, just swap the plaid shirt for a solid black long sleeved tee. Or keep your plaid top, but switch the scarf for a solid color that complements one of the colors of your plaid shirt.
2. You could easily just do a chambray, leopard scarf, same leggings, and cognac knee high boots with this jacket as well.
3. Switch to regular black pants and pointy toe pumps (leopard pumps if you're courageous enough to triple print mix!), and give your top a partial tuck for a date night ready look.

And here are all four looks side by side. After I put this collage together, I realized I didn't do a very good job showing you what colors pair really well with berry. I do always tend to reach for it as a good color pop with black and white, but it does play well with more colors than you would think. Here's a quick color collage I put together to prove my point. 

Well, this has turned into quite a long post! Hopefully you were able to pull some inspiration from here, and if not, Gina has four more ideas you can chew on, so please be sure to pop over there if you haven't already to see how she plans to style this! And, if berry isn't your color, check out the other three colors in which this jacket is currently available!

Before I go, you should know that Shopbop is having their Friends and Family sale right now! I'll be back tomorrow with some of my sale picks, but wanted to make sure you got a head start on your shopping cart!


Linking up for: On Trend Tuesday with Sandy and KileenChic StyleTuesday Talk, Confident Twosday, Erin and Laura for Trend Spin Linkup


  1. Thanks for doing this collaboration with me! I have to admit my intentions were a little selfish because I wanted a different perspective on ideas for this jacket and you did not disappoint! Love it with the black tee and camo skinnies (I would do the olive option, of course), and love the suggestion of trying it with a white tee and black chucks! Also love that we both shared an option with stripes (spoiler, sorry) and that you did a more dressy version vs. my casual option!
    Gina | On the Daily Express

  2. Love the color of that jacket!! Great looks. :D

  3. That jacket is so cute! So versatile!

    xx Leah / www.eatpraywearlove.com

  4. That color is wonderful on you!! Love your style.

  5. Love love love it with the camo!

  6. It's always nice when you and Gina reunite! I loved seeing her outfits, and I love yours as well! I think my favorite one is the striped dress. I just think the berry jacket compliments it so beautifully! Such a vibrant color.

  7. I am in love with the color of this moto jacket - it looks so good on you!! Also digging that blush skirt and camo pants - perfect updates for the season.


  8. I am so loving the color of this jacket and seeing it different ones on you and Gina is making it hard to resist the temptation.


    Hope to see your Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

  9. Hi Carylee!!!�� I absolutely love ��❤ your blog and sense of fashion.
    I'm obsessed with this berry moto jacket. Would you mind telling me what size you purchased in this jacket for reference??? I need to buy it before it's gone. I would really appreciate it. Keep up the awesome blogs!!!

    1. I bought mine in an extra small but I have no intentions of zipping it. I would have normally gotten myself a small! For reference, I'm usually a 4/6 and have a 28 inch waist!