It’s the transitional time of year when many of us are reaching for fall sweaters one day, then throwing on our favorite sundress in an effort to stay cool the next.
I find certain outer layer wardrobe pieces like light jackets and sweaters, wraps and ponchos key for making a stylish transition into cooler weather.
This season I am adding long vests to that list. Long vests are stylish, flattering and modern. And they’re also fun to style!
This In Conclusion Vest by Stella Carakasi, a piece from Stella’s Early Fall 2016 Collection, is the newest addition to my fall wardrobe. I was inspired to create a handful of outfits with it that will transition well from the warm temperatures of September and early October here in Northern California into mid-autumn’s chill.
Today I am showing you 4 casual ways to wear a long vest. In this first outfit, I wore my long vest with an Effortless Top in the same Moss color as the vest. I wore my new cropped flare jeans that have a bit of fringe at the ankle. And I accessorized with a geode necklace by Janet Harrer.
I love the way this vest is cut high in the back with long panels in the front, adding an architectural surprise to this vest. And it has side pockets!
The crinkled fabric is ideal for those of you who, like me, don’t enjoy ironing. Made with 50% cotton, 47% nylon, 3% metal – yes, metal! – it’s machine washable, and perfect for travel. You really can’t get much more low maintenance than this fabric.
I wanted to add a pop of vibrant color to this look so I chose my favorite block-heel blue sandals by Louise et Cie and carried my newest handbag, sent to me recently by my friends at Adora and Armadio. What a beautiful surprise!
The Augusta bag is handcrafted in Florence by Patrizia Sassetti. Large enough to fit everything I need when I am out and about – including my camera and a notebook – it’s also small enough to be carried as a handbag,
The Augusta bag is stylish, classic and made with fine Italian leather. Augusta comes in a variety of beautiful colors. I am so in to shades of blue these days and am crazy about this Petrol Blue col0r.
Made to order in Tuscany, these bags take five weeks to receive. This is the sort of bag you keep for a lifetime. See the entire collection at Armadio, including some of my longtime favorites from Adora.
Speaking of Adora, I incorporated my black Adora bag into my second look. This is my dressiest look of the four and is an outfit I would wear in the evening to a party or out to dinner.
Working with only two colors – Moss and black – I layered my long vest with a black Effortless Tee, wore Miz Mooz block heeled sandals (similar), and a black velveteen choker. I also wore a large onyx statement ring.
I added my new KayandStar necklace, a geode slice on a beaded chain. This an out-to-lunch-with-a-friend or errand-running outfit.
My final long vest look is one I wear when it’s just too warm for jeans. These white linen blend pants have really gotten a workout this summer!
With this much versatility, my long vest will surely carry me well into the fall season and beyond.
Are you wearing the long vest trend?
If so, how do you style yours?
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I am excited to announce I will be joining the models walking the runway at the Stella Carakasi Fall Style Event on September 23rd which includes:
~ A first look at Stella Carakasi’s Fall 2016 collection pieces.
~ Tips for how to wear 7 must-have looks for fall this season – no matter what your body type.
~ Easy to put together outfit ideas for work and play from top bloggers.
~ Foodie inspiration from the Whole Foods Market Gilman, including noshes for your upcoming holiday events – yes, the holidays will be here before we know it!
It’s all taking place at the Stella Studio in Berkeley. Reserve your free ticket here. I hope to see you there!
***Reminder! How I Wear My: Yellow is happening soon! To participate in September’s HIWM post, send a photo of your look which incorporates the color yellow, along with a quotable blurb about your outfit to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 12th. The post goes live early on September 14th!
Visit the How I Wear My page for more information.
Jill and I can’t wait to see how you wear your yellow!
Make it a rich day!
Disclosure: The In Conclusion Vest and the Effortless Top were both given to me by Stella Carakasi. The Augusta Bag from Armadio was a gift. All opinions expressed here are, as always, my own.