How to Style Vests, Your New Wardrobe Staple

The perfect item to work in as the temperature rises.

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May we present our in-between-seasons hack: the vest! As the weather warms, shed your outerwear and lean into the sleeveless wonder. It adds dimension and interest to just about any outfit. Just make sure it's an oversize statement (that'll keep it from looking too prep school). Below, we've styled out all of the possible ways to wear a vest for all the possible places you can rock it—the office, a date, or just a Saturday afternoon, we've got you covered.

March Madness

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Nix the team jersey but still look sporty-chic. The long, clean lines of the vest-dress layered with the attenuated track pant make this look an easy slam dunk.

Shop the look: 1. Good American top, (opens in new tab) $58; 2. Phillip Lim vest, (opens in new tab) $895; 3. Pinko track-pant,  (opens in new tab)$225; 4. Paul Andrew shoe, (opens in new tab) $645.

Spring in Your Step

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Soldier on in this season's It piece: a voluminous military-inspired utility vest. Femme it up with a crisp jacket-turned-minidress and heels—no tights!

Shop the look: 1. Jil Sander shirt-dress, (opens in new tab) $670; 2. Jil Sander vest, (opens in new tab) $1,190; 3. Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini booties, (opens in new tab) $305.

International Women's Day

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Large and in charge! Replace your trusty jean jacket with an XL denim vest. Its versatility will see you through spring.

Shop the look: 1. Isabel Marant jumpsuit, (opens in new tab) $825; 2. Levi's vest, (opens in new tab) $60; 3. Proenza Schouler handbag, (opens in new tab) $995.

Mardi Gras

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Consider this look the cool girl's answer to carnival style. And, yes, leather vests are happening, but without a Harley in sight!

Shop the look: 1. Louis Vuitton dress, (opens in new tab) $3,750; 2. Louis Vuitton vest, (opens in new tab) $ 3,750; 3. Louis Vuitton booties, (opens in new tab) $1,720.

Power Uniform

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Forgo a stuffy blazer in favor of this plaid, double-breasted piece that takes officewear up a notch. Wear it over a tulle pleated skirt and you got yourself a new power suit (and, that promotion).

Shop the look: 1. Adeam top, (opens in new tab) $595; 2. Zara vest, (opens in new tab) $89; 3. Maison Margiela skirt, (opens in new tab) $615; 4. Stuart Weitzman bootie, (opens in new tab) $402.

Daylight Savings

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Spring ahead with this candy-colored look. How could you not enjoy it being lighter outside when you're dressed for the part?

Shop the look: 1. Current Elliot jeans, (opens in new tab) $270; 2. Zimmermann top,  (opens in new tab)$189; 3. Chanel necklace (opens in new tab), $2,150; 4. Chanel handbag, (opens in new tab) $4,300; 5. Chanel mules, (opens in new tab) $975.

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