Hey everyone! Have you ever been out with girlfriends, maybe had a glass of wine or two, then went out shopping? Or have you ever gone clothes shopping while in the blissful, relaxed, alternative reality of vacation? Tell me, the clothes you bought then, did you ever wear them?
So, this vest is one of those items. I bought it while on vacation, after a lunch that included wine. I’ll say no more. The color caught my eye, then the way it draped so cleanly really intrigued me, plus I was in a very optimistic, happy mood. I tried it on and liked the unusual hem and the pocket. Plus, it’s a vest. Vests can be so versatile. The color is so neutral. This will be a basic wardrobe piece I thought.
Then I got home and back to reality and realized I would never wear this vest to work or out on errands and probably not even out to dinner. Every time I tried it on, with good intentions to make it work, I still really liked it but it was just not my style, and I just couldn’t see myself wearing it again. I have several items like this. It seemed like such a good idea when I was on vacation… It seemed like such a good idea after those cocktails…
So, I did what I always do, turn a situation completely on it’s head. If I’m not going to wear it for the humdrum, day-to-day places I always go, perhaps I should wear it to the quirky places I don’t go very often. Places where a “unique” or “interesting” item of clothing would not be out of place. Places like art museums, gallery shows, art events, concerts, actually any place where artists gather. I wore this to the Detroit Institute of Arts. No one batted an eye. It felt completely appropriate and comfortable to wear.
As you can see this vest hangs so simply and plainly it totally becomes a canvas for statement jewelry. I toned down the unusual cut with a really basic black skirt and a simple gray shirt to tone down the green (even though it’s not bright, I felt the need to keep the basics really basic). That way the graphic silver jewelry and belt had an opportunity to take the center stage. You’ve seen the skirt so many times before I won’t even link to it. The shoes are awesome and comfy and are here. The gray top is from White House Black Market. The vest is from Bryn Walker and is one of those lines of clothing that are only available at little, unique, independent boutiques.
So, I have a couple of other clothing items that I have bought on vacation. They seemed like such a good idea at the time…but now I realize they are items that are for special times, special events. Perhaps, they’re just items to wear on vacation. Perhaps, they’re the items I wear when I’m doing something out of the ordinary. We all need to push ourselves out of the ordinary and perhaps having something to wear just for that occasion is what we need for that push!
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