(Because heaven knows, I'm so sick of hearing about the election that I could just weep.)
I used to be very "meh" about The Vest---I mostly bought a few because I thought they were "professional" and good for helping me land a teaching job (and then, once I'd landed said job, they were good for making me not look like one of the students), but that was about all I felt about the matter. And, truth be told, I didn't even used to wear them very much, even though I owned around four or five at the time.
Fast forward to now---
I still only own about four or five (some the same as before, some different), but my philosophy about the versatility and loveability of The Vest has completely changed.
In fact, I might venture to say that The Vest could become many a woman's new best style friend, especially if she tends to store weight in her midsection (like myself), has a postpartum pooch to hide (like myself), or is trying to subtly hide the early stages of pregnancy (not like myself---don't get excited).
This is how happy vests should make you, people--
So happy that you awkwardly throw leaves around in order to make it look
like you spontaneously ended up in a land of golden leaves,
chocolate bubbles, and bathtubs filled with pumpkin-scented foam.
I have found that no matter how little attention I give to the other pieces I am wearing, if I throw on a vest that semi-coordinates, it almost always elevates the outfit to The Next Level (or, at the very least, to the level of I-Actually-Put-Effort-Into-Dressing-In-Real-Clothes-Today).
Through my forays into vest-wearing on a regular (and casually dressed) basis, I have found that there are 3 favorite ways that I rock my vests---
Exhibit A: The Wrapped-and-Belted Look.
While the top I have on in this pic is "technically" a short-sleeved cardigan, I have found that you can do the exact same thing with vests that zip or that are open in the front.
Exhibit B: The open/zippered vest (unbelted) over a neutral tee
(I've done this look several times but with no other picture than this one, of me when I was still a teacher and doing crazy stunts in the commons. And it's WAY too cold and wet outside for me to be thinking of taking another one just for this post! #sorrynotsorry)
Exhibit C: The sweater-vest-and-collared-shirt combo.
This is the way that I rock the vest the most, which works basically over any button-up shirt (and I'll sometimes even throw on a necklace, too, if I'm feeling extra-coordinated).
Also--BONUS!--it gets rid of the gap-button syndrome us busty gals are always trying to deal with. (Side note: no matter how large I buy my button-up shirt, I ALWAYS seem to get a gap across the chest, so I basically just always vest it. Yes, that's a verb now.)
So there you have it---
The reasons why The Vest is the staple that's not going anywhere anytime soon.
Now I just need to find me a fun faux fur one just for kicks and giggles...
Where do you stand on vests?