Fashion People Love This Smart and Casual Trend—28 Pieces Worth Adding to Cart

best womens vests

(Image credit: @fakerstrom; PICTURED: Frankie Shop Gelso Tailored Waistcoat ($224))

The unsung hero of my wardrobe this season is, without a doubt, a chic vest (or waistcoat if you’re a Brit like me). As someone who tends to have a weekly deluge of meetings, press previews, and brand dinners, not to mention going to the office a few days a week—I’ve found the vest to be the perfect smart-casual option that instantly adds polish to my outfit with zero effort required. 

Fashion people are all about the versatile trend this season. In fact, you can’t scroll Instagram these days without seeing a chic vest styled with jeans, tailored trousers, or a maxi skirt. Whether it’s a modern white linen silhouette like Sofia Richie’s Posse number or a classic beige tailored wool vest, there are many great iterations for every budget this season. And the best part? They’re easy to wear year-round. Style yours with a miniskirt this summer, and wear it under a blazer with tailored trousers come fall.

Below, I’m sharing 28 of my favorites and including a handful of chic ways fashion people have been styling them this season to get you inspired. 

a photo of an influencer wearing a tan gilet vest over a white button down with black shorts and black loafers

(Image credit: @lefevrediary)

woman wearing a black linen vest with jeans, best gilets for women

(Image credit: @monikh)

woman wearing white vest with matching white skirt, best womens vests

(Image credit: @deborabrosa)

woman wearing tan waistcoat with jeans, best womens vests

(Image credit: @tylynnguyen)


(Image credit: @annelauremais)

woman wearing white suit vest with jeans, best gilet vests for women

(Image credit: @anayahmorinia)

woman wearing a white vest

(Image credit: @cassdimicco)

This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.

Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith Jones is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear who specializes in shopping content and trend stories with high-affiliate impact. She shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands for every budget. Previous to working in fashion, Judith worked as a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) sharing her passion for travel and culture.

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