Thursday, March 14, 2013

Vested Interest

I have a passion for vests.
I always have.
One of my fondest memories dates back to my childhood when
my father took me to the movies. It was just the two of us, a
very rare daddy-daughter date night. I wore a fringed chambray
vest that had different colored beads scattered across the fringe. I
clearly remember the sartorial thrill that I received from that vest.
 I felt a flower-power, hippie mojo I hadn't felt before. In my
young girl's mind, I was too cool for words.
As I grew older and my sartorial repertoire expanded, vests
were still never far from my heart.
In the 90's, they became my uniform. It's very hard for me to
wear just a top and a pair of pants. Living in south Georgia at
the time, it was usually too hot to wear a jacket so I would
reach for a vest. I felt that they added polish to whatever I
was wearing, whether it was casual shorts or a nice skirt.
But, I can be fickle. At some point, my love affair with
vests cooled and I donated most of my collection.
What the hell was I thinking?
Now that I am in the throes of my own personal tropical flashes,
regardless of the time of year, I am in need of in love with vests again!
I found this vest when we went to Orlando for Thanksgiving.
A new Burlington had just opened and it was packed with the
best selection I've ever seen. There was only one of these
faux fur vests left and I snapped it up! At $29.99,
it was too good to be true.
I love to wear black, head to toe. But when I do, I like to
vary textures to create dimension.
The polish of the faux leather cap...
The sparkle of the faceted necklace...
The sheen of the faux fur vest...
The sleek faux leather belt...
All set against the matte background of the black
 turtleneck and black jeggings.
My other favorite part of this outfit?
These booties!
They were marked down to $13 at Marshall's! Woo hoo!
So, be forewarned. I have lots of vests that I wear in warmer
weather. It won't be long before they start showing
up on these pages!
Black faux leather cap--$8.99 Burlington
Black earrings--Target?
Black faceted necklace--Forever 21
Joseph A black turtleneck--$16.99 Ross
Kristen Blake belted faux fur vest--$29.99 Burlington
XOXO black jeggings--$29 Fox's Designer Off Price
New York Transit black booties--$13 Marshall's


  1. My fabulous Diane, I am not religious at all, but the images are part of my upbringing, and so beautiful.
    Have a lovely weekend.

  2. Wow! Love this! I have never been a vest wearer and I mean rarely in my 47 years. I did purchase a faux fur vest as my reward for reaching a stage in my weight loss. I have been wanting to infuse vests into my Spring/Summer looks because I have learned that Feminine with an edge are my favorite looks and feel they could help me continue the vibe that moto jackets and boots currently provide. I have been scouring thrift stores and ebay and have a moto vest on my current wish list as well. I look forward to seeing how you rock them for some guidance...Ever consider a post of pics of the variety of vests in your collection? Would love to see something like that to spur me on in my quest.

  3. I can see why you like look great in them!! Makes me want to run to Burlington for some fun shopping!! I agree with post could be to see all of your vests!! Have a great Friday!

  4. I was already planning to wear a vest today - snap!

    This is a very cool outfit. I love that vest - long, graceful, faux fur, what's not to like? I agree, if you're to wear all black, then you need to break it up with textures. And the booties have different textures, too!

  5. The west looks so comfy but still very stylish! I love your statement necklaces too. All the black together is very dramatic and beautiful!

  6. Now this is gorgeous!!! I love black fur so much, I could sleep with it. ;)


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