The Moto Jacket
Why it’s essential: Few garments are as inherently edgy as the moto. Add versatility to its list of attributes, too, because you can wear it just as easily with jeans as you can with a dress or trousers. And it works on all women – no age limit, no body shape restrictions. For a moto that stands apart from the pack, look for heart-stopping accents like the quilted shoulders, hefty exposed zippers and tethered snap cuffs shown here. Rudsak Jacket, $795 at rudsak.com
The Look: Lean
A moto that’s striking all on its own becomes even more ooh-la-la when layered under a long vest or sleeveless trench. Choose a vest that provides a sense of contrast in terms of both colour and texture – think bright or warm tones and woollen or drapey fabrics. For a base layer, use a midi-length knit dress to highlight slender lines. Play with accessories of various proportions that won’t disrupt the overall silhouette, like a wide-brimmed hat, glam sunglasses, a pint-sized bag and low block heels.
Clockwise from top: RW&Co. Hat, $40 at rw-co.com; Rudsak jacket, $795; Banana Republic vest, $124 at bananarepublic.ca; Ann Taylor heels, $158 at anntaylor.com; John + Jenn Dress, $175 at johnandjenncollection.com; Tiger of Sweden Bag, $249 tigerofsweden.com; Ferragamo Sunglasses, $395 at ferragamo.com