We are back with week 2 of our fall style collaboration! I've teamed up with nine other bloggers so you get our ten take on this year's fall pieces! If you missed last week's theme, you can get yourself caught up here! Today is all about our fall must haves!
As I was pulling together ideas for this post, I realized that it would be a shame to not talk about my physical need for ALL THE UTILITY VESTS! It all started with the standard olive green color and it quickly escalated from there. Fall would definitely not be fall for me if I didn't have this super easy layer to add interest to literally any outfit. So, today, I have rounded up 22 ways I've styled each one of my vests.
The khaki colored vest
Just like I broke down last week's post, I thought I would phase this post, so to speak, so you can see how I slowly start integrating the vest into the season starting from when it wants to be fall, but isn't quite cool yet up to full on blanket scarf and pumpkin spice latte temps! For whatever reason, my khaki colored vest is the one I pull out the most at the start of the seasonal transition. There is something very summery about it, but the extra layer in and of itself still makes it inherently a fall piece.
When I pull together outfits for this vest, I naturally gravitate to blues (even chambray) as well as cognacs. The outfits definitely end up having more of a safari vibe to them, which certainly is not a bad thing! As with my other vests, it's very easy to add a print because the vest will instantly ground the look - even when you want to wear more than one print with it!
The wine colored vest
Ahhh, the wine colored vest. This is the newest in my collection, and I am not quite sure how I survived without it. This is one of the best colors to start wearing at the start of fall because you can't help but to FEEL fall-like when you are wearing this color. Plus, it's very eye-catching and I'm convinced that this rich color gets everyone excited for fall fashion! If you are not in the mood for fall yet, you will be once you start pairing this with other pieces in your closet.
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Gingham is one of my most favorite prints to pair with my wine colored vest! The same goes for leopard! And - if you're really daring, you can pair both gingham AND leopard in the same outfit. It works, I promise. It's very easy to pair your wine colored vest with all your standard neutrals like chambray, cognac, and black, but don't forget that it also plays quite nicely with olive! I love letting the vest be its own pop of color in the outfit, but it's fun to fool people into thinking it's a jacket by pairing it with the same colored long-sleeved top!
The charcoal colored vest
I always think about wearing my charcoal colored vest even more when the colder weather has beat me down a bit and I'm craving warmer temps again. Perhaps it's my mourning piece? Ha! I am not sure. But it's a great color to have around when you feel like you've worn your other ones to death.
I realized that I tend to go more monochromatic when I'm wearing this vest. I'm not sure why! It really would work well with contrasting colors also, but I tend to grab my faded black skinnies when I want to wear this. White skinnies and a bright colored plaid top would be another option if you don't want to be dark and dreary in it like me!
The olive colored vest
I can't pinpoint an actual time in the season when I wear the olive version of my utility vest because I truly wear it year round. It is such a work horse staple for me, I would be mortified if anything were to ever happen to this! Truly one of my most prized wardrobe possessions. I remember a time when I had zero ideas on how to style it. Nowadays, it's hard for me to think of ways it WOULDN'T work in an outfit. And the olive color is just so dang versatile!
When it comes to thinking of ways to style it, well, I can't say I have a method to my madness. There really isn't any one particular color family I pair it with because I feel like it coordinates with most colors and prints. It's perfect over dresses since all of a sudden now you have a ton of pockets! Wear it open, wear it under a scarf, or cinch your waist even more by wearing a belt over it! Dress it up with over the knee boots or dress it down with some Chucks. On Monday, I showed you how it looked over an off the shoulder top, and I'm pretty obsessed with how that turned out as well! If you don't have your perfect military vest, you really need to find one (or 4!)
Lots going on in this post, but hopefully you found some new outfit combinations for your vests! I also hope I've given you reasons to buy the utility vest in multiple colors! You won't regret it! Please be sure to click through the other bloggers' posts to see which pieces they must have for fall, too!
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