Wear to Work: Long Vest

Wear to Work: Long VestVest, $89; Sweater, $50; Pants, $208; Boots, $99; Bag, $495; Sunglasses, $140

This time of year I try to create outfit inspiration posts that work with what you might already own, or maybe require just one flexible, well-priced piece. Today’s post is a lesson in how simple lines, with modern pieces, can create an outfit that doesn’t feel like the same old thing.

To pull this off, all you need is a pair of polished, pull on pants like these black ponte knit pants by Eileen Fisher. When you want functional, timeless pieces, which wear like iron, you go to Eileen Fisher. Her items are not inexpensive, but with proper care, you will get more than your money’s worth. They wash and wear beautifully so you can enjoy them for many years.

I love a turtleneck. In time, I plan on being Diane Keaton in Something’s Gotta Give, wearing my turtlenecks year round. For this look, you don’t want anything too heavy, and you want to avoid ribbing. All you need is a simple, off-white or ivory knit, with a bit of stretch for comfort. I like this cashmere option available at Macy’s. It’s affordable, elegant and will add some extra warmth.

The vest was surprisingly easy to find. The key here is to make sure the length works for your height, which obviously varies significantly. Happily, this vest comes in both Missy and Petite and goes up to a size 16. You could hem it with no issue, so it hits at the best length for you.

Amazingly, the boots are on sale AND have sizes available – an unusual deal this time of year. If you pick these up now, take the extra step and protect them with this water repellent spray. You’ll extend the life of the shoe significantly. Rounding out the look are chic sunglasses and a fantastic work bag from Dagne Dover. If you like the Lo & Sons line of bags, Dagne Dover is a more polished, everyday bag that offers modern functionality in gorgeous leather.

Below, links to all items featured and plus size options

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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.

  1. I bought the Eileen Fisher vest over Christmas and LOVE it! I’m thrilled to see you discuss it here and give me a new idea how to wear it. I bought an Eileen Fisher swing-like dress that I wear under it with boots.

  2. Megan, thank you for the article! Do you think this kind of long vest would look good on 5’2” height? I try to avoid such length, especially I am not wearing hills 95% of the time. But I love this style!

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