One Spring Top, Five Spring Outfits

One Spring Top, Five Spring Outfits

You know that feeling of having something in your closet that you feel fantastic in?  That one piece you find yourself reaching for over and over again? That garment you love to style with so many other clothes and accessories in your wardrobe? I have found that item and just in time for spring and summer!

The Flow Motion Vest from Stella Carakasi is more than a vest. It’s a blouse, a cardigan and can even be worn like a summery poncho. The outer layer is polyester and the soft lining is a cotton and Tencel blend.

It’s a piece I feel so confident wearing. It’s not body hugging and it conceals that part of my upper arm I feel self-conscious about. It’s flattering, feminine, and it also keeps me cool on warm days.

I love the versatility of this gray color, appropriately called Platinum. It also comes in Orchid, a lovely deep purple shade, and Soft White.

I wrote about wearing the Flow Motion Vest recently with white jeans, one of my favorite outfits so far this spring. Today I thought I would show you several other ways this top/vest/cardigan/blouse/poncho could be worn.

One Spring Top, Five Spring Outfits 

For my first look, which I would wear out to dinner or to a party, I wore the vest with black jeans from Ann Taylor (in tall) and laced suede pumps.

Choker Look

I added a new velvet choker I bought recently on Etsy. Remember how big the choker was back in the 90s? I am glad they’re back and like the way they add a little edge and sexiness to a look without being over the top.

Stella Carakasi Flow Motion Vest

I also wore two black tassel bracelets from Kay and Star and carried my black Adora bag.

Stella Carakasi Flow Motion Vest

For my next look, I wore my distressed boyfriend jeans (similar) for a casual Boho outfit. I decided to add some warm color to this look with cognac touches including these lace-up suede gladiator sandals (just $49!) and a Mulberry Bayswater bag (similar).

Stella carakasi with ripped jeans

To brighten things up a bit, I wore a beaded turquoise necklace with a leather cognac tassel.

Turquoise Boho Necklace

Another thing I love about this vest is its V neckline. A variety of necklaces look great with it from chokers to long beaded strands.

Stella Carakasi Flow Motion Vest

For a dressier, ladylike look, I wore the vest open with a white tank top underneath…

Stella carakasi skirt

and a Stella Carakasi Debut Skirt in black. This skirt is 100% hemp and has an asymmetrical hemline and zipper detail. It’s also lined and has an elastic waistband in the back.

For accessories, I wore a geode necklace by Janet Harrer and carried my Louis Vuitton clutch.

Stella Carakasi Skirt

I love to wear Boho inspired outfits and decided to go with a dressier version here and change out my ripped up jeans for these flared jeans. I added a cognac fringe bag (similar) and a beaded necklace for accessories.

Flare Jeans Over 40

My blue sandals with a chunky heel give me just enough lift to keep my long flares from dragging on the ground.

Flared Jeans Over 40

For my last look, I got ahead of myself seasonally and wore flowy white summer pants (on sale now for $22). Some would recommend not wearing thin white summer pants until after Memorial Day, but our temps have been in the 90’s lately so I say, why wait?

Stella Carakasi Flow Motion Vest

I wore a Kay and Star pearl necklace with a beautiful gray leather tassel and rhinestone detail. This necklace would be perfect to style for the next How I Wear My (which is Pearls, in case you didn’t already know).

Pearl Tassel Necklace

When I don’t have a bag or shoes that “go”with my outfit, I carry my Kate Spade bag in this bone color (similar) and wear my bone colored peep-toe booties (similar). This method pretty much works with every outfit I wear. When it doubt, accessories with light neutrals!

Stella Carakasi Flow Motion Vest

 With all these outfits, it’s no wonder the Flow Motion Vest is my favorite spring piece of the moment!


To get more strategies and inspiration for warm weather dressing, sign up for the free Work Your Wardrobe Live Online Event happening at Stella Carakasi’s studio on May 3rd. I will be one of the special guests and look forward to discussing how to keep your wardrobe current on a budget. Register here.

Work Your Wardrobe

Tomorrow morning at 10:00 am PST on April 19th,  I will be joining Jennifer of A Well Styled Life and Pam at Over50Feeling40 on Blab for a live, online conversation about Body Image and Dressing Your Shape. Register here!

Dressing Your Shape (2)

Don’t forget to shop for the Mom in your life (maybe that’s you!) at The Rich Life Shop Mother’s Day Collection. Find great gifts from small businesses for $75 or less!

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Make it a rich day!




Disclosure: The Flow Motion Vest and Debut Skirt by Stella Carakasi were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always. 


  1. April 18, 2016 / 7:06 pm

    I love the interesting shape and the stunning color of this top. And love the way you styled it from casual to dressy. Looks like one of those pieces that becomes your favorite right away.

  2. Kathy
    April 19, 2016 / 7:16 am

    The top is great, very versatile – I love it in white as well.

  3. April 27, 2016 / 9:31 am

    That was a very good example of how to get more use out of one item. I hadn’t really noticed it that you were wearing the same blouse until you put them all together in one photo “album”.

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