When I shop for a new item or pack for a trip, the first question I ask is, “How many ways can I wear this?” If the top is a bright color or the jeans have jewels on the pockets, or they are too distressed, they are going to be very limiting, so I pass on those items. I spend the bulk of my clothing budget on solid neutral colors. Neutral colors go with everything in my closet, they are not memorable, and most importantly those are the colors I feel most comfortable wearing. My neutrals are navy, white, gray and black. If you have a golden undertone, your neutrals might be brown, navy, olive, camel and cream.
Let’s move on to the fun part! Accessories are the spice in the wardrobe recipe. Scarves, jewelry, vests, and handbags are the elements I use to create unique looks that reflect my personality. This black and white cascading vest from Covered Perfectly ticks off all the boxes. I can wear it in many ways, it is lightweight enough to wear all year round and the colors complement my skin tone. The Covered Perfectly Cascading Vest is here.
The first look I created is one that I could wear to a cocktail party or any dressed up event. I tied the vest up in an empire waist over both a tank dress and a three-quarter sleeve top. By layering the top over the dress, I covered my arms and the empire waist tie keeps the proportions balanced. I always wear pantyhose with dresses. The dress is here. The top is here. The pantyhose are here. The black suede pumps are old, similar here. Similar silver clutch here.
Above, I styled the vest as I might wear it out to lunch with friends or to a business meeting. I wore it loose over the same top here with a belt over the tapered leg pants here.
The belt can also be worn on the outside of the vest to define the waistline. Similar belt here. The red Tahari bag is old, similar here. The flats captivated me the moment I saw them. They are by Franco Sarto here.
My go-to casual look has been a T-shirt with jeans since I was a teenager. That look isn’t as flattering on my sixty-two-year-old figure, so I have to finesse it a bit. In these last photos, I am wearing a very soft and comfortable Covered Perfectly Simple Comfort top in white here. Similar jeans here.
The Covered Perfectly Cascading Vest is here. (When you buy two tops at Covered Perfectly, you get a third top for free!) This time I tied it low and carried a simple black leather very old tote. Similar tote here. The Keds slip-on sneakers are old, similar here. My vest was a gift. Referral and affiliate links in my posts may generate a small commission for Susan After 60 Inc.
The same vest can be worn as a scarf! I created a video to show you how.
Photos and video shot by Elizabeth Miller.