Dressed for: Outside In

Already Pretty outfit featuring black leather motorcycle jacket, pink sweater dress, Desigual printed scarf, Frye Vera Slouch boots, gray Express tights

Scarf – Desigual (no longer available) – more Desigual scarves
Leather jacket – Levi’s (no longer available) – similarfaux/budget
Dress – Moon via Skändal (no longer available) – similar
Tights – Express
Boots – Frye Vera Slouch
Earrings – gift – similar

Although I can’t shove my leather jackets under my down parka, I do occasionally wear them as blazer substitutes when I’m working from home all day. Since light jackets like this get approximately 40 seconds of seasonal wear here in MNs – what with the 20-second fall and 20-second spring we typically have – I love wearing these slightly outerwear-ish jackets indoors so they actually earn their keep. And since my 1925 bungalow is drafty despite a newish furnace and the all-important wintertime window plastic, a heavier outer layer for home-office days is always welcome. Especially when paired with a cozy, oversized scarf – my current obsession.

Anyone else wear leather jackets or other lightweight outerwear in place of blazers? Tell me I’m not alone!


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13 Responses to “Dressed for: Outside In”

  1. Linda L

    Yes, I actually wore a leather jacket with a full skirt last week as an indoor jacket – my puffy coat does fortunately fit over it.

  2. Roberta

    I bought a quilted leather jacket over the holidays just for this purpose, but I haven’t worn it yet. I think it would look good with a floral dress or skirt, and it has been so bitter that anything other than fleece or corduroy seems impossible. Now that it is over 30 degrees I may consider it.

    And yes, I did get the idea from you. 🙂

  3. LIz

    I have definitely worn leather jackets (I have 3) in place of blazers. When I taught in Western New York State, it was too cold inside the schools during the winter (especially on Mondays or after a holiday) for wearing just a shirt/blouse or turtleneck, so I rotated wearing leather jackets or woolen blazers over them.
    Depending on the jacket, leather was often warmer than wearing a blazer–which I appreciated because I’m almost always cold.
    It’s a good look, given that a leather jacket with a moto vibe gives a little edge to an otherwise conservative collared blouse and pair of classic trousers.

  4. Caryl

    All the time – denim jackets too. I think they can give a really soft skirt or dress a bit of an edge.

  5. Anamarie

    Yes! I actually just bought a camel faux leather jacket to add to my collection. I wish I had also bought the cobalt, I need a colored jacket.

  6. Stacie

    I have several denim jackets in a few colors that I wear instead of a blazer. In my mild-ish (compared to your upper Midwest frozen tundra!) winters in Kentucky, I can throw on a scarf when heading out and not really need to add a heavy coat on top. So rock on!!

  7. Rose

    I’m not into leather jackets, but I’ve been putting boiled wool jackets and sweater coats on like regular pieces over the past few weeks. My home and office are both drafty and as cold as it’s been I need heavier artillery.

  8. BamaCarol

    It can be cold in my workplace so I do wear jackets inside. I have a few faux leather jackets that look good with skirts and pants and can easily take the place of a blazer or cardigan in the colder months.

  9. Jenny- Adventures Along the Way

    I can layer my leather jacket under a heavy North Face winter coat in the fall here in Quebec, but once it gets to deep winter, that is not warm enough. But it does help extend the amount of wear I can get out of it since we also have very short springs and falls and about six months of winter.

  10. Ginger

    Yes, I do! Especially since I just scored some really cute jackets from JCPenney juniors. (I’m a tall hourglass/pear, regular-waisted, and the juniors jackets are short enough in the body to hit me in a flattering place.) One is a faux leather moto and the other an updated Members Only jacket, both with knit or elastic sides so they are shapely even when unfastened. My office is too cold for me, and now I can’t use a space heater, so they’re necessary. I can usually layer them under a cloth coat, too.

  11. Anita

    I really like your hair in these pictures. I know you tend to like it more structured but I think this softer look, hair-wise, really suits you. In fact, the sort of unstructured nature of the skirt on your dress is great, too!

    I get to wear jackets like four times a year. My leather jacket never sees the light of day. I have leather jacket envy.

  12. Anna

    Can I ask are your Vera boots the antiqued black leather? Or are they the calf shine vintage?

    • Sally

      Hi Anna – antiqued. They arrived purposely dirty and I cleaned them, so the calf shine might be less “distressed” if that helps!