Caramel suede + Spring stripes

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Blank NYC suede moto jacket xs, Topshop cropped cotton tee sz 2, J.Brand jeans sz 24, BP Trolley booties sz 5.5, Goyard St Louis PM tote, Ray-Ban aviators in brown gradient, MAC lipcolor in taupe (also love twig!)

Suede is one of those materials that’s typically associated with Fall, but I love the idea of it in a warm, neutral color like this for spring fashion as well. While browsing Nordstrom, I came across this caramel jacket by Blank NYC, who also makes my favorite black moto jacket in faux leather. There aren’t too many genuine leather jackets at this price point, and the quality of this is pretty nice for the price. Fit-wise, it’s a slightly shrunken, cropped design which is always music to my ears when shopping in the regular sizing department. The suede is thick and sturdy, and the hardware has good weight to it.

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I also picked up this basic Topshop striped tee from Nordstrom’s spring arrivals. I love my black & white striped tees to death, and the shorter length of this one will make it especially useful. Cropped tops are not just for belly-baring teens…look for ones that are just slightly cropped and hit a little past your natural waistline. I love them paired with higher-waisted bottoms for a clean, lump-free look because you don’t have to tuck in any extra shirt length!

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An XS in this jacket measures: 14.5″ across the shoulders, 14.5″ across armpits when zipped up, 19″ total length at the longest point, 23″ sleeve length, and 5″ sleeve width. Please factor in some width due to the thicker suede material and full lining. Compared to the faux-leather version which I show on here a lot, this one is slightly less snug and there are no strong padded shoulders. This one is also notably thicker in weight, and the sleeves (there are metal zippers at the bottom) will be on the long side for petites. Please note I have them folded up here, and will be getting them shortened by my tailor.

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Leaving you guys with a little anecdote about this jacket…I had layered a long black coat over it and had fully buttoned up the front, not realizing that the tail end of the brown suede belt had poked out in between two buttons! I was oblivious to the skin-toned object flapping from my groin area until I noticed the cashier at CVS stifling a giggle : )

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!


40 thoughts on “Caramel suede + Spring stripes

  • Reply Avanti Gomes March 6, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    Love this classic combination! Suede jackets are always great for those inbetween seasons.


  • Reply Ashley March 7, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Hi Jean,

    Love the look! How do you maintain/upkeep your BP Trolley booties? I love mine, but they look a bit worn after just one season.



  • Reply Dressed With Soul March 7, 2016 at 2:25 am

    You look wonderful fresh in your outfit with the striped shirt!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Reply Miha Teicu March 7, 2016 at 6:45 am

    This jacket is absolutely stunning and so versatile. I couldn't agree more, this is mostly a fall item but it can be mixed and matched in every season. Love how you paired it with the stripped top, such a classy look!

  • Reply Sasa Zoe March 7, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Your jacket is perfect! Love it<3

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  • Reply Helen Huo March 7, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Hi Jean. Love this outfit. This jacket color looks really great with your hair. BTW. Does your hair have highlights or color? The reddish brown is only visible in some photos.

  • Reply Raspberry Jam March 7, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Beautiful Look! I like your jacket!

    Raspberry Jam

  • Reply Linda Tran March 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I love the jacket so much!

  • Reply Julie Hiller March 7, 2016 at 10:37 am

    Hahaha, okay that anecdote is so something I would do.

    The jacket is very cute, and I agree the suede color is nice for spring. I'm going to keep your tip about crop tops in mind next time I'm shopping for tees.

    Lifestyle by Joules

  • Reply BrigitteHayley March 7, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Gorgeous outfit, love that suede jacket. I'm a fellow petite girl and I've been looking for some good jeans, those JBrand ones look amazing on you!
    Brigitte x |

  • Reply Jenn March 7, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Love this! I always have a hard time finding jackets that fit my shoulders properly..will have to check this out!

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  • Reply Maggie Zemanek March 7, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    I like this! Simple and chic 🙂

  • Reply mybeautrip March 7, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    This suede jacket is perfect and love the way you paired it with the navy top!

  • Reply Anonymous March 7, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Jean!
    Love this look. Question – what do you think your tailor will do to hem sleeves? Do you think they will need to replace zippers on sleeves?..i'm curious what I may need to do since I'd have the same dilemma. Thank you!!
    -Chicago Petite

  • Reply Fashioned by Love March 7, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Such a beautiful colour combination. Personally I think suede is a all-year rounder, perfect whatever the season, but then I really do love it and use any excuse to enjoy. 🙂

  • Reply murbryn March 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    You always look stunning and well put together. I love and appreciate your style. I howled about your jacket belt poking through your coat—-love that you have a sense of humor and don't take yourself too seriously. You're awesome!

  • Reply Soprano2 March 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    How do they shorten sleeves when they have zippers like those? I tend to avoid jackets with details like that unless they're petite size because I didn't think they could be altered.

  • Reply Marta March 7, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    This outfit is so beautiful! I LOVE your jacket!

  • Reply Abbie E. // Abulous Life March 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    Love your outfit!
    Abbie E.||

  • Reply Polly March 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    I don't have much suede in my closet but I think that jacket looks really cute!


  • Reply ayme nicole March 7, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    I also normally associate suede with fall, especially in that color, but if it's lightweight enough, it can definitely translate between the seasons. I love how you paired yours with that striped Topshop top.


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  • Reply Jean March 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    I apply Cadillac leather cleaner/conditioner with a cloth every once in a while and I stuff them when not wearing to help keep the shape. They do get pretty beat up (as you can see above) but I wear them a ton.

  • Reply Jean March 7, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Thanks! Yes I do have caramel brown balayage – it's like highlights but hand painted on so less neat

  • Reply Jean March 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Hi – I've had sleeves with zippers shortened on several jackets. They do something different depending on each situation, ie. some jacket sleeves are constructed in such a way that it's easier to take it up at the shoulders, but sometimes the zipper is pretty easy to cut (in between the metal teeth) and hem from the bottom. You can just call ahead to a tailor to make sure they'll do it and get the cost. It's a little more than hemming sleeves without zippers.

  • Reply Jean March 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Hi! Please see my response above to ChicagoPetite. It's a little more costly than a regular hem, but most tailors do it.

  • Reply Iris Lin March 7, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    This outfit is perfect! Love the combination of stripes and suede!

    xo, I

  • Reply Seraphina Black March 7, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Hi Jean! You always look so amazing and put-together. I was wondering if you have an suggestions for reasonably priced evening wear? A thousands times harder for a petite woman! Thanks!

  • Reply leesa March 7, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    It's funny, I was just talking to a friend of mine during lunch today about how the one item we wanted to splurge on this season was a good beige/tan short suede jacket! It's like you read my mind 🙂 Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Reply Angie Wilson March 7, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    loving your Goyard, I've got the same style in blue!

    xx Angie |

  • Reply Anonymous March 7, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I love the outfit…the jacket is super cute. I recently bought the Banana Republic suede trench (XS worked really well for my 5'1" frame) so I'm happy to see such a cute short jacket option. I love your style Jean…everything always looks so great on you! 🙂

  • Reply Kblossoms March 8, 2016 at 12:56 am

    Nice outfit, great form fitting leather jacket

  • Reply Trang Do March 8, 2016 at 2:35 am

    Love your jacket! It looks perfect on you!
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  • Reply Taanya Rawat March 8, 2016 at 4:32 am

    Your jacket is truly amazing girl! It is suiting you very well!

  • Reply Emma March 8, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    OMG, I LOVE this outfit!!! I don't like to look too "girly"- LOL. Keep on being FAB, girl!

  • Reply Deasy Noel March 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    This is such a pretty jacket for the price point, and I love that you paired it with a black color scheme!

  • Reply Minau March 8, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Nice look! The jacket is great!

  • Reply redhibiscus212 March 10, 2016 at 5:34 am

    The jacket is now sold out in xs and s sizes! 🙁 Do you have any idea if they will get more in stock?

  • Reply Venicesa March 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

    HI Jean! I love this look. I bought the Blank NYC burgundy suede jacket but now I'm deciding if I want to add the camel color one to my wardrobe. It's such great quality for the price point. Although it is more than what I normally pay for a jacket, I think it's still worth it. Thanks for the find!

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  • Reply Cheng Thao April 6, 2016 at 1:57 am

    Hi jean! I was wondering about your nordstrom booties..I'm also asian, petite and have small feet. I was wondering if they're comfortable and really live up to all they hype. I wish I had a nordstrom nearby but thought I'd get an opinion first. Please lmk. Much appreciated 🙂

  • Reply Emma May 3, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Hi there what colour is the jacket? Is it called 'coffee bean'? Thank you

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