We're menswear snaggers. Did we just invent that term? You betcha. But, it seems appropriate, since we're constantly copping goodies from the male wardrobe. Our latest obsession? The vest.
Though your experience with vests may remind you of every suit your dad has ever worn or perhaps something pulled from Blossom
's '90s wardrobe, think again: The vest is the most versatile thing you've got going on. And, to prove it, we've created three looks you can pull together right now. Get invest
Though we wouldn't normally include a T-shirt and pants in our dress-to-impress wardrobe, we've found a clever little way to dress it up for date night. The vest offers the longer, more feminine shape with a lot more leg room. Though your natural instinct is to float toward a brogue shoe, swapping it out for a heel takes this outfit to the next level. It's the perfect combination of classy and cool. Yep, date night is officially more comfortable.
Clockwise from top left: J.Crew Cafe Windowpane-Check Capri Pants, $216, available at The Outnet; Kenneth Cole Layered Chain With Crystals, $35, available at Macy's; Zara Studio Long Vest, $189, available at Zara; Corner Des CreateursWolf T-Shirt, $141, available at Shoptiques; Christian Louboutin T-Slick Heel, $795, available at Christian Louboutin.
Is it just us, or does typing while wearing a blazer give you those dreaded T-Rex arms? Yeah, we're not into it, either. Enter our new best friend, the vest. You can build on the classic, white, button-down shirt, by surrounding it with colorful peripherals. The vest adds the same coverage you seek from a blazer, but without all that restriction. Free as a bird, girl.
Clockwise from top left: Paul Smith Blue Floral Jacquard Trousers, $470, available at Paul Smith; Tara Jarmon White Cotton Shirt, $175, available at Stylebop; Zara Studio Long Vest, $189, available at Zara; BCBG Metallic Stone Statement Necklace, $98, available at BCBG. 3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashli Satchel, $895, available at Zoë; Topshop Monumental Tassle Loafers, $55, available at Topshop.
If your brunch plans with the ladies often evolve into a night out on the town (hello, day drinking), you need something transitional. Here, the vest has a proven ability to last you all day and night. This baby dresses down your skirt-and-cami combo for day time, while offering that downtown vibe at night. Top it off with a plum lipstick that's perfect for fall — and for this outfit — and you're looking at the ultimate one-stop shop.
Clockwise from top left: Tibi Signature Silk Cami, $158, available at Tibi; Zara Studio Long Vest, $189, available at Zara; Tory Burch Drew Skirt, $192.50, available at Tory Burch; Rupert Sanderson Honeycup Ankle Boots, $854, available at Rupert Sanderson; Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Plum Scene, $20, available at Sephora.