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Inside My Wardrobe: Mint Vest Purchased in 2015 That I Still Wear + Paper Beads

This post on clothes from 2015 that I still wear is a close follow-up to my recent discussion of my cream cardigan vest because I bought a mint green version of that vest at the same time. The cream one had 25 total wears while this one has 23, putting the current cost per wear (CPW) at just over my $1 target. But this vest is still in my rotation so I will definitely wear it the one additional time needed to reach my goal. I have a second vest to share also: a bright teal puffy vest that I am somewhat disappointed to have worn only 13 times so far, though because it was an inexpensive sale purchase, my CPW is down to $0.69.

Vests in my closet

I'm going to go backwards with this and share an OOTD photo featuring the puffy vest first. This has mostly been a very casual/weekend piece for me, and I've historically been bad about photographing those outfits so I only have this one to share. But I do think it's an interesting one because of the 4-way print mixing with the striped sweater, chevron scarf, space dye skirt, and tweed loafers.

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OOTD 1/13/21

By the way, that sweater was a terrible purchase decision! I was unable to resist buying it on final sale (no returns) online at Loft for $8 because stripes, but I didn't really like the dropped shoulder on it, and I absolutely loathed the oddly scratchy acrylic knit. And because of the high neckline (which I also disliked), I couldn't successfully layer under it to protect my skin from irritation. I think this is probably the only time I wore it. So my inexpensive sale purchase yielded an $8.00 CPW! I can only hope that someone else bought it from the thrift store I donated it to...but that happens less often than we might expect: 84% of donated clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators! It's much better for our wallets and the planet to avoid these purchase mistakes in the first place.


Now for various ways I've worn the mint green cardigan vest. First up, this soft muted mint color makes the vest a lovely third piece option over neutral items.


Black/Grey


Grey top, striped skirt, leopard wedges, and a bridge piece floral scarf (print mix).

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OOTD 4/3/18

Black top, charcoal pants, purple flats, and a bridge piece chevron scarf (the same as in the puffy vest outfit).

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OOTD 10/23/18

Grey top, polka dot skirt, grey tights/boots, pewter owl pendant, and bridge piece floral scarf (print mix).

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OOTD 11/16/22

Navy


Navy top, navy floral skirt, navy tights/boots, and a white polka dot scarf for some contrast (print mix).

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OOTD 11/12/19

Striped top, dark wash jeans, dark blue flats, and blue/grey ombré scarf (print mix). (This vest + scarf combo is not my favorite!)

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OOTD 11/20/20

Brown


Cream top, brown jeans, brown flats, mint flower necklace, and a bridge piece scarf. Finished with a DIY bracelet stack featuring mint/rust paper beads.

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OOTD 10/12/22

The other way I commonly wear this sweater vest is with...


Print Tops


You might recognize this combination from my bird blouse's 30 wears post on accent colors. The coordinating mint floral necklace makes another appearance.

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OOTD 11/13/17

While it hasn't reached Pleasing Pairing status as with the cream version of the vest, the combination with my cream/dark green rabbit blouse is also a good one. For me, the inclusion of the cheetah print oxfords with black dots helped sell the black pants in this outfit.

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OOTD 10/20/20

This is my most colorful outfit with this vest, creating a modern twin set from the mint shirt + vest, worn with rust pants. The paisley scarf acts as the bridge piece tying these colors together. (One of many possible ways to combine rust and shades of blue/green.)

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OOTD 10/27/22

This final outfit is a real contender for my favorite outfit with the mint vest due to the pleasing-to-my-eye silhouette/proportion (which is an area I struggle with) and the print mix of the striped scarf and paisley skirt. I also just LOVE how the scarf tie turned out in this outfit. (See Method #5 here to learn how to do it yourself; I promise it is genuinely easy to do, no knot-tying badge will be earned.)

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OOTD 1/6/23

Given our focus on mint green today, I am also sharing the DIY bracelet stack I wore with that outfit. This is a somewhat smaller, more pared down stack than I often wear, but I like combination of the two paper bead bracelets, the silver, and the two different gemstone bracelets.

DIY paper bead bracelet set

I created this paper bead bracelet set last summer to coordinate with this striped sweatshirt that I wear a lot in the spring as well as in the fall. I pulled the mint green and light warm blue tones from middle of the sweatshirt as my color palette for the set.

Design a DIY paper bead bracelet set

The tube bead bracelet with the flower focal was made from this floral dress imagine in a Lands End catalog {tutorial}. Instead of cutting out the desired paper and attaching it to another larger piece, I just worked with the amount of paper available here to cut the strips. Because the strips were short, they rolled into skinnier beads than usual at 3.5mm around.

Tube paper beads

For the second bicone bead bracelet, I used another Lands End page that had a woman wearing a mint fleece and light blue jeans. (Plus size models are great for making paper beads because you have a wider image to work with.) I cut the top of the paper off because the model's head was not in my desired color scheme and made triangular strips for bicone beads. I covered up the skin of her hand and any white areas with silver marker to match my color palette. These rolled up into 4mm beads.

Bicone paper beads
DIY paper beads page to bead examples

So I purchased multiples of this cardigan vest in cream and mint green, and I think they were both very good purchases. My purchases of multiples tend work out much more often than not. Marsha had a great post earlier this month about purchasing multiples of an item in different colors/prints, and I had quite a bit to say about it in the comments. I recommend you check it out to read our conversation about when buying multiples makes great sense and when it might be mistake. It's interesting to me that even though Marsha and I have very different personal styles, buying multiples often works for us both! But it's highly dependent on what exactly you're buying multiples of and how that type of piece functions in your wardrobe.


Do you ever buy multiples of the same item in different colors/prints? Or even the same color/print? When is buying multiples successful for you vs. a mistake? Do "final sale" (i.e., no returns) purchases ever go wrong for you too? Did you know that 84% of donated clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators (I did not!)?


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Julie Nyanyo
Julie Nyanyo
24 févr.

We've all bought something on a whim and then known as soon as we put it on that it was a huge mistake, it's easily done. What a shame as that striped top looks like it should be really useful.

I love how you made such pretty jewellery from these pages, you really do see such potential in the most unexpected places!

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
24 févr.
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Thanks, Julie - I do have fun turning paper into something unique! I'm glad you can relate to the "bought on a whim" purchase mistake; I mean, it seems like you couldn't go wrong with stripes but I guess you can, haha. Sometimes it's all in the details.

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mlrbanks57
17 févr.

Well, it has already been established I buy multiples of items! I think you were so smart to buy this vest in a second color, Sally! It may even be better than the cream one! All of the way you've worn it just reinforces how good you are at combinations (or are they permutations...I was always bad at finite math). My personal favorite is with the bird blouse! But, I love that blouse just for itself.


I generally avoid final sales because I like to live with most of my purchases for a bit to make sure they fit my style and my closet. There are several things I avoid in general...dropped shoulders because they do nothing for me; acryli…


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
22 févr.
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Ice is the WORST! Our streets and sidewalks are basically dry again at this point. It's so strange.

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dame.eleanor
16 févr.

I did not know that, and it just encourages me to hang onto a large wardrobe and/or turn pieces I'm sure I'm done with into patchwork or something! Wearing something even occasionally seems better than burning or burying it.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
17 févr.
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Right? I would have guessed something more like 50%. It's definitely a disheartening statistic. And it also gives me the feeling that purging and donating is not quite as pro-environment as we might assume, so perhaps it's better to just keep wearing it occasionally.

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jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo
16 févr.

Again, I have to say how much I LOVE the texture mix of that vest. Like I told Marsha, I rarely buy multiples yet sometimes that's because I succumb to those final sales where there is limited stock.

It is a bummer when you don't like an item, but I always give myself grace. Not every purchase can be the best. (and I try to give it to my mom if it doesn't work for me, hahaha)

OXOX Jodie

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
16 févr.
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I also love the variety of textures in the knit - adds a lot of interest. Yeah, final sale is definitely hit or miss! I have gotten incredibly lucky and have bought a few real mistakes that way.

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