If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I spend a ridiculous amount of time scouring the web for all things plus size. In addition to reading plus size fashion blogs and keeping up with the #plussize scene on Instagram, I scour the interwebs for the latest plus size clothes available. And I keep a running list of plus size garments that I find inspiring and may want to include in this blog.
I had this plus size wrap vest on my list because it is pretty amazing. So when a reader named Michelle contacted me on Facebook for styling suggestions, I decided to create a post. Michelle likes the camel color and thinks she will wear it with a denim shirt and plum colored jeans. I love that idea! Those colors have a split-complementary relationship, which looking at my Color Theory posts (Part 1 & Part 2), I haven’t explained yet. Clearly, I need to add a part 3! Until then, just know that they create a harmonious color scheme. Anyway, Michelle, here are three more plus size wrap vest outfit ideas.
UPDATE: Alternative Vests
Several readers purchased the Lands End vest and none of them found it flattering due to the floppy oversized collar. So, I found some alternatives that I suggest you try instead.
Plus Size Wrap Vest Outfit Ideas
This first look is all about navy and white stripes with this striped t-shirt from J.Crew. I haven’t actually purchased anything from J.Crew since I could fit into their former size range, which I think topped out at about a 14/16 circa 2001. They recently added plus sizes up to size 3X/24. Their Universal Standard collab, which I talked about in this post, has a larger range and goes up to size 5X/32.
I want to be super excited about this, but my first thought is “Well it’s about damn time!” followed by “Are these garments cut for plus size bodies or just extended sizes?” It’s sort of like deciding to take back an ex-boyfriend who treated you badly. You have to get over your bitterness to see if you can even forgive him first, then see if he is actually going to treat you well, before you can get back together. We’ll see. But, if you have tried the plus size range at J.Crew please tell us what you think in the comments below! I would love to know your thoughts!
Plus Size Wrap Vest Outfit Ideas – Navy Stripes
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This next look is also about basics. Rather than choosing a black skinny jean, although they would work as well, I went with this black leggings, which are described as a “perfect hybrid of five-pocket jeans and leggings is cut to show your curves to their best advantage in a smoothing, slimming stretch knit.” I’m very curious about them. It seems like they are a thick ponte-like knit legging with the cut of jeans.
I also found a similar pair at Eloquii, which are described as “mix between stretch denim and legging fabric – in other words, they’re the most comfortable pants you’ll ever wear (next to your pajamas).” I am obsessed with Eloquii’s ponte knit leggings, which I am patiently waiting to be re-stocked for the fall season. Eloquii, in case you’re listening, please please bring back those seamed ponte leggings!
This second outfit also includes this crossbody bag in the iconic Burberry house check. Have you noticed I’ve been on a Burberry kick lately? Anyway, as much as I love the timeless Burberry plaid, I can’t afford it. But I have found some great knockoffs, including this bag. Although I haven’t purchased from the seller on Amazon, I have purchased from the wholesaler the bag comes from, back when I had a retail store. And I found the quality of their merchandise to be mediocre or so so, but honestly, in line with what you’re paying. So, if you want a knockoff bag that won’t last too long, but costs very little, you’ll be happy. I wanted to mention this because it is a stark contrast to that Céline luggage tote knockoff I recommend, which is high quality and genuine leather.
Now let’s talk about those gorgeous wide calf boots. They are SO beautiful! But their calf circumference only measures 16.25″. If that works for you, I would snatch them up in a heartbeat. But if you have wider calves like me, I did find some riding boots in wider widths. These riding boots come in 2 calf widths ranging from 17″ – 22″ in circumference. And these extra wide calf riding boots are 19.4″ in circumference.
But, if you have big calves, like me, I recommend Duo Boots, which cost a fortune, but last a lifetime. I will talk more about that in my round up of wide calf boots that I will be posting soon. I am just waiting for more retailers to get stocked up. One recommendation, if you see a pair you love, buy them as soon as you can. Wide calf boots, especially for those of us with wider calves, are still a scarcity and sell out quickly.
Plus Size Wrap Vest Outfit Ideas – Black & Tan
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I wanted to add this last look to show that you can easily wear this plus size wrap vest to work. Keep things neutral and add some interest with some leopard print and a pop of color. This look, like the last, features a long sleeved tee. First, I wanted to say that a nice quality long-sleeve tee under this wrap vest can be appropriate for a casual office. But, if you have a more formal office dress code, I would suggest swapping for a long sleeve blouse.
Second, I wanted to mention that I had my mom try these relaxed fit tees from Lands’ End as part of what seems like an endless mission to find tees as good, for the price, as that ones I love from Yours Clothing. My mom says that they are thick, high quality, wear and wash well over time and are opaque in white (this is always a concern). She is very pleased with them. And while I am still searching, these are probably the ones I recommend you try if you aren’t willing to pay the new higher shipping fees at Yours. I’ll have an “official” recommendation soon. I just haven’t been very impressed with the tees I’ve tried so far.
Plus Size Wrap Vest Outfit Ideas – Work Mix
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