Help! I need advice on how to style a long vest. I have been seeing long vests on the market for over a year now and I really wanted to try one. I requested a long vest in my last Fix back in June but it has hung in my closet untouched ever since. I don't know why, but I can't figure out how to style this vest in a way that I like ON ME. I keep seeing other bloggers wearing long vests, I pin their looks, but when I try the exact same look myself, I don't like it. I was going to wear it as a sleeveless dress as seen HERE, but I never did because I don't have the occasion to wear more formal dresses. If I do wear a dress, it's because it's super hot so I pick something like a gauze swing dress or a short skirt and a tank to be comfortable.
But after months of hanging in my closet I thought "This is ridiculous. I spent a lot of money on this vest. I really should get some use out of it." So I came up with this outfit.
And I hated it. I look at these pictures and I do not like the outfit. And neither did my husband. But he was kind and didn't say anything until after I told him I didn't like the outfit. But he's a guy, and he likes to see his wife in form fitting clothes, not baggy clothes.
So what don't I like about this outfit? Well for one, the belt. If you don't tie the vest in front of you, you have to tie it behind you (unless you get rid of it entirely, but then you have empty belt loops). So guess what happened when I went to use the bathroom the first time? Yeah, you got it. It happened. I forgot about the belt and the end fell in the toilet when I sat down. UGH! Good thing there was a hand air dryer in the bathroom! My number one decision of any outfit is always "Comfort and Practicality"....the belt of this vest does not meet that criteria.
But the good thing about style blogging is that I can always learn from mistakes when I see the pictures. I think the biggest mistake I made in styling this vest was picking a baggy shirt to wear under it. I think if I wore a tight fitting shirt, I might have thought differently about this outfit. The baggy shirt, in combination with the baggy vest, was just too much baggy and it made me look frumpy.
I did try other tops with this vest, but I wasn't happy with those either. I tried it with a striped long sleeve tee shirt. Yuck. I tried it with a white tee shirt. Yuck...I felt like I looked like a doctor. I couldn't find any other top in my closet that even came close to working like this olive green one, so that's why I picked it. It was the best choice.
So I'd love to hear your ideas. Scrap the belt and cut the belt loops off? What type of top would you wear this dress with? Or, should I just donate this vest to my local thrift store and count it a loss?
I did try to jazz up the neutral frumpy look my burgundy bag and a pretty, colorful bracelet.
I was having a bad hair day, so I wore a coordinating olive green headband and I added bright blue earrings since my ear lobes actually showed for a change. And you know what, maybe the bad hair day is another reason I didn't like this outfit. When I don't feel good about my hair, my weight, whatever, it reflects on how I feel in my outfit too!
I wore these pretty suede wedge booties I picked up last year from JCP.
I do have to mention that I did try wearing a more tight fitting top, but because my tummy is and has always been my trouble spot, I felt too much tummy bulge showed. That's another reason I ended up with a baggier shirt. So maybe, a baggy vest can never be for me, because I can't wear a baggy top underneath and I'm not comfortable wearing a form-fitting one. Most of my other vests are all form fitting or tapered. Or, maybe I just need to tie this vest shut. Although, I think I tried that and it didn't work because I have no waistline so it looked like SpongeBob Square Pants.
Pixley Tannum Trench Vest, Stitch Fix, no longer available, similar: HERE, Olive Green Michael Kors Top, T.J. Maxx, no longer available, similar: HERE and HERE, Nicole Miller Kira Satchel, JCPenney: HERE, Arizona Lacie Wedge Ankle Boots, JCPenney: HERE, Liverpool Collen Straight-Leg Jean, Stitch Fix, no longer available, similar: HERE
Have a Great Day! Amy
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