When it comes to wardrobe essentials, a vest might not be at the top of your list -- but it can actually be one of the more versatile pieces in your closet. Vests come in a wide range of styles -- think menswear-inspired, denim and leather -- and can be worn with a variety of outfits. When it's time to pull together a flattering outfit, some tops work with a vest a little better than others. For the most stylish look, choose a snug top that fits neatly under your vest even when it's buttoned.
Keep It Simple
For a sexy, summer outfit, a basic tank top works well under a vest. You can opt for a standard white or black tank to keep your look neutral or opt for a bold hue to complement the vest color. A tank with embellishments like beads or sequins along the neckline is a good option if you want to dress up your vest. Button it over the tank and wear it with jeans and wedges for lunch or a day of shopping. The tank and vest combination also pairs nicely with tailored shorts or a long, loose maxi skirt.
If you’re styling a tailored menswear-inspired vest, a fitted blouse is an ideal top to wear under it. Opt for a style with feminine details like ruffles, puffed sleeves or a bow-tie neckline to add an element of softness for contrast. Pair the vest and blouse combination with a pencil skirt and pumps for a polished office-ready look. If you’re headed out with friends, combine the vest and blouse with a swing skirt and ballet flats for some casual style. You can even wear your blouse and vest with skinny jeans and knee high boots for date night.
Give your vest a quirky, casual look by pairing it with a graphic T-shirt. Instead of buttoning the vest, leave it open so your tee’s design is on full display. Wear a black, gray or other neutral vest over a shirt with your favorite sports team’s logo and a pair of dark-wash jeans for a chic game-day outfit. Rock the vest with a vintage concert tee and a leather or distressed-denim skirt for an edgy evening-out look. You can even wear your vest over a floral patterned waffle-knit tee with long sleeves to stay warm when the weather gets cool.
Make It Modern
For a sexy, modern look, button up your favorite vest over a slim turtleneck top in the fall and winter. The combination is polished enough to wear with a pencil skirt or slim-cut trousers and pumps for a stylish, work-appropriate ensemble. You can also pair your vest and turtleneck as part of a more casual outfit -- wear it with skinny jeans and riding boots for an equestrian vibe or layer it over a denim skirt and motorcycle boots for an edgy twist.