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Cute Outfits to Wear With a Jean Vest

by Amanda Rumbalski, studioD

A jean vest is a versatile wardrobe staple that adds an air of laid-back cool to any ensemble. A lighter and edgier alternative to a denim jacket, a jean vest is sure to make a statement whether paired with easy separates, bright colors or bold prints. With so many outfit possibilities, your jean vest can effortlessly transition through the seasons and with your evolving style.

Feminine and Flirty

Juxtapose the toughness of a jean vest with a breezy sundress in eyelet or lace. Pair a light- or dark-wash denim vest with a sundress in a bright color like coral or teal for a bold spring or summer ensemble. For those who prefer to tread color carefully, opt for a feminine white sundress that will look crisp against a denim vest. Define your waistline with a thin leather belt and accessorize with chandelier earrings. Complement the look with comfortable flat gladiator sandals or leg-lengthening espadrilles. Transition your vest for cooler temperatures and layer patterned tights underneath your frock. Wrap a large scarf around your neck and ground with riding boots.

Casual Chic

Couple a jean vest with colored denim shorts and a chambray button-down for a chic menswear-inspired look. The key to pulling off denim on denim is to mix different washes -- try a dark wash vest over a light wash shirt or vice versa. Roll up the sleeves and half tuck the hem into the waistband of your shorts. If you prefer to keep denim to a minimum, switch out the button-down for a basic white button-down or V-neck T-shirt. Accessorize with an oversized watch and a cool fedora. Balance the ensemble with feminine bow-front ballet flats or lace-up oxfords.

Bohemian Flair

A denim vest paired with easy separates creates an effortless look with a bohemian vibe -- think an ankle-grazing maxi skirt with a tie-dye or tribal print. Go bold with bright colors or opt for earthy tones like camel or blush. Layer your vest over a simple tank that picks up a color in the print of your skirt. Add a long pendant necklace and stack multiple bangles on your wrists. Sling a fringed bag over your shoulder and add height with ankle-strap platform sandals.

Edgy and Sleek

Pair a jean vest with black leather leggings for a sleek ensemble that has serious attitude and edge. Balance the toughness of denim and leather with a long-sleeved tunic that boasts a small floral or abstract print. Stick with a tunic in light feminine fabrics like chiffon or silk and keep accessories minimal -- think a statement ring or an oversized cuff. For a bit less drama, distressed black skinny jeans are an alternative to leather leggings. Finish with black ankle booties or pointy-toe stilettos for a night-worthy look.

About the Author

Based in New York, Amanda Rumbalski embarked on a professional writing career in 2009. Her work has appeared in "Icon" magazine and on Entertainment-Central.com, and she has editorial and styling experience with "Women's Wear Daily," the "New York Daily News" and "Allure" magazine. Rumbalski holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising and marketing communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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