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Outfit Ideas: 4 Fantastic Ways to Wear a Vest


Women wearing vests
Photos Courtesy of ELLE

Vests are one of our favorite versatile and practical types of outerwear (just check out our post on why we love them so much!), but if you’re stumped on how to style one for fall or winter, you’ve come to the right place. Simply scroll on down to check out four outfit ideas incorporating four of our fave types of vests.

How to Wear a Denim Vest

Denim vests are a wardrobe staple that can be worn year-round, but for a cold weather-appropriate outfit, try out the look below.

Start by pairing a studded sweatshirt with some tweed shorts, then add a classic dark wash denim vest. Plum-colored tights help to winterize the shorts, while oxfords keep the look casual. Accessorize with a rose gold watch and pull back your hair with a pretty rhinestone headband to complete this outfit.

denim vest outfit
Product Info: Vest- Urban Outfitters, Sweater- Mango, Tights- Topshop, Headband- Nordstrom, Shorts- River Island, Watch- Target, Shoes- Piperlime

How to Wear a Quilted Vest

If you experience harsh winters, quilted down vests can help keep you warm and toasty all season long. These babies were just made for layering, as shown in the outfit below.

Start by pairing gray jeans with a striped sweater for a low-key look. Grab a plaid wool blazer, then layer on a gorgeous pink vest for a fun pop of color. Black riding boots add some polish, while a matching beanie is the perfect cold-weather accessory. For the finishing touch, accessorize with several unique rings.

quilted vest outfit
Product Info: Vest- L. L. Bean, Hat- All Saints, Top- Dorothy Perkins, Blazer- Urban Outfitters, Jeans- Mango, Boots- Old Navy, Rhinestone Ring- Topshop, Heart Ring- Swell

How to Wear a Faux Fur Vest

If you’re looking for a way to glam up your wardrobe, look no further than a statement-making faux fur vest.

For a luxe, yet low-key look, pair the vest with a slouchy knit sweater. A floral print maxi skirt adds a bohemian vibe, while heeled ankle boots keep the look casual. Finally, add a few pieces of chic jewelry, like gold hoop earrings and a gemstone necklace.

faux fur vest outfit
Product Info: Vest- Ruche, Skirt- Nasty Gal, Top-, Necklace- Bauble Bar, Earrings- Lord & Taylor, Shoes- H&M

How to Wear a Menswear-Inspired Vest

With their traditional shapes and impeccable tailoring, menswear-inspired vests are timeless pieces that will never go out of style.

For an on-trend look incorporating this type of vest, try layering one over a bold polka dot blouse. A faux leather skirt continues the fashion-forward vibe, while sheer tights and wedged boots keep this look fall-appropriate. Complete the outfit by accessorizing with a silver-colored scarf and adorable flower-shaped studs.

menswearinspired vest outfit
Product Info: Vest- Land’s End Canvas, Top- Sosie, Earrings- Betsey Johnson, Skirt- JCPenney, Boots-, Tights- Topshop, Scarf-

Your thoughts?

Do you own any vests? What do you think of these outfits? Which one is your favorite? Will you be rocking a vest this fall? Remember to leave a comment below and tell us what you think!

Posted on on November 4, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , ,

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11 Responses to “Outfit Ideas: 4 Fantastic Ways to Wear a Vest”

  1. 1
    November 4th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    that first outfit is incredibly cute.

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    November 4th, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    I love how you styled the puffy vest! I have a ton of them and can’t ever manage to wear them without looking like I’m still in middle school. I also really like the menswear-inspired look. Great vests!

  3. 3
    November 4th, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Love the second one! just perfect for Canada!

    Have you ever thought of letting people Pin the outfits on Pinterst directly from CF. I know you have a Pinterst board but just thinking because I would love that

  4. 4
    November 4th, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    This is such a great post! I feel as though vests (for me, at least) are one of the most difficult items of clothing to wear, so thank you so much for sharing your ideas for wearing them! My favorite outfit is definitely the denim vest one…so cute! -Katelyn

  5. 5
    November 4th, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    I happen to own a denim vest that’s menswear-tailored so I get a double look there :)

  6. 6
    November 4th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    third style was my fave!

  7. 7
    November 4th, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Hey Becky! There’s a “Pin it” button at the bottom of every post (in between the Facebook and Twitter ones) which should allow you to pin whichever looks you like directly to Pinterest

  8. 8
    November 4th, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I really like vests, so this article was very helpful! I really like the fur vest and the outfit paired with it!

  9. 9
    November 4th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Thanks Ashley! Just pinned it!

  10. 10
    November 5th, 2012 at 8:44 am

    Absolutley love the first look! Really cute for autumn/winter and re-working your summer denimn waistcoat into something for winter! Fab!

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