Lately, I’ve been on a major vest kick. Since I’m pretty much perpetually freezing, I’m always a fan of an extra layer–a cardi here, a scarf there–so fall’s vest trend seems like a natural progression. While I’m feeling the general vibe of the classic black moto vest that’s been garnering a ton of sartorial attention, however, it’s a piece that just isn’t…me. It’s a little too harsh for this girl, even when toned down with a flouncy top or tulle skirt. I prefer something with a softer edge. Perfection, of course, comes at a price: I first fell in love with this Haute Hippie number that retails at $695. I still can’t justify the purchase, and it’s been marked down to (only?) $417 and there’s only ONE left, and it’s my size.
Anyway! Since I’m not quite ready to shell out four bills for a somewhat trendy piece, I set out to find an alternative. Enter: Piperlime. I’m totally crushing on their Tapestry Vegan Leather Vest by Rhyme Los Angeles. It has the same classic, edgy styling as traditional black leather moto vests, but the whole scary badass-vibe is tempered by a brocade floral. Not only does this change compliment my personal style aesthetic, but it makes the entire look more interesting and cool. Me gusta mucho. Piperlime’s team styled this bad boy perfectly–keeping the look ultra-simple with a plain white v-neck and mid-wash skinnies, no accessories–but I can totally see myself wearing the vest over an otherwise demure cream dress, layered under a cognac jacket, with a cropped fitted tee and harem pants, even getting crazy with pattern mixing over a skinny-striped shirt. Really, the possibilities are endless. And at only $80 (with free shipping!) it’s actually a total steal.
The Rhyme Los Angeles vest, along with a slew of other cute leather+brocade options, is available online at Piperlime. A size XS may already be in my shopping cart.
What do you think of this vest, dolls? Do you think it’s wearable? Is this a wise purchase? What are you wanting this Wednesday? Share your thoughts with a comment!
Liza, Editorial Director