One of the things that makes winter feel so long, in my opinion, is wearing the same heavy coat day after day. Here in New England, the first chill hits and suddenly it’s full-blown parka-and-peacoat season. Not quite ready to be swaddled in wool or down feathers, I made the executive decision to in-vest this season. Yes, this fall I fell for vests of every kind – from fur, to leather, to denim. Look out jackets, I may never go back.

Drawing inspiration from the two-tone motorcycle jackets and contrast-sleeve utilitarian jackets that took over street fashion pics from NYFW, I decided to strategically layer up using vests and some pieces I already had in my closet. The great thing about vests (and one of my favorite things about fall) is all the layering options they present. With a denim and leather vest and an assortment of lightweight jackets, there are countless looks you can rock to suit any fall occasion, from apple picking to a night out in the Big Apple.

Perfect Pairings:

Leather vests – An army green anorak with a leather motorcycle vest has become my daily go-to. But the same vest can be worn with a light wash denim jacket, black skinny jeans, and heels for a night out. I also love the way a tough leather vest looks when paired with a delicate piece, like a long-sleeve lace cocktail dress.

Denim vests – A denim vest over a brown leather jacket will have you looking as retro-cool as Mila Kunis in That 70s Show. Or, pair it with a red flannel and a pair of bean boots and you’re hayride-ready.

Fur vests– I like to wear something more form-fitting underneath my fur vest (let’s be honest, it doesn’t create the most flattering silhouette). Opt for a long sleeve black bodysuit or fitted turtleneck with a pair of dark wash skinnies and boots for the perfect après-ski ensemble.

By Grace Romanowsky of Valenki By ACE, Staff Writer

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October 27, 2012