An easy going-out look with a statement jacket

Susan B. wears a star-print statement jacket, ivory sweater, tortoiseshell necklace, navy pants, brown suede boots.

Over the weekend I was experimenting with outfit ideas using this statement jacket and pieces from my January capsule. I decided to take my own advice, and style these navy pants as I would dark wash jeans.

jacket (similar) | sweater | necklace (similar) | bracelet (similar) | pants (similar) | boots (similar)

I think it works here. Because the jacket is such a focal point, I kept everything else pared back and neutral. I’ve really come to appreciate having a few “Show Ponies” in my wardrobe that can zhush up simple separates! (We’re not going out much at the moment, but I’m always flummoxed trying to put together “going-out” looks on short notice. So I’m prepping a few to have in my back pocket.)

Detail: tortoiseshell filigree station necklace.

I truly Shopped My Closet for this look. The Scotch & Soda jacket is a couple of years old (worn previously HERE). I’ve had the pants over a year (worn most recently HERE). The necklace dates back to, I dunno…the last Ice Age? 😆 Seriously though, it’s a Lauren Ralph Lauren costume piece I’ve had for probably 15+ years. It’s a little tarnished, but I still love it and hang onto it because it goes with everything.

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  1. Today’s blog excited me. I have a 20 year old Zara one-bottom floral jacket, which I purchased in London in 2001. I bought it to wear to go out in the evening at a Summer Institute I had been invited to attend at Oxford University. I will try it with a white tank and tortoise shell jewelry and dark wash jeans It is 10 degrees today in Central KY, so I won’t make it my Outfit of the day for a while. But it’s only 53 days til Spring. I plan to wear pieces from my fall wardrobe, since we had such a warm fall. I have been reading your excellent blog for at least 10 years with my morning coffee. It just gets better and better.

  2. That jacket is awesome. And the dark jeans are right on. And the right length to go over the boot. Not ankle length!!

  3. Great look and makes me want to try out this idea on a jacket or two I never wear because they seem a little over the top with regular pants. The jeans seem to ground the jacket.
    I was just cleaning my closets of all jackets I never wear looking for a common reason why I don’t wear them. Great jackets but, the thing they had in common was no pockets! Imagine that. That’s why I don’t wear them.

  4. I went back and forth to the Las Vegas post to see why I liked this new styling more. I think it is because of the sleek boots and no skin at the ankle. Which surprises me as I always like a bare ankle. But those trousers with the boots go really well with the jacket.
    And that necklace…boy are you right in holding on to it. It is so good and for some reason it seems to have the same pattern as the print on the jacket. I know that isn’t true, but it has that vibe.
    I love this outfit.

  5. Definitely my style, I love a jacket, my favourite one is a Chinese brocade, padded and reversible, bought in Hong Kong 25 years ago. I will never part with it.

  6. Hello Susan and all: This is such a good idea to shop the closet and create some “going out” looks. Usually (not now of course) our going out events were Saturday night after I had done a lot of housework. I never felt very stylish and was pretty worn out by that point. Making a time to get the outfit together with accessories is so good. Thank you! (I have retired so that once Omicron is behind us, I might be able to go out on Saturdays without being exhausted, or…any other day!)


  7. I agree with Mary- what a good idea to create some going out looks in advance. And that spectacular jacket makes all the difference!