I feel like this is a bit of an open letter to Erica from Fashioned Chic. Since I spotted you wearing that amazing burgundy leather biker jacket with grey jeans on Insta I was hooked. Your hair was undone, your heels were high and your bag was Bulgari. It was the epitome of an off-duty outfit. There was something so effortlessly beautiful about your outfit and your swag that made me want to buy your entire outfit. And this doesn’t happen to me very often. As someone who blogs, I don’t find myself overly affected by them from a consumer point of view. I look at street style shots with admiration and appreciation from a creative perspective – I look at the photography, the location and how it’s all put together. I rarely get sucked in as a shopper.
But I did with Erica. And it’s because there’s something so inviting about an off-duty outfit. One that we can all resonate with and see ourselves in when we run errands or have lunch with the girls. These are the ones I’m drawn to over the extravagant shots every single time. While they look gorgeous, let’s face it, how often are you going to be sporting a floral D&G dress while you casually hang off the cliff in some exotic location?
When I first started blogging that’s what I thought I should be doing. It all looked so beautiful and glamorous and encapsulated that element of social media that we’re all drawn to. Yet, at the same time it’s also so unachievable. So, I decided to join the masses, lust from afar and concentrate on something a little more real. Plus, who has time to trek to the foot hills of the Himalayas in the latest Louboutins anyway?!
As much as I wish I was a little more put-together sometimes, I’m not the girl with the blow dry. I usually have chips in my nails and I get mascara under my eyebrows. But, if there’s one thing that IS in my comfort zone, it’s an off-duty outfit. And they’re made so much easier when you have a stand-out jacket. Although I’m a bit scared that this is real suede and I’m bound to spill gin down it at some point, I’m in love with the strong biker details. From studs and zips to tassels and chunky straps, it’s the perfect fall addition to add a pop of colour to your off-duty outfit.
And we all have Erica to thank!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Do you have an off-duty outfit that’s your go-to? Do you have your eye on a stand-out jacket for the new season? Maybe you love the glam outfit shots more than casual street style? Let me know below!