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Trending This Season- Vests- How to Style Them

Structured vests are that piece shown to be quite versatile in your wardrobe. But how to style them?

Structured vest, taupe turtleneck and black jeans

Structured vest, taupe turtleneck and brooch

We have seen that the sweater vest was making a big researgence this year and can be styled in many different ways. albeit more casually.

The tailored vest or waistcoat, is more structured to the body and is considered a dressier piece. I bought this vest and another grey one I have from Poshmark, as they are a great secondhand item you can find for less.

Ways to Style

Depending on the look you are going for, you can style a tailored vest with jeans, trousers, a fabulous pleated midi skirt and many other ways. For the colder months, I have chosen a taupe basic turtleneck to wear underneath. I am wearing my black skinny jeans from Old Navy and tall black leather lug boots from Jambu. I do love a menswear look and a more structured style at times.

You could add an additional blazer over top of this look ( perhaps an oversized one- like in this post) for an even more layered and structured style.

Button down tops with some frill, or puff sleeves would give it more of a feminine touch underneath the vest.

Wearing a structured vest with blue jeans, different patterned booties, and a long sleeve bodysuit is another option.

A structured vest paired with a faux leather pleated skirt would be a great option as the upper body is more fitted and flows then to an A-Line shape. Wonderful for ladies who prefer A-line skirts or dresses.

Dresses can be paired with a structured vest as well. For a more casual vibe, leave the vest open. I love the contrast of masculine/feminine.

I shared how I styled this vest with a dress in THIS POST.

Wearing the waistcoat at night, try a bold colored silk blouse, with some leather trousers. Add some sparkle with accessories.

With knit vests, I love the look over a solid colored shirt dress, adding more shape and definition to the look.

Some History

King Charles II of England, Scotland and Ireland introduced the waistcoat in October of 1666 as a part of correct dress during the Restoration of the British monarchy” source

Women’s vests were derived later than the men’s but still resemble menswear today.

Period: 1794 into 19th century.

A short, sleeveless bodice of varying design, worn with full evening dress.

“The waistcoat, or vest (as it is known in the United States), is a close-fitting sleeveless garment originally designed for men that buttons (or occasionally zips) down the front to the waist. Produced in either single or double-breasted styles, the waistcoat is designed to be worn underneath a suit or jacket, although it does not necessarily have to match. Similar garments are worn by women.”  *** source 

According to Tom Greatrex in The Berg Companion to Fashion (2010):

What’s Happening?

I am sure it is no surprise I spent the day after returning from our visit, resting. The long drives do take a toll on my muscles and I can’t wait for dry needling this Wednesday. Basically, I am just decorating and getting ready for the next excursion to Philly for Christmas. Had a wonderful time at Moms for Thanksgiving and look forward to sharing some Holiday looks next week , here on the Blog.

Structured vest, taupe turtleneck and black jeans

How do you style a structured vest or do you prefer a knit vest? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from you.


Limited vest-  similar option, 

Taupe Turtleneck- H&M

Black Old Navy Skinny Jeans

Jambu Block Heeled Booties

Tressje leather bag

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  • Jodie
    Posted at 19:01h, 13 December Reply

    I just love my vests and am so glad they are trending now. Adding the brooch was brilliant Jess,

  • Neti*
    Posted at 14:01h, 13 December Reply

    Fantastic Lewk Jess. do like to wear vests in the cooler months. Happy Holidaze. . .

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 13:17h, 13 December Reply

    It’s a great look, Jess! And a vest can make an outfit warmer.


  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:59h, 13 December Reply

    Glad you are home and resting! I am patiently waiting for the cooler weather to arrive so I can wear my sweater vests comfortably. It’s been so hot – mid 80s and all I really want to wear are all the fun, seasonal looks but I’ll sweat to death!
    I know how much you are looking forward to your dry needling!

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