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Make a Statement with a Belted Trench Vest

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I am feeling a little sad at the moment although I am trying to fight it. I think writing about why will help. My sister left this afternoon to go home to Toronto and I came home and played with Lola and started to think about dinner and decided to order takeout from the same restaurant we went to last night. When I was driving there I started to think out walking there last night and how nice it was to spend time with her. When I went in to the restaurant I saw a man and a woman sitting at the table and we sat at and I almost started to cry. It launched thoughts of my social life in Victoria and the friends that I miss there and in Vancouver. It gets harder to make friends as you get older and even harder when it’s about quality over quantity. It’s different with my sister though. We are sisters. We haven’t lived in the same city for more than a decade. We have an imperfectly perfect relationship that a lot of sisters probably have. And I just miss having her nearby. But I don’t think we will be moving to Toronto anytime soon and I don’t foresee her packing her bags for Calgary. So tonight I am trying to stay positive by writing my feelings out and talking to Lola even more than I normally do. On to the outfit details!

I put this outfit together because I bought another trench vest and I wanted to do something different than just leaving it open. Using a belt over top of a trench can seem daunting but it’s so easy to do and it looks so good. It also accentuates the narrowest part of your body – your waist. (Everyone has one so don’t tell yourself this won’t work for you.) And it’s not just trench vests that you can belt. You can belt dresses, blazers, sweaters, jackets. Pretty much anything. And if you really want to take things up a notch, try layering a scarf by draping it around your neck and underneath the belt. If you try this, please send me a photo because I really want to see your outfit! 

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The key to using a belt is picking one that is the right size. A thin belt would get lost so it’s important to use one wide enough that it becomes its own statement and doesn’t get lost in the outfit. 

 

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Trench Vest | Banana Republic | Blouse | Banana Republic (similar) | Jeans | Gap | Belt | Bought with an Elie Tahari dress years ago

 

 

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The only colour in this outfit is my amazing Nine West shoes. The cost be a grand total of $1.69. This isn’t a typo. They will likely be the best deal of my life. By the way, these shoes are surprisingly comfortable and I am patiently waiting for the same pair in black to go on sale. Patiently waiting.

Photos: Sarah Beau Photography

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