Banana Republic Denim shirt (size 0P, current year version), True Religion Casey Legging Jeans in Body Rinse Wash (size 24), TORO Firenze leather jacket (Italian size 40 – equivalent of US size 4), Halogen ‘Marlie’ Pointy Toe Pumps in Tan Leopard Print (size 4)
A good leather jacket is a worthy investment because it’s timeless, good for layering, and instantly makes any outfit look put together. I wore this cognac leather jacket with my ’70s inspired outfit in a previous post and paired it with denim this time. This jacket has become a closet staple of mine. I got it during my trip to Italy earlier this year and I’m glad the salesperson dissuaded me from getting a black leather jacket. This cognac color has proven to be versatile and classic, so for those of you who are considering a non-black leather jacket, I highly recommend the cognac color. I’ve linked several options below at different price points for reference.
- Budget Saver (Under $50): GUESS Lex Faux-Leather Jacket (limited time offer for this price), Charlotte Rousse Quilted Faux Leather Jacket
- Middle of the Road (Under $100): BLANKNYC Faux Leather Jacket
- Genuine Leather ($250 Range): Bernardo Leather Moto Jacket (originally $400, available in petite)
[To benchmark, my jacket is genuine leather and costs around $250 USD. If you make your way to Italy, don’t forget get a leather jacket as a souvenir]
A well-fitted denim shirt is like that perfect white shirt. Ever since I got my denim shirt from Banana Republic, it has become a closet essential and personal favorite. It can be worn under a sweater or cardigan on colder days, by itself, and even as a light jacket over tank tops or tees. I’m a fan of the ‘denim on denim’ look that has gained popularity in recent years. I wore my denim shirt with dark legging jeans to provide contrast between the two shades of blue. By the way, I’m in love with these True Religion Casey Legging Jeans (or jeggings)! They truly feel like leggings while looking like fitted jeans, combining the best of both worlds – comfort and style.
To give this outfit a casual chic look, I did the ‘frat shirt tuck’, which essentially means only tucking in the front half of the shirt and leaving the back half un-tucked. To break up the solid color blocks of the outfit, I wore these Halogen ‘Marlie’ Pointy Toe Pumps in leopard print for added flair. It may be a bit hard to tell from the picture, but these shoes have 3 1/4″ heels, which is a good height for elongating petite legs while still looking proportional. These pumps start from size 4, so great news for people with small feet like me. However, they run big, so order half a size down. I’m typically a size 4.5-5 and had to get these in size 4. They have little elastic bands in the back of the shoes which help to keep your feet in place.