I'm smiling so big because out of a lot of trial and error, I think I finally found a button-down plaid shirt I like. If you read my flannel shirt post HERE, you would know that I've been struggling jumping on the plaid shirt trend for awhile now. I think I finally gave up ever finding a plaid shirt that worked for me and then I had a JCPenney coupon burning a hole in my pocket. Off to the store I went, and I spotted this one. "Hmm, do I or don't I?" I wondered. I decided the least I could do was try it on. I was pleasantly surprised with the fit, so my fourth plaid shirt came home with me.
I paired my new plaid shirt with another new purchase, this burgundy Old Navy Textured Frost Free Vest. I own two other nylon vests, a medium weight white vest last shown HERE and a thin black vest last shown HERE. This Old Navy puffer vest is probably the "puffiest" vest of the three, but to my surprise, I love it. I always avoided vests that are too thick because I thought they added unwanted pounds to my frame; however, I love how cozy and warm it is and because my arms and legs are not covered, it doesn't make me look as big as I thought it would.
I bought a size Large so I could comfortably fit lots of layers under it. I struggled with choosing between a size Medium and a size Large. The Medium fit perfectly, but I worried if I added a thick sweater underneath it would be uncomfortable. I didn't want to get a size Large because I thought it would make me look bigger, but I think ultimately it was the best choice for layering.
I absolutely love the color and fabric of this vest. It's a not a shiny nylon like most puffer vests are. I can't quite describe it, but it's more of a canvas type of material.
Because my life in winter involves mostly from walking from a heated building to a vehicle, I have the feeling I will be wearing this vest in place of a winter coat for most of the winter. I get so hot wearing a winter coat inside stores, that this vest is more suitable. Because of the thickness of the vest and the high collar to protect against wind and cold, I will be perfectly warm wearing it for short periods outside.
I wore suede black booties from Famous Footwear (old) with grey skinny jeans from Target (old).
My infinity scarf was purchased last year from JCP.
And here are a couple of pictures of just the shirt. It is by Stylus and it is a size medium. I think the more subtle color and stripes are why I am more comfortable wearing this plaid shirt than others I have tried.
The top is also a little longer in the back than it is in the front...which is always a plus for me!
Stylus Long-Sleeve Oversized Tunic - JCPenney: HERE, Nicole Miller Kira Satchel (no longer available) similar: HERE, Grey Tassel Infinity Scarf (no longer available) similar: HERE, Grey Skinny Jeans (no longer available) similar: HERE and HERE, Black Suede Booties (no longer available) similar: HERE, and Textured Frost Free Vest - Old Navy: HERE.
Have a Great Day! Amy
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