January 14, 2013 - Easy Outfits, Style, Trend Watch

Trend Watch | Fur Vest

One item I really wanted to add to my winter collection this year is a fur vest.  But I waited so long that I almost didn’t end up with one.

I’m not sure about the rest of the world, but down here in the great state of Texas, it’s kind of hard to find winter clothing after Christmas.  When I started looking for a fur vest right before the new year, they were sold out everywhere.  I couldn’t even find one on clearance.

I went to the ends of the earth searching.  But store after store already had their spring lines out.  (BTW, when we get that freak winter storm in February, like we always do, forget about finding something warm to wear.  By then all you’ll get is a bikini and sundress).

Well the other day I was walking past Forever 21 when I spotted this white fur vest on a mannequin.  The very last one in the store…and it was MY SIZE!  It was meant to be.  I ripped it off the mannequin, leaving her disheveled and half dressed, and ran to the register.  Mine, all mine.

[Fur Vest:  Forever 21/Striped Shirt:  Forever 21/Necklace:  Rue 21/Jeans:  Forever 21/Boots:  Loft/Earrings & Bracelet:  Rue 21/Boot Socks:  Target/Watch:  New York & Co.]


Check back on Wednesday to see a second way that I styled my new fur vest!

And speaking of Forever 21, I’ve got  a little story for you.

One of my resolutions was to start eating healthier and working out more.  My first week went pretty well, I finished four workouts and did pretty good with my eating.  On Saturday, I pulled out a pair of dark wash skinnies from F21 that I hadn’t worn in awhile.  Much to my dismay, I could barely get them up over my hips!  I managed to somehow button them but couldn’t breathe.   After waiting a few minutes for them to “loosen up”, it dawned on me that these might be my daughter’s jeans.  I peeled them off and looked at the tag.  Sure enough, they were two sizes too small.  And while I was relieved, I’m wondering if maybe, just maybe I shouldn’t be buying the same clothes my thirteen year-old daughter does.  🙂


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  • You found it! Great vest and you styled it beautifully. Thanks for sharing it with Visible Monday : >

  • I love this vest! It’s a nice alternative in white compared to a brown or black one. I have been on the hunt for the perfect fur vest myself with no luck. Maybe our Forever 21 has some in stock still. You crack me up about your daughter’s jeans! Heather

  • That vest looks great! I don’t have one…and I haven’t even wanted one…until now that is! But you’re right, I’ll have to wait until next year cause I don’t think I’ll find one buried amongst the cruisewear that is already out!

  • You are looking so glowing & pretty in the pictures Alison that the outfit dont really matter!!!


  • Very cute, I’ve also taken clothes of the mannequin, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do 🙂

  • Ada

    I want to add a fur vest (or two) badly as well. I’d prefer one in the white family and one in either black or brown family. Yours is gorgeous & it looks great with the Pastel Stripped Top.

    Alison, would love to have you guest post on my page. If you are interested E-Mail me any post you like by January 25th and I will schedule it ahead. Thank you. E-Mail address is: ada.furxhi@gmail.com.

    P.S. You always have the most beautiful wavy hair.

  • I’ve tried on SO many fur pieces and can’t find the right piece. I love this one. So light and pretty and perfect for transition-y weather.


  • Yay! Glad you found one cuz it looks SO SO cute on you!!

  • Charity

    Love that you and your 13 yo are shopping the same store. I ask my 12 yo daughter for fashion advice quite often. After having 5 children, I need advice from my in-house fashionista 🙂 I am a new subscriber and am loving your blog!

  • Wow, totally love that vest. This FLorida girl has the same challenges; no winter clothes here! The lighting in your photos is beautiful, by the way. Adore your style.

  • Kristie

    Wow, that is a great surprise. Put on some pants and figure out they are two sizes smaller than normal. Wish I could share jeans with my girls, but as they are 5 and 3, it will have to wait a while. 🙂 Way to go you!

  • I got a fur vest back in November and I absolutely love it. My only complaint is that it’s kidn of big. It’s my size but the cut isn’t tailored. Guess I have to get another!

  • CC

    First off, I love the vest! I only recently got one too, but now I want more. 🙂 So cozy and chic. 🙂
    And secondly, I am seriously impressed that you can even get a 13 year old’s jeans on at all – so wow on that one. 😉 And finally as long as you aren’t wearing the same outfits as your 13 year old who cares where your clothes came from. 😉 Trust me your level of sophistication is entirely appropriate for a grown woman and you definitely don’t dress like any 13 year old I’ve ever known. (And as a youth minister’s wife for the last 14 years I’ve know a LOT of 13 year olds! ;))

  • I love that the vest you found is white
    Different from the usual fur vests and so easy to style
    LOL @ trying on your daughter’s jeans.
    I had the opposite thing happen with my son
    He was freaked out when he realized he was trying to put on my jeans. LOL

  • Love this white fur vest! They are the BEST addition to my wardrobe; in fact, after buying a short vest last year, I bought a longer one this year. I get so much wear out of it. Course, here in Boston, I’ll wear it for months longer than you will!

  • What a great look on you! It’s such a cute vest.
    And you are so gorgeous, I would bet you could put on a burlap sack and look beautiful.

  • LOL Alison! You always make me smile! First, I’m so glad you were able to find a fur vest – and I’m loving the white one! Your “Mine, all mine” cracked me up, that is exactly how I feel when I find get the last one of something at the store too. And then, when you figured out the jeans were your daughters….oh my! I don’t know though, 2 sizes too small AND you got them buttoned?! I’m jealous!

  • Love the vest!! LOVE the whole outfit!

  • Oh what a fun story! I love your vest. I too was hoping for a faux fur vest, and was pink with pleasure when I found one at a thrift store this weekend. I hope you get just enough cool weather to wear yours frequently.

  • Yay for, um, “assertive” shopping! 😉 It’s adorable and I’m glad you won’t be freezing cold, Darling!!! ~Sarah

  • Yes, fur is having a moment 🙂 I love the winter white! And you have like the perfect hair – it gorgeous!

  • your outfit is superb!
    you def took these at the right time of day!

    love it.


  • Don’t you love it when you go on Quest and you find JUST what you want? Wear it in good health … and you’ll be able to wear this little cutie into the spring! You look beautiful, of course, and I also admire the yellow Breton T. You look just delighted, and that’s the best thing!

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