What to wear with a shearling jacket

There are quite a few things on my holy grail list, and a shearling aviator jacket is one of them. (In case you were wondering, an Hermès Kelly bag, a Max Mara camel coat, and Chanel ballet flats are also on it.) A shearling jacket does not come cheap, however, and so I have yet to buy the real thing, especially because I haven't been sure that I can actually pull one off. Am I too old? Too traditional? Too Californian? I decided to investigate with a faux version, which is less of a financial commitment and an item that can easily be donated to charity if it doesn't work out. Long story short, I love my faux shearling enough to wear it till it's threadbare. Here's how I styled it on its first outing. 

I am really trying to minimize my Zara shopping in the name of sustainability; this jacket is the only item I bought during their semiannual sale, and I admit I did so knowing that it was a last hurrah of sorts. That said, Zara has been selling iterations of the classic shearling aviator jacket for years, and I was lucky to score this one on sale. This particular version appealed to me because of its off-white color; sometimes faux shearling can look really fake, and while going for a more outrageous look is definitely a tactic, it's not one that I wanted to pursue. I was worried that I was going to look like a polar bear, but hopefully I don't; I love how unexpected the color is, yet it's a neutral that goes with nearly everything. The weight has been perfect for the weather we've been having lately (in the low 50s and high 40s) and its more casual vibe fits in with my weekend outfits. I took my usual Zara medium and found the fit to still be generous enough that I can layer thick sweaters underneath. And it case I didn't make it clear enough: I freaking love this jacket. 

While I can fit a thick sweater underneath, the wooly lining manages to keep me warm no matter what I'm wearing—in this case, a silk blouse from Everlane. This is the grayish-white version of the green silk blouse I wore with my white jeans; I did a mom thing and bought the same shirt in another color because I love it so much (and as part of Everlane's Choose What You Pay sale, the price was right). I find it incredibly challenging to find a button-down shirt that doesn't suffer from boob gape, but this one passes with flying colors. It runs HUGE, however, so size down—I'm in a size 4 and it's still pleasantly oversized. 

Speaking of things I own in multiple colors, I feel content in the fact that I've found a pair of jeans that works for me, that being Frame's Le High Straight. You last saw these with an oversized blazer, although I promise I wear them with colors too. I always go down a size with this fit; the result is somewhere between a straight-leg and a skinny, and it's just right for me. 

As I noted last week, these Golden Goose sneakers were the most-clicked item of 2019, probably because I wear them so damn much, but really, they go with nearly everything and, yes, they're comfy. I think the secret is the tiny hidden wedge inside—that little lift really helps. If I haven't convinced you to buy a pair yet...I'm going to keep trying. ;) 

This is a tidbit that will probably only appeal to my fellow bloggers (and maybe photography aficionados), but we used two different cameras during this shoot, primarily because Sean is deciding whether or not to keep one of them, but also because I wanted to make sure I preferred the other one. Can you tell which photos were shot with the regular camera, and which were shot with the one we used to use more frequently? 


Laura B said...

I love the relaxed fit of that jacket! It has a great edgy vibe!

Nancy 's Fashion Style said...

Oh yes Hermes is on my wishlist too! My hole live! Lol. That jacket is cool!

Shelbee on the Edge said...

Cheryl, I love this jacket! I really need to invest in a shearling moto jacket myself. I wear moto jackets so often but it is so darn cold here that a shearling lined one would be much better for this climate. And I absolutely adore the color of yours, too! Thanks for linking up.


Shannon at Gamine and Stripes said...

This shearling jacket looks so cozy and chic. I love how you paired it with the cool kicks. Zara is such a fun place to shop. I can go a little crazy in there. I have a black leather moto and a navy knit one and find them to be fall and winter style staples. You have a very chic wish list. I'd be thrilled to score any of those items. Have a fabulous weekend.

mummabstylish said...

My jacket is simialr but dark brown! Love the light colour and size of yours. Jacqui x

Anonymous said...

Great outfit! These jeans are very flattering. Lise

Claire Justine said...

Love your jacket, Cheryl. It does look warm and cosy as well as so stylish :) Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays. Hope you can join us tomorrow.

Elise Von E said...


xx, Elise

Tarequl said...

I tried this several years ago and had a terrible time with getting all of it to be straight. I eventually made some shorter, some longer and used that layout.

Mica said...

That is such an awesome jacket, I can see why you had to have it! I really like the look of these kinds of jackets but it's not really cold enough here to need them - so I just admire them on others! :)

Hope that your week is off to a good start! We had a relaxing day today with the public holiday :) Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! A new link up is live on my blog now, if you want to join again.

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