Bootcut Boot Camp: In-vest-ing in Spring's Softer Side

Funny enough, my "softer side" still involves engineer boots, engineer jeans, and a military vest. Soft coloring will have to do, I guess.

If I could go back, I would not wear this particular sweater half-tucked. Looking at the pictures, the ribbed hem makes the tuck look awkward. If I could go back, I would probably also avoid a ribbed hem on my sweater. ;) I am wrapping up some final days of "boot camp" since I spent some of last week in gear. Today we have my Hudson "Hendrix" engineer stripe jeans, one of DH's favorites. Once again, my goal was to pair the classic bootcut jean with something trendy, so I pulled out my military vest and tried to keep the color scheme light and un-saturated (except for the belt and boots, which hopefully break up the pastel mass and bookend my hair).

Pics 3-4 show the closeup of the denim pattern and what my pendant looks like - found a mini pulley at the hardware store and DH and I got a kick out of them for my utility-inspired fashion persona. My pulley is strung on a simple ball chain (the kind that hold dog tags).

This is also another self-photo - I hope those are getting better! Exposure wasn't the issue this time; I just went out at a time of day with some harsh shadows. The result is a kind of unnatural head tilt toward the sun to try and make sure my head wasn't completely shrouded.

BB Dakota military vest - Salvation Army
Ann Taylor sweater - Ann Taylor
Men's belt - flea market
Hudson Hendrix jeans - Ebay?
Nine West silver snake bag - flea market
Rockport "Anna Motor" boots - Ebay
Spy Optic "Zoe" sunnies - Ebay
Pulley pendant - DIY via hardware store

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  • Tanya replied 5 years ago

    Oooh, another stunning outfit Rae! And what gorgeous pictures. really love the play of all the colors in here.

    I wore bootcuts for 5 days in a row and switched back to straight legs today, I was longing for a slimmer shape. I did however promise to myself to try and wear bootcuts/flares at leas once a week to work, so that will be my ongoing challenge.

  • amiable replied 5 years ago

    Love the pulley! And the outfit too - the stripes jeans are too cool. But the pendant is my favorite. I may have to copy this idea (string something small and useful as a necklace....)

  • replied 5 years ago

    Looks great Rae! Love those boot cuts with the vest!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    What happened to my post? About climbing gear? Anyway, you look ruggedly FINE, girl! And I love the hardware as jewelry - I should start wearing my gear in clever ways.

  • kellygirl replied 5 years ago

    This must be your version of pastel :) You look great. Love the long vest!

  • Angie replied 5 years ago

    It's all relative :). If this is your soft side - then so be it! Looks fab! Fun pulley pendant too.

    You're going to have an apoplexy at tomorrow's morning post.

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    Great vest and I love those jeans on you. I can't tell if the softness is coming from the faded colors or not, but I do see what you mean.

  • pil replied 5 years ago

    That vest is awesome. Love the muted colors and inventive necklace.

  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Lovely soft colors with classic Rae utilitarian-style pieces! I really like this type of "softness" :)

  • CocoLion replied 5 years ago

    I'm in love with vests too! And I adore the soft neutral colors. The always-fab Rae!

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    Amiable, please do string up some useful things - I may copy you back, hehe.

    Una - climbing gear as fashion accessories? Bring it ON. :D

    Angie, I am on the edge of my seat to see what you have in store!

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    I'm guessing it's about pastels.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    Rae, look! I may need a few of these - hello, carabiner earring! Mini ice axe? Descender? I'm all in...

  • Lynne replied 5 years ago

    Rae, you've gone soft ?!?!

    I love the combination of sturdy construction in soft neutrals; this is beautiful to my eye and style preferences.

  • AJ replied 5 years ago

    I like that vest! Salvation Army? You find the best things!

  • rae replied 5 years ago

    Those silver climbing minis are great! Love the ice tac!

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