Reader Q | How To Style A Camo Vest

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Reader Question:


Hi Shana and Molly,
I discovered your blog a month or so ago and have worked my way through most of your archives. I've recently lost about 50 pounds (after having two children) and am starting to become more interested in making myself look nice.
Anyway, I may or may not have bought this camouflage vest from Target recently. 
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I don't know what I was thinking. I had Shana's camo pants in my head and was thinking of the military trend and… it just happened. Now the question is what do I do with it? Return it? Wear it over a neutral tee? Under a jean jacket? Both?
Thank you so much for writing such insightful, entertaining posts. I will be more careful when considering trendy pieces next time!


 - Jill



Hunh.  Jill, this camo vest has been on my mind lately.  Initially, when I first read your email, I didn't love it…but…well…it's growing on me.  The vest is growing on me!  And I always like a challenge.  So: I thought I'd try styling it up for a final verdict.  And you know what?  I think this vest could work!


Camo Vest At The Park

Layered over a cozy hoodie with boyfriend jeans and ankle boots…hey!  Why not?  I like the pom-pom hat to keep the vibe light.


J.Crew hoodie | J.Crew Straight Leg Jeans | ASOS Hat | Dingo Boots


Camo Vest Runs Some Errands

With printed denim (ooo…bonus points for mixing prints) and layered under a peacoat…it's cool, right?

Free People jeans and henley | Gah!  Can't remember where I found the peacoat….



Camo Vest Goes on a Hot Date

You know Jill, this vest could be a really sexy top….just add black skinny pants and killer heels.  (A slim pencil skirt would also work…)


Vest | Guess Skinny Pants


I've actually used the vest-as-sexy-shirt styling trick before.   You know that green military vest that all fashion bloggers wear?  (Seriously – you can't sit at the cool table without one.)  Anyway, it turns out that it's a sexy, fun, and nursing-friendly option for nights when you want to do something different.

Anyway, I'd love to know your thoughts on the camo vest.  Yes?  No?  

Now I'm getting back to the Super Bowl.  I can hear Mike downstairs yelling "SACK HIM!! SACK HIM!!"  Poor thing has been cheering for the 49ers all night.  And now we both need a beer.






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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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  1. You know, I’m not really a camo girl, but you’ve convinced me. I LOVE how you styled this – especially options one and three. Never would have thought of this; love it!

  2. I’m not about to get a camo vest – but your post made me laugh, so that’s always a good thing – you are so funny 🙂

  3. I bought this vest too and couldn’t figure it. I’m going to try it with a hoodie. And those sneaker wedges you enabled.

  4. So now I want a vest like the army green J Crew Utility Vest you referenced – Any idea where I can find something similar?

  5. Based on the image I thought, ok, here’s where we part company. I just don’t get that vest. But while I’m not quite racing out to Target I am loving! that first styling option!!

  6. I especially love the first look! Any recommendations on the green twill vest that all the bloggers are wearing? I saw three good options in Forever21 of all places…which one of these would you recommend –,Ny:True,Ro:0&dsDimensionSearch=D:utility+vest,Dxm:AllPartial,Dxp:3&dsCompoundDimensionSearch=D:utility+vest,Dxm:AllPartial,Dxp:3&keyword=utility+vest&fromsearch=true ?

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