STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Vested Interest

Style Advice of the Week

Although the calendar tells us that it is coat season, Columbus weather has other things in mind. I find myself wishing for snowy days so that I will have a chance to don all of my fun cold weather fashion. But the only option now is to adapt. That’s why today’s Fashionista rocks the essential “in-between” season item: the puffer vest. She escapes the ski connotations of this typically utilitarian item by opting for a look that is casual with trendy touches.

What does one wear under a puffer vest? This question often stumps many Fashionistas and prevents them from purchasing this versatile item. Take a look at this stylish lady’s take on it. She chooses an orange sweater that echoes the warm hue of her vest's yellow zipper and subtle yellow pattern. From cream to black to navy, the many different colors present in her ensemble give the look interest, yet the combination still manages to remain cohesive. By using black and cream as the foundation of her outfit, the other pops of color don’t overwhelm; rather, they enhance the end product.

It is time to give the vest proper acknowledgement. This layer keeps you warm while allowing you to show off your clothes underneath. Brands like Moncler have been perfecting this wardrobe item for years with designs that exude a privileged ski-bunny feel. But recent updates on this classic offer a plethora of exciting options. Dries Van Noten showed richly embroidered, suit options for spring 2013 while Madewell offers a more rustic plaid version.  Whatever your style, there is a vest to suit you for those winter days when you start to truly consider the effects of global warming.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Vested Interest

Style Advice of the Week

We still have three days left until Thanksgiving, and the department stores have already rolled out every Christmas tree and Hanukkah menorah you could imagine. It is the most wonderful time of the year, or so they say.  Although I would argue that the most wonderful time of the year is March Madness, I truly love the holiday season. However, that also means that we are officially approaching the heart of the winter season, and it is time to bundle up. No more cute little leather jackets and thin scarves — I am talking puffy parkas and boots.

While the joyous freezing rain, sleet and snow may seem to limit your fashion choices, you can always opt for a lesser worn outerwear choice, such as the vest. This Fashionista is wearing Salt jeans, a lilac button-down from Rugby, Steve Madden cognac boots and a black scarf straight from the street vendors of New York. Instead of covering up these awesome elements, she chooses a great vest from J.Crew that is sure to keep her warm but that doesn't completely hide her outfit.  

Not only is wearing a vest fashionable, it is also functional. Vests allow for free arm movement, allowing you to avoid the whole Christmas Story incident in which an adorable little kid is so bundled up he cannot move. That could be an appealing concept for you, if the look is not enough. This Fashionista shows how you can wear a sporty vest for everyday. Personally, I live for a fur vest (animal friendly, of course) to add an element of glamour to any outfit. 

I have a vested interest not only in your warmth, but in your style while getting through the winter. You can probably sense that I am not too keen on the frigid weather. This year, with an attitude adjustment, I am going to approach the cold weather as a challenge to find unique ways to stay fashionable. I will be looking to you for some inspiration!

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I’m a huge fan of classic fashion. The blazer, the button up, and a great tailor can last forever and work as a canvas for the many portraits one paints as a Fashionista/o. This Fashionisto combines all of these basic elements of menswear- the kind that has even come to inspire so many styles for Fashionistas. We often only see this many combinations at special events or on young celebrities (give it a rest though, JT). Realistically, it’s usually ill-fitting or paired with jeans or sneakers so as not to appear too formal. But this Fashionisto gets away with that effortlessly dressed look, leaving the waistcoats of grooms, cocktail waiters, and hipsters looking like they’re trying too hard.

The scarf makes all the difference for this look. As outerwear, it’s built for function over fashion, but the color and loose draping add personality and boyish nonchalance.

Rolling up the sleeves or loosening the tie are a great way to wear this if you’re worried about feeling uncomfortable in “dress clothes”. Just don’t lose the tie. It hides the button-up’s lapels (which are a giveaway to formalwear) but can also instantly bring the look together if it’s coordinated with trousers, buttons, belt, etc.

Style On,

EJ

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