Last week, three of my sons were in the newspaper. Hunter and Chase are members of their high school’s newspaper club and their first issue for the year came out. Hunter is a co-chief editor and Chase is a staff writer. Both wrote articles for the paper. It was pretty neat seeing their names in print and even cooler that they are the doing it together. Their journalism teacher says it’s the first time she’s had siblings work on the paper. I’m pretty proud of both of them because soon after I graduated from college, I wrote for a newspaper and then a magazine, so I’d like to think that the three of us share the writing gene.
My stepson, Jaekob, was also in our town’s newspaper. He is the captain of his school’s football team and was interviewed about a game the team won last week. His quote was quite good and reflected well on the team’s performance.
Like all parents, we have our ups and downs with our kids, but no matter what we go through, I am always proud to see them work hard and succeed at what they do.
As a tribute to their journalistic features last week, I’m styling an outfit that makes me think of two of my favorite newspaper editors (although they are fictional). Remember Editor-In-Chief Perry White of the Daily Planet in the Superman comics and Editor-In-Chief J. Jonah Jameson of the Daily Bugle newspaper in Spiderman? I always saw these two wearing an unbuttoned vest in the comics, on tv or in the movies. If you follow my blog, you know I love vests of all kinds. I’ve shown you denim vests here and here, but I also have a couple of dressier suit vests. I’ve worn these with skirts and dress pants to the office before but today, I am going with a more casual look in bootcut jeans.
This dark brown vest is an old purchase from New York and Company. I have two of these – this brown one and an identical black one. To me, a vest such as this is a classic piece to have in your wardrobe. It provides an outfit with a hint of a menswear look. It also adds an extra layer to your top, giving you a more polished and completed look.
To balance the menswear vibe, I’m adding feminine touches throughout with my top, shoes and accessories.
I’m wearing my white crocheted top from Old Navy that I purchased last year. The last time I wore this top was with a long denim jacket in this post. Because the brown vest is a little masculine, I think the crocheted pattern at the top of the blouse adds some femininity to the look.
The Flattering Bootcut
I’ve been really loving bootcut jeans as well as flare jeans lately because they are such a nice change from the skinny jeans that we are seeing everywhere. Plus, I think they are more flattering. They skim your body, rather than cling to every inch of your leg like skinny jeans. This means that all those bumps and other things you want to hide stay hidden.
Don’t get me wrong, I have a few pairs of skinnies myself and I’ll wear them through the fall and winter. They are perfect for tucking into boots or wearing with tunics and flowy blouses. But I’m also incorporating more bootcut and flare jeans into my outfits.
These bootcut jeans are from Old Navy and they are so comfortable! They are a mid-rise, which I like, but they are short, which I’m not too crazy about. I don’t think they come down far enough on my leg and show too much of the back of my shoe. So I feel as if they shorten my legs, but that’s my fault because I wore a heel with them. I can definitely wear these with flats or shorter heeled booties and I think they will give me that elongated look I like. I plan to purchase the tall version next time so it will cover more of my shoe.
Speaking of shoes, I am wearing another pair from Clarks, my go-to brand for comfortable and stylish shoes. These heels are a few years old but they still look pretty new. I bought them because I love how they mix patent leather and tweed for a unique look on a classic pump. The tweed also carries on that menswear vibe from the vest. These shoes are a great alternative to a plain brown heel.
To bring a little more pattern to this outfit, I am carrying a leopard print purse I bought a few years ago from Kohls. It’s the Rosetti brand. I love this purse because it’s roomy on the inside with a few compartments plus it has two deep pockets on the front which are perfect for a cell phone or car keys.
In addition to adding a menswear vibe to the outfit, a vest like this also has a vintage feel. Because of that, I’m wearing two pieces from Plunder that have a similar vintage style. The bracelet and the necklace feature pearl and metal flower accents. I think they are perfect accessories to this outfit, bringing more femininity to the menswear look.
I’m also wearing a silver flower brooch that I picked up a few years back at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia. I love that this stays on with a magnet, not a pin, so it doesn’t do any damage to your clothes.
Like I mentioned earlier, I’ve worn this vest to work before with a pencil skirt and wide leg trousers. Both looks are perfect for the office. The feminine pieces in this outfit like the top and the jewelry soften up the seriousness of the vest. I definitely don’t want to look like I’m trying to dress like a man. Instead, I want this outfit to say that I’m a woman who happens to like some men’s pieces. So yes, I’m wearing a menswear look like a woman.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Photos by Hunter I. Riddle
What I Wore
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