Jessica McConnell

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Versatile Vests

In fashion, Trends on November 11, 2009 at 12:03 pm


Yesterday I found myself throwing on the faux fur vest I thought I may never wear again. Pittsburgh weather, however, is incredibly unpredictable. It was the perfect thing to wear over long sleeves while I walked to work and even out to dinner.

The fur adds a luxe factor to even the most basic henley, jeans, and boots. Whether it’s real fur or faux, cropped or asymmetrical, a vest is an easy way out of choosing what to wear in the morning. As I said, it dresses up even the most basic turtleneck or tee. Depending on the style of the vest, whether it be sporty suede with a hood or sheared mink, it can pull just about any outfit together. It’s sort of like this year’s boyfriend blazer, you have it in several silhouettes and colors and you wear it over your favorite party dress, trousers to work, or with jeans out for drinks.

Depending on your love of real fur or not, this could be a costly item to buy in multiples, so just choose one. If you were buying one boyfriend blazer, you’d probably buy basic black, it goes with everything. So take into consideration your personality. Do you work 9-5? Are you out on the weekends or the evenings? Think about what’s already in your wardrobe and choose accordingly. This year, I’m still a big advocate of making purchases that coordinate or at least mingle with several other items I already own, it saves me time and LOTS of money. So do the same. A fur vest won’t go out of style but if you’re worried about being too trendy, then choose something basic that you know will look fab over all your jeans and that work appropriate sweater dress. While the boyfriend blazer will come and go, the fur vest has always been a part of fashion and has been played upon in different styles, colors, and textures for years and years.

Check out some of the styles below to give you an idea of what you might like…

3.1 phillim lim nordstroms, 750 curly lamb

3.1 Phillip Lim, Curly Lamb


elizabeth and james, wilderness blazer with vest

Elizabeth and James, Wilderness Blazer with Rabbit Vest



elizabeth and james, saks, shearling vest

helmut lang, shearling vest

Helmut Lang, Shearling


white house black market, faux mink

White House Black Market, Faux Mink


Michael by Micahel Kors faux coyote

Michael by Michael Kors, Faux Coyote


An Ode to the Trench Coat

In fashion, Fashion News on November 9, 2009 at 10:23 pm


If you haven’t checked out, click now.

Burberry has teamed up with Scott Schuman, world-renowned photographer and blogger of The Sartorialist, to create an essential visual “ode to the trench.” As the first photographer to take part in this special series, his photographs are beautifully candid and capture remarkable moments  of Burberry wearers everywhere. Or, submit your own.


Plus, the soundtrack playing seriously inspires sifting through the traditional trenches.