Every so often, I make a purchase that refreshes my wardrobe. It somehow goes with everything, including things I haven’t worn in months or years. I’m assuming that I’m supposed to only buy items like this, but I’m still learning how to be a smart shopper. I’ll add this to my resolutions for 2015. Anyway. My favorite military vest is one of these wardrobe refreshing purchases.
I stopped at Old Navy over the weekend. Actually, I was lured in by the promise of $10 workout pants. Unfortunately, the email announcing the deal failed to mention that the super cute prints I wanted weren’t included in the promotion. Even though the graphic with the big $10 text featured a woman wearing one of the adorable prints. As I was storming out of the store in frustration, I walked through the clearance area and saw several striped turtlenecks that caught my eye.
I have a few turtlenecks from years and years ago. They’re great colors (plum, dark grey, black), but they are a little too tight — the neck sometimes gives me a headache and the torso is too ill-fitting to be worn without something layered on top.
I took a few to the dressing room. Overall, they fit really well. The length is great, and they aren’t clingy in any of the wrong places. The arms are a little baggy, but not enough to bother me. I ended up buying them a size larger than what I normally wear at Old Navy — the size I normally wear was basically glued to my gut, which wasn’t a good look for me.
When I find something I like, I tend to buy multiples of them…so I bought the black/white stripe, the navy/white stripe and the red/white stripe. My local store had them on sale for $6.99 each — looks like they are between $8-12 online.
I tried on the black/white stripe with quite a few tops once I got home and was so excited about the vast number of possible outfits. Here were a few of my favorites.
With a Scarf
I know what you’re thinking: “Lindsey, this is not a scarf — it’s a vest!” Nope, it’s a scarf. I bought this faux fur scarf last year and haven’t worn it. Ever. But this makes it wearable! I belted it to make it look like a vest from the front.
One funny thing about this scarf is that there’s a hole on one side for you to slip the other end through. It stays together most of the time, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the hole showing up when I’m wearing it…but now all of you know it’s there, so I’ll never be able to wear it around you.
This turtleneck is such a neutral that you could wear it with almost any scarf you have. I paired it with my leopard print scarf below, but I also love it with my red buffalo plaid scarf too.
With a Tee
I hate winters in Minnesota. It seems like the last few winters have just been all-out awful — I’m over it. I look at all my summer tops longingly, daydreaming about the days I’ll be able to wear them again. While this turtleneck does absolutely nothing to shorten the winter months, it does make my short-sleeve tops wearable in the colder temps.
I rarely feature purses in my posts. In fact, I don’t think I ever have. I used to have tons of purses — my philosophy was the more the merrier, and the bigger the better. However, I eventually learned that, for me, giant purses are actually super annoying to carry everywhere you go, especially if you don’t actually need that much stuff in your purse. I’m not a mom, so seriously, how much could I really need? I’m going to the mall, not a three-day camping retreat. I don’t need to bring water and a book and a pair of pajamas.
I’ve been downsizing my purses over the last couple years, both in the number I own and the size of them. I only use about three different crossbody bags (all from Fossil — seriously love those purses!) 90% of the time, with one or two bags for work that are slimline but large enough to carry notebooks, folders and my laptop if I have to. That bag is also from Fossil (you’ll see it in my next set of photos). I should probably buy stock in Fossil, specifically in their Erin line of bags.
While almost all of my larger purses are gone, I can’t bare to part with my clutches.
I LOVE clutches. I have a million and I love every one of them. They are not at all functional, but they’re great for get-togethers with friends or a special night out with Dan. But I digress. Back to the turtleneck.
With a Dress
I bought this dress — along with a few others — from Old Navy last summer. While I wore them quite a bit back then, I haven’t worn them at all this winter. I don’t love the dress with any of my cardigans. But I do love it with this turtleneck.
I actually took a few pics in this dress with heels, because I know they elongate the legs and would probably be cuter. But I HATE heels, and I felt like it would be misleading if I pretended there might be a time I’d voluntarily wear heels, so back to flats I went. I have short, stumpy legs — it is what it is.
Do you have any mega versatile pieces in your wardrobe?