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Feb 28, 2020

Fashion Over Forty: Gray Faux Leather Jacket & Blue Jeans

Happy Friday! Hope it's been a good week for you! It snowed a little this past week, the kids were hoping for a snow day but it never happened...Now we're expeciting some warmer weather again this weekend, and I am ready for it!

Last Friday I got the opportunity to go to a surprise small town village concert of my favorite American Idol contestant - Clark Beckham (He was the runner up on season 14). He is currently touring and made a surprise stop in between his tour dates of the big cities. Didn't think I was EVER going to see him live, as I just can't see myself driving 3+ hours to a concert at this time in my life, so I knew I had to make this one happen as it was so close. It felt like a private get-together with a potluck and the music by Clark Beckham - just perfect! I'm pretty sure my husband shared pizza with Clark Beckham before the concert as they were both in the food section at the same time at one point (I was too much of a chicken but did exchange a few words with him afterwards when he signed a CD I bought. I already purchased the album from itunes but couldn't resist having an autographed copy :-)

Anyway, if you liked him on American Idol, I really suggest checking out his remaining tour dates, in case he's close to where you live. He has new music coming out too, we got a sneak peek and I shared a couple on my Instagram. One of these he wrote for his soon to be wife for their wedding song. (He is getting married in May). 

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Since the concert was at a small midwestern venue I didn't feel the need to dress up in a special way, and simply wore my favorite sweater, favorite jeans and added a faux leather jacket, as it happened to be a warmer winter day  and I didn't want to bring my winter coat along.

If you've been following me along then you've already seen this sweater in this post  where I styled it with a puffer vest. This sweater is by Calvin Klein found at TJMaxx last fall. I almost didn't get it and somehow it became my favorite sweater. As you can imagine it's no longer available, but there are always similar options. I like this one from Nordstrom Rack, and this newly added sweater from LOFT would be a great choice as well and and perfect for springtime. In fact, LOFT recently added several new items to their shop and right now you can save 40% off all tops and dresses.


My faux leather jacket is from Kohl's. I've had it for almost a year and it still had the price tag attached. It was one of the clearance rack finds (that I usually try to avoid). This jacket is a size too big for me (I usually wear Small in Jackets and Coats, Small or Medium in Leather type jackets as they are usually tighter around the arms, and this jacket is size L - it was the only one available on the rack). Leather jackets are not really my norm, but I didn't mind this light gray color and it fit this occasion and with a little bit of fur lining it was the perfect completer piece for this day/evening.

While this specific jacket is no longer available, I did find this very similar faux leather jacket at Nordstrom Rack. It also comes in the prettiest shade of dusty pink 😍 (I tell you, this fashion blogging really requires some self conrol LOL)

The photo above shows the faux fur lining inside. It's just a thin lining but it was enough to keep me warm. 

For accessories I added two layers from my Lucky Brand 4-Layer necklace and I switched out my small diamond studs with some silver drop earrings, but they are hard to see. 

These boots are by Earth Origins, shown before in this recent post and they are still available HERE. I carried my black crossbody bag by Chaps. It's old, but there are some options on Amazon. 

Below are similar options. Tip: If purchasing a leather or faux leather jacket you may want to go up a size from your usual jacket size. The boots fit true to size and are very comfortable with a removable footbed and arch support.

Faux Leather Jacket Option  (Nordstrom Rack)
AG Jeans Option (Bloomingdales) Option (Nordstrom)
Sweater Option  More Options from Nordstrom Rack LOFT Option
Exact Boots
Necklace Options

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Jennifer said...

I love the colour of your sweater!

Effortlessly Sophisticated

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

How awesome you got to see him live! I love your outfit!! Gorgeous colors!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Jennifer!

Ellibelle said...

Yes it was amazing! I need to see him live again!!

the 4 M's said...

Great jacket: love that it has a lining. Is is removable? I used to have a real leather jacket way back when and it had a nice removable lining. I really like the grey with the blue of your sweater and those boots are really nice too. Sounds like a really fun evening!

Laura B said...

That is so neat you were able to see him sing live so close to you! It's so nice when things like that work out!

Amy Johnson said...

That sweater is just gorgeous! I just love the color. I bought a blue sweater too this year and I'm so happy I did. The jacket is nice too. I have had the same issue in my life where I buy something that is not my size because I want it so bad and my size is not available. Then I usually end up being unhappy with it and get rid of it. So I have since disciplined to not do that anymore, but it's hard.

Mica said...

The layered necklaces look so nice with your cowl neck knit and that's a lovely colour on you! I haven't heard of the singer before but it's so good you were able to see him locally! :)

Hope that you are having a great weekend :) We spent the day with my mum yesterday shopping the sales for the leap day (and getting some great toy bargains we've put away for the kids birthdays!)

Away From Blue

Doused in Pink | Chicago Style Blog said...

How fun you got to see Clark Beckham live! I love the color of your sweater! That shade of blue is so pretty on you!

Jill - Doused in Pink

Bojana said...

What a great outfit for an intimate and casual concert! Isn't it funny how something we were unsure of in the beginning becomes our favorite. I don't watch American Idol so I don't know of this singer but I am going to youtube him now. Hope you are having a great weekend.

Makeup Muddle said...

What a cute jacket! It looks perfect for layering at this time of year xo

Makeup Muddle

SewPaperPaint said...

You look so beautiful my friend! I hope it was a night to remember. Hugs, Autumn

Jodie's Touch of Style said...

How fun to get to that concert. I just love that sweater...the color is one of my faves.

Shelbee on the Edge said...

Oh, Ellie, how exciting that you got to see Clark Beckham perform! I loved him on American Idol! And your outfit is perfect for a casual small venue. I really like the color contrast between your sweater and jacket. I have been wanting a gray moto jacket but can never seem to find the right one for me. Thanks for sharing and linking up.


Ellibelle said...

It's not removable but not very thick. While I wouldn't wear it in warmer weather, it's perfect for cooler spring and fall days.
And, yes it was an evening to remember for sure!

Ellibelle said...

Yes, and it was such an unexpected stop! 30 minutes from home, can't beat that!!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Amy. Sometimes we really need to leave things for others if they don't fit us rights :-)
But I'm glad I got this jacket. It's just the arm lengths that doesn't quite fit, but it's probably because I'm short and I have this problem with several jackets.
Thanks for stopping by!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Mica. I'm confident he will be known in Australia one day...
Sounds like a wonderful day spent with your mom!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Jill!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Bojana!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much!

Ellibelle said...

Thanks so much, Autumn! It was! Can't wait until I can attend the next one :)

Ellibelle said...

Thanks Jodi. It's such a pretty color!

Ellibelle said...

It truly was a treat to see him perform live!
Good luck finding the right gray moto jacket, seems like most are always the deepest black, but you'll probably find one when you least expect it.
Thanks for stopping by!

Just Live Joy said...

I LOVE the color of that sweater on you and the style is such a classic. Paired with those boots is perfect.
Sherry said...

Love the color of this sweater! I also like that it covers your neck, its such a pretty sweater! Hope you are enjoying your week!

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Love the soft blue shade of your sweater, and the lariat necklaces. Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday.

Michelle said...

Looks like just the right outfit for a small outdoor concert! Isn’t funny when an item of clothing you’re not sure about becomes a favorite? Or the reverse - an item you were sure about isn’t a favorite?