K/R: Halogen knit moto vs. Spiegel leather jacket

I tried on the Spiegel leather jacket in size 4 in this unstyled K/R. I was pretty sure I was going to return, but several of you said you actually liked it on me, and after seeing it on others, the silhouette is kind of growing on me. So I thought I'd give it a second chance and try it styled to see what you think. Also I tried the Amber Sun ponte moto jacket but it was a bit tomboy for me. Rae suggested I try the Halogen knit moto jacket (1-6, 9-10) instead. What do you think? It's a lot more cropped and fitted through the waist and sleeves, which I prefer. I can wear it as a soft blazer at work, but also use it as a MOTG casual jacket. It's like a more stylish version of the REI black fleece jacket I used to wear a lot pre-YLF. I'm pretty sure I'm keeping the Halogen. but the question is whether I should also keep the Spiegel jacket (7-8, 11-12) too? Is that too redundant to have a knit and a leather jacket in the same style?
Thanks!
Natalie

ETA: I just realized that the knit jacket is Halogen, not Caslon! Whoops--I'll correct the post. Caslon makes a similar moto hoodie.

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24 Comments

  • unfrumped replied 6 years ago

    I do like the Caslon on you. I think the spiegeleisen collar is larger and lower than ideal for your frame.

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    Distracted by a little foreground detail in your photos. But just what unfrumped said is my beef wuth the Spiegel on you. Things just are not in the best proportions.

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Wow, I love that Caslon on you, Natalie. You look so good in it, you are tempting me! Wish I'd seen it prior to going down to Michigan. Hmmm. 

    Our Rae knows her stuff! 

    I like it a lot better than the Spiegel on you. What the others said sounds right to me. 

    The earrings with your skirt are amazing!! Great find. 

  • replied 6 years ago

    I prefer the Caslon one to the Spiegel.

  • Sara L. replied 6 years ago

    I like the Caslon over the Spiegel too. I prefer the more streamlined fit.

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    Hm, I prefer the Caslon with the looser skirt, but I prefer the Spiegel with the form-fitting skinny jeans. I suppose that means a vote for the Caslon, since you need something you can wear to work!

  • christieanne replied 6 years ago

    I really the Caslon and it suits your style persona. I think the leather is a bit overwhelming for you. Return and hold out for a sleeker leather moto later on.

  • Karie replied 6 years ago

    I like the Caslon much better than the Spiegel. The lapels on the Spiegel look too big. There is a better leather jacket out there for you!

  • Makrame replied 6 years ago

    Yes, Caslon looks really nice on you whereas Spiegel is so-so.

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone for your input! Well, I think you are right, the Caslon is better suited to my body than the Spiegel. And I didn't even post the side views where Spiegel looks even baggier on me. At least I can put this issue to rest and mail everything back now! Although I emailed them about getting a return label and it's been several days and no response. Their CS leaves a LOT to be desired.

    Rae, thanks so much for the rec for the Caslon jacket! It's really comfy.

    Suz, I was so excited to see that the skirt and earrings match--I didn't even buy them at the same time. The Rachel Roy skirt is from last year's NAS.

    Mani, LOL about the foreground detail. As you can see he's rolling a lot now, almost ready to crawl and he just turned 5 months. I keep hearing the Rawhide theme song in my head when I see him..."Rollin' rollin' rollin', keep those doggies rollin'...." :)

  • rachylou replied 6 years ago

    I think the Spiegel and Caslon are very different. And while the Caslon is flattering, maybe edging out the Spiegel, I find it a little... relaxed for your style. If you could only keep one, I'd actually go with the Spiegel.

  • catgirl replied 6 years ago

    Love the Caslon on you - so much that I am going to Nordies today to try the grey one!

  • texstyle replied 6 years ago

    I think the Caslon does have better proportions for you but I wonder about the tightness of the sleeves after reading the reviews and noticing the line showing your short sleeve top under the jacket sleeve. Could you/would you wear it over long sleeves? I imagine it's soft enough but will it look lumpy? Does that matter?

    I think the Spiegel is more of a cold weather jacket and the Caslon looks like an early autumn or indoor jacket.

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    I love the Caslon on you.  The Spiegel is OK, I like it best with the jeans outfit.  But if you only have room for one, keep the Caslon.  

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    The Caslon is THE jacket!

  • AviaMariah replied 6 years ago

    I think the Caslon is a 10.  I don't care for the Speigel on you with the skirt but I do like it with jeans.  So it depends on if you could use a leather jacket for casual jean days IMO.

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    I am glad you decided on the Calson :)

  • lyn* replied 6 years ago

    Natalie - Who made that awesome branch patterned pencil skirt? :)

  • FlorenceFearne replied 6 years ago

    Since the jacket issue seems to be pretty well decided, I just had to comment on how much I LOVE the matched earrings/skirt! AND in that amazing print, no less! 

  • Lantana replied 6 years ago

    You are looking great Nathalie.

  • Day Vies replied 6 years ago

    I love them both for different reasons but I am leaning away from the leather. The fabric jacket just fits you better -- it does not seem to overwhelm your figure.

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    I prefer Caslon on you: another one has too big lapels and they overpower you.
    Good for Rae: her suggestion was spot on!

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Thanks everyone!
    Whoops, I just realized that the jacket is by Halogen, not Caslon--will correct the original post.
    Rachy, I actually like the relaxed style. It's fitted (which I prefer to baggy) but soft.
    Una, did you get the grey one?
    Texstyle, I'm wearing the jacket over a sleeveless shell in the skirt outfit, and a long sleeve top (3/4 sleeve) in the jeans outfit. I didn't notice a line before, but I'll look more closely. The sleeves are very fitted, but since it's soft and stretchy it doesn't feel constricting.
    Denise and AviaMariah, I agree the Spiegel looks a little better with the jeans compared to the Halogen, but overall I think the Halogen will be more versatile.
    Thanks Joy, Lantana, DayVies & Sveta! Yes, Rae was spot on!
    Lyn & Florence, the skirt was from Rachel Roy from last year's NAS. I got the earrings separately from Nordstrom (don't remember the brand) about 6 months before. I was excited that the skirt matched the earrings perfectly! It's like my Bobeau polka dot skirt that matches my Kate Spade diaper bag exactly--fun to find exact matches randomly!

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    Caslon all the way. It has a better fit and I like the collar proportion on you better.

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