Vests and Cardigans: Winter Wardrobe Staples
Posted on 02 February 2017
Although the holiday season has come and gone, Winter weather won’t be leaving us for at least another few weeks. That’s perfectly fine with us because it’s an opportunity to wear our favorite sweaters and cardigans! Our love of outerwear comes from appreciating its versatility, as outerwear can make even the simplest outfit look chic and well thought-out. While coats, capes and blazers have their place as non-negotiable wardrobe-staples, open cardigans, sweaters and vests are always an ultra-cozy alternative. Keep reading to learn how to style these pieces during the coldest days of the year!
Long Open Cardigans
If you’ve never purchased a long cardigan before, you might just fall in love with one the first time you do! Why? Firstly, they are incredibly comfortable, and secondly, they go pretty well with almost anything. That's not an exaggeration - a long open cardigan can be thrown over everything from leather leggings or jeans, to your favorite casual dress or denim shorts. This means that you can wear this wardrobe staple when you’re up in the mountains on a brisk December day, or while you're taking an evening stroll along the beach during the 4th of July! Now that's what we call versatility.
Few things in your closet will have you feeling as bundled up and cozy as a long open cardigan. One of this wardrobe essential's many admirable qualities is its effortless ability to hold any print or pattern. For instance, notice in the photos below how intricate the cardigan’s print is: it's a mix of neutral gray tones, fringe, and an aztec pattern; it definitely stands out against the sea of basic black sweaters you usually see throughout the Winter season!
To add some personality to your outfit, try choosing a cardigan that features a print you're drawn to. You don't have any limits when it comes to choosing one: just get inspired by your favorite colors and designs; you'll likely find something you'll cherish for years to come. Furthermore, you'll have an easier time styling outfits when you feel inspired by your basic wardrobe staples. TIP: While cardigans with fun prints should be on your list of things to own during Fall and Winter, remember that a sweater in a neutral tones also have their place in your wardrobe; they'll serve as building blocks for almost every ensemble you can think of!
How can we go through Fall and Winter without a beautiful faux-fur vest? It’s timeless and adds a real punch to a basic skinny jeans and t-shirt outfit. Throw a vest over your long sleeve shirt and you’ve got yourself a weather-appropriate outfit that you can wear practically anywhere. Furthermore, with a vest, you don't always have to go with a neutral color like ivory or taupe. (We do, however, recommend those shades, as they'll go with practically everything you own.) For instance, if Winter weather has you feeling down, one of the best ways to lighten your mood is by putting on clothing that make you feel good; an easy way to accomplish this is by wearing your favorite colors, and one that compliments your skin tone and makes you look your best. Take for example, this vest below; its in a shade we call Red Bean: not quite brown, not quite red, it's rich and bold, and is a stunning shade for those wintry days and nights! You can also style this type of vest with an ivory top and light denim, or pair it with a tan bodycon dress and military boots for a casual outfit. See the pictures below for a little outfit inspo!
Notice in the photo above that the gorgeous Elle McPherson styled her long- sleeve dress with tights, knee-high black boots, and a puffer faux fur vest. Her outfit is at once chic, casual, and weather-appropriate. The ensemble plays with prints and textures by offsetting her blue print dress with a flowy, loose-fitting fur vest; it's the perfect combination of volume and proportion! You can take a page from Elle's book by throwing your vest over your favorite dress, solid or patterned, and throwing on some high-heeled boots and tights for added warmth; you'll have an outfit that's reminiscent of the free-loving days of the 1960's!
Wear a Faux Fur Vest During Any Season!
Want to know another endearing quality about a faux fur vest? You can wear it during Spring too, not just during the brisk months of Fall and Winter! That makes it an even more enticing wardrobe staple, and a pretty great investment, too! To transition your outfit from Winter to Spring, simply throw your vest over your skirt or a sleeveless dress, style it with flats or canvas shoes, and you’re good to go! See the photo below for some style guidance!
Now that you've gotten a few examples of how versatile a good cardigan and vest can be, you can start incorporating them into your outfits, rain or shine! Remember that the trick to flawlessly pulling off these staples is to style them with other pieces that compliment them, as opposed to distract from them. Since sweaters and vests tend to be flowy pieces, you can never go wrong with pairing them with more fitted basics like jeans or bodycon dresses!