My quest for Anthropologie style plus size clothing is always a constant one. Last week when I stopped in to Target to check out the Who What Wear Collaboration Collection (see my review post here), I also perused the clearance racks. A fringed sweater vest caught my attention as it reminded me so much of something Anthropologie would carry. It was only $13 and some change marked down so I decided it needed to come home with me. Later on at home I found that Anthro did carry a vest a while ago similar to it, so I decided to do another Copy Cat post like I have done a few times before.
I have a few personal stories that go along with this vest that I have to share with you besides just me rambling on about the outfit itself. The first encounter I had was right there in Target with the check out clerk. She was a young woman in her twenties who had a friendly smile and picked up my vest with care. She stopped short and held it up for her to view as she gazed over it with a face full of wonder. As she folded it nicely to place in the bag she said sweetly that she would have no idea how to wear something like that. The comment did not stop there, she continued to look at what I was currently wearing and gave me lovely compliments of how I paired my top with my necklace. Then the kicker came when she proclaimed that she dresses very plain. She did not say it in a way she was happy about either, because I love seeing ladies rock a streamline and simple look, but this is not was she was referring to. In the short time I had during the payment exchange, I attempted to give an idea of how I was going to style the vest. As she sighed, it tugged at my heart strings as she was clearly looking for direction when it comes to wardrobe. I wanted to take her home with me (not in a creepy kidnapping way) and give her tools for her to use when picking out clothes for herself.
This short conversation with a beautiful young woman saddened me because I truly want to help ladies who want to dress in a way that expresses their personality and are unsure of how to do so. It also encouraged me to recognize that not all ladies are size or age specific when it comes to fashion. Clearly she was half my age as well as being half of my weight, yet she still longed for advise from me. I am not ashamed to admit it was good for my ego. It was also good to see she was not partial to our differences.
The other experience I had was when I was actually wearing this outfit. That day, my hubby and I went out to Fashion Island in Newport Beach. The outdoor mall is a feast for the eyes with beautiful courtyards and walkways, fountains, and doggies of all breeds walking around with their owners. We strolled into Anthropologie and as I was previewing their jewelry, a sales associate came up to me and offered assistance. She commented how she remembered my vest and how much she liked it. I didn’t have the heart to say that it was in fact not an Anthro piece so I thanked her for the compliment. Later at home I looked online and found the Lupita Fringed Vest (pictured above in first image and no longer available) that was originally $148.
With all of that being said, I am in love with this fringed sweater vest! I layered it over my Torrid Poppy Print Pintuck Blouse that I have shown a few times already on the blog and a pair of dark wash skinny jeans. Since this is a lot of look with the fringe and print, I kept my accessories somewhat simple with a wooden bead necklace with a navy tassel, navy wristlet, and brown and cream heeled sandals. This entire outfit has a modern seventies vibe that I adore.
- Xhilaration Fringed Sweater Vest: Target
- Poppy Print Pintuck Blouse: Torrid
- Wooden Bead Tassel Necklace: Charming Charlie
- Skinny Jeans: LOFT
- Heeled Sandals: MissGuided via Poshmark
- Navy Wristlet: Michael Kors
See my other Anthro Copy Cat Posts:
See the other way I styled the Torrid Poppy Print Pintuck Blouse:
Today’s Postivity Note
You need to do this for yourself.