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Wearing a Vest- Fall Menswear look with a Feminine Touch


Hello friends!

Hope you had a great weekend. It was a busy one, as I voted early, went to the Opthamologist and got a new script for my glasses,  and enjoyed Verde, a Mexican restaurant that is only 10 minutes from us.  We still are loving the “taste of New Mexico” so I tried the least spiciest dish on the menu, and had a very good Agave Nectar Margarita!  Sunday we went and saw ” Dr Strange” with one of my favorite’s Benedict Cumberbatch! woo-wee! It was great!

Today I am wearing one of my favorite colors for fall ( perhaps I say this a lot) olive green. I decided to take this sweater dress( again, an easy dress to wear in the fall) and layer it with this menswear brown plaid vest. I have shared some looks with this vest or similar, over the year in the spring ( worn with jeans), last fall ( with a mini skirt and menswear booties) and now, with this look that has a bit of feminine and masculine in it.


The taupe Over The Knee boots were bought last season from Sole Society, as I loved the way I had seen them worn with white, also with various neutral looks. As you know, taupe is a neutral and can be worn with any color. I do love it with these colors- olive, browns.


Try some of these tips when adding an item of menswear to your look.

  1. Add a frilly scarf to the vest to give it a more feminine look when worn with jeans.
  2. Brogues in a more feminine color ( blush, tan) can be a fun way to add a feminine/masculine look when combining with a menswear vest.
  3. Try what I have shared today, wearing a structured vest over a dress.
  4. Wear a menswear vest with wide leg trousers, heels, and  a blouse with a pussybow for the more womanly touch
  5. Add a vintage brooch or as I did a tweed fabric brooch for a pretty look and additional texture.




I would love to hear your ideas on wearing a structured vest? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. I am also using some affiliate links to other vests, OTK boots, and sweater dresses. Enjoy! I am a big fan of OTK boots and have hinted to Santa about a pair 🙂

Outfit details: Olive Sweater dress; older, ( love in wine) ( LOFT) Vest: The Limited, OTK boots: Sole Society ( love these), Handbag: Rebecca Minkoff ( love this)


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Jess xo

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  • Reply
    November 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style.

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    Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    November 8, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Such a great look! I love the details in it and these are another pair of fabulous boots!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 9, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thank you Julie, I love boots and these were easy to wear too ! xx

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    November 8, 2016 at 1:01 am

    I love the details on the tights and olive green is one of my favorites for fall too. xo ~ Megan The Fashionista Momma

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 9, 2016 at 8:34 am

      Thank you Megan, I am all for wearing textured tights in the fall! xx

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    Amy Christensen
    November 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Jess, I am so jealous that you saw Dr. Strange! I love Cumberbatch, but haven’t gotten out to see the movie yet. My hubby has a low threshold for superhero movies, so I may not get to see it until it is out on video…ha, ha. I like menswear inspired pieces and your suggestions for making the outfit feminine by pairing the menswear piece with a more lady like piece or accessories is a great way to blend the two and still look like a woman. Your dress is very cute and the vest is the perfect topper. Great accessories too. Love the look. – Amy

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 9, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Hi Amy, ys it was a great movie. Funny as hubby used to think I had a low threshold for superhero movies, I told hi,m I dont, just bad ones! Glad you enjoyed the post! xx

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    Highland Fashionista
    November 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    LOVE your boots, they’re a great color for fall. All of the boots are coming out today, in every post I’m looking at, and I have been in the market for a new pair. I guess this is the universe telling me that I need to take some sort of action. Also love olive green, and it is so flattering with your red hair!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 9, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Thank you! THese are so easy to wear. Low heel, suede. I love the OTK boots, but yes, it is your time. Lots of sales and good prices now too! xx

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    Anna Parkes
    November 7, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    I love your OTK boots Jess, especially as you added those lace tights – very clever move! I’m a fan of mens vests too and have a few in different colours. I do the same as you – adding a frilly or brooch just gives a touch of the feminine as you say. Your handbag is a wonderful colour to wear with olive. Thanks for another lovely post.
    Anna x

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 9, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Thank you Anna for your comment. I am in love with OTK boots and always loved textured tights, a match made in heaven right? xx

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    November 7, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I have a few of these vests in my closet—I’ll have to bring them out again!
    And I know my mom would absolutely adore that pin you’re wearing!!
    Fabulous look Jess!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Thank you Jodie! I have a handful of vests, found this at a steal. Yes, you would look great in a vest.. you know me and pins! 🙂 xx

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    November 7, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I love vests and the opposite juxtaposition of feminine/masculine touches in outfits. This is a wonderful example of that.

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 7, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thank you Tracey, yes me too! Have a wonderful day! xx

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    November 7, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I absolutely love this look. I had a simular vest years ago that I wore on a wide brown skirt with edgy boots. I loved that look but couldn t wear the vest because it made me gap for air. To tight. It really looks so stunning on you!

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      Jess Jannenga
      November 7, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Thank you Nancy! I may wear this with brogues next time to change it up. I am a fan of vests and bet your outfit looked great. 🙂 xx

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