This is such an interesting ensemble for me. I rarely wear beige and the idea of combining beige with camel is just not ME. (Where is the color? I need color.) But I loved how this turned out and I think the gold accessories really made the look. I can tell you that immediately after I wore this, I put the vest away until fall – way too warm for spring weather in California! I hope you too have those days when you look in the mirror and say “I nailed it!”.
I am not normally a fan of multiple layer loose tunic-y outfits like this. I’ve always been so conscious of the need to create a visible waistline – usually worried that otherwise I’ll look bigger than I am. But it felt pretty good to wear this tunic and vest over flowy trousers.
This dress/tunic was part of the Adam Lippes x Target line that came out last fall. It is beautifully made with knotted fabric buttons – and the “hand” of the fabric is very high quality. I cannot wait to now wear it as a dress!
Ah, my tried and true black and gray combination again! This is another great outfit for cooler spring days – light wool vest in the morning, just the blouse in the afternoon. I have had this Forever 21 blouse for years and it has never gone out of style and brightens up anything I pair it with – a true clothes war horse! It is the perfect example of “low” fashion working successfully with “high” fashion. How many of those do you have in your closet?
It was hard work finding the right 3/4 length vest. It couldn’t be too bulky or hot or I’d never wear it, but camel can be a tricky color. It looks great with black or white, but it’s not a color I like with bright colors especially. So, after owning it for three months, I now can see potential outfits that will work. You’ll see it more over the next few months!
As I said in my post on Friday, I am becoming a fan of gray and its many shades and fabrications. I loved how this outfit came together. In truth, until this year I’d been relying on a series of classic charcoal gray tapered trousers to represent “gray” in my closet. This year, I consigned those classics and found these Topshop joggers – so much more fun and interesting to style. Our generation grew up hearing about the “classics” that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Well, I say forget that notion and have fun with your clothes. You only live once!
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I adore this coordinated set. It reminds me of the Seventies, although I never wore anything that looked like this. But the wide-leg cropped pants are definitely on trend today as is the longer vest, right?
What happened to matching tops and bottoms? Coordinated suits? They were back on the runways this year and I hope they trickle down to the masses. Finally my vintage enamel flower brooch was perfect for this outfit.
To tell you the truth, I’ve put away the statement necklaces altogether and I’m pulling out all my vintage brooches. Somehow they look perfect on this season’s ensembles!
Today’s lesson: A chic black vest dresses up any ensemble – even distressed boyfriend jeans and a simple tee! I admit that I was a little reluctant to wear these distressed jeans for casual Friday wear, but with the vest and a dressier pair of loafers, it worked! Well, maybe not when I sat down and my knees showed, but whatever!
I am also crazy about these shoes – a total splurge but I am crazy about loafers that remind me of menswear. Jeffrey Campbell often gets it right and this shoe is a good example.
I always give a lot of thought to my traveling clothes. I want to be comfortable and chic – no sneakers, no yoga pants – I’m sure you get the picture.
The outfit I’m wearing here checks all the boxes. The vest keeps me warm without overheating me and my rolled-up wide leg khakis are the epitome of comfort. I also always have a big scarf tucking into my carry-on that complements my clothes.
I often go for black and white simply because my travel wardrobe is usually based on black and white with a little color. If you haven’t seen her blog, you should visit Janice at The Vivienne Files. She’s an expert on what and how much to pack for travel.
It’s that time again! I, of course, have already purchased most of my picks, while Kate is still eyeing some of hers. She is so patient and thrifty. But today is my day and here are my five favorite items for fall.
1) Long black vest: I have been looking for a chic but inexpensive black vest to wear with tees as well as dressier tops. My favorite affordable version has been this vest from Ann Taylor (left). But I found a great alternative at Choies. Although my version is sold out, here is another possibility from Halogen:
2) Silver or Patent Loafers – I love the look of the clunkier loafers that are showing up this year. I can see them with boyfriend or skinny jeans – even with midi culottes. Here are a few I’ve been eyeing:
3. More neoprene! OK, so I love my neon green neoprene pencil skirt with the ruffle and I’ll probably wear that all winter. Now I want more. Both my purchases are from Asos. The first is a wonderful and feminine dress. And the second? Midi culottes. I love , love, love both of these.
4. Green stuff! Yes, I want some green in my wardrobe — a rich emerald green. I cannot afford the gorgeous designer apparel, so I’m settling for green accessories — mainly these great pumps from Madewell:
5. Some updates for my sweater collection: I don’t actually believe in collecting sweaters, but I’m ready to move away from the J.Crew Tippi sweater a bit. Here are a few I am thinking about. I have to have something cropped!
So those are my selections. Sure, there are lots of other items I lust after — sleeveless trench! One more moto jacket! The perfect black pump! More culottes! But those will have to wait for sale season!