<p><em>This originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Canadian Living Magazine.</em></p> Image by: Jaclyn Locke
Belt it out
Cut a feminine figure with a patterned pencil skirt, a turtleneck and a vest cinched with a belt. Complete the look with a tailored menswear-inspired overcoat layered under the vest and statement accessories, such as a wide-brimmed hat, a structured bag and oversize earrings.
Blazer, $160, bananarepublic.ca. Sweater, $50, anntaylor.com. Skirt, $70, express.com. Hat, oldnavy.ca. Earrings and belt, hm.com/ca. Bag, michaelkors.com. Shoes, ninewest.ca.
A black-and-white palette makes it easy to mix patterns and textures. Layer your vest and a printed sleeveless top over a white collared shirt, then add a slim pair of white or black pants. Patent ankle booties lend a retro vibe.
Top, $25, marshallscanada.ca. Shirt, $29, and pants, $29, joefresh.com. Earrings, bananarepublic.ca. Necklace and bracelet, jenny-bird.com. Shoes, gapcanada.ca.
This vest adds contrast to a simple vibrantly hued shift dress. Choose understated jewellery, such as pearl earrings or slim silver bangles, and black pumps or booties for an effortless ensemble—ideal for a Monday.
Sweaterdress, $110, bananarepublic.ca. Glasses, clearly.ca. Earrings, lechateau.com. Bracelets, swarovski.com. Shoes, ninewest.ca.
Invigorate your wardrobe for less than $100.
Cropped: Looking to add bohemian flair to your outfit? A short vest with fringe and beading will do it.
Vest, $36, forever21.com.
Mid-length: A loose, draped garment in faux leather is edgy and masks trouble spots.
Vest, $65, reitmans.com.
Long: This plus-size vest hits below the hips, skimming curves and elongating your shape.
Vest, $98, additionelle.com.
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This article was originally published in the September 2015 issue of Canadian Living.
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