Fashion week, both on and off the runways, solidified our need to try out a new trend – the shirt-jacket.
But before we get into the details of this week’s look, I can’t tell you how excited I am to share my first fashion post since the baby. There’s no doubt that life and my body have been indelibly changed by motherhood, but it feels great getting back to my own interests and passions. Truthfully, I was nervous about seeing myself in photos or in anything without an elastic waistline, but it was time to rediscover my closet and to a more important degree, myself. I’m not quite back to my pre-baby weight (10 lbs to go), but I’m proud of how far I’ve come and am super thankful for all of your continued support and love. Don’t let anyone (including yourself) or society tell you that becoming a mom means losing your own identity or sense of self or ability to look great.
Now back to fashion!
With temps warming just a bit, it’s the perfect time to try out fashion’s newest trend – the shirt-jacket. Streetstyle stars and it girls are all over the trend. Typically seen with utilitarian details (utility jackets, jumpsuits and shirts have been on trend for some time now), shirt-jackets are meant to be worn slightly oversized as a shirt or worn as a top layer. You’ll see the trend item in a number of fabrics, but I’m loving the leather or faux leather variety right now.
So, how do you style a shirt-jacket? For chillier temps, try wearing a shirt jacket over a thin turtleneck with a pair of straight-leg jeans, cargo pants or leather trousers. Wear the shirt-jacket open for a more casual vibe or buttoned up and cinched with a belt for a more tailored look.
To create a dramatic all-leather utilitarian look, I wore my faux leather utility jacket with belted waist over a cream knit turtleneck with gold button details and leather leggings. For accessories, I carried a pleated black and brown bucket bag (btw, bucket bags are back), brought back my Christian Louboutin black patent simple pumps, and opted for thick gold hoops and a gold Louis Vuitton Place Vendôme pendant Bugsy bought me for Valentine’s Day (which is particularly special because we stayed in Place Vendôme on our honeymoon) .