Buttons and Bows

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Today’s outfit features button and bow details.  The four buttons on the bell-shaped vest rest under the ruffle of the blouse. The ruffle of the blouse was gathered in a bow and secured with an elastic band. Under the four buttons of the vest, a wide perforated belt is cinched. The vest buttons are designed to close high under the chest. This creates an Empire Waist-like silhouette. Adding the belt helps to amplify the bell shape of the vest.  This black bell-shaped vest has large kangaroo pockets and its edges are finished in a berry color trim.

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The jumpsuit I am wearing underneath the vest is in the same berry color as the trim edging of the vest.  I found this jumpsuit in a little boutique in Naples last November.   I loved the cranberry color and knew it would be a staple in my wardrobe.  The vest was found at the One-of-a-Kind show in Chicago last year, but I had to order it from the seller and have it sent to me as they did not have my size.  It is from a Canadian designer, Annie Thompson.  The blouse was purchased not to long ago at Zara.  I have on black leather pirate boots I found at a resale shop. They are fabulous and have walked all over the world with me on my travels.   

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The black perforated and brass studded belt is from Marni. I found it at the online consignment site, The RealReal.  Black vintage Bakelite bangles and jet black dangle earrings finish this look.

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