Vest: An Accessory

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a fall-tastic weekend.  It was absolutely gorgeous here.  Fall, my favorite time of year, is in full swing and the weather this weekend was just perfect. There was a cool fall breeze, lots of sunshine, and breathtaking colorful trees and brightly colored leaves swirling in the wind.  I knew that I missed fall when we were down in the south but I didn’t realize just how much I missed it until this weekend.  Of course, today, Monday of all days, it is gloomy and rainy outside.  Hopefully, it won’t last and the sun will be back soon.  My kids are out of school today so it seems like the perfect day to curl up and watch Hallmark Christmas movies or read a book.  Anyone else obsessed with Christmas movies?  They are my absolute favorite, and I love that they are already playing.  Of course, I could probably watch them year round.  So good!

Ok, enough about the weather and stuff. I’m sure you are getting tired of hearing me talk about the fall all the time, so let’s get on to the topic of today’s post.  One of the things that I love to wear in both the fall and winter are vests.  I want you to get it out of your head that vests are just something you wear to keep you warm.  I want you to look at them as an adorable accessory.  I love wearing vests as an accessory to my outfit versus just a cold weather item like a jacket. Of course, they will keep you warm depending on the thickness and type of vest, so if you’re in a warm area, you will want to avoid the thicker, puffy or fur-lined vests. I’ve worn vests for years, and I always had people asked me when I’m was inside at work if I was cold because I had a vest on.  My answer was always no, and they would give me a puzzled look.  You guys, vests don’t have to be taken off when you are inside unless you are super hot because they can be part of your outfit. I want you to get it out of your head that they come off inside because that’s what this post is all about. Yes, keeping you warm is a great purpose for them, but it’s not the only purpose of a vest nowadays.  Vests are being made to be more stylish so that you can look cute.

What I tried to do for you today is to show you different types of vests in different shapes and materials.  With each of us the vests I own, I have I shown you two different ways that you can wear it. Now the vests that I have to show you are ones that I’ve had for years and many are no longer available.  I have found you some more options that are similar. What I really want you to do with all of my fashion posts and photos is to get inspiration.  I will tell you that I do that all of the time.  I will see an outfit or item of clothing on Pinterest, Facebook, or on other blogs that I will either save to a Pinterest board or take a screen shot of; and then I will use them as inspiration for my own outfits. When I’m out shopping later, I can go back and look at it and use it to grow my own wardrobe.  I don’t want to necessarily copy somebody else’s look exactly. I want to make it my own and maybe add my own personality or colors so that I can achieve a similar look.  I will try to do another post to show you how I use other outfits as inspiration at another time. Just be open-minded and see how you can add these things into your own wardrobe.  I will tell you that 90% of what I will show you today are items that I already had in my closet.  It’s just all about using what you have and changing it up a little.  I am all about versatility and getting the most bang out of your buck.

The Thin Quilted Vest

This particular vest is very lightweight and one that is great for the fall when it’s not super cold or for my peeps down south where it never really gets cold.  This vest has a fitted shape to it, which will help define your figure and make you look slimmer. This is also a great vest to wear over bulkier clothes like sweaters.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Plaid Button Up-Old Navy, Grey Sweater-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Shoes-Famous Footwear (currently on sale)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Plaid Button Up-Old Navy, Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Shoes-Converse

The Puffer Vest

Here I have the exact same vest in two different colors.  These particular vests are more of a muted color and not shinny like some puffer vests can be.  Again, this is an example where you can use these outfits as inspiration and get vests in colors that you love, and you can decided if you like the shinier materials or not.  This type of vest is going to be pretty warm.  If you are in a warmer climate and like the look of this vest, I would recommend that you wear it with something lightweight underneath. I would not wear this type of vest with bulky sweaters. These vests are going to be thicker and more boxed shaped so, again, avoid wearing it with super bulky clothes underneath.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Turtle Neck-Old Navy (similar-Target), Jeans-Target (similar), Leopard Belt-Target, Booties-Target (similar-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar), Leggings-Lularoe (similar-Old Navy), Denim Dress-Target, Boots-Old (similar-Belk) (suede option-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Jeans-Walmart, Shirt-Old Navy, Scarf-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Boots-Old (similar-Belk) (suede option-Old Navy)

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-Amazon), Leggings-Lularoe (similar-Old Navy), Top-Target, Camo Shoes-Target

The Classic Herringbone Vest

This is probably one of my favorite and most versatile vests.  You can literally wear it with almost anything and still be cute.  This vest isn’t super lightweight or super heavy and is a great vest for most climates.  I love pairing this vest with a blanket scarf as well and wearing it both zipped and unzipped.

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Vest-Amazon, Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Booties-Target

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Vest-Amazon, Jeans-TJ Maxx (Calvin Klein), Polka Dot Button Up-Old Navy (similar) (similar-Belk), Sweater-Old Navy (similar), Scarf-Target (similar-Amazon)

The Basic Black Vest

Now this particular vest is pretty warm because it has a furry lining inside. The one I have found for you that is similar does not have the furry lining but it does come in a variety of colors.  This vest is quilted and goes with many things.  It can be dressed up or dressed down depending on what you pair it with.

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Vest-Amazon (similar), Leopard Shirt-Target, Black Jeans-Old Navy, Black Flats-Payless

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Vest-Amazon (similar), Chambray Top-J. Crew Factory (similar) (similar), Black Jeans-Old Navy, Leopard Belt-Target, Leopard Shoes-Target

The Short, Fitted Puffer Vest with Detachable Hood

This vest is similar to the two green and red puffer vests above in thickness and warmth.  The difference is that this one is more fitted than the other two and is a little shorter in length.  This particular vest also has a detachable hood with a faux fur trim.  I did not take any pictures with the hood because it somehow got lost in the move or is in a box I have yet to open, but the hood just adds another fun detail.

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-lightweight-Amazon) (similar-heavyweight-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Walmart, Shoes-Toms

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Vest-Old Navy (similar-lightweight-Amazon) (similar-heavyweight-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Walmart, Boots-Old (similar-Amazon)

The Soft Cotton Vest

Unfortunately, I have had this vest for a while and the company that I got it from went out of business, but I wanted to show it to you as an option for a more vibrant color and different material.  This vest is super soft, lightweight, and made from cotton so it has a different feel than the other vests.  A fleece vest would have a similar feel and look as this one.

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Vest-Old (similar material-Amazon) (fleece option-Amazon), Top-Old Navy (similar), Jeans-Cabi (similar-Old Navy), Shoes-Converse

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Vest-Old (similar material-Amazon) (fleece option-Amazon), Top-Belk (similar with reversed colors) (similar-Gap), Jeans-Cabi (similar-Old Navy), Shoes-Converse

As you can see, there are so many options of how you can wear a vest as an accessory and as a cold weather piece.  I hope you are inspired to add this fun item to your wardrobe to increase your coolness factor. It can totally be dressed up or dressed down.  You will be cute and cozy at the same time!



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