Style it Project June | Puffer Vest

Style it Project How to wear a puffer vest

Style it Project? It’s all about Rachel from Redcliffe Style and I selecting one item of affordable, easily accessible clothing, and asking you to share how you’ve styled it.  Your way.

For June, we’ve chosen a somewhat controversial piece of clothing.  The puffer vest!  Click to see some wearing tips by Redcliffe Style and my guide on how to wear a puffer vest.

Have you discovered Mix Apparel at your local Coles yet?  I was introduced to the concept of buying clothes in the supermarket when I went to the UK on our Meet Baby Boyo tour in 2004.  I don’t think I managed to pack two things that went together.  I even left my hooded sweatshirt, aka aeroplane breastfeeding essential, at home. I’m rolling with baby brain, ok? Good gods, it is my only excuse.

Tescos, and its amazing range of clothes I could buy as I was stocking up on breast pads, nappies and Cheesy Wotsits, saved me.  I also started my long term relationship with Next on this trip.

Love the concept of sneaking some style into the grocery budget too!

The item for Style it Project June is the Reversible Puffer Vest, available in four colour combos, and at only $27, very good value.


Style it Project | Puffer Vest Casual

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The puffer vest lends itself to a casual outfit.  For a school run errands busy day, I teamed my Mix Apparel Reversible Puffer Vest with a Mix Apparel Zig Zag Boat Neck Jumper, Seed Heritage denim pants and Windsor Smith wedge hi tops.

Style it Project Puffer Vest 1

Keeping the colour palette tonal streamlines the look.  The bulkiness of the padded puffer vest when worn open over the patterned top actually works to visually narrow my torso.  Just like a ruched top works to fool the eye into seeing a slimmer figure, so does the puffer vest.  It’s the vest that is chunky, not me!

Do stand up straight though, unless you want to look like the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  That piece of advice applies no matter what you’re wearing, just quietly.


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I added a pop of retro cute with a red silk polkadot Ban-Do head twist (an Anthropologie purchase from my USA Big Four Oh My Gods trip), bold brows and a glossy red lip.  My adorable earrings are made from highly polished and shaped vintage silver New Zealand sixpence.  A little piece of Kiwiana for my ears.


Style it Project Puffer Vest | Chic

Style it Project Puffer Vest

I decided to challenge myself a little by styling the Mix Apparel reversible puffer vest with unexpected pieces for my second look.  I’ve teamed my Saba printed taffeta tulip skirt with a Ted Baker ruffle detail cardigan.  Now that I’m no longer working in an office environment, there are many pieces languishing in my wardrobe that deserve to to be worn more often.  This fun skirt is just one of them.

Flower Clothing leggings are my winter staple for wearing with skirts – they’re thicker than opaque stockings and because they’re footless, I can hide a pair of socks in my boots to keep me toasty!

Another winter staple is my collection of Sussan long line long sleeved tops.  They’re mid thigh length with a flattering scoop neck and a stretchy fit which skims instead of clinging, making them the perfect base layer.  I wear them as a slip under dresses, as a top with skirts, and as a tunic over skinny jeans and ponte leggings.

Style it Project Puffer Vest

To make the uber casual puffer vest work with a fancy pants skirt and pretty cardigan, I decided to stay with the black and cobalt colour.  Folding the collar back to expose the black lining made it appear dressier than the funnel style collar for my casual look.

The silver snap buttons of the cardigan draw the eyes in to the waist, which is a fashion magic trick for visually narrowing the figure.  The contrasting lines of the cobalt vest over the black cardigan also help to give the illusion that my body is half as wide as it actually is.

I completed the outfit with midnight leggings. Black or charcoal would have worked too.  Cobalt would have been too matchy matchy for my liking.

My Seed Heritage boots have been a wardrobe style saviour for the past three years.  They go with everything and I adore their Acne Pistol-inspired style.  On a cost per wear basis, I think I owe them.

Style it Project Puffer Vest

To keep the look more on the chic side, I teamed a pretty Jessica Bratich printed silk georgette headscarf with an Uberkate Fine silver heart necklace and Dior-inspired double pearl earrings from Out with Audrey.  I kept my makeup velvety smooth, with a flushed pink cheek, mauve pink lippy, and jade and amethyst toned eye makeup.  A bold brow too – of course.  I feel nude without a bold brow – and no one wants to see that.

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