There's nothing I love more than the resurgence of my white jeans and open toe sandals after a long summer spent under my bed in storage.  In order to combat the still chilly morning weather, I added a bunch of layers over my white button down.  My denim jacket has been a long time favorite of mine and this sleeveless trench has been in pretty steady rotation for over a year now & every time I pull it out of my closet, I discover a new fun way to style it.  Read on for 3 ways to style your trench vest for spring.

As a dress:  When the weather gets warmer and bare legs are acceptable again, I love to button up this piece and wear it as a dress.  One summer, I swapped the trench's tie belt for a structured belt and classic flats to make it work day appropriate.   In early spring, a sleeveless trench can be buttoned up and layered with a long sleeve tee underneath for a bit of additional warmth.

As a vest:  In any season, a long line vest adds an extra level to a basic look. I have worn this particular trench vest opened up over sweaters & pants a couple of times.  With neutrals, it provides a classic feel and with bright colors it adds an element of structure.

As outerwear: As I did today, using this piece as outerwear is great for transitional weather periods.  The absence of sleeves allowed me to create an interesting outerwear combo, like mixing this vest with my denim jacket, while the longer length of the vest keeps my legs shielded from the wind. 

Jeans: Abercrombie & Fitch (similar) | Top: Forever 21 | Denim Jacket: American Eagle | Vest: Ann Taylor (similar, under $100) | Bag: Rebecca Minkoff | Heels: Steve Madden | Lip: c/o Butter London (shade: Primrose Hill Picnic)

Style Tip: Nude heels are always a good idea to help elongate your legs & this strappy, minimalist pair are surprisingly comfortable & under $100!  

Michelle Paige