Versatile Layers: Three Pieces I’m Living In


Versatile LayersVest, $54; Pullover, $55; Necklace, $26

Have you ever bought something and wore it so much you start to wonder how much is too much? I picked up these three items last Tuesday (Halloween) and wore them an obscene amount in the past seven days. Maybe it’s the weather finally getting a chill in the air, or perhaps I am just bored of everything else I own, or both because I’ve been able to dress these up and down to the extreme.

I had a different post scheduled today but switched to feature these surprisingly versatile pieces. Because I know so many of your lives look like mine: balancing work, family, and community, I wanted to show you how I (unintentionally) made these three pieces work for a variety of events.

Tuesday (Halloween):  Our plan was to trick-or-treat with friends so I would be outside chasing the kids up and down the neighborhood. I wanted something comfortable, warm and still pulled together.  On a whim I stopped into J. Crew factory (as I tend to do) and bought this top, vest and necklace.  The top is like a fleece, it’s so soft and warm but in the black plaid it looks dressed up.  I wore the vest over the top and added the necklace for additional interest.  I paired it with my DL 1961 jeans and black Frye Mellissa button boots.  It was the perfect crisp fall night outfit.

Wednesday: The kids had off (because Catholic School) so we had a laid back day at home.  I threw on the top with a pair of  Zella leggings  ( I stock up on these during Nordstrom’s sales) and worked from home.

Friday: I spent the day at the kids school helping set up for our fundraising auction and wore this sweatshirt from our store, and the vest with leggings and sneakers.  We had dinner plans with friends later in the evening.  I was exhausted after a long day and week, didn’t give myself much time to get ready and hated everything in my closet.  I grabbed the top out of the clean laundry, a pair of skinny jeans, black pumps and added the necklace.  I somehow looked chic despite how comfortable I was.

Sunday: After a late night at the fundraiser on Saturday I was up and out early for the girls’ cross country championship.  When your kid runs CC you run too so I threw on my workout leggings, sneakers, hoodie and black vest.  The vest not only keeps you warm but helps you look pulled together while waiting around for your race (not that anyone cares what you look like).

Monday:  Yesterday was a “catch up” day since the weekend was so busy.  I wore a long sleeve black tee, the vest, added the necklace and paired them with a skinny jean and my black boots.

I need to give it a rest, but safe to say I’m getting my money’s worth out of these simple and affordable items.  Because I keep most of my casual pieces to neutral colors, like black, gray and denim, it’s easy to add layers to create more mix and match opportunities.



Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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