Rock A Vest This Fall

Of all the trends for winter 2016, the one that is best suited for fall is the vest.  It is a perfect alternative to a coat on a cool fall day, and it looks so stylish with skinny jeans and boots.  Don a hat and gloves, and you have a rockin’ fall style.

With so many vest styles to choose from this season, you can really have some fun with this look.  (These three styles from She + Sky should be on our online store  by the end of the week so you can even shop from your couch!  Find them in store as well at Fashion Crossroads).  So let’s take a look at the styles that are popular right now.

I’ve already talked about how big of a trend plaid is this season.  It is showing up everywhere from blouses to handbags to leggings.  If you can’t see yourself wearing a plaid top or bottom, why not choose a plaid vest, like the one pictured on the left.  The unstructured styling of this vest makes it seem like you just threw it on, giving any pair of jeans a casual and easy feel.  The faux shearling lining makes it seem cozy for a cool fall day.  Because of the loose styling, this vest pairs best with slim or skinny jeans and boots, either short or tall.

Like a little fur?  Shaggy vests, like the one pictured in the center, are also popular this season and go from relatively tame shagginess to something that looks like you are wearing an unsheared sheep – smile.    I like this soft ivory style from She + Sky because it is tunic length, making it workable for leggings as well as jeans and even slacks.   It is also very soft, so it feels great on.  Ivory looks really nice paired with jeans that have vintage acid washes for an alternative to dark denim.  Wear some nude colored shoe boots, and you’ll have a great fall look.

Or maybe fringe is your thing.  The vest pictured on the right brings the fringe trend front and center with its fun trim.  With a suede look and feel, this vest is soft to the touch and has a rich texture.  Again you can see the unstructured styling that seems to be the dominate body shape for vests this season.  This one is less bulky than the plaid, however, making it a fun option to wear inside as well as outside.

Vests are great trend that any age can wear.  They are a fun accessory that you can pair with what you already have in your closet, so they are a practical addition to your fall and winter wardrobe.  Why not give one a try this season?

How To Wear Long Vests And Jackets

One of the fun new trends this season is long vests and jackets.  When I say long, I mean at least mid calf if not almost to the floor.  It’s a great new look, but it can also be intimidating to know how to wear them.  If you feel a bit unsure, hopefully this blog will help you get up the courage to try!

IMG_2432One of the things I do at market is watch what the buyers are wearing.  Here in western America, we don’t get too edgy.  Trends are dialed down to a more conservative version. I have learned, however, that when I see a significant portion of women sporting a similar trend, it will be one that makes it to good old Wyo.

When I was at market in February, I watched carefully to see the different ways women were wearing this trend.  By in large, most women paired their long cardigans and vests with jeans and boots.  Several of them added a floppy hat to the look too, which was darn cute!  Some manufacturers picture this trend with shorts and boots, but I think that look is harder to pull off than jeans.  It is edgier and of course takes great legs.  Have no fear, however, if you can’t quite see yourself wearing a long vest and shorts.  At 44, I can’t see myself doing it either!  The jeans option is very viable and would be age appropriate from 30 to 50.

This style is very Bohemian so when you are putting your look together, keep this in mind.  As you can see in the picture, there is a crocheted version as well as a longer fringed style. I paired the one on the right with a denim shirt to bring out the denim blue tones in the cardigan but also because denim shirts are an important item for spring.  You could add a white jean to this fringed cardigan, denim shirt combo and have a stylish spring outfit.  Keep in mind the length of this jacket.  If you are short, you will need to add some heels to get you up off the floor!

The vest on the left is actually easier to pair up.  Wear it over a tee shirt or blouse in a natural tone and then add a washed out denim capris, boyfriend or ankle jean.  Add some Bohemian sandals like a wrapped ankle wedge, some BoHo jewelry and a fringed purse.  You’ll be one hot mama!

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