Vest In Show: Outfit Inspo To Help You Style Waistcoats This Season

Vest In Show: Outfit Inspo To Help You Style Waistcoats This Season

We love a vest. Whether it’s a structured waistcoat or a cozy oversized knit, they never fail to complete any outfit — and keep us comfy. But with their versatility can also come confusion.

You might think that something thick yet sleeveless could only be called upon for some very specific in-between weather, but there are ways to make sure you’re getting the most out of your purchase.  After all, being able to get creative with outfits means the pieces in our wardrobes get maximum wear, ensuring we’re not contributing to overconsumption. But sometimes we get stumped. And when the outfit block comes around, the only course of action to take is to look at our social feeds for the right inspiration to reignite the spark. This season vest styles are trending in more varieties than ever, from the cowboycore-approved denim waistcoat to the classic sweater vest.

Here to guide your sleeveless endeavours are seven kinds of vests you’ll be able to throw on and go this spring — along with expert styling tips from creators on the ‘gram. 

Scroll on for vest style ideas for the season ahead.

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The Tailored Waistcoat

The revival of the waistcoat has been a blessing. We love injecting them into casual outfits with denim and tees, donning a matching set or even channelling the menswear-inspired trend with a crisp shirt and tie combo.

Aligne Leo Denim Pinstripe Waistcoat, $, available at Aligne

The Frankie Shop Gelso Grain de Poudre and Satin Vest, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Mango Suit Vest with Buttons, $, available at Mango

The Cropped Sweater Vest

These vests are a breeze to style. Simply wear it on its own as a cozy top or layer over a balloon-sleeve blouse when the occasion arises.

Ganni Green Cotton Rope Vest, $, available at Ganni

Urban Renewal Remade Spliced Argyle Sweater Vest, $, available at Urban Outfitters

Arket Sleeveless Top, $, available at Arket

The linen waistcoat

A linen waistcoat gives you the best of both worlds for the warmer months: a tailored look and weather-appropriate feel. Pair with jeans or midi skirts, layer over dresses or tees, and don’t forget to pack for your next sunny holiday.

Banana Republic Lina Linen Vest, $, available at Banana Republic

Dissh Sloan Black Sleeveless Linen Blend Vest, $, available at Dissh

Reformation Aspen Linen Top, $, available at Reformation

The Button-Up Knit Vest

Layering is key with this style. Try wearing over a basic T-shirt and under a blazer or trench coat for a more polished feel.

Leret Leret No. 65, $, available at Leret Leret

COS Longline Knitted Wool Vest, $, available at COS

Eloquii Pinstripe Vest, $, available at Eloquii

The Oversized Vest

If you’re over wearing your vest as a mini dress, throw it over a button-down shirt or a shirt-style maxi dress to make it office-appropriate.

Nike Sportswear Collection Stripe Trim Sweater Vest, $, available at Nordstrom

Everlane The TENCEL™ Sleeveless Blazer, $, available at Everlane

Babaton Expert Vest, $, available at Aritzia

The Printed Vest

Prints have been shining this year, from the leopard print renaissance, to the Western fashion revival. A printed vest can bring any outfit from drab to fab.

Lisa Says Gah Riley Vest, $, available at Lisa Says Gah

All Saints Underground Reversible Leopard Vest, $, available at Revolve

Pilcro Crew-Neck Sweater Vest, $, available at Anthropologie

The Utility Vest

Quilted and puffy, you’d think these vests would be hard to style. But what makes them pop is when they’re paired with loose knitwear and flowy silhouettes — anything too structured can make them look boxy.

Carhartt Work In Progress Green Skyler Vest, $, available at SSENSE

Nigel Preston Waistcoat Utility Top, $, available at Free People

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