We are discussing the classic pieces in the modern wardrobe. In this series, I’m sharing what I look for in each garment and why. I also show you how I wear those pieces.
The moto jacket or the biker jacket is a versatile piece that you can throw on over anything from a silk floral dress to a hooded sweatshirt. The biker jacket is often black leather with silver zippers, epaulets, studs, and lots of pockets. Motorcycle jackets became very popular in 1953 with The Wild One’s premiere, featuring Marlon Brando as Johnny Strabler. (Irving Schott created a new type of coat intended for motorcycle riding in 1928, the Schott Perfecto—named after his preferred cigar brand.)
My best moto-style jacket isn’t black leather. It is a buttery soft gray color of suede-like material with gunmetal studs, no epaulets, and no belt. I need clean and simple styles that don’t add bulk at the bust or waistline with my figure. I’ve worn this jacket by Clara Sunwoo from My Fair Lady many times.
I always look for tops and jackets with shoulder seams to reach the edge of my shoulders. Dropped shoulder seams or raglan sleeves always make me look bulky and somewhat sloppy.
The short length, the fit, which is usually close to the body, and the asymmetric zipper closure are all features that are very flattering for my shape. Garments without bulky texture, excessive length, and fullness, as well as an absence of fussy details, are my best choices. Softer colors and fabrics are in harmony with my gray hair and paler coloring. The typical black leather biker jacket overwhelms me in every way.
I always wear a moto or biker-style jacket with close-fitting pants or jeans, a soft flowing top or tank, and edgy shoes or boots. However, I would never wear a moto-jacket with combat or biker boots. That’s a bit too, Marlon Brando for me.
Draping a soft gray cashmere shawl around my neck makes the jacket warm enough for a mild weather January dinner date.
All of the items I am wearing are a couple of years old except for Express’s silver camisole. The pants are by Lior Paris (also from My Fair Lady). The cashmere shawl is a few years old from J.Jill.
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