The long vest I showing in this post is a sort of souvenir from a trip The Husband and I took last April. One evening The Husband had enjoyed an appetizer of raw oysters and it seems there was a bad one in the bunch. He was ill most of the night and was in no condition to leave the hotel room the next day. He insisted that I just leave him to rest and recuperate and that I should go shopping or do whatever else I’d like to do. So after getting him stocked up with water and Gatorade, I amused myself at a nearby outlet mall. Lemons for him, lemonade for me.
I was only able to wear this vest once or twice back in April before the weather turned warm and I’ve been eagerly awaiting the cooler temps of Fall and Winter. I’m glad to see that sleeveless vests are still trending this season and it’s a great piece to throw on when you just need a little something extra to ward off a chill in the air. This “up down all-around” long vest was purchased at a Banana Republic Factory store.
Dressed Up For Work
Since over 40% of my weekly awake time is spent in office attire, I usually share my work look first. You’ll notice that these photos were taken indoors. My photographer (aka The Husband) and I had been talking about trying set up a “studio” in a corner of our bedroom and these are the first photos we took.
This sweater dress is new and a perfect weight for climates that don’t get much below 60 in Fall and Winter. Rather than black boots (which I will wear with this outfit in the future), I opted for my light gray mary-jane style pumps. I had considered my t-strap black suede pumps but on advice from my daughter, I went with the gray. A pair of patterned tights highlight the cozy knit vibe of this outfit and a layering of two necklaces draw the eye up and down as a counter balance against the vertical stripes.
Dressed Down For Play
Obvious, these next photos were not taken in the new studio set-up. When The Husband saw the long vest paired up with a plaid shirt and cowboy boots, he said “let’s go find a pumpkin patch” so off we went looking for an appropriate setting. What we found was a community garden with corn has high as the sky.
Wrap front shirt – AEO (similar look, another option); Jeans – Old Navy (same); Boots – Coconuts by Matisse (similar look, ankle boot option)
Plaid doesn’t seem to be as big this season as it was last year but that won’t stop me from wearing this soft-as-a-cotton-ball faux wrap shirt with a high/low hem. I adore the color combo and I think I can “work” it into an outfit or two suitable for the office (perhaps to be shared on Instagram in the future). The lariat that I’m wearing was my father’s and I stole it from him years ago.
Dressed For Fun
For all-around fun with this long vest, I’ve opted for a pair of tuxedo style cropped pants and a button-down blouse loaded up with a layering of necklaces a la Martha from the TV show Castle. The hula hoop is just a prop for the photos and not an accessory for the outfit.
There’s a mix of feminine and masculine style elements in this outfit that I think help to keep it a bit funky. The blouse has the longer cuffs that are trending and I’ve tried doing a half fold back which prevents them from looking too long and yet shows off their extra length.
Let’s Wrap This Up
Now, onto the Fine-Whatever link up for this week. My featured contributor from last week’s floral themed link-up is Jennie from A Pocket Full Of Polka Dots. Her floral dress has such a pretty color palette for Fall and her overall style looks so chic and comfy.
Where do you stand on the long vest? If you have one (or more), are you embracing its full potential and wearing it for all occasions? What props have you used in your photos?
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