Vests may not usually rank as high as, say, jackets on the list of pieces we covet each fall, but if there's anything that can give them a boost, it's a good street style look. Here, we've rounded up 22 outfits with vests that'll inspire you to break out the ones you already have sitting in your closet and even shop for a new style or two.
Because the underappreciated layer comes in just about every material you can think of, from tough studded leather to businesslike checked wool, there's something for every style (not to mention climate). Even the oft-maligned sweater-vest looks chic paired with some unexpected prints and stylish accessories.
Below, see how the fashion set pulls off vests all year round.
Suede on suede gives this an Americana vibe.
A bondage-y leather vest is toned down with soft layers.
We're definitely going to take this puffer look for a spin this winter.
How chic does this biker vest look with tailored culottes?
These colors are perfect for fall.
Pair a boyish vest with sky-high pumps.
The three-piece suit has never looked so appealing.
A study in print mixing.
A boxy vest works well with a high-waisted mini.
You could wear this voluminous vest on its own as a dress, but this layered look is even better.
Every '90s girl should try this ensemble.
Rock an undone style over a long-sleeve tee.
We love the contrast between the sweet gingham dress and the sturdy hardware.
Belt a boxier style for a flirtier silhouette.
Add a dose of prints to an otherwise simple outfit.
For those days when it's not quite chilly enough for sleeves.
Make it monochrome.
This matching set is '70s chic.
Belting a long vest over a sheer maxi dress is a neat layering trick.
A shrunken sweater-vest works with high-waisted trousers.