Winter Quilted Vest Outfit

Welcome back to 25 Days of Winter Fashion, my stylish collaboration with Cyndi Spivey! We decided to share an outfit today so we can wrap up our series on December 16th and post our recaps on Saturday, the 17th. Today’s winter quilted vest outfit is more of a formula than an exact recipe. You can totally shop your closet and recreate this outfit a gazillion different ways as long as you have a few basic essentials, but if you are shopping for any of these pieces, most are on sale!

Winter Quilted Vest Outfit | Fashion Over 40

I never had a quilted vest I truly loved till last year. I tried many on over the years, and they never seemed to lay right, or they were too bulky. Then last year I discovered this quilted down vest at J.Crew. It is perfection. If you don’t have a quilted vest you love, I highly recommend this one. It comes in a myriad of classic colors. I liked mine so much I got a red one too. These definitely run big so I recommend sizing down. Mine is a small. AND BONUS, they are 40% off right now! (Use code HOLIDAY at checkout.)

Winter Quilted Vest over Camel Cashmere Sweater

Underneath my vest, I wore my camel crewneck cashmere sweater. I love black and camel together, but you could put virtually any color sweater under a black vest. This sweater is also on sale right now for $55 and comes in a myriad of rich colors. It makes a great holiday gift. I ended up sizing down in this. The medium was okay, but the small is more flattering.

I wore this outfit with a necklace to work at home one day, but for these pictures I wanted to add a scarf. I apologize for continuing to style this scarf that is sold out, but it goes so well with neutrals like camel and black that I find myself going for it often. Once again, when you are wearing a neutral vest and sweater, you can put almost any plaid scarf on top. Just work with what you have in your closet, or this one is gorgeous and would be perfect with this outfit.

Sole Society Plaid Blanket Scarf

I actually ordered it weeks ago, and yesterday I discovered that it was marked as delivered but never arrived, so I hopped on Nordstrom’s live chat, and within minutes, they were sending me another free of charge, and they upgraded the shipping for free so it gets here in a couple of days. (I was charged for the other one, so it’s a wash.)

Have I mentioned lately how much I love shopping at Nordstrom? No, this post isn’t sponsored, but I truly never cease to be impressed with their customer service. I had a very different experience with another retailer yesterday, which made me even more aware of the stellar job Nordstrom does in this regard.

Anyway, for a different look, I tied the ends of the scarf together and tucked them under so it makes it look more like an infinity scarf.

Winter Quilted Vest Outfit with Plaid Scarf

I’ve had some questions about scarves. I prefer them as outerwear, and when I’m inside, I usually opt for a necklace. Not only do they get in the way when I’m trying to do basic tasks like loading the dishwasher, but they tend to add visual weight. If you are smaller chested, this isn’t a problem, but if you’re larger chested, you may not want that extra bulk up top. It can throw off your overall proportion and make you look top heavy.

I went with my distressed skinny jeans for this look (on sale at Shopbop right now with code GOBIG16!) but I wore this vest and sweater another day with my dark wash jeans (50% off with code CYBER) and these same burgundy suede flats, and it looked great too — just a bit dressier. My tall black boots would be great with this outfit as well. I’ll try that sometime, but I also like the way my burgundy suede flats coordinate with the scarf so I went that route. Another cute option would be leopard flats!

Winter Quilted Vest Outfit with camel cashmere sweater, distressed skinny jeans, plaid scarf, and suede ballet flats

My Tory Burch flats are sold out, but they really aren’t that comfortable, and I’ve been recommending the Sam Edelman Felicia Flats in Port Wine Suede because of their comfort and value. I know I’ve said this a gazillion times, but they’re like wearing slippers. The Red Tango Suede is pretty too, and it’s fully stocked.

Some of the colors are selling out at Nordstrom, but Zappo’s carries them as well. Zappo’s is another retailer with excellent customer service, and I love their free 2-day shipping. They don’t usually run sales, but if you’re comparing full-price styles, they’re a great option, although I still go to Nordstrom first so I can earn rewards points for my purchases.

Sam Edelman 'Felicia' Flat

I kept my accessories simple — my go-to faux pearl earrings and chunky silver link bracelet, and I carried my black Moto Hobo (on sale at RebeccaMinkoff.com — $164 down from $325! The final deduction will show at checkout.)

Winter Quilted Vest Outfit with camel cashmere sweater, distressed skinny jeans, plaid scarf, and suede ballet flats

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quilted down vest (40% off with code HOLIDAY) //camel crewneck cashmere sweater (on sale for $55) // raw hem skinnies (on sale with code GOBIG16); less expensive option // similar ballet flats // faux pearl earrings // chunky silver link bracelet // Moto Hobo (on sale for $218 + 25% off; no code needed); less expensive option

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the winter outfit she’s styling today!

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