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Proof That Vests Are a Year-Round Closet Staple

Three new ways to style the warm-weather-friendly layering essential.

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Ashley Combs

Though layering is often lauded as the key to great style, the idea of donning multiple layers of anything amidst the summer's heat is very near repugnant. That's why a vest is the perfect option to add intrigue to an ensemble sans sleeves. Whether you're into sweater styles, bohemian renditions, or waistcoats, vests are the summer style accoutrement you won't regret investing in. Wear them over breezy sundresses and t-shirts now, then swap those base layers for sweaters and button-downs as the temperatures drop. We even recommend forgoing the idea of layering and wearing your vest on its own as a top. In case you're in need of a little more sartorial inspiration, we've recreated three ensembles, each with its own unique way of styling a vest.


Patterned Vest + Sundress + Birkenstocks

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Embrace the bohemian nature of the season with a printed vest and gauzy shirt dress. Then add a heavier shoe to balance the lightness of the clothes. Simple accessories like this pearl anklet are the perfect finishing touch.

Boston

Birkenstock
$135

Hélène Bag

A.P.C.
$340


Sweater Vest + T-shirt + Jeans

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You can never go wrong with a simple sweater-vest/t-shirt pairing. A relaxed pair of straight-leg denim keeps with the energy of the ensemble, while the strappy sandal adds a subtle feminine element.

Silver Alexis Bracelet

Justine Clenquet
$65


Waistcoat + Trousers + Slides

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While a vest is obviously a great layering staple, it can also serve as a top on its own. Keep with the tailoring vibe with a pair of black trousers, then add a chunky sandal to tie all the neutrals together.

Fabia Suit Vest

The Frankie Shop
$135
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