The long vest is still very popular this year. And, with good reason! Long vests are incredibly slimming and flattering as they create long, lean lines. In this article, you’ll find inspiration on how to put together long vest outfits, together with a capsule featuring long vests. We’ll show you lots of options on how to wear a long vest and look super chic.
Here are just a few reasons why the long vest works so well
- Long vests create a long lean line.
- Perfect for hiding bellies and distracting attention away from them.
- Great to give you some extra warmth and a fabulous transition piece for fall.
- Easy to layer. Wear over a variety of tops and wear cardigans or jackets over them when it gets really cold.
- You can play with different fabrics.
- They come in a variety of fabrics and weights and sometimes allow you to create an architectural look.
- You can create various looks depending on your vest. From edgy to bohemian to minimalist to casual chic.
Rita @ritapalazzi above (read her style interview here) teams a long vest with her print jumpsuit. This is a great way to break up the look of a print, allowing you to create different outfits from the same jumpsuit.
The best long vests to choose in stores now
We’re going to show you lots more long vest outfit inspiration. But first, let’s look at some of the most stylish long vests to choose.
Long blazer style vest
A blazer style vest like the Nordstrom option (below) is a stylish, smart choice. You could easily wear for work, or dressing up your jeans.
If you have a slim waist that you want to show off, choose a belted option. This is a great choice if you have an hourglass figure.
Think about where your vest ends. Generally, the longer the better to create slimming lines. For example, the Karen Millen vest (below) is relatively short, ending just below the hips. Perfect if your hips are part of your body you love, but if you’re a pear shape and trying to draw attention away from your hips, choose a longer style.
Boma @mrs.gaf above shows how you could wear your long vest for work.
Sleeveless coat – trench style
A trench coat is a timeless classic, and a sleeveless trench will also stand the test of time. Wear it for work over your white shirt, or layer over your knitwear when the weather gets colder.
If you want to wear your vest for the evening, look out for luxurious materials like silk or satin.
Denim (that isn’t your regular jeans) is particularly on trend for Fall 2023. Wear with a simple white shirt and black leggings, or layer over your favorite dress.
Stella Carakasi’s vest comes in either gray and white, or black and white. It’s super versatile. Leave it buttoned up as a sweater, or leave it open as a duster jacket.
For extra warmth, choose a thicker style like the Karen Millen coatigan (below), and wear it over your sweaters.
Open front cardigan
The lightweight cardigan vest (below) comes in a huge choice of colors and prints, so you’re sure to find one you love. Reviewers say the material is soft, and it’s perfect for warmer weather.
Asymmetric open vest
Asymmetry can add interest to your outfits. The Lock and Love open front vest (below) comes in 25 color choices, and wearers say it is perfect for adding stylish layers without looking bulky.
A longer choice with an asymmetric hem for you now, the Anna-Kaci vest (below) comes in either black, red or cream, and features an asymmetric hemline that ends below the knees.
How to wear a long vest – outfits & ideas
Which is your favorite long vest from above? And, how should you wear it? Below are just some ideas on how you can wear the long vest this season.
Mix casual and formal elements together to create a chic outfit. Nora @juststylela below (read her style interview here) wears her long vest with a casual jeans and t-shirt outfit, and elevates the look with her accessories.
Lock and Love Asymmetric Hem Open Front Cardigan Vest – Stine Goya Eleanor Sleeveless Satin Top – Wit & Wisdom Jeggings – Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flat – Tory Burch Perry Mini N/S Crossbody Tote – Lucky Brand Pearl Lariat Necklace
Long vests are perfect for a bohemian outfit, as the boho look is all about layering. Wear a long vest over your favorite print dress.
Vince Camuto Patchwork Print Long Sleeve High-Low Chiffon Dress – Paul Green Cayanne Peep Toe Sandal – Anya Hindmarch The Neeson Herringbone Woven Metallic Leather Tassel Clutch – Kendra Scott Camry Drop Earrings
With a dress
The beauty of long vests is they look great over either pants or dresses. Wear yours with a dress. Look for a vest that is about the same length, or longer than your dress.
HALITOSS Mid Long Denim Jean Vest – Nordstrom Two-Button Longline Vest – Treasure & Bond Rib Henley Midi Dress – Paul Green Cayanne Peep Toe Sandal – Kurt Geiger London Shoreditch Convertible Crossbody Bag – Kendra Scott Camry Drop Earrings
All neutrals with a pop of color
The long vest looks very chic in a minimalist outfit. This does not necessarily have to be black and white. You can add a pop of any color to your outfit.
Natalia @odin.stylish.me above opts for cream and pink.
Karen Millen Wool Blend Boucle Belted Sleeveless Coatigan – Vince Slim Silk Blouse – Vince Camuto Wide Leg Trousers – Kate Spade New York Garnish Pump – Tory Burch Perry Mini N/S Crossbody Tote – Kendra Scott Jovie Imitation Pearl Hoop Earrings
With leather or coated jeans
Leather or coated jeans are perfect for cooler months, and look great with a long vest layered over them. You can dress your coated jeans and vest up with heeled booties, or down with sneakers.
H&M Bow Long Vest – Vince Slim Silk Blouse – 7 For All Mankind Coated High Waist Slim Kick Flare Jeans – Paul Green Cayanne Peep Toe Sandal – Kurt Geiger London Shoreditch Convertible Crossbody Bag – Kendra Scott Camry Drop Earrings
with shorts for summer
Just because the weather is warmer, that doesn’t mean you can’t layer. A lightweight vest looks stylish worn with your shorts and sandals.
GLEAMISS Crochet Vest – Vince Camuto Rumpled Satin Blouse – Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Cuffed Denim Shorts – Franco Sarto Glenni Sandal – Tory Burch Perry Mini N/S Crossbody Tote – Lucky Brand Pearl Lariat Necklace
Your jeans are such a versatile part of your wardrobe, that you can wear them with anything, including a long vest. Beth @styleatacertainage below (read her style interview here) shows how you can wear your long vest to dress up your jeans.
Design by Olivia Sleeveless Draped Open Front Cardigan Vest– Vince Camuto Rumpled Satin Blouse – Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution Itty Bitty Bootcut Jeans – Franco Sarto Glenni Sandal – Tory Burch Perry Mini N/S Crossbody Tote – Kendra Scott Jovie Imitation Pearl Hoop Earrings – Lucky Brand Pearl Lariat Necklace
with a full skirt
Full skirts are particularly on trend for Fall 2023. Choose a belted vest to show off your waistline, or look for a long vest that is at least as long as your skirt.
Karen Millen Relaxed Tailored Sleeveless Blazer Vest – Favorite Daughter Cross Back Strap Rib Tank – Halogen Pieced High-Low Skirt – Tory Burch Minnie Travel Ballet Flat – Tory Burch Perry Mini N/S Crossbody Tote – Kendra Scott Jovie Imitation Pearl Hoop Earrings
Layered with other knitwear for cooler weather
As long as you aren’t expecting rain, then a long vest worn over a sweater can keep you just as cosy as wearing a coat.
H&M Sleeveless Trench Coat – St. John Collection Dimensional Pointelle Stitch Turtleneck Sweater – Wit & Wisdom Jeggings – Sam Edelman Shale Knee High Boot – Kate Spade New York Scroll Silk Blend Bandana Scarf
Ideas on how to wear long vests
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For even more inspiration on how to wear a long vest, you can also check my how to wear a long vest Pinterest board.
Do you like the long vest look? What are your own tips on how to wear a long vest? How will you wear your sleeveless vest this season?
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