This Moto Jacket Means Business

Moto (short for motorcycle) jackets have such great shape and details — asymmetry, zippers, snaps, buckles, elbow patches. They are, quite simply, too cool to belong exclusively to motorcyclists — and thus have been appropriated by the fashion industry for every conceivable occasion. See, e.g., Leandra Medine of Manrepeller here, wearing a moto jacket for her wedding.

Here is my favorite moto jacket, perfect for work:
Dressed to litigate, mediate, and obliterate
Poised to mediate, litigate, and hard-brake

This jacket is made of a cotton, space-dyed fabric, which is both substantial and breathable and therefore can be worn in all but the coldest and hottest months (January, February, July, August). I have never been able to decide if it is blue or grey, but I wear it with dark grey pants and a sleeveless silk sweater, also grey, underneath. The best part of this outfit is, in my opinion, my mother’s vintage Liberty scarf — Strawberry Fields — which she generously lent to me in the mid 1990s. I wear it when I need a special boost. The vintage floral combines beautifully with the modern jacket.

Grey sweater and pants
Grey sweater and pants acquired nearly two decades apart; clearly they strove across time and space to be together
Under the doctrine of adverse possession, this scarf is now mine . . .  technically
As the Directrice stares off into the middle distance, she realizes that under the doctrine of adverse possession, the scarf is now, technically, hers . . .

I’ve folded the scarf on the diagonal and then tucked it into the sweater, flat, rather than knotting it, for a streamlined look. A knot would create a little too much visual chaos because we already have the pattern of the jacket, the contrast piping at the collar, and the pattern of the scarf.
This jacket also looks good with a white collared blouse underneath it.

Come a little closer to check out the details that make this jacket:

Contrast panel running down side
Boxy cut; contrast panel running down side
Giant hook-and-eye closures
Giant hook-and-eye closures

Contrast fabric around neckline
Contrast fabric around neckline
Square neckline, with contrast trim
Square neckline

Jacket: 3.1 Phillip Lim; Pants: JCrew; Sweater: Brooks Brothers; Bag: Coach; Shoes: French Sole New York; Watch: Shinola Birdy

P.S. I bought my Shinola watch. Have you bought yours? Turns out, there is a Shinola store on 14th Street. The staff are lovely — friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their products — so you should pay them a visit.

5 thoughts on “This Moto Jacket Means Business”

    • Thank you! The scarf is not as secure as it would be if I knotted it, so it needs to be adjusted periodically. But it doesn’t come untucked.

  1. I love that you tied the doctrine of adverse possession into your comments on style. Nicely done.

    Signed, a fellow lawyer and style devotee from Canada.


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