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20 Cute Fall & Winter Vests You’ll Love

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Cute fall & winter vests
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One of my favorite things about fall and winter is the amazing number of outfits you can create by layering. We all know about the chic ways to play with scarves, cropped jackets, and button-down shirts, but oftentimes, girls our age forget about one of the greatest sartorial “arrows in our quill” — the vest.

I know, I know — when you hear the word “vest,” you probably automatically think of the cut-off denim variety worn by hair band rockstars and members of the Babysitters Club. In actuality, the possibilities are endless! Read on for a few reason why we LOVE vests — and check out a few of our favorite picks for this season!

Why We Love Vests

  • They add extra “oomph” to bland outfits. Does your ensemble need an extra kick? Pump up the style by adding a vest. A contrasting layer will create interest, and let’s face it — most girls aren’t adventurous enough to sport them, so you’ll stand out. A denim vest would look rad with a nautical striped shirt, as would a fur vest over a thin cashmere sweater.
  • The can change the aesthetic of an outfit. Vests are a great way to add a retro, rustic, or even rock ‘n’ roll feel to a regular outfit. Wear a denim vest with a concert tee for a glam-rock look, or pair a down vest with a flannel shirt for a cozy, campfire-chic outfit!
  • They keep you warm. This is an obvious biggie. Allowing cold winds to blow against your chest is a great way to freeze. Help your internal organs out and give them an extra layer of protection — your body will thank you!
  • They can replace a coat. The thickest, fluffiest vests (I have a Northface down puffer vest for super cold days) can actually keep you warm enough to lose the winter coat altogether. This comes in especially handy during football games when I want to rock my school colors but not freeze!
  • They come in so many styles. Although they peaked in popularity a couple years ago, I love the glamour and elegance that a fur vest can give an outfit. Or, if your style is quirky, urban, or a bit retro, a denim vest is probably one of your staples. And although they’re pricey (and some would argue not the most stylish), I can’t survive the winter without my down puffer vest. Also, look for vests made from Sherpa, corduroy, leather, crochet knit, and other unique fabrics.
  • They’re unexpected! Look around you. (We know some of you ladies love to read CF while in class!) How many girls do you see wearing vests? Vests are an easy way to shake up “the college uniform” and look stylish and unique.

Hot Picks

Denim Vests

I love denim vests because they can be worn all year long, and they match almost anything you have in your closet! Here are some of my favorites:

Cute denim vests
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(Faux) Fur Vests

They might not be this year’s “new and hot” thing, but I love all of my (faux) fur vests and in most parts of the country, (especially “flyover” states like Oklahoma) these vests are definitely still in style.

Faux fur vests
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Puffer Vests

These babies aren’t exactly cheap, but they’re practically essential for any outdoorsy girl. A puffy winter vest is totally worth the investment if you have to spend a lot of time outside in the wind.

Winter puffer vests
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Other Cool Vests

Pick up one or two unique vests that you know will help spice up your wardrobe. I especially love checkered and geometric designs!

Cute vests for fall & winter
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What Do You Think?

How often do you wear vests? What are your favorite styles? What things do you like to pair them with? Do you have a puffer vest, or do you think they’re a faux-pas? Would you still wear a fur vest this season? What else would you like to see CF write about? Leave a comment and tell us what you think!

Posted on on October 25, 2012 / Filed Under: Shopping / Tags: , , , , ,

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13 Responses to “20 Cute Fall & Winter Vests You’ll Love”

  1. 1
    October 25th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    I just bought a faux fur vest today :D

  2. 2
    October 25th, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    These are actually huge in England right now. Everyone is wearing them.

  3. 3
    October 25th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I have one of these! Except in England we call them ‘gilets’ for some reason? A ‘vest’ to us is a tank-top… funny how much variation there can be in something as simple as naming clothes! Anyway, nice post!

  4. 4
    October 25th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I used to wear puffer vests in middle school, so I can’t imagine wearing them now, lol. Some of the other vest options you gave are pretty cute though!

  5. 5
    October 25th, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I’m just curious..when you guys posted the application for writing for College Fashion you mentioned that preference is given to those in the United States as that’s where most of your readers are. However, I consistently see items from UK stores that I can’t even have shipped to the US (for example, that adorable fur vest above). Why is this? I hate seeing something I love only to click on it and find out there’s no way that I can get it. ):

  6. 6
    October 25th, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    Denim vest? Yes! Love this for the upcoming chilly season :)

  7. 7
    October 25th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I love vests! Especially for fall layering :) Classic menswear vests are really fun too. One DIY I like to do is if I have a t-shirt with a cool picture or pattern but it doesn’t fit right, cut off the sleeves and the crew neck, then cut it up the middle front. Poof! A slouchy vest that isn’t really bulky, but can be thrown over a tank top or summer dress. It’s more of a summer thing, but it’s a fun recycling trick!

  8. 8
    October 25th, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    What about knit vests? I’ve been looking for a long knit vest for a while now!

  9. 9
    October 25th, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Love denim vests! I have one, but sometimes I don’t know exactly how to wear it..any suggestions?

  10. 10
    October 26th, 2012 at 12:02 am

    I have a military-esque vest that is super easy to layer. Love it over maxi dresses, sweaters, whatever.

  11. 11
    October 26th, 2012 at 1:41 am

    I love vests. Especially denim vests ;) I am not very fond of fur vests. Fake or not, I think most of the time they look tacky.

  12. 12
    October 26th, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Puffer vest at Plato’s Closet! ……..now to find a denim one. LOL

  13. 13
    October 26th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    Please do an article on how to wear different types of vests, because I love these but don’t want to run out of outfit ideas!!

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