It’s a summer vestival at Eileen Fisher

I ventured across the border last weekend to Secaucus, NJ, home of the Eileen Fisher outlet store (excuse me, company store). While Eileen is not known for her hip factor, I always find lots of easy, classic pieces that fit well. Karen swears by EF–especially the outlet–for clothes that stand the test of time. Throughout the whole shopping trip, she kept talking about the sweater she bought there like 15 years ago and how it’s still looks brand new, and doesn’t pill, and goes with everything. But that’s a whole other blog post.

While browsing the racks, I noticed a ton of interesting vests. Yes, vests in the traditional sense can be hard to pull off. They can make an outfit look too, well, outfit-ey. However, the right vest can be a great warm-weather layering piece with the power to hide what you don’t want hanging out. Just keep away from the black tuxedo kind, and think more loose and light.

Front draping is great for boob minimizing.

A longer vest covers the butt without being too clingy.

I love this one for its subtle yet effective muffin top-hiding capabilities. (This is the one I went home with.)

When creating an outfit with a vest, remember to keep some parts more structured. For example, a skinny jean, pencil skirt, or slim trouser on the bottom. If you pair the slouchy vest with a full skirt or billowy pant, you’ll look too shapeless and free-flowing. You can also try a vest with a simple summer dress for a more textured, yet still casual, look.

If you live nearby, take a quick ride to the Eileen Fisher outlet in Secaucus to see some of the pieces in person. Or check out the online store for some other good options.

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