Ready Made Outfit: Youthful Looks with a Vest

March 20th, 2008

Q:  I just got a black fitted vest/waistcoat and I’m not sure how to integrate it with the rest of my wardrobe. I’m still a college student and I don’t want to necessarily look like I’m heading towards the office or anything. Is there a way I can wear this more formal piece while still looking young and casual?

Feeling the love for this outfit?  Here’s more information about it.

by Tamiko Kelly, Fashion Expert and Style Maven at Margarite Elaine

Traditionally a men’s wardrobe staple, the fitted vest (aka the waistcoat) has migrated over to women’s wardrobes. This trend has been popularized over the last few seasons, and it still has a cult-like following. With this set, we wanted to show you how to give a young, hip/funky edge to a wardrobe staple.

The vest look on the left is based on a neutral palette.  The result is at once sophisticated and youthful, right down to the silver-grey ankle boots.  The vest look on the right, on the other hand, is all about personality.  Note the use of color in this outfit: the reddish-purple color on the shirt is echoed in the shoes, clutch, and earrings.

Have a great tip about what to wear with a vest? Share it with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: How To,Q&A,Ready Made Outfits,Women,Women's,Women's

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Devil Wears Marc Jacobs  |  March 21st, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    I would wear a vest just the way you portrayed it on the first outfit. I love the way this outfit can make someone’s body look svelte and slim, and the boots are incredible! I would probably switch up the gray short sleeved shirt for a white billowy blouse, to achieve a hippie-chic look.

  • 2. Meg from The Bargain Queens & All About Appearances  |  March 21st, 2008 at 10:14 pm

    I love both outfits! I have a very similar vest and have also been looking for new ways to wear it. Thanks for the ideas!

  • 3. Erica Nicole  |  March 22nd, 2008 at 8:25 am

    I like your take on accessories — very chic. Layers upon layers of necklaces seem to be the jewelry fix this year. Several days ago Tokyo held their TGC Fashion event and most of the models were draped with necklaces galore.Your take is stylish and effortless. Me likes.


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