I have just fully learned to appreciate the value of investing in a furry vest, like the one in the photo above with my son Michael. I wore this over the Christmas holiday!

Prior to my discovering the versatility of the vest, I didn’t have anything against a vest, but it was not something I was particularly attracted to, probably because I have always been so crazy about coats. But for this winter season I fell in love with a reversible fur vest by one of my favorite designers, Barbara Tfank.

Barbara Tfank’s items are always an excellent investment; I have several of her classic pieces. She designs with beautiful fabrics and style that last a lifetime. This furry vest from her winter collection that I found from Capitol Clothing in Charlotte has already proven to be a tremendous value.

You can find furry vests in every price range, real and faux — but what makes them so special? Here are a few reasons:

  • Even in bitter cold, a vest keeps your core insulated and warm, which means blood flows to your extremities to keep them warm. Add some warm gloves and a hat and you are good to go on cold days, while still looking stylish.
  • A vest allows you to be more active because it is not as restrictive as a coat, but still keeps you cozy and warm.
  • When it is bitter cold, vests add an extra layer of warmth underneath a coat.
  • Vests are flattering for all body shapes and sizes because they both highlight and accent an outfit while also hiding areas we might not want featured.
  • Vests can be dressed up or down and everything in between.
  • Vests are especially nice to wear when you have on a blouse or top with beautiful detail that you don’t want to hide under a coat.

With all these attributes, a furry vest has now challenged by affection for fabulous coats.

I have enjoyed wearing my Barbara Tfank furry vest for a festive evening with a metallic skirt and jeweled sweater by Christopher Kane. My vest being reversible has given me an added bonus. My shoes are Saint Laurent. All of these are from Capitol in Charlotte.


For dressy casual occasions, I pair my vest with suede leggings by Rick Owens, a tunic sweater from Marc Jacobs (both from Capitol in Charlotte NC) and colorful boots by Valentino from Saks Fifth Avenue.

For more casual occasions, I like to wear my vest with cuffed jeans and a sweater or blouse and casual shoes or boots.

For church or important business occasions, I wear my vest over a favorite dress with hosiery and pumps. This is a quilted velvet dress by Alexander McQueen with shoes by Nicholas Kirkwood. Both from Capitol in Charlotte

Even my little Jane has discovered she can add her own personal style to her school uniform with her furry vest from The Children’s Place online, some “pearls” and a plaid headband from Crewcuts. (The giant boots on her little legs are mine. They are by Maiyet on sale from Barney’s New York).

It’s a great time to find most everything I have mentioned on sale with plenty of winter left to wear it all.

Tell Me: What’s your favorite way to style a vest?