Friday, September 30, 2011

A military vest for all seasons: 8-way remix

Hello lovelies! Today marks my last post before my trip, but also the beginning of a remix series I'm really excited about. I've lined up eight fantastic guest posters who have agreed to feature different ways of styling an item of clothing which they self-selected from their own closet. The items range from blazers and dresses, to blouses and vests. My hope is that this series will help you see your own closet with a fresh set of eyes. Personally, I was very inspired by what they came up with, and I can't wait to share their results with you. I'm going to kick things off with my own remix. I picked a Calvin Klein military-style vest I bought at Winners over the summer. With a nod to Canada's four seasons, I thought it would be fun to show how you could style it year-round. Enjoy!

 For an edgy, downtown look, try:
Distressed white jeans + neutral knit tank + neutral booties + statement necklace + neutral bag

jeans – Dynamite; white tank – RW & Co.; knit tank – Dynamite (also here and here); booties – Old Navy; necklace – Aakriti Designs; bag – thifted (Tignanello)

Welcome spring with a garden-inspired outfit. Try:
Floral skirt + fuchsia tee + coordinating belt + dark green pumps + colourful bag and accessories
skirt – thrifted (Joseph A.) (also here and here); tee – Jacob Lingerie; belt – Anne Klein; shoes – thrifted (Naturalizer); bag – thrifted (Chloe); earrings - Le Chateau; bracelets - Aakriti Designs


For a funky wildcard pairing, try:
Sequined skirt + graphic tee + wide belt + peep-toes + motorcycle bag + fedora + scarf

skirt – Reitmans (also here); tee – Calvin Klein via Winners; belt - ?; shoes – Guess via Winners; bag – Thailand markets; hat – thrifted (also here and here); scarf (on hat) – thrifted (Garage); bracelets - thrifted

Summer's too hot for layers so use the vest on its own as a top. Try:
Voluminous skirt + wide belt + coordinating wedges

skirt – Jus d’orange (also here); belt – swapped (Salena's Collection) (also here and here); wedges – Anne Klein; bracelets – Gifted; ring - Diva; earrings – Ardene


For a safari-inspired look, try:
Animal print skirt + neutral silk button-down + animal print belt + coral necklace + gold accessories

skirt – thrifted (Joseph Ribkoff) (also here); shirt – thrifted with tags (Jalouzie) (also here); belt – thrifted ([ixi:z]; necklace - Dynamite; shoes - Elie Tahari via Winners (also here and here); watch - hand-me-down from Dad 

Bring a sundress into fall. Try:
Strapless sundress + coral cardigan + flat brown boots + coordinating belt

dress - Speechless via Winners; cardigan – thrifted (Cleo) (also here); belt - thrifted (Nygard); boots – Geox (also here and here); necklace – thrifted (Jones New York)

For a streamlined look, try:
Black turtleneck + black leggings + skinny black scarf as belt + tall black boots + oversized earrings

turtleneck – Jacob; leggings – Winners; belt – thrifted (Garage); boots – on loan from Mom; bag - Danier Leather; earrings - handmade and gifted; bracelets - thrifted; ring - Le Chateau

Warm up to winter with cozy layers. Try:
Sweater cardigan + animal print tank + green skinny trousers + shearling-style booties + vintage big cat brooch + layered bracelets

tank - Trendyland via Winners (also here); cardigan – swapped (Xhiliration); pants – Mexx (also here); booties - Sirens; brooch - vintage (Jonette Jewellery); bracelets - Le Chateau and gifted


  1. Wow, Kat those are some awesome remixes!! I love all of these gorgeous ideas & outfits. I must get a military vest, it's such an adorable look. Happy Friday & weekend!! ♥ veronika

  2. OMG you are so creative!! I think the only one I would have come up with was the streamlined look! I love the vest as a top one, so completely unexpected!!!!

  3. Wow! Can't decide which look I like better! This makes me want a military vest (Kayla wants one too)! Have a great vacation, happy travels!


  4. Wow each remix is so different- you make it look like a completely different piece of clothing! I really love the dark and chic look of winter! Have a fabulous trip Kat and I can't wait to hear about your adventures!

  5. I was going to start my comment with WOW! But everyone else beat me to it. So, I will start mine with HOLY COW!! I love each and every look. But the one that made me go, "I NEVER would have thought of that but I love it", was the tucking the vest into a skirt and wearing it as the shirt. That was so creative and cute.

    Thank you for all the inspiring military vest looks. I will surely be stealing each and every look.


  6. Awesome have a great trip the remix especially number 7. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes

  7. All your looks are gorgeous! I loooove remix series, I think it's so important to stretch your closet by re-thinking pieces and wearing them in new and different ways! Just found your blog through H&K and I'm so excited to check back on all the other remixes!!!
    Hope you enjoy your vacation :)

  8. wow, so many great outfits - i can't even say which one i like best :)
    thanks for your lovely comment and for following. i hope you have a nice trip and that you enjoy austria! the weather is still really fine here...but it's supposed to get colder soon, so don't forget to bring a warm sweater!! :)
    xx romi

  9. Wow I can't believe you came up with so many ways to wear that adorable vest! I love them all! Now excuse me as I go buy a military vest!

    Lindsey Turner


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