I returned the vest, on EVERYONE’S suggestion. It was the easiest return ever:
Me: “I blog my outfits for help, and I got 100% feedback to return this vest.”
Her: “Really? It’s so cute.”
Me: “Yep, the comments ranged from ‘too matronly’ to ‘too long.'”
Her: “I can see that. Do you blog every outfit?”
Me: “Right now, yes. I need lots of help.”
And off to the dressing room she took me. I bought two new shirts (none that work with the pants). I tried on HEAPS of tops with those pants on in the store, and nothing was quite right. But as I mentioned in a comment, I remembered a few things in my closet to try. I am keeping those pants, come hell or high water!
They taught me a little something – to add a visual between your top and pants to create interest and break up a look that may not match at first glance. I tried that here (#1), and I think the blue sweater looks better now with the pants.
(My God, these pictures look just terrible… I need a better way to take these photos… more natural light needed.)
Up next (#2), a grey top that I had completely forgotten about.
Here they are with a grey cable knit (#3), something they told me in the store would add interest. Notice the black shirt again underneath to add a separation 😉
And now, for the two that I think you’ll all rule out. I thought this first one (#4) would be a winner… I’m thinking no:
And finally, the last one (#5) knew from the start that this would not work.
OK – so that’s what I have in addition to the black turtleneck sweater and the chambray shirt that I bought with it (I LOVE that shirt…. I wish I didn’t, but I do).