I’ve been looking a light blue moto jackets for a while, including seeing one on a woman recently styled with white jeans, a white top, and grey/taupe block heel cage sandals. She was just stunning! I wear my light blue denim jacket a lot and would like to expand my topper collection,. I love the moto jacket style because it is structured but also just a bit RATE, but in a light color it seems less edgy. A light blue moto would be a good addition for me.

Find #1 followed me home from H&M. I found a similar one in the finds here on YLF, from Club Monaco, find #2, although I have not seen it in person. In my mind I’m thinking the one from Club Monaco is probably higher quality and definitely higher price but I’m not sure the quality differences are important in this particular case. I’m having a tough time deciding what to do. I have until June 22 to return the H&M one.

H&M; the fit is great, including the sleeve length, which is a total miracle! It's a synthetic polyester faux suede with a hint of stretch and feels a bit like the old “Ultrasuede”. It be wearable now as an outdoor topper and later as an indoor one. The styling and zipper pulls, belt buckle etc are all a bit bold for my style but I kind of like them. I’m not so loving the belt, not sure it’s flattering on my body, and it feels fussy when unbuckled although I know that is the style. It is attached at the side seams and it and the belt loops could easily be removed although there would be small marks remaining; I’m not sure I’d care about that. In the photos I've not styled it, just wearing what I happened to have on at the time and those cropped chinos are not all that great looking. $70 US.

Club Monaco: the fit is unknown, not available in any stores near me so I’d have to order it. Fabric is viscose, so also unknown. It's described as lightweight for spring and summer so maybe not useful for quite as many seasons as the H&M one. The styling seems a bit more refined than the H&M one, with smaller zipper pulls etc. . $268 US

I have tried on Club Monaco clothing before and it is generally too slim for my body shape. H&M is hit or miss for me in sizing/shape.

All suggestions welcome!

UDATE: See the end of the posting for a review of the Ann Taylor version and my final decision

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