13 Ways Fashion People Are Wearing This Trendy Staple


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We first reported on the sweater-vest trend in 2020 when it blew up on our social media feeds, and although a few years have now passed, we're pleased to report that they're definitely still a thing in 2022. Rather than being a must-have It item this season, the trend mania that surrounded them has died down and now sweater-vests are simply a trendy fall staple that stylish people are wearing with their casual, everyday outfits. If you ask me, these looks prove that it's an item worth adding to your forever wardrobe.

As with any stylish staple, how fashion people are wearing sweater-vests has evolved. Instead of combining them with pleated skirts and loafers as a sort of school uniform cosplay, the sweater-vest outfits we've spotted recently are getting simpler and less trendy—personally, I think it's refreshing. Now you'll spot sweater-vests with basics like jeans and ankle boots and when fashion people do choose to layer them, the vibe is more relaxed to offset the sweater's academic ethos.

Ahead, see the sweater-vest outfits that we're jotting down for 2022.


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Play with proportions—opt for an oversize vest to make even jeans and sneakers look forward.


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Another way to freshen up a sweater-vest outfit is by injecting some bright color. Most of the knits on the market tend to be neutral-toned but there are a few gems like this COS style that stand out.


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Sweater-vests and button-down shirts just make sense. To keep them from veering too far into the scholastic territory, dress them down with puddle pants.


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Wears yours atop a white tee and let the under-layer peek out for some added visual interest.


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Striped sweaters are trending all over Paris and New York. A striped sweater-vest is an easy-to-wear option for transitional weather.


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Sleeveless turtlenecks absolutely fall into the sweater-vest category and they always look ultra-elevated.


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Lend a relaxed, off-duty feel to your knit by layering it over a boxy T-shirt.


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While all-neutral tones would risk making this ensemble feel stuffy, the funky colors and prints ensure it's fun and youthful.


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Sweater-vests also happen to pair well with fall 2022's other trendy staples: miniskirts and knee boots.


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Throwing on a baseball hat is a great way to add a sporty feel to a sweater-vest.


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Baggy denim takes the sophisticated knit to another level of cool.


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Shrunken sweater-vests are easily layered, but they're also great all on their own as a cool alternative to a top.


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Grandpas everywhere may prefer theirs with sharp tailoring, but fashion people are subverting the knit with oversize shapes.

More of our favorite sweater-vests:

Next, eight non-basic things all French girls seem to own.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.