October 11, 2013

{STYLE} Electric Blue


Once the weather hits mid-70's and lower, it's officially the start of Leather Jacket Season (LJS), a time in my life that spans seasons and makes me immensely happy. For some, LJS is often marked by the return of Pumpkin Spice Latte's (sorry, but - ew), but for me it's about the crisp, cold air and the return of my favorite kind of outerwear. I have a closet full of black leather jackets (they've virtually all been documented here in some form), but I've been craving something a little different. Maybe it was hardware, or patent details, or something that strays from the norm (and I obviously needed it sooner than the November drop of my Mynt 1792 jacket!). And so, the hunt began. Continue...


MICHAEL Michael Kors Cobalt Leather Jacket from Lord&Taylor, Black & White Brush Stroked Check Dress from ASOS, Necklaces from Bauble Bar, Yellow Crossbody Bag c/o B. Makowsky Handbags, Emerson Booties from Loeffler Randall




I have to be honest: in the almost-decade I've lived in New York City, I had never actually been to Lord&Taylor, but when I finally did I was both overwhelmed by the options and a little embarrassed that I had never been inside before. Listen, shopping for plus-size clothing in department stores is so often a really sad experience: I'm used to trying to find the section hidden in the basement or tucked away behind pots-and-pans in the home goods department, only to find racks full of shapeless, dark cover-alls that are more suited for a sack of potatoes than a woman's body. My experience at Lord&Taylor was nothing like that: the elevator opens up to the plus-size shop, which lives adjacent to the petites section. There were mannequins styled in truly of-the-moment styles, and youthful brands like Jessica Simpson Collection and Vince Camuto, and found things like leather t-shirts, and Seattle-cool plaids, and wear-all-season parkas.

All this to say, I hardly expected to find a cobalt blue leather jacket (!!!!) in my size in what has got to be the nicest leather I've ever felt used in the plus market. Leave it to Michael Kors, huh? I fell in love with this op-pop print top, too. Soon I'll have to bust out the tights, but for the time being, this might be my favorite fall look.



{SHOP THE COBALT TREND}




This post is part 1 or 3 in a series sponsored by SheKnows and Lord&Taylor
All opinions expressed are my own.

26 comments:

  1. I haven't been to L&T in years. I'll have to go and check it out I think we have one in DC. Love your outfit!!

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  2. I heard we just had a L&T open up in Florida. Sounds like I may need to take a special trip to check it out. So happy to hear they have such a fabulous selection!

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  3. That's a gorgeous jacket - and it looks great on you - but I have to ask: is it meant to be all crinkled like that? I don't know much about leather finishes so I can't tell if it's an intentional effect or if it just got really squashed on its way to you...?

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  4. my oh my I started a biker jacket collection and i'm looking for colors , there's hope

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  5. Yes, I've always known about Lord & Taylor plus section. I write abd tweet about their plus section all the time. Their online needs some work but in store their variety is one of the best sections compared to other dept. stores.

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  6. it's a colour I adore.....on others!
    I do not feel comfortable wearing such bright colour but it looks so cool you that I may give it a try!

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  7. I bought it in store and all the jackets had the same effect, so I have to assume it's meant to be this way!! I do have another leather that has a similar texture. I've also send cracked leather effects... There's a lot of diversity in the leather world, but until now it hasn't all made it to my wardrobe!

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  8. simply amazing! i love the whole combo!

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  9. I KNOW!!! you've always talked about Lord & Taylor. The in-store selection honestly blue me away.

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  10. Found it on another site and it's described as "crinkled leather" - so I think that answers our questions!

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  11. Yes! They just had a huge opening in Boca Raton.

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  12. I truly love your sense of style and am inspired by you!

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  13. Would you believe that I kinda moved on from L&T? When I first moved here in 2004, they became the place to shop, b/c I worked a few blocks away over by Grand Central. Their sales were killer. I once walked out of there with a head to toe Calvin Klein outfit for $9. That was when the plus sized section was the entire 9th floor. They have downscaled their department drastically. It is now 1/3 of what it used to be. Now, I get lost b/c I don't understand why the petite section is sometimes mixed in with the plus. It's confusing.

    I switched to Bloomingdale's. They sell the exact same stuff for plus size (Calvin Klein, Anne Klein & Michael Kors are always on mark) and it's easier to navigate. One side is plus size, the other is formal wear. Not too hard to figure out where one section ends/begins.

    Plus, I am a label whore. Bloomies has my Valentino, Prada, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, etc....while L&T doesn't.

    Please tell me you've been in Macy's in Herald Square. Their plus section is much bigger and offers more variety and labels. I find so much fun stuff (plus work clothes) there. Although, these days I've been scoring a lot of amazing finds at Bolton's. Just wander through Bolton's and you'll understand. :) I fell in love with a NYC based brand called Gracia that I can only seem to find in Bolton's. Just so many amazing finds in there for an amazing price.

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  14. Hi,
    Where did you get the dress from?

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  15. I can't find the jacket! I love it soo much because its that cool pop of color to elevate a wardrobe. It's not available online, is it only available in stores?

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  16. Dina Paola RodriguezOctober 11, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    those emerson boots!!! I've been looking at them in white for weeks now! great post

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  17. It's available in 1X at Bloomingdale's: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/michael-michael-kors-soft-crinkle-leather-jacket?ID=791321&CategoryID=2917&LinkType=PDPZ1#fn%3Dspp%3D1

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  18. It's also at Saks in 1X and 3X (slightly more expensive than Bloomies)
    http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306423972&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446615070&R=887042842399&P_name=MICHAEL+MICHAEL+KORS%2C+Salon+Z&N=4294911016+306423972&bmUID=k6DL.ur

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  19. In my Nicki (Nicolette) voice... swoon.... Is all that needs to be said

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  20. I love YSL nail polish. I have Bleu Majorelle and it's one of my favorite colors!

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  21. Hey! It's from ASOS. It's linked above but if you're having trouble locating the link, it's here.

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  22. it's not available on the lord&taylor website (or it sold out online, not sure - bought it in store) but it's also available here.

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  23. just one word: favorite.fashion.blogger

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  24. Oh Wow, I love the blue jacket.
    I've never haven't been to Lord & Taylor since I became a plus size girl. I didn't know they carried plus size.
    You are so right its a long journey to find most plus size departments.

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  25. Is there a hair color that DOESN'T look good on you?? The whole outfit is on point.
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