Good morning, and hello Monday! This outfit was supposed to be for a Nordstrom sponsored post next week, but suddenly this hooded puffer vest disappeared from the Nordstrom website. It was the weirdest thing — the sizes never got depleted, it never went on sale, it just disappeared. POOF!
I was so bummed because this is a GREAT vest. I mean, it’s one of those wardrobe items I want to wear almost every day. I keep finding new combinations to work with it, and it’s so cute!
Fortunately I was able to find it at Saks Off Fifth. And you know what that means? Not only is it still available, but it’s 50% off!!! *cue angels singing*
So what makes this hooded puffer vest so great? For one thing, I love the double zipper design which creates layered look without the additional bulk.
Also note the quilting design. With the diagonal lines in the front and back, and the vertical lines on the sides, it’s slimming and figure flattering. The zipper pockets are another fun detail, and the attached hood keeps it sporty and casual.
This vest runs true to size; for reference, I went with the small.
This is the Halogen cashmere turtleneck that Nordstrom carries every year, but this year they’ve made it longer with more of a relaxed fit, so I did a front-tuck to keep my proportions in balance. For a more classic style, check out the Aqua brand at Bloomingdale’s. The quality is comparable to Halogen, and the price is the same.
I’ve worn this hooded puffer vest a few times already — over a charcoal v-neck sweater with blue jeans for a basketball game, over a black turtleneck with grey jeans for a get-together at a friend’s house, and now with this heather grey turtleneck with black jeans and black booties.
Yeah, pretty much always a combination of black and grey, but I figure, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
These booties are a new addition — they’re under $100, and I love the stacked heel and the arced topline. They’re very flattering and easy to pair with skinny ankle jeans. They’re also quite comfortable to walk around in.
I didn’t wear a necklace because the overall look is supposed to be cool and casual, and I felt like a necklace on top of the cashmere turtleneck was a bit much. Instead, I opted for my oversized pearl studs and my silver link bracelet.
I absolutely love this look. It’s amazing how warm you can be in a quilted vest and a cashmere sweater, even when the temperatures dip into the 30s. It’s a nice option when you’re going to be outside and want to keep warm but don’t want to deal with a bulky coat. When I’m inside, if I get too warm, I can take off the vest and I still have a complete outfit — although if I knew I was going to do that, I’d probably add a long necklace.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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