The New Length :: Long Vest & Maxi Dress

Hello, dear friends! A mere few days officially into fall, the temp has dropped 10 degrees! Morning chills send us back to the house grabbing another layer, a blazer or trench come handy this time of the year. For those who dread bare legs in the fall / winter, or those who believe hem line of a skirt needs to be shorter than that of a coat, I have excellent news for you. Long on long layering is a new trend this fall / winter. 🙂PetiteFlowerPresents-print-and-fringe (9 of 18)

When we stacking up the long pieces, the biggest concern would be it could make us appear shorter that we actually are. Having a well-defined waist line is a way to address the issue. My favorite silhouette for early fall is sleeveless vest with maxi dress, just like the one I have on in this post. Both my vest and dress are fitted on top and flare on the bottom, so proportion-wise, they almost like a gown and flattering to the body.PetiteFlowerPresents-print-and-fringe (1 of 18) PetiteFlowerPresents-print-and-fringe (6 of 18)

The same type of layers can be adapted for later in the season, such as a long shearling vest (like this one by Theory) with long-sleeve printed dress, and using a belt to define the waist line. My personal preference is super flowy dresses with balloon sleeves to keep that boho chic vibe strong. Below are a few of budget-friendly vest and dress picks that would be perfect for experiment with this type of layering:[show_lookbook_widget id=”241122″]

What about more structured pieces, such as culottes or wide leg pants, shouldn’t we keep the top cropped? You might ask. That is one way to rock a pair of culottes, but they can also be layered with long vests and coats. Think for a second, samurai looks, the pants are wide and cropped and the vests are long, the look can compliment the body because there is the belt to cinch in the waist line. Extend that idea to our outfits — a turtleneck with culottes and a long wool vest, wide belt either inside or outside of the vest to get that waist line going; Pair with knee-high boots or booties show some more skin in the front to make the rest of your legs appear longer. With this outfit, I wouldn’t want to pair with sneakers for I am not 5’9″, nor stilettos for the whole look is on the heavier and more architectural side that it calls for shoes of a certain mass.PetiteFlowerPresents-print-and-fringe (11 of 18) PetiteFlowerPresents-print-and-fringe (12 of 18) PetiteFlowerPresents-print-and-fringe (18 of 18)

Thank you so much for reading! See you in my next post!

Outfit Details:

Reformation maxi dress;
CUSP laser cut suede fringe vest <blue, black>;
Valentino sandals;
Alexander McQueen clutch <similar>;
AVEC New York rings;
Jose Marian Barrera earrings;