Building Blocks

Style Building Blocks // Leather Jacket

I used to think that I was not cool enough to wear a leather jacket. But I’m starting to feel like I have that backwards. Maybe I don’t have to be cool enough – maybe by wearing a leather jacket I’ll automatically become cool. It’s all about perspective, right?


Before I go any further, quick leather jacket history lesson! They weren’t always the epitome of ultimate coolness – the leather jacket started as warm, durable outerwear for the military (think bomber jacket), their next step was as protective gear for motorcyclists. From there, they made their way to Hollywood, with the help of icons like Marlon Brando and James Dean.


And just like that – the leather jacket became synonymous with cool.

Big question is – although there is no doubt that leather jackets are cool – are they really a style building block?? Let’s reference my building block check list:

  1. It has to be timeless – They’ve been popular since the 50s, seems like a check!
  2. It has to be versatile – Marlon Brando AND Taylor Swift can both make it look good. That’s pretty versatile.

I guess that’s my whole checklist, timeless – check, versatile – check! Versatility is really key – to really be a building block a piece has to fit with many different styles. A leather jacket does that – it can be dressed up or down, can be girly, glamorous or very minimal.



My favorite jackets all seem to have some sort of quilted detail – I especially like when the quilting is on the sleeves. It gives them a slightly more feminine look, while still being badass.




Here are just a few that I have my eyes on right now, which style do you like?

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Style Building Blocks // Turtlenecks

When I first had the idea for this post I thought it would be a quick look at a street style trend with the potential to become a style staple. Was I ever wrong. Somehow, I have blocked the relevance of the turtleneck from my mind. Until recently, the turtleneck only seemed appropriate on the cover of a 1990’s L.L. Bean catalog (or on the girls from the Mall Madness and Dream Phone boxes).

However – they are already all over my Pinterest boards (on style icons – including Kate Middleton!!, celebs, style bloggers) and always looking oh-so-chic. How have I disregarded such an important style element for so many years?!

  • Audrey Hepburn Funny Face
  • Jackie O Style
  • Marilyn Black Turtleneck
  • Kate Middleton Style

Brief history of the turtleneck – apparently they first started showing up in the late 1800 as a base layer for athletes. Soon after the military adopted them as well. In the 1950s the black turtleneck became a style staple of the beatniks – making it synonymous with intellectuals and artists. But it didn’t go mainstream until Audrey Hepburn wore one in Funny Face. Since then, it has been worn but the chicest of the chic – Jackie O., Katherine Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and on and on. (See here for more).

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 I think it is safe to say the basic black turtleneck is a closet staple (and I need to buy one ASAP) but it goes beyond just that. Chunky knit turtlenecks in cream, grey and beige are what grabbed my attention in the first place.

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And the true sign of a real wardrobe building block? How well it fits into all style types – it can play preppy, minimal or super girly.


I’m sold. The turtleneck is a classic must-have!