Today I am collaborating with three other fashion bloggers to bring you four ways to style a utility vest. Make sure to head over and see how Jo-Lynne Shane, Cyndi Spivey from Grace + Beauty, and Shannon from Gamine & Stripes are styling their vests. You won’t want to miss out on their tips!
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After noticing a few other bloggers styling green utility vests, I decided I wanted to try one out for myself. I had three reasons why I wanted to style one. First of all, I like being able to top off my outfit with a light layer when it is chilly outside. Secondly, as a mom of young children I find the pockets on a utility vest to be quite useful. The lower pockets give me extra spots for small essentials, and I can avoid carrying a bulky handbag for short outings. My final reason why I wanted to style one is that green utility vests are just plain cute!
I prefer to shop online, so I started hunting for the perfect vest at an affordable price. I was hoping to pay less than $50 for one. I thought my search was over when I found a vest I really liked at Target. However, when it came in the mail it had white splotches on it. I immediately went online to order a replacement and found it was sold out in my size, so the hunt was back on. I thought it would be easy to find another one but between my limited budget and my ample bustline, it was not quite so simple. Finally, I found this one from L3NO and purchased it in olive green. It also is currently available in black, navy, and khaki if green is not your color. My favorite feature of this vest is the drawstring that allows it to be shaped through the waist. My least favorite feature is the snug fit through the bustline, but that is an issue I frequently battle with clothing so it is not unique to this particular vest. I would also normally avoid clothing with pockets on the chest. This is because the location and proportions of the pockets can appear at odds with my large bust and cause the item to look unflattering on me. I think leaving this vest open helps avoid this issue to some degree, but I still wish I could have found an affordable vest without those pockets…maybe next time.
For this post, I styled the vest with neutral basics. I wanted to show how to style it with pieces many women already have in their closets: a pair of white jeans, a gray t-shirt, and a pair of neutral booties/sandals. This is a great look that could easily be pulled off by women of all ages. By adding the vest as a topper to the t-shirt and jeans, the outfit looks more complete and you instantly appear more put together. I purchased my white jeans last year from the LOFT and my gray t-shirt is a current item from Lands’ End. I love this tee and you can read more about it in my recent post, My New Favorite T-Shirt.
To accessorize this outfit I chose a long necklace since I was leaving the vest open. I like the mixed metals in this necklace as they play well off of the cool gray tone of the shirt and the warmer tones of the olive green vest and tan booties. It also provides a tiny pop of color with the coral-colored bead. The earrings feature semi-precious tiger eye stones which are on-trend this season.
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