Whether you want a jacket for variable temperatures or to polish your look on seemingly endless ZOOM calls for your career or community leadership roles, today’s world seems to call for something other than a traditional tailored look.  Here are two terrific options:

I was walking in the mall for exercise (masked and pre-open) and both of these caught my attention from their respective window displays.

The first is from Ann Taylor – a relaxed contemporary  moto-jacket styling in a sophisticated aqua green linen-look fabric  (killer with light blue or green eyes!) with a sueded finish.  The color works year round, for warm or cool coloring. It can work into mid-contrast or strong contrast combinations.  I especially love it with navy blue (or even jeans) accented with abalone shell jewelry.  But it is also great with dark gray, chocolate brown, taupe or camel.  Jackets in this style are often limited by the heavy metal zipper – defining the garment as warm (gold) or cool (silver). But this one remains neutral thanks to a color-matched zipper instead.  Misses and Petite sizing and currently over 60% off.


White House Black Market is a lot more interesting since they quit limiting their selection to literal black and white. One example is this zebra print   that mixes chocolate brown with a darker neutral that you could interpret as black, charcoal or darkest brown.  Fabric is stretch denim; styling is reminiscent of a jean jacket, but shaped for a female figure.  I’m not a fan of the skirt and shell it’s shown with here, but picture it over a dark pant and this dark-rose gold tank with just a hint of shimmer.  The rose-gold shades and a dark sandal finish off a summer look.  And a chunk boot takes it right into cold weather.  Misses and Petite sizing, Currently over 50% off.

What jacket looks are you adding to transition your casual wardrobe for more polish?

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Whitney Dickinson on September 13, 2020 at 12:17 pm

    Hi Nancy! I’m so jazzed. After my wardrobe consultation and your suggestion of the seafoam / light sage color with abalone (can I just say this is INSPIRED??) – I went a little crazy.

    Even 60% off $160, the Ann Taylor jacket was still too rich for my blood, and counter to my goal not to buy new clothing. So I found a Raph Lauren Chaps moto-style “jacket” on eBay. The color is a little more muted than the AT jacket and is a french terry so more casual (do you wonder how I know??) But I love the comfortable fit and the color – which I NEVER would have worn before makes my skin glow, with ZERO makeup.

    I also found a lovely gold-toned abalone chain necklace (Poshmark, I think – keeping with my nothing new goal) that is stunning AND so versatile. I keep finding clothing combos – can you say plum?? What a surprise. Also found a lovely pair of earrings.

    I couldn’t stay away from that Ann Taylor jacket, though. So I kept watching the site. It bounced from 60% off to 30% to 50%. I had given up but for some reason looked one more time and it was down to $36 – how can that even be possible?! Convinced it was a sign, I put it into my cart, along with the coordinating polka dot linen top and maxi skirt.

    So now I have TWO seafoam/sage MOTO jackets and I love them both.

    Thanks, Nancy, for opening my eyes to colors that make me glow!

    (NOTE: This is why I like to wear crazy colors, polka dots and flower prints – more joy for me and you! https://www.ted.com/talks/ingrid_fetell_lee_where_joy_hides_and_how_to_find_it)

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 13, 2020 at 3:33 pm

      Such fun to hear about your styling adventures based on our work together. And so happy that you are finding ways to put together joyful combinations that are still “quiet” enough that Whitney shines through to take center stage. Let’s schedule a ZOOM call so I can hear more. I’ll email you directly for that.

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