The softer side

The moment the temperatures drop, there is no wardrobe piece more important than outerwear. I consider my plethora of outerwear options the only silver lining to every season that isn't summer.

Because I'm going to be spending so much time in my coats and jackets, I feel they are pieces worth investing in. I'm particularly fond of the versatility of the leather jacket, it adds polish to denim, structure to boxy pieces, and a bit of informality to this chiffon skirt.

While there are plenty of faux leather jackets out there you can pick up for a song, I'm not convinced they can rival the genuine article. This leather jacket is another piece from Wallis's exclusive W collection, and I can't get over how soft it is. Not to mention how well it's cut - I know I pushed up the sleeves so you could see my bracelets, but had I not, you'd know they are the perfect length - always a challenge for a petite!

Everyone has their own ideas of what to invest in; for me it's a leather piece I know will last; as long as it's on sale!

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The Rundown
Black Tee Gap similar
Pleated Skirt Thrifted similar
Brown Leather Biker Jacket c/o Wallis
Leopard Pumps "Okala" Sam Edelman similar $
Red Willis Bag Vintage Coach via ebay
Gold Twisted Bracelet The Cavernous Jewerly Box similar
Chain Link Bracelet Thrifted similar
Gold Bracelets The Cavernous Jewelry Box
Thin Gold Ring Etsy via Sweet Olive Jewelry
Filigree Midi Ring Forever 21 similar
Pearl and Rhinestone Ring Forever 21
Sunglasses "Cat Eye Combination" Cole Haan via TJMaxx
Nail Color "Deep Blue Red" Mode



Thank you to Wallis for providing me with this jacket. My views and opinions as always, are completely my own. 

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43 comments

  1. I love the jacket! I want a brown leather jacket myself.

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  2. That jacket is gorgeousssss!!!! Love the color! And it looks great styled with the girly skirt and red bag!
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com

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  3. You know I am all about outerwear in the fall. I can't wait to see more of the gorgeous jackets that I know you'll be featuring as the weather gets cooler.

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

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  4. omg so cute! I love that skirt and thanks for posting a link to those similar shoes , i just might have to get those ;)

    xo, carli
    Puppies and Polka Dots

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  5. Investing in outerwear is totally worth it, especially since it's not like you get new pieces every year either. This is one gorgeous jacket for sure. The color is so rich and amazing.

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  6. This is So stinking beautiful! Absolutely loved -- would have pinned regardless. ;)

    xo

    alyson
    www.theaveragegirlsguide.com

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  7. i love this pretty feminine white skirt and it's perfect when contrasted with the moto jacket!

    cute & little

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  8. Aw yes. The quintessential leather jacket. I'm wearing mine today! I don't have a "real" one yet, but stylewise, the falsies have carried me far and wide. Love this look on you Lydia!

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  9. I am with you--living in Ohio, good Outwear is imperative!! Love this jacket--the color is awesome :)

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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  10. Very pretty outfit! I have really been loving the flowy pleated skirts.
    The Doctor Diva

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  11. Looks so lux… I have to day that i have never owned a leather jacket. I always tend to think that I will not wear it enough.

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  12. You look beautifully polished! The jacket is so luxurious-looking. I've always wanted one! I love the pumps and feminine skirt with it :)

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  13. Love this skirt and your red nails! Such a soft and pretty outfit :)

    Daisy
    Simplicity Relished

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  14. Love the mix of soft and tough pieces, certainly and chic edgy look. The leather jacket is amazing.

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  15. All about outerwear right now! Love the combination of colors and textures in this outfit, and that leaf shot is fall perfection.

    xx
    Sam

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  16. Such a cute skirt!

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  17. A real leather jacket like this is #1 on my ultimate wish list. They are classic and will last for years. Love this look on you.

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  18. Very nice. Would love it if you could check out my latest post on styling hair!
    Kisses xo | fromalionawithlove.com

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  19. This is a beautiful outfit, and I really love the addition of these wonderful cheetah print shoes!

    Michelle
    Hops and Style

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  20. I absolutely love this outfit! What a great idea to style a leather jacket with a skirt, love the pleats.

    http://thepreppysisters.blogspot.com

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  21. this is such a pretty look. Love the leather jacket. =)
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  22. This is a fantastic jacket, definitely worth the investment!

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  23. Love the leather jacket, and it look so good with the pleated skirt!

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  24. I love this jacket! It's such a great color too!

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  25. Another grand slam with this look! I love the pleated skirt, the coach bag and of course the animal print shoes!

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  26. Lydia - Oh my gosh. First off, I can't believe no one has mentioned your TLC show!!! I DVR'd it and watched it today. Oh my god!!! How fun was that. I need to know what the producers asked you to do and what you really do. Your sister and mom were so cute. And I can't believe what you do to treat clothes for bugs!!! Again - so fun.

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  27. I agree, sometimes saving a little longer and investing in leather. It wears so much better and feels nicer, too!

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  28. I completely agree that if there is anything worth investing in, it is outerwear. We spend so much time in outerwear pieces year after year and, unlike many other pieces of clothing, coats and jackets rarely go out of style. This brown moto jacket is just perfect on you and I love how ladylike you made it look with your pretty pleated skirt. Such a beautiful look for fall (and those leaves! Beautiful.) I can't wait to watch your episode of Extreme Cheapskates, trying to find it tonight!
    xox,
    Cee

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  29. Smart move on the jacket--it looks buttery and cozy and fits you perfectly!! That is one item I have had on my wishlist for so long but I've never pulled the trigger on. Basically, it would take all my clothing budget! But it would probably be worth it :)

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  30. I completely agree with you! A good jacket can be so versatile and elevate or dress down your looks. You look fabulous in this effortless, chic outfit.
    Red Reticule

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  31. Love how you paired that gorgeous skirt with the leopard!

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  32. this is head to toe amazing!!! :D love everything in this ensemble!!

    Animated Confessions

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  33. This is such a nice colour! Of course, say yes to outerwear and bikerjackets! Beautifully styled, Lydia! :)
    Layered Leaves

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  34. The jacket takes this outfit to the next level, love it!


    xo
    PinkSole

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  35. love the jacket!
    xo,
    http://yaudycristinafashionista.blogspot.com/

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  36. I love this pretty flowy skirt you're wearing. Soft leather is the best. Sometimes I just go into All Saints to touch the buttery soft leather jackets that are out of my price range for now!

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  37. The feel of a faux leather jacket can never compare to the real thing. However, with the lack of winters here, a faux one is probably a better choice for me since they are typically lower in price point. Love the color on your jacket!

    Alice
    www.happinessatmidlife.com

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  38. I love the color of that jacket...and nothing is better than soft leather. It's perfect paired with the chiffon skirt.
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  39. I'm with you. Outerwear is definitely worth the splurge. It gets worn so often that it needs to hold up to daily use and the elements. This leather jacket looks so soft!

    http://bedknobsandbaubles.com/

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  40. I love this color! you look amazingly hot & that jacket is out of the world. Ive never seen such kinda combination of apparel. I mean skirt, bracelet, jacket everything is top notch :) PERFECT!!!!! My Site

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