WIW: same dress, different vest

I mentioned here that I had other ideas for wearing my new burgundy sweater dress that DH gave me for Christmas. Today I wore it with a faux-fur vest and wool sweater tights, for a damp, chilly day.

The outfit (worn to teach a sewing class): Burgundy cowl-neck sweater dress (Bobeau); espresso and ivory faux-fur vest (made by me); brown-black wool sweater tights (Smartwool); taupe leather and hammered silver link belt (Suzy Roher); gray croc textured moto boots (Donald J. Pliner, Dallis); taupe trench (Calvin Klein); espresso and black satchel (Joy Gryson).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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  • UmmLila replied 4 years ago

    When I see that dress in the merchandising photo, I would never imagine it looks so fab on. On you, anyway!

  • Aida replied 4 years ago

    Love it Sharan! That's an amazing furry vest. Is the fur color variegated or did you sew it in a kind of patchwork style? The feel is very energetic and the long length is super fun with the dress. Quite like the metal belt as well, adds some nice shine. And I'm always happy to see those fun boots ^^

  • torontogirl replied 4 years ago

    This looks so great - the fur vest really suits you!

  • Maneera replied 4 years ago

    Love! I agree with UmmLila - what looks like a simple, basic sweater dress looks absolutely SMASHING on you, Sharan! The vest is so totally cool - great layer for indoors over the dress. YLF, as always!

  • Caro in Oz replied 4 years ago

    Agreeing with Aida; love the vest with your hair too.

  • shevia replied 4 years ago

    Love it with the fur vest. Gorgeous!

  • Beth Ann replied 4 years ago

    What a cozy and flattering outfit!  Your vest has a great length --- it seemed to me that many of the faux furs I spied in the stores were shorter -- but not intentionally cropped.  I like yours very much.

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thanks, everyone!
    Aida, the faux fur is patterned that way--it has varied lengths of fibers along with the variegation in color.
    Caro, when I was hunting for faux fur to make a vest, I zeroed in on this one because the colors matched my hair!

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Oops, duplicate.

  • Windchime replied 4 years ago

    Your new dress looks amazing with the faux fur vest! The colors in the vest are a wonderful complement to your hair and complexion.

  • catgirl replied 4 years ago

    What a fabulous look!  I love the vest you made and it's a perfect length for the dress. 

  • Elizabeth P replied 4 years ago

    Oh, this is wonderful. The vest is perfect with the dress, and the belt is such a great touch.

  • Sterling replied 4 years ago

    Wow.  I love this entire ensemble.  It is looks so elegant.  All the details work together in harmony.  That almost NEVER happens for me so I especially admire it in others.  

  • rachylou replied 4 years ago

    Oh, the vest steals the show. It is cool girl stuff.

  • anchie replied 4 years ago

    Wow, very cool outfit. 

  • Sara L. replied 4 years ago

    I like the vest with your dress.  The metal belt is a nice addition. 

  • Angie replied 4 years ago

    Killer Groovy. I'm LOVING it. 

  • Firecracker replied 4 years ago

    Thank you, everyone, for the nice comments. I'm thinking of taking the dress and vest with me on a trip, maybe wearing them on the plane. Planning what to pack is such a mental challenge!

  • approprio replied 4 years ago

    Oooh furry vest! The belt is a very Polished Boho touch. Nicely done. 

  • Mirjana replied 4 years ago

    Your new dress looks amazing with the faux fur vest, I love it, faux fur vest is fantastic and belt too.

  • Colette replied 4 years ago

    That vest is seriously cool. I really like the dress paired with the chain belt. I'm a big fan of chain belts. I love the way you change things up and make them look so different.

  • replied 4 years ago

    Love it! The furry vest is awesome. I adore faux fur. I have some that I intended to do a vest with...damn why aren't there more hours in a day!

  • Joy replied 4 years ago

    How did I miss this perfect outfit!?  A change of vest and the belt give your sweater dress a completely different look.  That is a great feature for travel.  Now you need to make a dressy jacket for it if you need to dress it up. 

  • replied 4 years ago

    I can't believe I missed this either.
    The fur and the sweater dress were made for each other. The outfit looks fantastic. Really like the belt too.

  • Kaelyn replied 4 years ago

    Whoa, thanks to the others commenting and boosting this back to the top so I'd see it! This is GORGEOUS! Great dress, and I love how you've styled it. I have a faux fur vest and I think I just got an idea for another way to wear it. Thanks for sharing this one!

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