25 Days of Winter Outfits: How to Wear a Down Vest

Well, it’s finally here!!! My 25 Days of Winter Fashion collab with Cyndi at Grace + Beauty starts TODAY! We will both be posting new winter outfits daily (skipping over Thanksgiving weekend and Sundays) so be sure you’re signed up to get my email alerts and you won’t miss a thing!

To launch the series, I felt like I needed something stunning, and I’ve been stockpiling outfit photos for a few weeks so I actually have quite a few to choose from. But at the end of the day, I’m a simple girl. Ha! Most of my outfits are pretty ordinary, and this classic casual winter outfit made the cut because it is exactly that — a casual winter outfit that is comfortable enough to wear around the house but cute enough to wear around town running errands, shopping, dropping the kids at their various activities, and whatever else everyday life has to throw at you.

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A down vest is cute and adds another layer of warmth without feeling as restrictive as a coat. This one from Athleta is very lightweight and comfortable to wear, even indoors. It must be popular because I got mine last year, and they’re carrying it again this year.

You can wear a down vest over a wool crewneck or turtleneck sweater, over a long-sleeve tee, over a plaid button-down — or even layer a combination of the three! For this outfit, I layered mine over a striped long-sleeve t-shirt. To that, I added skinny jeans and my cozy Uggs, and I was comfy all day. I’ve also worn this outfit with fashion sneakers (such as Converse) for a more sporty look.

SALE ALERT! I’m wearing my DL1961 Emmas here, but the DL1961 Florence is currently 25% off at Nordstrom. This is a great opportunity to snap them up! They have an AMAZING fit and feel. I wear mine a ton.

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I wore the black infinity scarf when I went out, but indoors I just wore a pendant necklace.

You can wear a down vest like this zipped up, and if you’re truly wearing it for warmth, that’s a good idea, but generally they’re more flattering worn open like this. It creates a vertical column down the front of the body, which is elongating and slimming, thank you, Clinton and Stacey! I learned so many tips watching them on What Not To Wear years ago that I still apply today.

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The sunnies are on loan from Eye Heart Shades. They’re the Mykita Bernard Willhelm Franz F8 White Sunglasses, and I LOVE them. You can use the code JLSHANE15 to get 15% off of any purchase at Eye Heart Shades. They have a ton of styles and brands at a variety of price points.

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People often ask what coat I wear over this outfit. I wouldn’t wear a coat. This is an outfit I’d wear on a mild winter day, or if it was cold, I would wear a wool turtleneck over the t-shirt and under the vest for another layer of warmth. Add some gloves, and you’re good to go on all but the coldest of winter days.

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Outfit Details:

Downalicious Vest, $148

similar striped tee, $24.95 + 40% off!!!

Cross Stitch Infinity Scarf, available in 8 colors, $28 + 40% off!!!

similar DL1961 skinny jeans, 25% off at $133.50!!!

David Yurman Oval Link Bracelet, $450

Pendant (old)

Rebecca Minkoff Moto Hobo, $325 (get it at Amazon for 20% off with code 20VETERANS)

UGG Classic Cardy, $149.95

Don’t forget to visit Cyndi to see the winter outfit she’s styling today!