Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
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How to Wear DIY: Olive cargo vest remix!

It's getting to be that time of year... it's not fall, so I'm not really in the cozy, warm colors mood, and Christmas is over, so plaid and faux fur and fairaisle might be a little much... but, we still have like 4 more months of way too cold weather ahead.

I remember in high school having the though, I'm tired of looking cute for cold weather. I think that usually doesn't set in until February or March, but I'm worried about it already! But right now it still works to wear layers, my coziest coat, a cable knit hat, plaid, and riding boots!

When I helped my friend and photographer Becky out at a country-themed bridal show the other weekend, she snapped these pics of me sporting my best attempt at cute + warm + country flair. That meant a How to Wear DIY opportunity--included my super thirfty version of the cargo vest trend, one I picked up for cheap that was big and loose and icky, and gave a waist! (Plus lots of layers, of course, and my crazy new Old navy tannish skinny jeans I've been feeling very adventurous in. I'm a big fan of the 5-pocket, so these feel more like jeans than pants, which make them a lot easier to wear somehow.)
Coat: AE via Marshall's. Hat: ? Shirt: Old Navy via Goodwill (similar). Pants and Sweater: Old Navy. 
Boots: Joan &; David via Goodwill Outlet. Watch: Ross. Vest: DIY made flattering!

Well, let's see, what is this, January? How much longer until I can wear short sleeves? ;)

What are your tips for dressing seasonally when the wintery colors are no longer appealing??


  1. This outfit is super cute. I wish we could get away with that, over here! I'm in Montreal and, with the wind chill factor, it's -25 degrees celcius today. For a period of time, from mid-January to the end of February, we have no choice but to wear parkas and other, crazy, hooded coats and really warm boots so styling becomes quite tricky!

  2. Super cute outfit! I generally need to layer because I'm someone who needs a temperature of 80 not to feel cold. But it doesn't end up this cute. :(

    I'm dying to wear short sleeves too, but at least your vest gives the illusion of wearing them? The hat is adorable too. :)

    I wish I had a photographer friend to take cool pictures of me! I JUST blogged about my inability to take good photographs. Lucky! But then again, your pictures are close to professional looking already.

  3. Jump on a plane and come to Australia for a break from the cold. We've been having heatwaves so you'll be able to wear short sleeves fairly quickly.
    Love the detailing on your jacket and olive is my favourite colour. It can be a basic or add a pop of colour to any look.

  4. You look adorable! Great job working with the "don't want to dress cute and warm" problem. I have that now too!

  5. Yay! I love it! :)

  6. Anonymous1/23/2013

    I am not trying to be rude or hateful, but some colors of pants arent very flattering when they are skin tones.

  7. Anonymous1/23/2013

    I should ad please blame old navy, they were sewed together poorly too with all the puckering on the side seams :(

  8. This is seriously so cute and just the out fit for a day like today!




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