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
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.
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).
To brighten things up a bit, I wore a beaded turquoise necklace with a leather cognac tassel.
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.
For a dressier, ladylike look, I wore the vest open with a white tank top underneath…
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.
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.
My blue sandals with a chunky heel give me just enough lift to keep my long flares from dragging on the ground.
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?
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).
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!
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.
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!
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Disclosure: The Flow Motion Vest and Debut Skirt by Stella Carakasi were given to me. All opinions expressed here are my own, as always.