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A Vested Interest in Fall

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Vests can hide the midriff, elongate a body, add a layer of warmth or contribute interest to an ensemble. Classic vests (there’s one included here) are copied from men’s suits. These can be found at vintage stores and often tailored for less expense than buying new. Consider it. Basic over-the-head sweater vests are easily purchased in men’s or young men’s departments. Quilted down (now and forever) is everywhere from J. Crew to and L.L. Bean to French designer collections. Herein a taste.

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Nerissa Utility Vest

Sporty in styling, luxe in fabric and color, this lightweight goat suede can effortlessly travel from office skirts to weekend jeans with plaid flannel, silks, or crew neck cashmere. Bang-for-your-buck detail includes: shoulder epaulets with corozo button closures. Concealed front button closure. Traditional utility patch pockets at hips and chest with brass snaps. Unlined straight fit. Hits below the hip. On sale $399.00 (was $998.00)

Wrap Vests

Left: Vivienne Westwood Red Label- Perfect for the board room or your chalet in Vail, this great looking wrap-like piece is timeless and patrician looking. Mix with subtle colors and textures, possibly tiny patterns. Careful with blouse collars. Multicolor tweed with lapel collar, two pockets, button closing, Fully lined. Virgin wool. $898.00

Right: Ann Demeulemeester Chunky Knit Vest- Especially good on slim figures, this silhouette gives you a slightly hourglass figure and soft cascades of wrap. Womanly. Change out your belts. Add a large brooch. Keep the bottom part simple-the eye goes here. Ecru wool with draped front and cropped rear. Leather wrap belt. On sale $309.00

12th Street by Cynthia Vincent Shearling Aztec Vest

Good looking, casual piece for pairing with leather, cords or denim. So practical and comfortable it might become a go-to item. Ralph Laurenish without the price. Imagine this with strappy boots. Zip front sweater vest with shearling lapel and fold over collar. Asymmetrical detail. Polyester/viscose/lambswool/nylon/cashmere/angora/ acrylic sherpa (a mutt) $275.00

Inspire Envy

Left: Ventcouvert Forest Green Shearling Vest –Mmmmmmmmm. Anna Karenina anyone? Wear with leggings and high, high boots or a midi skirt, tights and heels. Buy a fur hat this year. Consider false eyelashes. Feminine; lambs leather and fur. Looks like a million. Long, slim, formfitting silhouette with decorative fur collar at the front, zippered pockets and buckles. $1705.00 no extra duty or taxes. Free shipping. Return for free

Right: Rachel Zoe Leather Vest-Warm (heat) and cool (attitude). Tailored and boyish. Try it with a blouse that has big sleeves and/or lace cuffs for contrast, winter plaids, or denim. Perfect for someone who lives in turtlenecks. The waist makes it wearable with skirts or pants. Tawny, long line with Mandarin collar (hook and eye closure), asymmetrical zipper, attached belt and lots of front pockets. Slits at back hem. Fully lined. 100% leather. $795.00

DKNY Grey Flannel Faux Fur Vest

On trend, but politically correct. Dress up or down. Textures are the thing. Wear with velvet or boucle, tweed or knits. Look for blouses with enormous sleeves and skin tight sweaters. Simple pants or pencil skirts, this is a bit boxy. Small shawl collar, front closure (though you probably won’t), 100% acrylic faux fur- Gray and black textural tone. $400.00

Polo Ralph Lauren Snuff Washed Suede Blossom Vest

Here’s the traditional one. A wear-it-forever piece. Finished, smart, casual. For women who speak their minds and participate. Hide it from your daughter. Wild West, menswear aesthetic. V-neck, welt pockets, front button placket, back belt detail. 100% suede. $650.00

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