I've Given In to the Vest Trend for Good—Here Are 10 Ways to Wear One

Some may say a vest is a trendy item that is having its moment but won't be around for a while, but I have to disagree. Whether it's a knit version or tailored, I think it's the perfect layering piece that I'll be coming back to every fall. It's hard for me to not end up throwing one on over every outfit. White button-down? Vest. Maxi dress? Vest. While layering may come easy to me, there have been plenty of vest looks on Instagram that I've been saving for the fall time to try out myself and to give you some inspiration for the upcoming season.

Below, I've rounded up 10 looks from Instagram using all kinds of vests and multiple shopping options if you want to add one to your closet. I'm warning you—be prepared for the vest to become your favorite layering essential this fall.



You most likely have a white button-down sitting in your closet, and it's perfect to pair with a vest. To avoid things looking too formal, add pants in a different shade.



When in doubt, opt for a matching set. It's an easy look that can do no wrong.



How many vests are too many vests? Who What Wear's editor in chief proves that the limit does not exist.

While I love a matching set, mixing and matching different shades looks just as good. Although vests are normally considered polished pieces, Hanna proves that you can dress them down with Birkenstocks.



A leather blazer may be your go-to in the colder weather, but consider adding a leather vest to your rotation.



Thick cable-knit sweaters were seen all over the F/W 21 runways. If you're looking for a knit outfit for the transitional weather, opt for a cable-knit vest and coordinating shorts.



Channel your inner Britney Spears with a denim vest ensemble.



Keep it casual but polished with a pair of straight-leg jeans and chunky boots.



If it's warm enough, a vest can just be a top.

My favorite way to dress up a sweater-vest? Pairing it with a loose maxi dress.