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how to style a vest part 3: skinny jeans + a flowy blouse

This is the final installment of my “how to style a vest” series. I this post I decided to go with a pair of colorful denim skinnies + a flowy blouse / tunic. I added the vest to show how you can add just a little bit of structure to the outfit without adding sleeves and overpowering the cool tunic (like with a blazer). I felt classy and I was comfortable at work all day.

To read part 1 click here. To read part 2 click here.

Before vest:

Banana Republic Blouse + Green David Kahn Denim Skinnies + Cole Haan Mary JanesBanana Republic Blouse + Green David Kahn Denim Skinnies + Cole Haan Mary Janes

After vest:

Banana Republic Blouse + Green David Kahn Denim Skinnies + Cole Haan Mary Janes + VestBanana Republic Blouse + Green David Kahn Denim Skinnies + Cole Haan Mary Janes + VestThis might be my favorite way to wear the vest, I actually liked it more than pairing the vest with the maxi dress in part 2.

What do you think?


Outfit Details:
Top: Banana Republic blue abstract print flowy blouse, thrifted $3.59
Bottom: David Kahn green super stretchy skinny jeans, Ideeli $60?
Jewelry: Bead embroidery necklace (was either my grandmother’s or she made it), thrifted bangles, etc.
Shoes: Cole Haan grey patent mary jane pumps, ebay $20
Vest: really old


how to style a vest part 2: maxi dress (+ denim jacket!)

Von Vonni Convertible Dress in Teal + Denim Jacket + Vintage Coach Bag + Scarf

Von Vonni Convertible Dress in Teal + Denim Jacket + Vintage Coach Bag + ScarfVon Vonni Convertible Dress in Teal + Denim Jacket + Vintage Coach Bag + Scarf

The second installment of my “how to style a vest” series is all about how to wear your vest with a long (maxi) dress. See the first installment here.

This post actually shows a lot of different styles, including:
Convertible dress + denim jacket
Convertible dress + vest
Maxi dress or skirt + denim jacket
Maxi dress or skirt + vest
Scarf worn around neck
Scarf worn on your head

Ack. There are so many options here. I really felt like wearing this gorgeous Von Vonni long convertible dress in teal. It’s the same dress that I wore to my best friend Sarah’s wedding in December, where I was the Matron of Honor.

This is the PERFECT way to dress down a convertible / multi-way dress for work. Add a jean jacket or a vest and it’s just perfect. Alternatively, wear a maxi dress or maxi skirt + tank.

How would YOU style a vest? Share your comments below!


Outfit Details:
Dress: Von Vonni Long Transformer Dress in teal (also called convertible dress or multi-way dress, because you can wear it 25+ different ways). Bought from Ideeli for about $70
Jacket: Old Navy Denim jacket, thrifted for $4.59
Vest: Really really OLD
Bag: Vintage Coach Shoulder Bag, $25
Etc: Scarf from Target + Jason Wu collaboration, link bracelets + necklace: thrifted + consignment, Melinda Maria hoop earrings
Shoes: Really old Nine West sandals

how to style a vest part 1: casual weekend

Wanted to wish a happy (late) mother’s day to all the mamas out there!

Today’s post is a reader request. My friend Pam owns a black vest but needed help figuring out how to style it. Because I’m a visual person, I wanted to SHOW my styling ideas for this vest instead of just describing them. I do not own a vest like hers so I used the only vest I have as a substitute.

My idea for this outfit was something casual, easy, comfortable. An outfit that you can wear on the weekend for running errands or thrifting (which is what I like to do, hehe). A white v-neck tee with the vest worn over, a pair of comfortable jeans rolled up a little bit, your favorite shoulder bag or purse, and flats or flip flops.

Check it out and let me know what you think…

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for the next installment in “how to style a vest,” which will be a bit more “dressed up.”

If you had a vest, how would YOU style it? Leave your comments below!


Outfit Details:
Top: Forever 21 V-neck white tee + OLD vest
Bottom: David Kahn Jeans, old from ebay
Jewelry: necklace + bracelets, thrifted
Bag: Vintage Coach shoulder bag, thrifted
Shoes: Lands End suede ballet flats, also worn: my lovely worn in Rainbow Flip Flops (gifted from my husband many years ago)

reader request: comfortable, affordable flats

My wonderful cousin Deb is a young, busy mom of three little girls. She asked me to help her find a pair of comfortable, flat, affordable, cute shoes. She would normally wear her flip flops running around and playing with her kids. But even these simple, ubiquitous flip flops have waned in their popularity. I totally get it Deb, comfortable does NOT have to mean perfunctory or boring. It’s good to shake things up once in a while!

Even though I’m not a mom, I like to get down with comfy flats too. I am going to start with my favorites as recommendations for Deb.

1. Flat Thongs Sandals

When summertime comes around and I want something simple and a little sexy, I go for my gold thong flat sandals.They go with everything, are easy to wear, and are relatively comfortable as long as you’re not on your feet all day. And at $7.50, these cute sandals won’t break the bank.

Forever21 Leatherette Sandals
Forever21 Leatherette Sandals

2. Crocs

Anyone that knows me knows that I love Crocs. The two main reasons that attract me to Crocs are comfort and durability during rainy days. My favorite pair are Crocs Malindi slingbacks; they are very cute, comfortable, and feminine. And they are currently on sale for $14.99-19.99, which is a steal.

Crocs Malindi
Crocs Malindi

I have the Malindi in navy and wear them when running around town, gardening, and even to work when it’s raining. If they get muddy, you can easily wash them off in the sink.

3. Mary Jane Athletic Flats

The third pair of go-to flats for me are a more athletic, rubber soled, Mary Jane style flats. I love that they have a hint of femininity yet are still considered athletic shoes.

Chant Mary Jane from Payless
Chant Mary Jane from Payless

My pick for Deb is this super cute Champion Mary Jane from Payless.  You can wear these with capris, shorts, pants, and even skirts and dresses. The idea is versatility, femininity, and comfort.

These cute Mary Jane sneakers are on sale for $19.99, which is not a bad price. They come in 4 different colors too.

Singne D'Orsay Flats from Target
Singne D'Orsay Flats from Target

4. Peep Toe Flats

Lastly, I want to recommend a type of flat shoe what I myself don’t own but am currently looking for– the peep toe flat!

Perfect for summer, the cute and sexy peep toe flat shoe is versatile and feminine. This type of shoe can be worn with pants, shorts, capris, skirts, or dresses.

I love these Xhilaration Singne D’Orsay peep toe Flats in red patent. I love a pop of color to brighten up your outfit. These cute flats are currently on sale for $16.99, a price that doesn’t raise any eyebrows.

There you go, Deb! I hope I was helpful in finding you a cute pair of comfortable flats! Let me know what you think!

Reader Request: A Rainbow of Shoes

I apologize, this is going to be a long blog post.

My high school friend Ann is getting married this October and saw my blog and asked me if I would help her pick out some shoes. I, of course, never turn down a reader request (not that I get that many at all–but I really do enjoy helping others and looking at pretty clothes and shoes).

I made several “looks” using ShopStyle and I want them all in one blog post, so like I said, this is going to be a long one. Each “look” contains pretty, dressy, jewel-tones shoes/sandals/heels, each divided by color family.

I would have to say my favorite shoes are the ones embellished with rosettes or bows- they are just gorgeous, feminine, sexy, and perfect for a special occasion like a wedding, prom, or date night.

A Rainbow of Shoes – Lipstick Reds
rsvp, Audrey Brooke, Ros Hommerson, Max Studio
My friend Ann is getting married and requested I find her some pretty jewel toned heels to wear.

Clicking through will not work, sorry. If you have any questions about which shoes they are, let me know.