This winter weather has proven to be quite unpredictable. Fashionistas all around campus are looking to stay warm, but with temperatures vacillating from frigid to hot, it is hard to decide what outwear to put on in the morning. Vests are the solution! Vests are a great for layering pieces and are multi-seasonal. Vests can also be worn in a variety of styles to adjust with the temperatures outside, which is great since they are so lightweight. It is not uncommon in Nashville to be sporting a parka at the beginning of the day and then lugging it around to classes once the temperature settles. Vests can be worn in several different materials based on the season. In the spring and summer seasons, I recommend a denim vest to throw on over a dress or shirt. In the fall and winter, I recommend quilted styles — either a down vest or just a plain, thin quilted version. Vests are also a great way to play with colors if you tend to dress in a more neutral palate. Throw on a bright, bold colored vest over a white shirt and jeans and you are sure to stand out on campus.
Liz is wearing a thin quilted dark green Barbour vest. Barbour vests are a classic and this one is thin enough to wear during this 60 degree weather over her cream knit sweater, which adds an extra layer to keep her warm in the wind. She keeps her outfit neutral with dark washed skinny jeans and short beige Frye boots. Liz loves this vest because she can wear it over almost anything. In winter she pairs it over chunky knits and in spring she pairs it over her favorite long-sleeved dress. Its versatility transitions her through the seasons while staying in style.
J.Crew makes great, affordable vests that are perfect for any Fashionista's budget. This denim one is great for the spring and summer and is more for style rather than warmth. Pair it over a long-sleeved dress and boots for a comfy and cute outfit when the weather starts warming up. Barbour makes classic quilted vests in very neutral colors such as navy, black and olive green for the more traditional of Fashionistas. If it's warmth you're looking for, I recommend a down puffer vest such as this Patagonia one. Vests are an easy way to add color to an outfit without breaking the bank.