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 dress. 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 was a blog post along with adding a jacket to it.
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.
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 t-shirt 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)
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)
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 that would be great over your t-shirt dress. Which ones do you already have?