T-Shirt Dress 2 (With a Vest)

T-Shirt Dress for Women in their 50's, 60's & 70's.

T-Shirt Dress for the 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s: Under a Vest

Quote of the day: “Don’t make excuses. Make improvements.” Tyra Banks

Onto the next segment for our “matching” t-shirt dresses. I wanted to show how versatile the dress could be for the changing temperatures. And to me, that means layering. So I continued this series by pairing the dress with a vest.

A vest is really a wonderful transition piece for the colder months. It covers the trunk of your body, which amazingly adds quite a bit of warmth. The dress styled by itself can be viewed in the last post (here).

When I was planning this post, I really wanted to show some variety for you readers. Since our dresses are basically the same colors, I was aiming to incorporate 3 different colors and types of vests. I wore a green utility vest, Nancy wore her much loved denim vest, and I wanted mom to try something different. Mom’s vest is actually a scarf with the ends tied to make armholes—more details below.

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Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: For some reason, I decided I needed (and I use that term loosely) an utility vest. It’s not like I spent a ton of time looking, but I ended up finding this jacket at H&M in the kid’s department. I figured I could rip the sleeves out and make it work for only $18! It’s still not my fave, but it’ll do for now!

Since I added pink to the mix in the last post, I thought I’d try orange with the stripes this time. That and a little red—my many beaded red bracelet is a 100 Good Deeds bracelet that I won from Michelle’s Pa(i)ge blog. Michelle may be in a much younger age group, but she has a heart of gold and I still get many great fashion ideas from her.

To me, the dress is casual due to the material, so I wore my orange sneakers. I’m sure I didn’t have to include bling too–but I added in the brooch anyways. I had a hard time figuring out the best place to include it. Do you like it at the waist or do you think it’d be better at the chest area?

Dress: Mom made it (similar here in navy/white)~~Vest: H&M (similar here)~~Shoes: Bucket Feet (similar here with poppies on them)~~Brooch: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here a rectangle version)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: We already explored the idea of a denim vest paired with a dress in earlier in the summer here. Denim is basically a neutral, so I figured it’d be perfect for the stripes.

And on our recent shoe shopping expedition, Nancy & I found these denim sandals. Not that your shoes need to match your vest, but I thought it’d tie things together nicely.

Let’s talk about the necklace. I turned it around so that it’s actually backwards of what it’s supposed to be. Nancy’s worn this same necklace with the correct side out in another post (here). I thought the sparkles would be better hidden this time?

Dress: Mom made it (similar here in multi colors)~~Vest: Chicos (similar here)~~Shoes: Anne Klein (similar here as a flat and here as a block heel)~~Necklace: (similar here with coral & leather)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My goal was to show a white vest with the t-shirt dress. Since mom didn’t have one that I liked, I thought I’d try the scarf DIY into a vest trick. It’s not my favorite look, and my guess is this is because I tried to squish it up to make it look more like a vest. This trick works to make the scarf into a kimono, but maybe not a good substitution for a vest?

I do like the dark brown sandals and accessories with this color way. Considering there are already three colors in this dress, I think it’s safe to add almost any neutral—so maybe I should have looked for a dark brown vest instead?

Dress: Mom made it (similar here with some differing stripes or here with vertical stripes too)~~Scarf as vest: (similar here)~~Shoes: Old Navy (similar here with thicker straps)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here as a cross)~~Bracelet: (similar here)

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Here’s some modern variety of vests –which ones do you already have?

  • Kathleen McDermott

    These dresses are even cuter with the vests (vests add such style). Love your sneakers and Nancy’s sandals. I’ve been on a vest kick and have acquired knit vests, both short and long, in several colors as well as a blue and a white denim vest. Searching for a great khaki one like yours.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I actually gave away this vest because it just didn’t fit me like I wanted it to…but I found the perfect one at Target about 4 months ago!! I kinda wished I’d waited in the first place…but I was impatient!!

  • A clever use of acssesories here. I love the idea with the scarf. I may have to try x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Laurie—I think the scarf trick works so much better when it’s left looser—then it resembles a kimono!!

  • Vests are the perfect layering piece to change up a look and transition to fall! You all look amazing! Love Nancy’s denim sandals!

    Doused In Pink

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Jill!!

  • These dresses are all so cute! I love the brightly colored stripes. I really like the idea of the brooch on the waistband of your vest! And Nancy’s denim wedge sandals are too adorable! And the scarf into a vest trick is just perfect layered over Charlotte’s dress. Really fun ways to add to a simple tee shirt dress.

    Thanks for linking up On the Edge of the Week. I hope to see you again this week!


  • I love vests as completer pieces. An easy way to add texture and visual interest without swamping yourself in layers of scarves and coats!
    And Nancy’s denim sandals are da bomb!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      What a perfect way to put it Jacqueline!!

  • Lovely ladies! Perfect styling! =)

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Cielo!!

  • I love vests as layering pieces in fall (and even a light vest in summer). I think your mom’s “vest” needed a bit more material in the front, but I don’t think it’s a bad look. It’s always fun to play with scarves!

    Andrea’s Wellness Notes

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Andrea!! You could absolutely be right about mom’s vest needing more material in the front—I’d really like to try it again, and see if it’d come out better!!

  • Vests are just such a great layer. You all look amazing, and I love seeing the variety of colors and shapes in them.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Amy!

  • I still can’t get over them dresses! They are so gorgeous! Great with the vests.

    Gemma x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Gemma!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I have yet to try that scarf/vest trick, but I have been wanting to… thanks for the reminder! Also, I have seen so many posts with utility vests over dresses this week, another thing I need to try. You all look great!!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      You’re right Carrie—I have seen others wearing it a lot too. If you can’t beat them, join them, right?
      Thanks for stopping by!!

  • I wondered how you were going to style this dress…great idea to use vests!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Darlene!!

  • Debbie Stinedurf

    Vests are absolutely the easiest way to add layers, and I love a good utility vest. As for the brooch I’m a huge fan of either a whole plethora of them piled all together or one randomly placed in an unexpected location…love it where it is!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now that’s a great idea—pile on all my brooches next time!! The more, the merrier, right?

  • Molly Hogan

    I love this post! So cute how you did three different ages 🙂


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Molly!!

  • Laura

    Vests are such a versatile layer! I love all the different kinds you tried! Those denim sandals Nancy has are so cute!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I do love a vest for some many reasons!! I was going to style a fur one–but I figured it’s still way too warm for that!!
      Thanks so much for reading!!

  • Again I am falling for the assecories! They are always fantastic!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks so much Nancy—they are such the icing on the cake, in my opinion!!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    Vests are always a great way to add layers. I think your utility “vest” is very cute and the brooch adds a little color to it. Denim is always good with anything…at least in my opinion because I love denim. I’ve been thinking of trying that scarf into a vest idea too. I think, like Sherry said, the white scarf gets a tad lost in the white of the dress. But I love that you try different things. That’s the only way to learn and grow. Thanks for posting. – Amy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you’re absolutely right Amy!! It’s all about learning and growing.
      Sure you could find an outfit that looks fabulous, and only wear it over and over, but how boring, right?
      I think if you have the time, it’s way more fun to try something new and different!!
      Thanks so much for the love—and can I ask about your email address? It’s hilarious!!

      • Amy D. Christensen

        It’s really not too deep! I love guinea pigs and I am a Star Trek fan! I thought it was a good way to combine two of my faves. It’s a little embarrassing when people ask for it, at a store or something, because it’s so long. Ha, ha. But I’ll never forget it!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          It’s hilarious—and a great conversation starter!!

  • PetiteOver40

    I love vests for the reason you mentioned — layering during transitional seasons. I wonder if darker colors, like a dark denim, would pop the colors a little more? I keep thinking maybe part of the reason you don’t like your mom’s scarf “vest” is because it’s white and gets a little lost in the white background of her (awesome) dress? I mean, it is a very cool idea. What if you had tried a similar technique using a black scarf or a bolder color that harmonized with the tones of the green and purple in the dress? (I keep thinking about your pink neckerchief in your previous post and how well that popped because it “sang” with the colors in your dress.)

    For what it’s worth, I do like where you put the brooch. It’s an unexpected little sparkle that adds interest near your waist. I just love how you think outside of the box!!


    • Jodie Filogomo

      Even mom didn’t like the white scarf as a vest picture—but it’s always amazing to me how I don’t see it the same in real life??
      I do have some darker colors coming in the next post—so we’ll see if they seem better.
      But that’s the beauty of clothing—it’s not like it’s permanent or anything, right? It’s kinda fun to see what works and what doesn’t!!

      • PetiteOver40

        One of the many things I admire and adore about you is your adventurous spirit, Jodie! You’re so right about the impermanence of an outfit. If you like it, wear it over and over. If not, change it!

        • Jodie Filogomo

          I feel like I’ve just learned this since blogging though—well, and getting older. It’s putting things into perspective, I guess!!

  • Judy Gramith

    I’m so charmed by the talented seamstress stylings that resulted in this darling dress that I don’t think any other garment can “compete” with it.
    Any type of jean jacket, cardi, or vest in traditional denim or white, green or purple works for me because they don’t distract from the dresses.
    I also think that a complimentary colored and patterned scarf would be fun. I LOVE polka dots with stripes. A floral pattern in similar colors would be really cute too.
    I’m probably being way too conservative on this?? Charlotte’s creations just deserve the main spotlight in my view.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      But I think you’re right—polka dots would look so fun with the stripes!! This dress would be an interesting case to print mix with—-maybe we’ll try that later!!!
      As always, I value your input Jude—it’s so fun to have other pair of eyes with different perspectives!!

  • I love how a vest changes the whole outfit!! 🙂

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jaymie!! It really does, doesn’t it?