Eileen Fisher Long Moto Jacket

the moto jacket, refined

Eileen Fisher long moto jacket, French Kande necklaces

A few of you asked to see how the Eileen Fisher long moto jacket looks open, so here it is. I’m wearing the Petite Small, which is my usual Eileen Fisher size. I’m very happy with this jacket; in addition to being a travel-friendly knit, it has such nice shaping and details! I love the subtle dark zippers that don’t compete visually with jewelry.


I’ve styled it casually here but have also worn as an office jacket and will show you that styling next week. Are jackets an important part of your wardrobe? What jacket styles do you prefer?


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  1. January 28, 2015 / 4:22 am

    That is great take on a moto jacket and I love the length. I often wear jackets when I teach or to meetings and conferences. During the spring and fall mildler weather I have one on all the time. I have various lengths, fabrics and textures ranging from cropped to my Y’s heavy cotton jacket that goes right to my toes. I like having the variety. Sometimes when wearing a a shorter jacket I will wear it over a longer white shirt so there is a kind of layering effect. I also have jackets with a range of silhouettes from boxy to very fitted. They are such a versatile piece that can be worn with various lengths skirts as well as many types of pants.

    Accidental Icon

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:12 pm

      Accidental Icon, thank you! It’s so nice to find a longer moto jacket, especially one in a knit.

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:13 pm

      Dawn Lucy, thank you so much!

  2. Rachael and Ellen
    January 28, 2015 / 5:05 am

    Love the necklaces and the white tee under—love how the waist is defined even though the jacket is somewhat boxy.
    We also love a jacket over a dress to pull things together please check out our alternative neutrals post on

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:13 pm

      Rachael and Ellen, thank you.

  3. January 28, 2015 / 5:44 am

    You look wonderful, Pseu — particularly in the first shot. So relaxed, while keeping your customary elegance.

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      Susan G, thanks so much!

  4. January 28, 2015 / 6:20 am

    Fabulous jacket, Une Femme. It suits your look perfectly (and I’d love to have one too – chic and simple). xo

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Patti, thank you! I’ve really come to rely on jackets to pull a look together, and this one’s definitely a keeper.

  5. Rita
    January 28, 2015 / 6:21 am

    Very nice! The panel to the right of the zipper makes the jacket hang properly when it’s worn open. And, I love the way you’ve styled it.

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Rita, thank you! I do think this jacket is very well-designed.

  6. Susan
    January 28, 2015 / 6:49 am

    This is a great jacket!

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:15 pm

      Thanks, Susan!

  7. January 28, 2015 / 7:11 am

    I love this — I wish they were making it in some kind of warm neutral like taupe or caramel, or navy or something.

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:16 pm

      Cynthia, thank you. Oh yes, wouldn’t it be wonderful to have this in other color options?

  8. Lynn in VA
    January 28, 2015 / 7:16 am

    Saw this in the original post, loved it and ran to Nordstrom to try it on. It looks fabulous from the front, which is a nice sturdy ponte knit, but the back is that very thin, clingy jersey. What’s up with that? Designers/manufacturers have been doing this with tops for a while now (again – why? Is it cheaper to make?) , but this is the first time I’ve seen it in a jacket. So unflattering.

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 8:56 am

      Hi Lynn, yes the fabric on the back and sleeves is a lighter weight than the front panels but I would not describe it as flimsy or clingy. To me these lighter panels are “a feature not a bug” as they keep the jacket from being heavy, stiff and boxy, and IMO help it to drape nicely. We all have our preferences, though, and I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you.

    • Judy
      February 9, 2015 / 8:21 pm

      This jacket did not work for me either, alas. I ordered it in Small and the back bunched weirdly and gave me bulges–and I am not big in the back. Then I tried a Medium, and same thing. Really, really unflattering. Weirdly, the front (and I am much bigger in the front) was fine in both sizes. A friend thought the jacket was too long for me and maybe that accounted for it. I never order Petite sizes (I am about 5’4″) but maybe I should in Eileen Fisher? Because I am short-waisted and have longer legs, so maybe the jacket just hit me at the wrong places?? Dommage because I really loved the style.

  9. Wendy
    January 28, 2015 / 8:06 am

    I really liked this jacket but in the UK the price is the same as in the US but pounds not dollars . It isn’t that I wouldn’t pay that amount for that kind of jacket but I feel as if I am being exploited . So not for me .

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:18 pm

      Wendy, I’ve heard this about US lines that become available in the UK. (J.Crew, for one.) It would seem to be short-sighted, as I imagine they’re losing out on sales there.

  10. Carol
    January 28, 2015 / 8:53 am

    I think you always look so terrific and would love to interpret your looks for a mildly elegant 70 year old. Any suggestions? I don’t have an affinity for jeans.

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:20 pm

      Carol, thank you. I’ve been playing with this jacket in some work outfits (no jeans), and will have something up next week.

  11. January 28, 2015 / 10:02 am

    It is such a lovely jacket! I really like unlined jackets of medium weight material, especially for work trips. I’ll bring (wear) a black suit but pack in a couple of light weight sweater/unlined jackets. Maybe a jacket in black/cream hounds tooth plaid, a second one in green/black speckle. That can take me through a week of “suits” especially if I intersperse the black suit with scarves and colored tops.

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      Lady Light Travel, thank you! Good travel jackets are like wardrobe gold, aren’t they?

  12. January 28, 2015 / 10:27 am

    I am smiling EAR-TO-EAR right now… I stumbled onto your “Scarf Videos” — You are too cute to watch! Gave me some really good ideas how to wear my scarfs. Thank You!!

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:21 pm

      Kande, thank you! I keep hoping to get enough time to do some newer ones.

  13. nell
    January 28, 2015 / 12:33 pm

    Very nice jacket shape, and I too love how you’ve accented with jewelry! I tend to wear jackets that have a variation on a jeans jacket “cut”, while not being an actual jeans jacket. I’m about 5’3″ and have small shoulders and wider hips, so these work for me. I love blazers too, but for some reason, many look too stuffy on me, esp. if they are heavily “lapel-ed” or have very angular lapels. Have a few in twill, at least one in a cobalt blue knit that I love. Other colors are stone, blush, pale blue, olive, orchid. They go over almost everything I own!

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:22 pm

      nell, thank you! It sounds as though you have a good sense of what works for you.

  14. January 28, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    It’s a great jacket and thanks for styling it for us…that really helps!

    • une femme
      January 28, 2015 / 7:23 pm

      Pam, thank you. Glad the styling is helpful!

    • une femme
      January 29, 2015 / 6:37 am

      Thanks Alice! Will be over shortly. 🙂

  15. Duchesse
    January 29, 2015 / 5:19 am

    The proportions and fabric of this jacket are much more wearable than the classic black leather moto.Really enjoy how you have softened yours with the jewelry and light shoes.

    • une femme
      January 29, 2015 / 6:37 am

      Thanks, Duchesse. I agree, this is much more wearable than black leather, especially in our climate.

  16. stylecrone
    January 29, 2015 / 6:27 am

    This jacket looks beautiful on you! I love its understated elegance and fit. I must say that your hair is looking fabulous, so whatever you’re doing is working.

    • une femme
      January 29, 2015 / 6:36 am

      Judith, thank you! I’ve gone a little cooler with the base color and am quite pleased with it.

  17. Kristi
    January 29, 2015 / 6:32 am

    Love the jacket and will be buying it (by the way, Nordstroms does have it in white) – I notice the tee is a crew neck (I think) – I thought you mentioned you had given up that style. I looked at it and thought it was quite a tight, high neck – thoughts?

    And of course, you look fabulous – love it!

    • une femme
      January 29, 2015 / 6:35 am

      Hi Kristi, Thanks! Actually this tee is a shallow, wide scoop neck. It’s more open than a crew, not as deep as a V. For me a “crew neck” is one that covers the collarbones completely.

  18. Elle
    January 29, 2015 / 10:25 am

    You look great, head to toe! Can you please specifiy the brand & specifics of the lipstick you are wearing? It gives a nice glow.

  19. Juli
    January 29, 2015 / 6:53 pm

    Well, now you’ve done it; I just received the Eileen Fisher waxed cotton moto jacket this week, and you show up in the longer length rendition, which I also love! Just when I thought I’d completed my ‘capsule” jacket wardrobe you share another winner with us. Grrrr. You look fabulous (of course). Merci, I think.

  20. Katie
    January 30, 2015 / 7:56 am

    Hi Sue,

    I’m a longtime reader and love your style! Your posts on travel outfits and making the most of a suitcase capsule have inspired me to make the most of not just my travel clothes, but my wardrobe in general. (I hope you’ll document your Amsterdam plans soon!)

    Also, the first picture in this post is a keeper — you look great!

  21. January 30, 2015 / 10:45 am

    Gorgeous. And so comfortable. Also, PERFECT lipstick on you.

  22. Virginia
    January 30, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    My jacket just arrived in the mail today. It is so comfortable! I often wear cardigan/waterfall sweaters for the comfort value, but this will definitely add more polish. I love how you styled it with jeans and I look forward to your post next week for additional ideas. Thank you so much for introducing me to Eileen Fisher.

    Also….would you mind giving your height for a reference so that I know the sizing is right? You mentioned that you wear a petite and I ordered it in regular (I’m 5’7″). I’m not usually considered a “petite”, but I’m still trying to understand how Eileen Fisher sizing works. Thanks! : )

    • une femme
      January 30, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      Hi Virginia, I’m so glad to hear you like the jacket! I’m 5’1″. “Petite” sizing usually means shorter length, shorter sleeves, and (sometimes, not always) narrower shoulders.

  23. margaret elizabeth
    January 31, 2015 / 8:05 am

    Imogen, I love your style and look forward to your pictures with what you are wearing. I wear jackets a lot. They cover up midriff bulges for me. However they can look very formal so am needing other more casual styles to suit a 70+ age. I want to get out of my
    style rut and the recent 31 day change your look was motivating. Margaret Elizabeth

    • une femme
      January 31, 2015 / 8:07 am

      Hi margaret elizabeth, thanks so much! I’m not Imogen, though. 🙂

  24. Margaret Elizabeth
    February 1, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Sorry about the wrong name – was looking at Imogen Lamport’s page and must have gone to your link. Une femme d’un certain age. You look a little like her. Wondered why everything was in French but went ahead anyway!!! Maybe it is my age! I enjoy your posts and pictures too. Margaret Elizabeth

    • une femme
      February 1, 2015 / 9:12 am

      Margaret Elizabeth, no worries! Imogen is a friend and a lovely person. 🙂

  25. November 1, 2015 / 9:23 am

    I have this long moto jacket and love it–sort of. I’m having terrible trouble with the zipper. I’ve been wearing it unzipped because only one track of the upper zipper moves. The other stays put. Since it will be getting chillier here in NYC, I’d like to wear it zipped at times. Have you had any issues with the zipper? Any tips on how to make it work? Thanks!

    • une femme
      November 1, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Hi Mary, I’ve heard that rubbing a bit of bar soap or even a graphite pencil rubbed along the teeth can sometimes help unstick a zipper. I haven’t had this issue with mine.

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