Moto jackets are one of my favorite trends for many reasons. The snug fit is a slimming touch on any outfit, and the structured shoulders and lapel give it a powerful feel in professional situations. The weight is perfect for Austin winter. But, most importantly, they go with pretty much everything and anything in a closet.
Despite being a fluid mate to almost any outfit, it's easy to get stuck in what you pair your moto with. We are creatures of habit, so just like any piece in your closet, you'll probably add it to the same combinations consistently.
But today, let's change that and bring some moto magic back to your closet.
Here's 10 ways to style this bad boy, so you feel like the coolest chick on the block.
10. Pair it with your sweetest spring dress.
Adding sweet pieces to sassy items is one of my favorite styling techniques, because two elements that may normally seem oppositional can not only compliment each other, but enhance the stylish nature of the outfit.
9. Dress it up.
Add the moto jacket over a cocktail or bridesmaid's dress (this one, below, I wore in my brother's wedding). The combination simultaneously makes the moto more classic and freshens up the dress. Together, you'll create the perfect date night look.
7. Just add hoops.
These earrings need no explanation. They're simply perfect for every outfit including your moto look. Try giant ones (like what I've got on) for a downtown feel or small ones for a classic look. In the market for some fresh ones? Check these out.
8. Make it western.
If you want to intensify the Austin chic feel of the moto, pair it with the ultimate Texas element: cowboy boots. Don't get caught up in the color of the jacket and boots matching. Take the organic approach, and let them flow together because of the shared western style.
6. Pop your hardware off your jacket.
A silver necklace adds energy to silver zippers. Gold enhances gold. But don't limit yourself. You can always mix metal for a more eclectic look. To play into the blush dress, I also added my Nina Berenato three-finger rose gold ring to my otherwise silver hardware. Use the code "GreerVIP" to get 30% at her online shop.
5. Zip it up.
All those bells and whistles are there for a reason, so add structure and power to the look by zipping and belting it up.
4. Pair your hair.
Hair is an accessory that can enhance or take away from your outfit, so use it wisely. To highlight your moto as the focal point of your outfit, put your hair in a top knot. To give the moto a more romantic feel, add a messy braid or curl your hair into soft boho waves.
Hair and Make Up by Nicole Gonzales
3. Grab your romper.
It's easy to think of a romper as a strictly summer casual piece, but these playsuits can be dressed up into a night time look or a dressy casual brunch look just by adding the moto.
Color is the greatest tool for creating in-sync outfit combinations, so never take it for granted. Drag your colorful moto through your closet to find a top, dress or romper with the same color in its pattern. Throw it on to find a perfectly paired outfit.
1. Get Professional.
This isn't just a party piece, so use it instead of a blazer on your more casual work days. Pair a classic pencil skirt (like the one below) or add it over any jeans and a silky blouse. The moto finishes the look into a powerful style statement.