• kathrinkim

We saw black leather make a larger than normal splash, across the board, at the 2021 Fall/Winter Ready-to-wear runway shows. So, it's no surprise to be seeing black leather jackets appear on every clothing store's racks. We're seeing several different styles pop through, with the black over-sized blazer being the most popular.

This over-sized blazer look is adorable paired with a fitted foundation. I love it black on black and the look of it in the picture to the left, with the hoodie, is a great example of how to wear it more casually.

Below: The brand "Longchamp" is pairing their over-sized blazer with a billowy skirt. Honestly, if I wore these together I'd look twenty pounds heavier so, you won't find me wearing a billowy skirt and an over-sized blazer together but, it sure looks great on a runway model!

Before I go too far I have to confess. I only own one leather jacket. And yes, it's black but, it's for motorcycle riding. Yes, this is me and my bike. I got this leather jacket for riding. It's a size larger than I would normally buy so I can wear layers under it. I have not worn leather other than this. I lean towards flexible fabrics and I've always felt a bit restricted in leather.

But with that said, I put a couple outfits together with my leather jacket, thinking of how I would fashion it to worn other than for sport.

Again, If I were to wear this jacket for everyday, it should be a size smaller.

Right: I have a black turtleneck with Levi jeans and booties.

Below: Same black turtleneck, black skirt and tall black boots. Tall boots are another thing that were so popular from 2005 to 2012. But, all of the sudden, they were dated. NOW, they're back. It's so funny how the trends yank us back and forth but, they do!

Trends are just THAT. If you are going to invest in a leather jacket, buy classic; it won't go out of style. It may not be as hot next year as it is this year but, it'll still be fashionable paired with whatever is the current rage.

If you do have a leather jacket that has been hanging in the back of your closet you may want to pull it out and have fun pairing it with new styles again.

Happy Wardrobing!

Kathy Banta

Twin Cities Wardrobe Stylist

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When my son came home from his college classes earlier this week, I looked at his attire and I really liked what he had going on. He had mixed some basic prints and textures in a comfortable yet, fashionable way. Red and black buffalo check has been around for ages and camo becomes more popular all the time. But, in decades past, these two prints would have been found in a hunting lodge with Dickie overalls or denim.

It's refreshing to see these basics paired with jogger sport pants, bringing what was once found in the wood a modern twist.

Levi's Camo Jacket:

https://bit.ly/3nwDjp7 https://bit.ly/3oPICzg

I got this Sherpa lined military jacket for my son two years ago and found it to be such a good product I bought it in olive green for my husband and older son, too. This jacket is sturdy and on trend. It was a great purchase then, and now, is a great price.

Red Buffalo Check Flannel Shirt: https://bit.ly/30LVU7y

Black Joggers: https://bit.ly/3kXEjRD

Black backpack: https://bit.ly/3CwavBz

Headphones: https://bit.ly/3qUzsUY

Sneakers: https://bit.ly/30IreUS

Happy Fall Attire!!

Twin Cities Wardrobe Stylist Kathy Banta

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  • kathrinkim

If you've walked the Mall, a Target store or a college campus recently, you know that plaid coats are huge this season. And layering a denim jacket under your plaid coat is a popular look, too! This can be tricky if the sleeves get too thick and you can't move your arms! :) But, you could always choose a denim vest or cut the sleeves if it's worth the look and your arms need to move.

I think the coat in this photo if from Banana Republic two years ago. But, no matter, here are some links to building a look of the same style.

Plaid Coat: https://bit.ly/3nDPQFY https://bit.ly/3CotazN https://bit.ly/3EkxyAw https://bit.ly/318gFL8

Denim Jacket: https://bit.ly/3bhLPBv https://bit.ly/3miIf0j https://bit.ly/3pIAF13

Gray Sweater: https://bit.ly/3pJi84B https://bit.ly/31am0l5

Neckerchief: https://bit.ly/3mndbMI

Black Jeans: https://bit.ly/2XQ5JAn https://bit.ly/3jJcGLi

Slipper Flats: https://bit.ly/3pRQBxU https://bit.ly/3Eks3li

Bike: https://bit.ly/3pHgPmL

Enjoy the layering!

Twin Cities Stylist Kathy Banta

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