Is there anything more all-American than a perfectly roughed-up, worn-in denim vest? We think not. You can thank the biker boys (and babes) who chopped up their jean jackets to create this icon of summer style, but just in case that's not your aesthetic, you can easily pull off the look sans Harley.
How? By following the lead of indie It Girls everywhere, who've tossed the lightweight toppers over dainty dresses, loose tanks, ripped-up tees — you name it. To walk you through the process of becoming (ahem) invested in the trend, we've whipped up three unique looks that range from edgy to eclectic to flower child. Create your AC/DC "Highway To Hell" Pandora station in 3, 2, 1…
Soften the tough-girl aesthetic of a denim vest with a feminine lace dress, but keep just a hint of edgy interest with a pair of badass ankle boots, an effortless bag, and some statement jewels.
From left: Rag & Bone Classic Newbury Leather Ankle Boots, $495, available at Net-a-Porter; Frangos Turquoise Row Necklace, $480, available at Charm & Chain; H&M Lace Dress, $29.95, available at H&M; Topshop Moto Bleach Sleeveless Jacket, $70, available at Topshop; Baggu Drawstring Purse, $140, available at Baggu.
The fluidity of an asymmetric skirt and a super-soft, lived-in tee balances a structured topper. An architectural sandal gives a little model-off-duty flair, and a juicy pop of orange nods to summer's love affair with brights.
From left: Need Supply Drop Earrings, $18, available at Need Supply; Joia Wayside Bag, $68, available at Tobi; T by Alexander Wang Classic Tee With Pocket, $98, available at My Theresa; Topshop Moto Bleach Sleeveless Jacket, $70, available at Topshop; Mango Tail Hem Pleated Skirt, $39.99, available at Mango; Dolce Vita Magg Wedges, $166.95, available at Lori's Shoes.
Mixing prints is easy when you have one classic element to tie the look together. In this case, it's the trusty denim vest. Opt for patterns that incorporate one common color (here, it's navy), and remember: Stripes are the new neutrals!
From left: Barneys New York Co-op Printed Pant, $225, available at Barneys; Topshop Moto Bleach Sleeveless Jacket, $70, available at Topshop; Matt Bernson Jack Flappy Strap Sandals, $145, available at Shopbop; H&M Top, $7.95, available at H&M; Coach Leather New Willis, $298, available at Dillard's; Natasha Couture Hinged Cuff, $28, available at Nordstrom.