How To Add a Vest to Your Summer Wardrobe

Kastle Waserman
by Kastle Waserman

When the summer heat is on, it gets hard to keep outfits interesting when you don’t want to wear more than you have to. But one little wardrobe item is perfect for adding to your look, and it won’t cause you to break a sweat.

Vests are a fun accessory you can wear in multiple ways. Plus, they come in various cuts, colors and patterns. You can mix and match them to take your outfit up a notch and still stay cool.

No vest in your wardrobe? It’s time to get shopping:

Pattern vest

Tweed vest

Little black (or white) vest

Quilted pattern vest

Thrifted vests

Here are some ideas for how to add a vest to your summer wardrobe:

A vest over a sleeveless shift dress

A clean line shift or sheath dress is a year-round staple. It’s perfect for summer because it’s sleeveless and elegant. But you can give it a little more character with a vest, especially with a simple little black dress. Wear one in the same color family for a monochromatic look, as seen here. Or use the vest to introduce another color or bold pattern that you can match with other accessories.

A vest over a shirt dress

Shirt dresses are easy summer casual wear. A vest can give them a whole new look and take it up a notch. I have a short little black vest that goes with almost everything and can really ground a bold pattern, especially when matched with a belt and shoes to tie the whole look together. For some exciting print mixing, you could also try a vest with an interesting pattern or texture with a patterned shirt dress. To keep the look from getting too crazy, try to keep both pieces in the same color family, so they complement each other instead of clashing.

A vest over a t-shirt and pencil skirt

T-shirts are a summer staple, but a vest will elevate the look. When paired with a pencil skirt, it can take you from daywear to eveningwear seamlessly. Try leaving the shirt untucked with the vest buttoned for a different spin on layering. (This will also make you look slimmer by elongating your torso.)

A vest over a tank top and shorts 

When it’s hot out, a tank top is one of the coolest items of clothing you can wear. But if you want to dress it up a little, put a vest over it. You won’t feel much difference in how cool you stay, but it will make your outfit much more stylish than a basic tank and shorts. Look for one with a little extra detail, such and this brocade material with a little shimmer.

So now that you know how to add a vest to your summer wardrobe, which way will you try it?

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