Friend or Faux – How To Wear Color in the Winter: Day 3

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Day 1 introduced pops of color, Day 2 covered fun prints, now, naturally, it is time to marry the two. Tights may not be everyone’s weapon of choice combatting the (seemingly immortal) winter, but they should be. Unless you are planning to spend a significant amount of time outdoors in single digits, your thighs will forgive you for the wind chill. Eventually.

Much like Day 2’s outfit, I began with the outer layer. I found this glorious faux fur Romeo & Juliet Couture vest on clearance at Von Maur last winter, but found many similar pieces and listed them below! This piece caught my eye because it’s enough, without being too much. The texture of the fur, plus the multi-color prints, plus the chevron design equals a vest I will rock proudly–receiving dozens of compliments every time I do.

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The length of the vest was part of its appeal to me, I appreciated the versatility it provided. I tried it with jeans…cute. Tried it with dresses…cute. Tried it with blouses, tunics, skirts…you get the gist. The sleeveless aspect is great, too: for if it had sleeves, it would be much less practical as daytime attire.

Similar Vests

I selected each layering piece with texture and detail in mind, instead of color. The vest is faux fur with chevron details, the BCBG Max Azria dress is silk with chiffon trim, the Nanette Lepore blazer is satin with raw-edged hems, the Forever 21 scarf is a chunky knit with fringe. The solid nylon tights and solid suede boots provide foundation. The bright mint of the Kate Spade bag contributes a pop of color. These various textures, tones, and specifics tied together by the colors in the vest add interest to the look as a whole without overwhelming the eye. In other words, it all sorta just works.

Similar Dresses


Similar Blazers


Similar Boots


Other Accessories


To the untrained, uninspired eye, this look may not look like much–or look like too much–but to someone with an eye for detail and a taste for textiles, the individual elements in this ensemble create a compelling canvas.

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