The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

Even though the sun still chooses to beat down on us in the South, I’m embracing fall pieces that are transitional. You can’t go wrong with a classic army green utility vest for those months in between summer and fall. In fact, I’m so ready for colder weather that I’m already embracing autumn colors, wearing boots and sipping on warm lattes. This 90-degree heat isn’t going to hold me back, ya’ll.

Utility vests are an essential layering piece when the weather turns cold. But for the time being (for us southerners), it’s an item that can really jazz up any outfit! I received this utility vest, named the Explorer Vest, from Cabi’s spring 2016 collection.

I know I talk about Cabi a lot in my style posts, but ladies, they seriously have the best clothes! They are so well-made and many of the pieces go together from season to season. Every season, I find new ways to wear my older pieces in my wardrobe, especially this vest.

Here are three ways I styled this vest for that pesky transitional weather!

LOOK NO. 1 – Wear with a skirt & lace-up sandals

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

I love the simplicity that relaxing weekends bring. Waking up late on a Saturday, leisurely eating breakfast and then heading to my favorite coffee shop to catch up on some reading. And I love wearing my casual weekend looks like this one.

I’ve had this jersey skirt for years and love wearing it on lazy days. I paired it with this cropped sleeveless chambray button up and the utility vest! I finished it off with lace-up sandals, a stone pendant necklace and a Free People tote for some boho vibes.

Outfit details: Explorer Vest – Cabi 2016 spring collection, Circle skirt – Target, Sleeveless cropped button-down – American Apparel, Stone necklace – Lafayette boutique, Leather watch – Fossil, Lace-up sandals – Dolce Vita via Target collab, Tote – Free People

 

LOOK NO. 2 – Pair with striped tee & skinny jeans

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

There is just something about a striped tee, skinny jeans and a utility vest that screams preppy chic. I no longer consider myself to have preppy style, but I mix it up with the lace-up wedges for a fun weekend fall look. If anything, this look is timeless and will be in style from season to season.

It’s great how versatile a utility vest is because it can be paired with a long sleeve, short sleeve or sleeveless anything. You really can’t go wrong!

Outfit details: Explorer Vest – Cabi 2016 spring collection, Stripe tee – Ann Taylor Loft, Knight Skinny Jean – Cabi 2015 fall collection, Pendant necklace – Kendra Scott, Leather watch – Fossil, Sunglasses – Raybans, Lace-up wedges – Steve Madden

LOOK NO. 3 – Wear over a casual maxi dress

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

The utility vest: 3 ways to wear

Honestly, I have never thought to wear a utility vest over a maxi dress. I’ve mostly seen it paired with a sweater or a long sleeve tee. I love how it adds some interest to a casual dress like this one, or can even dress down a jumpsuit!

I kept my accessories simple with some neutral sandals, a leather belt and dainty lariat necklace.

Outfit details: Explorer Vest – Cabi 2016 spring collection, Maxi dress – Lush, Here or There belt – Cabi 2016 fall collection, Lariat necklace – Lulu’s, Sandals – Steve Madden


I hope these looks give you some style inspiration for transitional weather. Don’t let the pesky weather get you down!

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