My mother volunteers at a local thrift shop and tends to get "first pick" of donated items which usually leads to her bringing home gaudy cupid lamps (of which I wholeheartedly approve and plan to steal someday). Usually, she doesn't really have any input in my wardrobe and doesn't buy me clothes, but I'm thrilled that she didn't pass on this velvet vested beauty and brought it home (for a mere $1, I might add). It is just absolutely amazing and so intricate; each color is a seperate piece of fabric. It would look great worn open, but it is rather too large on me to be worn as a vest. I pinned it with safety pins into a dress and kept it on the loose side for a mod shape.