How to wear a vest the best

By Carly Fuller

Vests are this season’s it piece, and we think every closet should have multiple options. With so many styles, colors and fabrics out there, why just stop at one? They are versatile, trendy, and some even act like an accessory, adding just the right touch to complete an outfit. We urge you to jump right on the vest train and not be intimidated by the wealth of options available. Read on and we’ll show you how to wear a vest the best.

Puffer vest

Undoubtedly the most common, there is no shortage of puffer vests available, but we think this floral one stands out from the crowd. The florals add a feminine touch and the mix of earthy tones has us swooning. Pair it with a mustard sweater, raw-edge skinnies and camel-colored ankle booties for a truly laid-back yet stylish look.

Faux fur vest

If you haven’t yet jumped on the faux fur vest train, you’re missing out, friend! These vests make any outfit feel more luxurious and chic. While there is no denying the faux fur vest trend is the new it thing, it might be a little bold for some and that’s okay because there are options that take a more subtle approach. Take this BKE vest, for example, and treat it more like a fuzzy cardigan. It doesn’t necessarily scream fur but looks more like the cozy side of your favorite throw blanket. We especially like this one because of its longer length and slimming lines. Pair it with a tighter-fitting long-sleeve top and skinnies to keep you from looking too heavy.

Cargo vest

Cargo vests are so versatile and go with everything, don’t they? Try it over skinnies and a flannel, chambray, sweater, peplum top or striped long-sleeve tee. Try it with a black or plum-colored dress. Throw on a chunky knit scarf, a hobo crossbody bag or a long pendant necklace. The cargo vest is so versatile, it really should be treated like an accessory! We assure you that if you wear one of these babies, you’ll look like you know how to wear a vest the best.

Sherpa vest

Another hot, hot, hot trend this fall is sherpa everything. While some workplaces might frown on a sherpa pullover and jeans, you could grab yourself a sherpa vest like this one from Mossimo and throw it over a chambray dress for work and add a blanket scarf for extra style cred. Try a sherpa vest with a hoodie and joggers for a little weekend or post-gym flair.

Quilted vest

We love us a vest option that can we worn outside and inside. A thinner quilted vest, like this one from Croft & Barrow, is the best of both worlds. We think it would pair beautifully with a plaid flannel shirt (find more on pattern mixing here), a great pair of distressed jeans, a beanie and duck boots. If you are looking for something a little less casual, try it over a solid, jewel-toned dress or coupled with a cowl neck-sweater for a look with a built-in scarf.

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