For us in Chicago, it’s that time of year when you haven’t a clue how to dress for the weather – absolutely cold mornings turn into beautiful afternoons.. A down vest can be a useful, and fairly modestly priced, option.I’ve seen a few really well styled outfits, so I copied them as best I could, and then I built on the core ideas to show a few additional options. Please note that these vests are pretty trim in cut, and have a very clever elastic inset at the waist, in the back. There are not your mother’s puffer vests! (although I still wear mine…)
This was the outfit that got me started thinking about vests; what really elevated the elegance factor here was the cashmere tee, the gorgeous scarf, and the metallic boots. Pearl earrings never hurt anything…
So, of course, I started thinking about how this would work with a black “column”. Introducing a second neutral kept the feeling of the first outfit, with a slightly different balance. Same pants, same sweater (in a different color), same vest (in a different color), and some snazzy boots…
I knew that I wanted to consider the possibilities of a vest with denim, so I started with a denim shirt. This ended up being a really pretty ensemble; the accessories make it more feminine than might be expected.
The other woman that I saw in a vest, when I started thinking about this post, was wearing the most simple outfit imaginable – black pants with a white shirt. But she was also wearing an Hermes scarf, and a bright red vest. Very eye-catching, but not complicated or contrived in any way.
So I started to imagine how a down vest could work in an accent color over a simple sweater and pants…
If you needed to dress like a snow princess (or know someone who does) there are worse ways to do it than this – especially with the cashmere socks!
Flannel shirts are made for down vests – if you have a favorite shirt, it might give you an idea for which color vest would be right for you.
And I had to finish up with blue jeans. You could wear matching Converse sneakers, couldn’t you?
I think the big thing I learned from seeing these outfits, and then trying to put together some variations, so to really study someone when you think they look attractive and pulled together. What is it that appeals to you? Is it something that can be translated to your own colors, proportions, and wardrobe? Can you replicate the aspect of the outfit that caught your attention from items that you already own? This kind of thinking can save you a lot of money, and give you a lot more mileage from what’s already in your closet!