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Elevating Vest Style with Secrets of the Fashion ‘It Girl’

The vest has made a big impact on the fashion world. This trend is here to stay, and it’s becoming a wardrobe staple. The waistcoat comes in a variety of styles, from oversized utility to a wool-linen blend to an open-quilted style. It is easy to wear and stylish enough to not be labelled a trend.

Kendall Jenner and Kaia Gerber are two of the many “It Girls” who have adopted the vest as a top trend. They’ve joined the ranks of fashion influencers from New York to Milan. It’s available everywhere today, including Coperni Stella McCartney Free People and Aritzia. The vest is now a staple of fashion. So prepare to get inspired and invest in this trend-turned-closet-essential.


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A cropped denim jacket is like a pair of jeans. (See: Madewell Caterina Denim Cropped Vest) It goes with anything. Combine it with baggy jeans for the perfect top with a Canadian tuxedo or change it up to almost any style and material, including cargo maxiskirts and trousers. Wear it as a top over an outfit or by itself for streamlined street style.


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Why not opt for black separates rather than your classic LBD? This vest and pleated-skirt combo can be worn from daytime to evening. It can be dressed down or up by changing your shoes.


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Wearing a vest with a shirt and tie is a classic look. This is a preppy-meets punk look. Wear the three-piece suit (with tie) with ballet flats or pumps. Or, add some edge to it with combat boots and chains.


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It’s impossible to read about vests without at least seeing one (like this one). Think about layering a mini-cropped style over an oversized shirt or a dress in nap style. It gives shape to any fabric that is shapeless and looks chic.

Dyed Leather

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When paired with matching leather vests, a leather trench coat makes a bold statement. Although you can never go wrong with the classic black color scheme, we love this burgundy shade, perfect for autumn.


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Do not be afraid to go all out with a pinstripe shirt and pants. This office outfit is transformed into a cool girls dream with accessories such as ’90s shield sunglasses, a chain-link belt and pumps.


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Utility vests are an essential part of streetwear for both men and women. This stylish piece, which was originally made to serve a purpose (thanks in part to the many pockets), is equally fashion. If you can find a vintage Carhartt that is perfectly worn from a previous life as a fisherman or construction worker, it’s a bonus. You can keep the bagginess with a pair of big ’90s jeans or trousers or add some flounce to a loose dress or blouse.


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Double-breasted culottes and a vest are the perfect way to make an oversized double-breasted suit summer appropriate. The relaxed fit of this chic ensemble calls for strappy heels, and a fitted t-shirt or tank underneath to balance out the flowing fabric.

Oversized leather Gilet

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There’s nothing more rock’n’roll than an oversized, genuine leather open top. This gives any blouse (or tee or blazer) a major edge. It’s a leather jacket that has a Western flair. Wear it with flare pants, denim or trousers to create a non-buttoned up pants look.

Linen Waistcoat

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The ideal vest as a top is neutral and tailored. It provides coverage on all sides. This outfit is a quiet, luxurious look that does not require many accessories. The fabric and the fit are more important than pairings in this style. Choose styles made from cotton, linen, or wool.

Bold Hue

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Vests don’t have to be neutral. They can come in vibrant colors, too. Bold, saturated colors are a great way to make a statement and not just an understated luxury. The perfect summer outfit for work is a bold colored vest with matching bottoms.


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A trucker vest can be described as a large, baggy denim jacket with sleeves removed. It is genderless, but adds a touch of sass to any outfit. It’s super-casual — whether it’s a hoodie or leggings.

Summer Suit

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Summer suits are easy vests and pants made of lightweight cotton. This is a tailored look that’s both stylish and comfortable. Play with the buttons and show some skin with just one closure at the top. Wear a pair of chunky, oversized sandals and cool sunglasses to finish the look.

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