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Elizabeth and James New Rory Bouclé-Sleeved Denim Biker Jacket: Make the Switch

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I love a jacket that has a few tricks up its sleeves. Looks like Elizabeth and James‘ freewheeling biker chick has taken a stroll uptown and left with a few style ideas. Chanel shows her bouclé-tweed influence through endless modern interpretations of the blazer, but it’s rare that you see it taken to a thoroughly streetwise level. Black denim brings softness – it lacks the severity of leather, so it fits more seamlessly with bouclé. With snake-effect leather trim, at the collar and pockets, this jacket is full of hot surprises. Suede zipper-pulls add to the eclectic assortment of textures and finish it off right.

Possibly the best part of the Rory jacket? Along with the zippered collar, the nubby, multi-color knit sleeves (a rustic reddish-orange-based blend of hues) are detachable, so this can travel from mash-up, metal-heavy jacket to no-nonsense vest in a few seconds flat. On Net-a-Porter for $765.

Pair with: A pair of black velvet jeans, like Mother‘s The Looker, means appropriate laid-back luxe, and Jenni Kayne‘s taupe-brown ankle boot is just tough enough: rugged leather suits the urban mood, while a pointed shape infuses a splash of ladylike refinement.

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