When I find a garment I really like, it stays in my closet for a long time. The creative in me, likes to view these much-liked pieces with a fresh perspective each season and find different ways to style them.
Today’s example is the ASOS long vest that I bought last summer. This vest can be a strong three-season player, but here I’ll show how I wear it during the warm months.
What has stayed the same?
The black column (black top and pants) has stayed the same. However, the two pieces that make up the black column have changed dramatically. Last summer’s column was a tee-shirt and my Mango tapered pants, a not very polished look in my opinion.
This year, the black column is sleeker and more sophisticated. I went with a sleeveless top because I feel a bit better about how my arms look. (Some light weight exercising since February is finally paying off).
The fun change for me in the Now pic is the black loose leggings. During spring, I made these from 100% bamboo knit. With an elastic waist, they are so comfy. I think they look fantastic with any number of looks (see May 4th).
I used Vogue 1440, a Donna Karan pattern that is no longer in print, although it can still be found on ETSY and eBay. Loose leggings are such an easy beginner-sewing project. What I like about this style is how they fall around the ankles. It’s such a great look, especially with heels.
The Ever Changing Accessories
Last summer, I went with beaded jewelry for a Boho vibe. This summer, I used a textured silver/blue necklace and earring set that I’ve had for years. The silver cuff and my Cheryl Eve Acosta Mer de Verre ring just fell into place. I also added cinch belt that I found at Target last month. Last winter, I started doing a low impact muscle toning exercise and have wittled about 1 1/2″ off my waist and feel like wearing belts again.
Shoes and Bag
Every summer, I usually try to pick up a new pair of sandals. This year it was Franco Sarto’s Natalie’s from DSW which are blue suede espadrilles. I was determined to style them with this vest and think they were one of my major inspirations towards going blue.
The bag is still Eric Javit’s, this time my much worn blue Squishee with brown reptile embossed trim. You just can’t beat the look of his bags for summer. They are just summer perfect in my book.
I have two different looks with two very different vibes, one Boho and one decidedly more modern. Last year I worked with the black in the pattern and this year the color navy.
Then or Now: which do you prefer? I have to say I really like the navy Now. Next year? Hmmm….that light dusty blue color looks interesting to create around.
I was a bit surprised to only find three longer vests online:
Links to Things and Places Mentioned Today
I sure had a good time sharing with you how I take one piece and restyle it to make it new and different with passing seasons. I leave you with a challenge to go to your closet and re-look at something you haven’t worn for a while and just try something different with it. I guarantee it will be fun!
That wraps it up for today. I love hearing from readers. Please let me know if you would like more Now and Then posts.
Thank you for stopping by. Take care……..
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Husband Michael gets credit for the blog fashion photos today (he likes last year’s photo better!)