Cargo Vests: A Great Summer-Into-Fall Layering Piece

Still no baby, but I’ve got an ever-growing bump and an outfit that’s been on repeat for 4 days.  Call it even?

I don’t know why this vest has been on hiatus for as long as it has, but now that it’s back on my radar I want to wear it over ALL THE THINGS.  One thing about summer dressing that I miss is the ability to make outfits more interesting with layers, but if you’re in a climate that can handle some sort of layer (sorry, Florida peeps) then a cargo vest is a great option.  And you can totally wear it in the fall over long sleeved tops and sweaters.

I’ve had mine for 3 years and am amazed that I continue to wear it year after year.  If you want ideas for how to wear this thing, see all my outfits by clicking here.

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Shop for the Look:
Dress: Target (super similar, similar)
Vest: Old Navy (current season version, similar)
Sandals: Target (exact)
Bag: Nordstrom (exact in black/cognac)
Earrings: Target (exact)


*Bump status: 40 weeks

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  • Reply
    Lauren Corso
    August 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Your new outside pics are so fancy! You look great mama. 🙂

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    Steph T
    August 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    I'm at due date +5… I feel you! Hang in there. Well, actually, no, don't hang in there too much 😉
    I need a vest like that too. I always think of you when I see one in a store. It's officially on my post-baby shopping list.

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    Maricel Edwards
    August 18, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    You are glowing! So beautiful! I guess your little chica is too comfy in mommy to want to brave the new world. I don't blame her. 😀

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    Agi
    August 18, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    You look amazing Audrey!!!!!! Good luck with the delivery whenever it happens and just go with the flow. Speaking from both personal and professional experience!!!!

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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    Tara
    August 18, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    You look beautiful!

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    Mindy
    August 18, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Time to start pulling out my cargo vest again. Any update on the bag giveaway?

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    SJ Rueppel
    August 18, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    Love the outfit! I'm soooo envious that your ankles are teeny-tiny… mine swelled up so badly and looked awful! I couldn't wear anything but flip-flops!!! You're definitely rocking the pregnancy glow!!!

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    Nikki Crews
    August 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I have to admit that you are the reason I decided to buy a cargo vest; you make them look so fun and stylish! I love how you've paired it with a simple dress. It's the perfect completer piece, for sure. You're looking great! Good luck on the delivery. I'm sure you're very ready for baby to be here!

    NCsquared Life

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    Sabrina Nooruddin
    August 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Aw you look so cute! I can't believe you are so far along in your pregnancy!

    x. Sabrina | Simply Sabrina

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    Elizabeth
    August 18, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I've learned so much from the help pages on your blog. Thank you! I thought I'd come out of the corner to say hi. My baby was due Friday, so about the same time as yours. I'm still waiting, too =). Good luck with the birth and moving!

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    Danielle Arsenault
    August 18, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    I've had a cargo vest on my wish list for a while now and I think now might be the time to finally take the plunge! You are looking so cute in yours!!! xoxo Danielle @ http://www.fortheloveofleopard.com

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    Elle
    August 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    Military style anything is the best!!! I have a jacket but now I'm thinking I need a vest!

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    Mica
    August 18, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    You look incredible at 40 weeks! Wish I had looked that good 🙂 Hope baby arrives soon for you! I wrote a blog post about being overdue and still waiting on baby….then next day went into labour!

    Away From The Blue

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    Franziska
    August 18, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    I can't believe you're going to have a baby soon. that's crazy. text me a pic of that little munchkin would ya? 😀

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    Larita
    August 18, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    You'r so adorable, you almost make me want to be pregnant again so I can try some of the outfit tricks you've shown me. Why on earth were maxi dresses not on my radar when I had a belly?!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Yikes! I'm at +2. I hope you get to meet your baby this week!

    Don't wait too long on the vests, especially if you see them in store. They're hard to get a hold of!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    I don't blame her either! She gets to eat her weight in ice cream everyday. Baha.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you, Agi!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks, Lauren!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    Thank you so much for saying hi, Elizabeth! I'm so so glad the blog has been helpful to you–that's my favorite thing to hear!

    I hope you meet your baby very very soon. Good luck!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:18 pm

    YES! I thought it would go out of style soon after I bought it, but 3 years later I'm still wearing it!

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Thanks so much, Mica!

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    Steph T
    August 18, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Ok good. I will! And same for you 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 18, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    I can't believe it either! I'll text you a pic…and in the meantime text me a pic of you and your dude!! Ahem!

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    Bri Marie
    August 19, 2014 at 12:06 am

    Okay, time to get one of these vests. And also, you look incredible!!! Eager beaver over here waiting to hear the exciting news 🙂

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    Shopping My Closet
    August 19, 2014 at 12:19 am

    I like option #5!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com
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    Caroline @ Tasteful Style
    August 19, 2014 at 12:48 am

    I have one of these vests, and I hardly ever wear it. Considering it will be plenty warm in these parts for another month or so, I might have to add it into rotation until I can wear my cargo jacket. I love this color combination!

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    Miss Hot Couture
    August 19, 2014 at 3:46 am

    Wow Audrey you look so cute! Love!

    http://www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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    Anne
    August 19, 2014 at 11:22 am

    So cute, lady! And I feel the same way about my cargo jacket. Over ALL the things. (So handy this is a doable thing even while super pregnant – very easy way to make maternity style feel "you".) I love my jacket so much I think I could justify purchasing a vest, but I've never been able to find one that fits me right… So excited to finally hear some baby news!! Bet you are too 🙂

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    dancingwithashley
    August 19, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Adorable. I NEED a vest!

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    Amy Savini
    August 19, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    You are seriously the cutest preggo lady!! I rediscovered my cargo vest recently and I want to wear it with all the things, too! 🙂

    Amy
    mariposamedley.com

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    Kacie's Kloset
    August 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I need to bust out my cargo vest for easy fall layering while it's still hot out. Thanks for inspiration!

    http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

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    thefabulousmrswing
    August 20, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I'm glad you posted that Old Navy puffer! I've been looking for a vest that had a similar look to the J. Crew factory one without the J. Crew price tag. It's almost identical!

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    Niki Caron
    August 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Congratulations!!!

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    Laura
    August 21, 2014 at 6:41 am

    That is so awesome! Congratulations!!

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    Priya Pappu
    August 21, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Well you too are definitely crazy, but congrats! That is awesome!! I'm sure this house will be great for your growing family. I just can't wait to "meet" the little one!

    Also- your pictures outside look beautiful. You're glowing!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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    Kacie's Kloset
    August 21, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    You are crazy but that is so exciting! Congrats!!!!!! It looks like a gorgeous home! Once you get moved in and settled, you're going to have to share some pictures of the inside 🙂

    http://kacieskloset.blogspot.com/

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    Meghan Hayes
    August 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    C'mon baby!! It's ok. You're over due, we forgive you for wanting to be comfortable. Honestly, I don't know why you're not in track shorts and an oversized tee.

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    Brynn
    August 22, 2014 at 12:57 am

    Hooray! Congratulations on the new house, Audrey and Benson! I definitely think you are a little crazy for moving right now, but I'm so excited for you nonetheless 😉 I can't wait to see pictures of the new home!!

    (Also, I've been checking on your social media accounts like a madwoman to see if your babe has arrived yet…ahhh!!!)

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    Magdalena Sharpe
    August 22, 2014 at 5:27 am

    I have been lusting over your belt! Where is it from! Hoping to catch you before you pop 🙂

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    August 22, 2014 at 5:32 am

    If I remember correctly it's from H&M!

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    Magdalena Sharpe
    August 22, 2014 at 5:33 am

    thanks! wishing you the best of luck when that little baby arrives! i'm due in December and have been following you to gain almost all of my maternity inspiration 🙂 I've referenced you several times in my own little blog!

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    Brynn
    August 24, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    YES! I wear my cargo vest all year round, and it gets a ton of wear in the summer for the reasons you talked about. I feel like it always adds that extra something that turns the outfit from something boring and plain to something that's a little more interesting and polished! 🙂

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    AJ
    September 2, 2014 at 1:48 am

    See, i tried my cargo vest with a maxi and hated the look, but this looks so great on you!!

    -AJ

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