Ditch The Sleeves: How To Wear Fall's Best Vests

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Fall is famous for its in-between, Indian-summer-meets-premature-winter temps. And sometimes, that makes dressing for the weather near-impossible. But, instead of bemoaning the difficulties of our favorite season, or suggesting you bring a heavy coat everything on the off chance it'll be chilly in an hour, we took cues from the runways and took a closer look at the so-versatile vest.

Whether structured or puffer (they're ba-ack), the vest can work as the perfect transitional piece, pairing with lighter layers when the sun’s still a-shinin’ and then adding easily over thick sweaters and boot as the mercury takes a nosedive. Styling possibilities abound!

Need a little inspiration? We’ve got four great styles from the fall '12 runway to help make the seasonal shift easy peasy.

michaelkors

The Style: Double-Breasted
As seen at: Michael Kors fall '12 runway
Whether you’re a proper lady or a free spirit, you can make this double-breasted piece work. Choose an oversized silhouette, toss in a few contrast-colored pieces, and don't forget to add a couple of touches of texture. Ta da!

SheInside Apricot Sleeveless Two Buttons Tuxedo Style Vest, $62.08, available at SheInside; rag & bone The Basic Brando Tee, $80, available at rag & bone; H&M bag, $24.95, available at H&M; Donna Karan Wool-blend and stretch-leather fingerless gloves, $595, available at Net-a-Porter; McQ Alexander McQueen Black Wool-Blend Circle Skirt, $470, available at Stylebop; Repetto BB leather ballet flats, $265, available at Net-a-Porter.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
verawang

The Style: So soft
As seen at: Vera Wang fall '12 runway
There’s nothing like cozy outerwear for chilly weather, so choose a vest that’s soft in every possible way. Neutral colors, a suede shell, and an ahh-mazing lining will keep you looking hot and feeling warm this season.

Ralph Lauren Black Label Brown lamb skin sleeveless jacket, $1375, available at Farfetch; Weekend by MaxMara Emrio trousers, $181, available at Matches; Michael Kors Ribbed cashmere-blend turtleneck sweater, $895, available at Net-a-Porter; Forever 21 Faux Suede Platform Mary Janes $22.80, available at Forever 21.

Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang
altuzarra

The Style: Fuzzy
As seen at: Altuzarra fall '12 runway
Instead of your faux fur coat, try out a super-luxe fuzzy vest. Choosing black gives you endless styling options, but we’d advocate keeping things simple with over-the-knee boots, a punch of print on the sleeves, and one statement accessory. Voilà!

Topshop Tassel Hem Faux Fur Gilet, $110, available at Topshop; Orla Kiely Fox Fairisle Flared Dress, $345, available at Orla Kiely; ASOS Jewelled Spike Bracelet, $17.25, available at ASOS; Alexander Wang Sofia boot, $895, available at Alexander Wang.

Photo: Courtesy of Altuzarra
alexwang

The Style: Puffer
As seen at: Alexander Wang fall '12 runway
You don’t need to hit the slopes to work the puffer vest; try the look on for size as an alternative to your ski jacket. A simple black turtleneck and leather leggings function as a not-so-basic foundation for the look. Keep the rest fuss-free. Ankle booties and a cross-body bag? Check and check.

Moncler Ghany, $525, available at Moncler; Jean Paul Gaultier Long Sleeve Pull Over, $357, available at Farfetch; Forever 21 Platform Booties, $29.80, available at Forever 21; H&M Pants, $34.95, available at H&M; Dooney & Bourke Small Pocket Crossbody Bag, $168, available at Lord & Taylor.

Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Wang