With the resurgence of the Y2K movement and dark academia aesthetics came the vest. We saw this trend take on new life in new fabrication and silhouettes. What started with the remixing of the waistcoat as a solo piece in denim, patchwork, and suiting fabrics all summer has transitioned into cozy sweater vests in preparation for the colder season. But these aren’t your boring everyday sweater vests.
While you still have the option of your classic collegiate sweater vest, the way vests this fall are styled and the vibrancy in color and playful patterns make this autumn trend feel new—argyles with popping pinks and greens. Vest silhouettes are updated with mocks, turtlenecks, and overside options that are perfect for laying. The button-front waistcoat vest had a textile update and is now being offered in knit instead of the lighter-weight fabrics we saw this fall.
The vest is the perfect amount of coverage and exposure while the temperature fluctuates. Many are styling this layering staple as a stand-alone top paired with your favorite denim or cargos or layering over mesh tops and polos. Whether you prefer a more traditional vest and styling or a more whimsical approach to layering, we compiled the best of the best for your autumn wardrobe refresh.
Free People Diamonds for Days Sweater Vest
Inspired by the ’70s, this shaggy mixed media sweater vest takes this layerable staple to the next level.