Vintage Vest Layering Tricks

Aug 22, 2013

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I'm about to double your wardrobe and wipe away the need to go exercise that poor wallet of yours, so buckle up. After moving into this new nook of ours and being faced with closet space that mice could barely work with (of which I have cried to you about here) I can barely tolerate the idea of buying more clothes to tetris onto the shelves. I'm at the point where even having everything tidy and folded away still looks like a horrifying Hoarder's episode, so I've been working a little harder on making my outfit combos stretch.

And my favorite layering discovery so far has been with this Miss Molly Vintage vest. At first I wanted to do the same-old same-old move, where you just pop it over a pair of jeans and call it a day. But something about the v-neck and cap sleeves reminded me of a dress, and so I thought, why not makeshift one out of it? This can be done with any vest, just make sure to button it up all the way first to create a "top" like illusion. (Ex: how cute would it be if you buttoned up your jean vest all the way and paired it with a skirt?! It would look a lot like this romper)

I've also been seeing on Pinterest a lot of long-sleeves-under-short-sleeves layers, and wanted to take a go at it. I really like the extra lines it creates, and it gives you a chance to play with some subtle patterns to create more interest in the outfit. But my favorite part about this look is the ribbon belt I added at the waist. Not only does it give an extra pop of color, but I untied it from a skirt it came with, which led me to the realization that there are a whole lot of ribbon-belts just waiting to be used in my closet! They add new pops of color and also give a flirty, girly flair to the look. Pretty crafty, am I right?
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And here's how I styled the vest last time:
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Vest- c/o Miss Molly Vintage
Shirt- UO
Skirt- Thrifted
Shoes- UO (recent!)
Belt- from a F21 skirt

Since I nabbed this one-of-a-kind vest from Miss Molly Vintage, I thought I'd show you some other favorites from the shop!: 
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PS- Have you entered my giveaways yet? There's TWO DAYS left for my $35 The Great Society giveaway (all the bohemian dresses you can want) and four days left for my $40 Midnight Flight giveaway!
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  1. What a clever outfit and not to mention gorgeous! You're amazing at pairing colors together!

  2. I love this outfit!
    You have such a great style and always good ideas :)

  3. I feel like this post was made for me - you know I love that vest!! I really like it with that skirt! So cute!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

  4. I can't resist layering :) I love the idea of long sleeves under shortsleeves like here! Definetley want to invest in a new vest now ;)

  5. So many bright colours! Love the whole look :)


  6. I've always been a mess when it comes to mixing vests so I only have like one or two of them .. I just don't know what to do with them or how to style them! But this idea you gave is wonderful, I really have to try it out :)


  7. You are a vest layering wizard!
    Why don't I own a vest? For real. I really like how the short sleeves on your vest look with the long-sleeved top. I need to figure out a way to try the long sleeve short sleeve layering thing.
    Anyway, I really love the pretty fall colors in this outfit. The gold and orangey-red look great together.

  8. Love your cute and unique style! Great to see something different. Keep it up xx
    Maria xx

  9. Okay honestly, you need to take me shopping/thrifting! I LOVE those colors together in the first outfit! I never used to like yellow but lately I have been obsessing over the mustard yellow color!

    ♥, Brittney @ True Vintage Love

  10. Really love the mustard colored skirt in your first look :). And awesome vest! xx

  11. I love how quirky and cute this looks!

  12. Genius. Seriously, you're a genius.
    The only thing I can say is...I like working out my wallet...its the only exercise regimen I can stay faithful too... ;) Lol

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  13. Oh! I love that floral dress you shared. Very pretty. Also both cute outfits, again. And I've never thought to do that belt! Haha.

    Flounces & Hubbub

  14. I want to second what Jamie said. You are definitely the layering wizard! :-)


  15. Such a cute vintage layering outfit! ;)

  16. Love how you layered the look without making it look bulky, its gorgeous.

  17. This looks great! To me, layering a long sleeve shirt underneath a shorter one is a challenge because I get bad vibes of how I looked back as a middle school kid and I thought it looked fashionable. (Spoilers: it really wasn't.) But the example from Pinterest is fantastic and yours works really well.

  18. Ouuu, I absolutely love the colours of this outfit! You are great at layering, come fall I'll be turning to you for advice :) I really really like this vest, the plaid is beautiful, you styled it so well!

  19. so cute! I love both ways you styled it!


  20. You are the queen of layering, girl! You've got the best tips/tricks!

    Xo, Hannah

  21. Hattitude Style Blog

    marlene i reallyyy like that skirt. mustard is my favourite colour. you've really done well for making that vest work in so many ways. i would go nuts with a small closet...I have two in my house...I don't know how you are managing!

    talk soon wild child
    Hattitude Style Blog

  22. I seriously love your creativeness, very lovely darling! It reminds me of a Japanese kimono / traditional outfit thingy. I guess because of the ribbon belt and the sharp v neck lines that gorgeous vest creates.


  23. marlennnnnn i love this outfit! i just cant get over how well you layer that vest! ahhh <3

    at this volume


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