Anything worn in high school and college seems to have returned to the fashion scene. This past spring my middle-school-aged daughter asked for a sweater vest. I knew by the time the seasons changed, sweater vests would be commonplace at all retailers. But how to style a sweater vest as a grown-ass woman? Here's how to style a sweater vest in a way that is sophisticated yet fun, practical yet stylish, and perfect for us grown-ass women.
The key to re-wearing a trend from your past is not to be literal. You may also remember sweater vests as part of a uniform. Paired over turtlenecks or oxford shirts, these were assigned by your school, or maybe just the default uniform of a certain group of folks in your grade who identified as preps, brainiacs, etc. Often these were argyle or a Fair Isle pattern or a solid color embroidered with a crest over the heart.
That being said, if you have absolutely NO desire to revisit the sweater vest trend, you don't need to. As a grown-ass woman, you wear whatever the heck makes you happy, and if revisiting a trend doesn't make you happy, leave it in the past. Nothing is more stylish than trusting yourself. But also… unless it's your personal style aesthetic you don't want to wear sweater vests in the same manner as they were worn the last go-round.
The key is to make the trend feel fresh and new, with only a subtle hint to the past. Good thing most retailers that cater to a range of ages are styling sweater vests in a way that is modern with a classic lean. Similar, yet different from the '90s and very wearable in a variety of settings and a range of personal style aesthetics and body types.
If you wish to dip your toes into the sweater vest trend this season, I recommend starting simple. The original way I saw sweater vests this season beyond the strawberry oversized one my daughter HAD to have was in a pale neutral like cream or oatmeal.
It had a crew, mock, or turtleneck. It was a boxy but not oversized fit, and it hit anywhere from just below the waist to tunic length. Depending on the weight of the knit, the sweater vest was sometimes half-tucked or just had the waistband folded over to give the appearance of being tucked in.
For tips on how to tuck in a sweater, check out this article. Styling for fall and winter, the sweater vest was usually styled over a white top. If the sweater vest had a lower neck, it was often a crisp white button-front shirt this is my absolute favorite white shirt — no iron and great for curves. If the vest had a higher neck like a mock or turtleneck, it sometimes was styled over a fitted knit top like a turtleneck or long-sleeved t-shirt.
If it was a button-front shirt, the collar is popped to peek over the neckline, but isn't properly folded over as we did for uniforms in the past. The hem of the shirt can be left untucked and it's okay to have it peek out from the bottom of the sweater vest. In fact, a popular look this season is a sweater vest the length of a tunic or short dress with an elongated white shirt peeking out creating an above-the-knee dress effect that can be worn with tights, leggings, or tall boots.
As for the bottom half, anything goes. This concept looks great styled with faux leather leggings , with slouchy cuffed chinos or cords, and denim of most any cut and wash. I would hesitate styling with a short or knee-length skirt because that feels too close to a uniform or the way we styled sweater vests in the past.
Like my daughter's strawberry-printed sweater vest, patterned sweater vests are a hot look this season. While there are a few traditional argyle and Fair Isle print sweater vests on the market, the majority of patterned sweater vests this season are playful, colorful, quirky, and fun.
A printed sweater vest can be fitted and cropped, slouchy and hanging past the bum, and everything in between. Looking online, you will see this sweater vest trend worn by all genders and in a range of personal style aesthetics. The bolder prints are often paired with a white shirt underneath to let the pattern take the spotlight.
This is where your personality can shine through. Pair a pastel striped vest with a pale pink blouse with puffed sleeves. Rock that leopard print with a classic white crewneck tee. Mix a graphic printed vest with a floral or striped button-front shirt. You can also style it in the same way as you would the neutral vest and white shirt, though don't be afraid to switch out a classic white shirt for one of unique fabric, with interesting details like bishop sleeves or ruffled shoulders , or choose a print or solid color.
If you like the clean look but prefer some color and aren't on the pattern play train, there is a sweater vest look for you too! The most popular way to wear a solid-colored vest of any color is over a white button-front shirt, but a classic blue pinstripe or a print incorporating the color of the vest is also a great choice.
If your vest is more tailored in fit, consider playing with volume with bishop sleeves , an oversized collar , or having the shirt hang out below the vest's hem. If you like the look of a vest to replace your top, play with volume by pairing with wide-leg pants , baggy jeans, or a fuller midi-length skirt. These days, you can totally rock any trend in any way that makes you happy.
If you're thrilled sweater vests are back so you can recreate looks you wore or wanted to wear in the past, go for it. You'll look amazing. But if you want some basic guidelines on how to style a sweater vest for here and now, this list is for you:. What do you think of the sweater vest trend? Do you plan on rocking it this season? I'd love to hear how you plan to style a sweater vest or how you've already incorporated one into your existing wardrobe!
He wears it with a plain white t-shirt underneath, and it is SO cute. I do love argyle, but so far I have limited myself to socks and a scarf. Maybe I will look for a sweater! I adore sweater vests and wore them like mad the last time around. The adorable purse is also available in pink and brown. Warning: you are about to get a lot of compliments everywhere you go. These are just so darling. If you're going to rock a ponytail, a bun, or a half-up-half-down style, you might as well have an adorable hair tie.
These satin-soft scrunchies are available in a set of two and there are so many different color options to choose from. Bring a sense of casual to your sweater vest with a pair of jeans and some crisp, white sneakers. Argyle doesn't have to be traditional. Why not go pink? If you're looking for another unique option, this sweater vest also comes in lime green. If you want to go classic, there are beige and navy argyle sweater vests too.
We will always rely on Madewell for jeans because as the name suggests they are all made well. This particular pair is available in plus, petite, standard, and tall sizes. These jeans have comfy stretch and a high-rise waist. It doesn't get any cooler than a pair of all-white Nike sneakers.
The pairing with the sweater vest is just effortlessly fashionable. And, of course, we found a great shoulder bag that coordinates with this ensemble and it's on sale! This refined, pebble leather bag has multiple pockets on the inside and outside.
It's also available in black, grey, yellow, and green. Look 3: Black on Black on Black You can never go wrong with an all-black outfit, especially with some white accents. It's the perfect combination of effortless and chic. We styled this sweater vest with a black long-sleeve bodysuit and some black ripped jeans.
If you love black with white, get this sweater vest. If you love white with black, that option is also available too. This Is a great top on its own or over a bodysuit like we have in this look here. This bodysuit smooths, sculpts, and defines.
It is such an essential piece that you can wear on its own or under a sweater vest hint, hint. This is available in so many colors. You're going to want them all! These jeans are super soft and stretchy with some rips at the knee. These are the perfect juxtaposition to the black and white sweater vest. You can use this simple and chic small shoulder bag to replace you big bulky purses when running errands or going for a quick bite to eat. And, of course, it's a great addition to this sweater vest look.
It's also available in seven other colors. We probably all have a pair of black combat boots at this point, but why not switch things up with these white boots with black actions. They're much more versatile than you realize and the perfect shoes for your sweater vest look. Wear the biker shorts you have and love with an oversized sweater vest.
You can layer that over over a button-down shirt if you want. An oversized sweater vest is the piece you need for layering season. This one is available in light blue, beige, and grey. Yes, we are talking about a white button-down shirt again. This is just such an essential for sweater vest styling and in general. This one also comes in light blue. These are the best biker shorts on Amazon. Who couldn't use a new pair of biker shorts?
Especially now that they're such a fashionable pairing with an oversized sweater vest. They're stylish, they're functional, and they're a must-buy. Plus, there are so many lengths and colors available. If you're a girl on the go, you need to add a pair of Allbirds Tree Breezers to your wardrobe and this outfit, specifically, of course. The shoes are incredibly comfortable and flexible, they minimize odor, and they're machine washable.
And, you can't forget about the bag. JW PEI's vegan leather bags are water-resistant and withstand many years of use. This crossbody is perfect for many occasions and it's roomy enough to fit your phone, cards, wallet, makeup, and other essentials. Look 5: A Sweater Vest With a Turtle Neck and Shorts Yes, it's fall, but that doesn't mean you need to leave your shorts behind with your summer wardrobe.
A sweater vest is the perfect way to turn your favorite shorts into a fall piece, especially if you layer it with a turtleneck bodysuit. You can keep the fall vibes going with a closed-toe, lace-up wedge and a suede bag. This is a high-quality sweater vest that's incredible versatile with sizes ranging from small to 5XL. It's available in so many colors and would look great on men, women, and children.
And, again, we have to insist that it would be such a fashionable look with a pair of high-waisted shorts. These high-waisted shorts can be easily dress up or dressed down. They're available in so many versatile colors with sizes ranging from XS to 4X. If you style them properly, you can wear shorts all year round, trust us on this. Just like most Free People bodysuits, this turtleneck is incredibly soft. This is a great layering piece and it is a timelessly chic piece on its own. Get this in every color.
Trust us. When you hear "wedge," many of us think sandals, but a closed-toe wedge is such a style staple for fall and winter. These are available in many colors to complete your sweater vest ensembles. A suede bag is the perfect fall accessory. You may not think you can wear shorts in the fall, but with a sweater vest and a suede bag, you have the perfect autumn outfit.
This suede bag comes in black, brown, and navy. Just emphasize the casual by wearing a sweater vest over a plain-white t-shirt along with some loose jeans and white tennis shoes. This sweater vest is available in solids, argyle prints, houndstooth prints, and even a strawberry print. This is a great price point if you want to branch out wearing a sweater vest for the first time too! You can never have too many white short-sleeve t-shirts. Wear this with a sweater vest , on its own, or with other pieces you already have in your wardrobe.
Yes, you can wear a sweater vest with your favorite everyday, loose, baggy jeans. This pair is high waisted with a straight leg that hits below your ankle. This shoe defines the term "classic sneaker. This light blue tote perfectly coordinates with the navy argyle sweater, but we have to emphasize our love for this bag in general.
It's available in more than different colors and it has more than 24, five-star Amazon reviews. Stand out with some leopard print. Amp up the warmth by putting a sweater vest over a long-sleeve sweater. Lean into the prep school vibes with a tennis skirt. And if you really just want to go all out and give yourself a little extra warmth , slip on some over-the-knee socks.
If you love animal print, this is the perfect way for you to try out the sweater vest trend. Embrace the cozy by layering a sweater vest over a sweater. This one is available in so many colors. Tennis skirts aren't just for the court and you don't need warm weather as an excuse to wear them. Styling a tennis skirt with a sweater vest instantly turns it into a fall piece. That's especially true with a long-sleeve sweater underneath and some high socks.
A tennis skirt can be so autumn if you put some thought into styling. Over-the-knee socks are functional, fashionable, and the perfect way to add some prep to your fall outfits. Wearing those over-the-knee socks with these ankle booties is a fashionable finish to this sweater vest ensemble. If you're not totally sure how to style a sweater vest, opt for the ease of a dress instead.
I added some knee-high black boots and a snakeskin mini backpack instead of the traditional purse. As a bonus, here are ten affordable sweater vest options to create your street style masterpiece. This sweater vest is giving us total varsity vibes… just think of all the fun outfits you could create with it!
It is oversized, cableknit perfection. This classic, argyle sweater vest is in shades of tan and brown. This sweater vest would be a little too bland without the cropped cut. Some of the most fun types of sweater vests have bold colors and patterns, like this one! This baby pink style is sure to turn heads.
This version is… very, grandpa, but stylish. The oversized fit will be ultra-versatile for several outfits, and we love a sweater vest that buttons up the front. One of our favorite color combinations is hot pink and fluorescent orange. On an argyle sweater vest, this combo is simply perfection. This deep brown, sporty sweater vest is a style we could see ourselves wearing in several different outfits. From skirts to baggy denim, we would pair this version with everything!
If you want a more feminine style, why not opt for a delicate lilac sweater vest? This one is a dream! Will you be trying out the sweater vest trend? Let me know in the comments below! View this post on Instagram. Table of Contents. Sweater Vest Outfit 2. Sweater Vest Outfit 3. Sweater Vest Outfit 4. Sweater Vest Outfit 5. Shopping Guide As a bonus, here are ten affordable sweater vest options to create your street style masterpiece. Click to buy at Princess Polly. Brown Argyle. Blue Cable Knit.
Click to buy at Urban Outfitters. Baby Blue Plaid. Click to buy at Zara. Brown Varsity Stripe. Click to buy at PacSun. Click to buy at Windsor. The cerebral, earth-toned glamour of Gloria Steinem and her entourage is one of my desert-island looks. See also, for bookish elegance: Miuccia Prada , whose real-life sweater-and-skirt wardrobe is possibly the chicest thing in the world.
Thrillingly, I have identified a sweater vest-shaped vacancy in our new season wardrobes. Anyway, the sweater vest vacancy is thanks to the fact that after a spell when it seemed I was gearing up for a partial return to the office, we were spun back to a work-from-home order that, at the time of writing, looks set to take us through the winter.
A kitchen-table-laptop working day has different wardrobe requirements from a train-Pret-office one. Unless you plan to leave the heating on all day, you will need an extra layer. For an office day, your extra layer would be the jacket you slung over your chair and put on for the coffee run.
But a work-from-home layer is for the long hours of sitting still, especially as the weather cools and the afternoons dim early, and you edge toward the spot near the window, where there is a little more light, but also a draught. A sweater vest is an efficient body warmer.