Taking requests: going-out jackets

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The idea for this post came from frequent commenter Wendela, and here’s what she had to say: “Would it be possible for you do do a post on jackets to wear for going out to bars, concerts, parties (on chilly outdoor decks at night)? I went to my first one of these in a couple of years recently, and while I felt ok about my “party in a top” situation, I realized I do not now have any jackets cool enough for these kinds of events, and I need to up my game.” Challenge accepted, Wendela—let’s start with this cute number from Iro, which has an appealing geometric pattern and fun pops of pink.

Quilted jackets are somehow everywhere this season, and I like this one because it’s a degree or two subtler and more sophisticated than most of the others that are out there right now.

This tweed and denim jacket gives off a casual-but-put-together vibe.

A leather jacket in unexpected taupe: so chic.

This is a lowly shirt jacket, true, but its silhouette and light hue make it look so polished.

I love a boucle jacket—so French!—and this one even has toggles, which is almost too cute.

This quilted cotton jacket is just so clean-lined and versatile.

I dig a windowpane plaid—it’s ever-so-slightly modish and very cool.

I have shown you Iro’s Shavani jacket before, but I think it’s the best option for those who want the put-togetherness of a blazer, but don’t look good in blazers.

 

 

 

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    Ann
    3 May 2022
    11:48am

    Great post! I love that Ira jacket so much!

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    Rosemarie
    3 May 2022
    4:10pm

    That leather jacket…damn. Mic drop.

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    cw
    3 May 2022
    4:19pm

    Love the denim & tweed, but when I clicked it wouldn’t link––could be my internet connection, but thought I should mention it in case it isn’t.

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    Wendela
    3 May 2022
    4:28pm

    Oh wow—I can’t believe you did this so soon after I asked—I feel like I won the lottery today! Thanks so much, Kim, for these jacket ideas! I love so many of them, the first one, the Rag and Bone, the boucle jacket, the Iro, and the tweed/denim one, though several of the options are fairly cropped which is tricky for me (longer waist, but also curvy hips, so there is an awkward spot for hemlines where they don’t look right if things are cropped). I will have to try some things on. Thanks so much for this post!

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    Katharine
    3 May 2022
    10:08pm

    Anybody know what the sizing is like for the Iro jackets? I’ve seen them in my size (12) on The Real Real, but I have substantial shoulders/bust. Am I correct in assuming it’ll probably be a fail?

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    Bobby
    3 May 2022
    1:36pm

    Kim,

    You talk about leaving NY … with what’s going on with this country, especially after yesterday news, I feel like moving to Norway. You guys may not remember but in early Jan 2020 I posted about a cancer dx. I am tied to Sloan Kettering, and will be in treatment for the rest of my life, I can’t really move, unless I fly home every few months. I’m rambling I know, but does anyone else feel that America has been irrevocably changed since Trump? There was a line in the Wet Wing that said that America was an idea that had lit the world for two centuries, and it was, it was!!! I feel like this country is in deep trouble, and I’ve been crying on and off all day. OK, rant over. Please forgive if this got on your nerves as a response to a fashion post.

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      cw
      3 May 2022
      4:18pm

      I’m looking at Costa Rica (mainly), Ireland and Scotland (possibly)––and it isn’t because I’m “giving up” on our country, but I feel too ineffectual and overwhelmed. Even though Ken Burns bugs me to no end his film on Benjamin Franklin recently aired on PBS and it was so enlightening to hear what Franklin said about the government he helped form. I don’t want to paraphrase because I’ll get it all wrong, but Franklin said that he wished he could live for another 100 years so he could see how their experiment in forming a country turned out––he would not be pleased.

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      Viajera
      3 May 2022
      5:30pm

      I am in deep sympathy. One must admit, we are not doing well. It is sad to see such a total lack of principle on the part of these justices – they may honestly think they are reading the Constitution correctly, but I am guessing a bunch of them lied about Roe to get their jobs. (I haven’t gone back to check. But, they probably did.) It is disgraceful to see people behave so poorly. It is profoundly depressing too, to see it from such privileged people. It is devastating, in fact. As for the substance, I am still more worried about election law – but, this does not look good. It really doesn’t. Having said that, maybe one of them will flip. What’s His Name has daughters, I think. Who knows. I say, never say die. But, I get what you’re saying. We must all re-commit to our democracy. And try to keep the lines open, if we know anyone on the other side. And for all women in this country, it’s time for a P strike, I think. (In my case, no one will notice! Ah well, them’s the breaks. ; ) )

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      patty
      4 May 2022
      11:02am

      My 70 year old sister moved to Belize

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    Jane
    3 May 2022
    12:13pm

    Isabel Marant was my go-to for fancy-yet-casual going-out jackets, but it’s been a while since I’ve bought anything from her label. Not much has appealed to me and I keep wondering if I’ve aged out of that whole look, which kills me because we should wear what we want without regard to age. Right? Another topic for another day.

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    Bette
    3 May 2022
    11:20am

    I recommend MM LaFleur for some very interesting, chic, and well-designed jackets!

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    Louise
    3 May 2022
    10:58am

    Love you Kim, but all I can think about is what jacket I should wear when I hit the streets to fight for reproductive rights for women…and I live in Canada. We are heading in the same direction…just about 5 years behind you. I feel so sad.

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      Bobby
      3 May 2022
      1:42pm

      Would you look at my comments above? And good for you, fight the goof fight fashionably!

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        Louise
        3 May 2022
        3:51pm

        Hi Bobby. Great post, but what a difficult situation for you. I am sending good thoughts and hope you have the best care possible. I get the crying…watching the erosion of rights in the U.S. feels unbearable. I remain hopeful and plan to back that up with action. It is no time for apathy.

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    Elisabeth
    3 May 2022
    11:26am

    Wow, do I love that L’Agence tweed and denim number! It would go with so many things! Florida is a year-round light jacket kind of place, which unfortunately feeds my preexisting jacket obsession. Mulling…

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    Elle
    3 May 2022
    3:06pm

    I love these jackets, especially the Chanel inspired coats with the rough edges. Thank you for posting and am also a huge fan of the podcast. My idea for a post – any chance you could do a post on the rise in pants? I think it’s as important as waist and length – fit is so tricky!!

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