Five Chic Ways to Wear an Oversized Vest

The trans-seasonal staple you need.

When it comes to non-negotiable items you need in your closet, an oversized vest definitely cuts the bill. While most fashion essentials are usually associated with the cold, wintry months, celebrities and streetstyle influencers are advocating for a trans-seasonal basic.

The menswear-inspired piece is currently getting a makeover treatment given its ability to be dressed up or down and its adaptability to virtually any climate. Hot days, cold days, workwear or brunch – there’s no limit to how and where you can wear it. That being said, its versatility can make styling options a bit overwhelming, so we’re here to break down a comprehensive style guide, all season long.

Below, five ways to style an oversized vest that gives you a whole new outfit, every time.

This look is having a major moment in casualwear right now, and for good reason. Upping a simple t-shirt and jeans look with a knit cardigan can take your look from casual to chic with just the addition of an extra item (plus it provides a much-needed layer of warmth when the temperature starts to drop).

Opting for a plain t-shirt and a patterned vest is great for adding a pop of color without being too overwhelming, and if Dua Lipa’s street style is anything to go by, it’ll be a staple outfit for many this winter. .

There’s a reason vests are a winter staple, and it’s mainly because of their layering ability. If you’re looking for a little extra warmth but don’t like to commit to a bulky coat, opting for a vest over a turtleneck is a great option. Paired with tailored pants and boots à la Kendall Jenner, this look is perfect whether you’re looking for a polished office outfit or a laid-back streetstyle aesthetic.

When working with oversized clothes, most would assume you would mix between baggy and fitted, but the oversized vest makes the case for being the perfect partner to an oversized shirt. The best part about it is that the layering effect lets you mix and match different styles and patterns (like a blue and white striped shirt paired with a cream vest).

Depending on whether you are looking for the shirt or the vest to be the focal point of the outfit, you can in different colors accordingly. This outfit was designed for the cooler days of fall and winter and makes us feel good just thinking about it.

Pairing a dress with a cardigan might seem like an odd combination, but these two wardrobe staples are actually a combination made in heaven. A cropped cardigan over a puffy dress can add shape and dimension to your look without needing to throw complicated accessories into the mix (like a belt to cinch in the waist). Whether the dress is mini or maxi style, the key to oversized vest style is balancing the volume.

While we definitely have an affinity for the layered look, there’s no saying that a vest on its own isn’t a complete outfit. If you’re going for a wintery bottom half (think jeans and boots), wearing a sweater vest on its own is a great way to deal with changes in temperature.

her selection of oversized cardigans for winter

Contrast Knit Vest in Blue, $135 from COS
Wavy Knit Vest, $69.95 at ZARA
Blanca Lauren Vest, $189 at THE ICONIC
Marigold Knit Tank Top, $82 at Apéro
V-Neck Knit Vest, $24.99 at H&M
Knitted Vest, $150 from VENROY
Sleeveless Knit Vest with Collar, $55 at Marks & Spencer
Estele Aldo Vest, $149 at THE ICONIC
V-neck vest in turquoise, $135 from COS
AERE Knitted Vest, $100 from THE ICONIC

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