Every so often I discover a trend that I somehow missed in the early predictions. That’s the story with this longer length puffer or quilted vest. I’m seeing them everywhere. And I do think the long puffer vest has a higher chic factor than it’s sister hip length vest that’s been around for years now. So today I thought I’d take a swing at styling the long puffer vest.
Now let me be the first to say that I’m not thrilled with this first try at styling this lovely belted faux fur collar puffer vest. Let me explain. I actually wore these caramel colored stretch straight leg corduroy pants to church on Sunday with a different sweater. We needed to stop by Talbots and pick up the puffer vest on the way home. (Don’t forget you can still often order online and get curbside pickup at Talbots.) I was already planning to take photos for Monday’s post, so I decided on a whim to go ahead and shoot this vest for today, too. I saw this English toffee and ivory striped puff shoulder turtleneck in the store and it was temporarily marked down to just $29, so I snagged it.
And that’s how this outfit came about…a little on the fly!
So while these caramel cords and striped turtleneck and vest all work together okay, I think I actually would like this outfit better with blue jeans. What do you think? I do love the repetition of color up top between the turtleneck and vest, but I think I’d prefer to see something contrasting below…or vice versa.
And I’m not even sure I like those brown suede boots with those caramel cords. And I wore that combination intentionally that morning! Ha! Oh well, we all live and learn. Remember, while I definitely have done my research and try to help you decipher it all here, I’m not a fashion expert. Nor am I particularly gifted enough at it to get it right every time. But I’m certainly willing to go out on a limb and give it a try.
I do love wearing neutrals, but somehow this particular combination looks a bit too muddy to me. What do you think? Maybe if I’d worn my ivory cords and sand colored booties I would have liked that better, too. This is why I really encourage women to take a photo of themselves in an outfit and not just check it out in the mirror. Somehow things appear very different in a photo than they do in the mirror.
Okay, enough outfit bashing. The point here is that this long puffer vest is indeed a winter fashion trend worth trying…if you’re interested in it. In fact, I gave it another solid try in yesterday’s video shown below. In the video I wore the vest with grey jeans, a camel cashmere hoodie and those sand booties. And I think that outfit was very elevated and on trend.
And because this is a long vest, I think one of the best ways to style it is problem with a column of color. So I think it would look stunning over all black, all grey or even all ivory. That’s what I was originally trying to do here, but you can see that I didn’t quite accomplish that. Oops! I said I was through bashing the outfit. Hahaha!
I do like this long puffer vest and I’m willing to keep working at styling it. It’s one of those trends that I can easily incorporate into my personal style and enjoy without feeling like I’m compromising my preferences. I also like the functionality of this particular vest. It zips nicely and you can even move the bottom of the zipper up and wear it zipped only in the middle if you’d like. It also snaps and has a removable faux fur collar. And of course you can belt it, too.
Thanks so much for stopping in today. I hope I haven’t scared you off from trying the long puffer or quilted vests if you were previously interested. Watch that video if you haven’t already. I like that outfit! And I actually love this vest! It comes in black, too. Oh, and everything I showed today fits true to size. And I’ve gathered a few other long vests in the shopping widget below. Have a blessed and beautiful day!
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Blessed for My Day
Have you noticed that most, if not all, blessings are in fact mixed bags? With every good thing comes a few challenges, hardships and even misunderstandings. If you’ve been blessed with motherhood or marriage you know that those relationships bring with them hard adjustments, sleepless nights, sacrifices and painful seasons. And there are times when our blessings are held in contempt by others who have not walked in our shoes. Their criticisms and misjudgments sting and make us wonder if the “blessing” is worth it.
Surely Mary, the mother of Jesus, must have felt some of those things. Undoubtedly there were times when she was simply and humbly amazed by the blessing of bearing and raising the Messiah. But I’m sure there were other days when the misinformed accusations from others, the weight of the calling and the hard days of Jesus’ ministry must have caused her moments of doubt and frustration. We can only imagine what it must have been like to birth and rear the Son of God, but Mary was human, so undoubtedly it was not always “calm and bright.” But this we know…and Mary knew it, too…God was with her. He’s with you, too. You are highly favored – graced by God. He is with you!
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” ~ Luke 1:26-28