How to Wear a Sweater Vest & Put Together Cute Sweater Vest Outfits

Lena Davydova
by Lena Davydova

In this style guide, I’m going to show you how to style cute sweater vest outfits. Sweater vests are very on-trend right now, but they can be challenging to wear in a way that looks chic and put together.

Here, I’m styling my sweater vest with pretty simple pieces that you probably already have in your wardrobe, and if not, they’re not so hard to find.

Wearing a black sweater vest

How to choose a sweater vest

When choosing a sweater vest, I recommend getting one made from a natural fabric instead of a polyester or acrylic one, or at least a mix of synthetic and natural fibers.

When you’re wearing a natural fabric, it will let your skin breathe more and feel more comfortable. We feel our best and most confident when we feel comfortable.

How to style a sweater vest

How to style a sweater vest as streetwear

The first outfit that I put together is really relaxed. Everything is baggy and oversized. It also has a business-casual vibe from the pants and white button-up.

To make it a little more street casual, I’ve completed the look with a pair of chunky sneakers. 

The overall image looks put together, but at the same time, it’s so, so comfy because everything is loose, and there is nothing to hamper your movement.

I like to keep my color scheme neutral, but it’s so easy to play with it here. You could add a colorful vest, a bright bag, or some eye-catching sneakers.

How to wear a sweater vest as a base layer

How to wear a sweater vest as a base layer

For the second outfit, I decided to wear the vest as a base layer without something under it. If you haven’t tried this, a sweater vest is great to wear as a top and makes for a fun and interesting change.

Here, I styled the vest with some light-wash jeans, a simple belt, and a great pair of sandals.

This is a bit of a transitional outfit from summer to fall, and obviously, you can add another layer and switch out the sandals for some shoes when the weather is colder.

Preppy sweater vest outfit with tweed

Preppy sweater vest outfit

For the final look, I’m wearing a plain white t-shirt under the vest. I paired the two with a preppy tweed skirt.

I don’t usually go for skirts, but recently I spent too much time watching Gossip Girl, and it gave me the desire to wear one!

The tweed of the skirt catches the eye and acts as a focal point for the outfit, so I kept the rest of the outfit quite simple. I’m wearing black tights, chunky black boots, and a small leather handbag.

Cute sweater vest outfits

You can watch tons of fashion videos or read a bunch of fashion magazines, but you will not find your personal style until you start to experiment with fashion and learn what suits you.

Have fun creating your own cute sweater vest outfits by mixing and matching different elements. 

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