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The 18 Best Women's Vests to Bundle Up In

This is not your grandpa's vest (sorry—still love you, gramps).

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Contrary to what you might expect from a sleeveless garment, vests provide a ton of warmth because they keep your core insulated. If you own one or have tried one on—I remember stealing my mom's puffy vests when I was younger—you'll know that instant toasty feeling it gives you. Though my mom's purple vest was definitely not stylish and more functional (sorry mom), the best women's vests for 2021 check off both boxes and more. No matter what you want—maybe you need an insulated quilted vest for a cold winter, or you're looking for fashion-forward sweater vest—the options are endless. By the end of this post, you're sure to find one you love.

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Winston Sweater Vest
Courtesy of Aritzia
Sunday Best aritzia.com
$88.00

Pair this navy cable knit sweater vest with a white button-down, a pair of khakis, and loafers for a full proof 9-5 look.

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Cable-Knit Sweater Vest
Courtesy of H&M
H&M hm.com
$19.99

This super-soft cable knit sweater has a slightly longer back hem, making it the perfect pairing for leggings and a tunic.

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Striped Wool Vest
Courtesy of Molly Goddard
Molly Goddard net-a-porter.com
$430.00

Wear this rainbow-striped vest over a tee or paired with jeans all on its own.

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Cicilla Vest
Courtesy of Baum
Baum Und Pferdgarten Shop It
$279.00

We love the homespun look of this 100 percent cotton, hand-knit option.

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Knit Croquet Sweater Vest
Courtesy of Rowing Blazers
Rowing Blazers rowingblazers.com
$195.00

Croquet not in the cards for you? No worries. This multi-color stripe sweater vest pairs perfectly with wide-leg jeans and sneakers for daily wear.

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Oversized Sleeveless Cardigan
Courtesy of Maje
Maje saksfifthavenue.com
$206.50

This slightly oversized vest has a sophisticated button closure. Layer it over a midi dress and knee-high boots. 

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Floral Print Sweater Vest
Courtesy of Mango
Mango mango.com
$39.99

This lightweight floral sweater vest is the perfect way to wear the trend in summer. Pair it with a turtleneck and a pair of corduroy pants for fall.

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Embellished Cable Knit Vest
Courtesy of Gucci
GUCCI net-a-porter.com
$1,800.00

Crystals and sequins deems this sweater vest anything but ordinary—consider it your special-occasion sweater vest.

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The Ultra Light Down Vest
Women Ultra Light Down Vest
Uniqlo uniqlo.com
$29.90

This super-lightweight down vest has a water repellent coating and can be folded down to store in its carrying pouch, making it the perfect packable option for your camping trips. The vest comes in several colors and is your most basic easy-to-wear style.

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The Amazon Fleece Vest
Benton Springs Soft Fleece Vest
Columbia amazon.com
$45.00
$32.20 (28% off)

With over 4,000 ratings, this affordable vest is a favorite of Amazon shoppers. Based on the reviews, this vest runs on the smaller side and the material is a little more stiff, with less pile if that's a deal break for you. If not, scoop up the vest in several colors.

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The Goose Down Puffer
Goose-Down Puffer Vest
Tna aritzia.com
$198.00

Aritzia's Super Puff jackets are popular with the fashion crowd, but if you don't need another puffer, consider getting the vest alternative. The Super Puff vest contains responsibly sourced goose down and is made from "an innovative Japanese ripstop fabric that's water-repellent, wind-resistant and gives when you move." 

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The Casual Green Vest
Stand Collar Lightweight Gilet
Allegra K amazon.com
$34.99
$29.99 (14% off)

This casual vest is good to wear for your after-dinner strolls on a crisp fall night or if you're an early bird who likes to get a run in before work. It's fully lined on the inside and features a classic quilted pattern.

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The Denim Vest
Rider Denim Vest
LEE nordstrom.com
$78.00

If you already have a denim jacket, the next piece you need to get is a denim vest. This faded blue one has a vintage feel and can be worn well into the colder months by layering thick sweaters or tops underneath it.

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The Padded Collar Vest
Padded Vest Stand Collar
fuinloth amazon.com
$35.99
$25.99 (28% off)

Fans of this affordable Amazon piece say it's well made, lightweight, and super cute. This is your no-fuss piece to throw on, whether you're taking out the trash or walking the dog. 

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The Cool Utility Vest
Pertutti Leather Utility Vest
Free People freepeople.com
$375.00

You thought you've seen every style of vest—until now. This unique leather utility vest comes in a harness-inspired design, so it'll make the wearer feel bold and edgy.

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The Hooded Fleece Vest
Outwear Thick Hooded Vest
ZSHOW amazon.com
$47.98

I hate when the wind blows into my ears, so I always pick an outerwear option with a hood. If you're the same, you'll want to go with this plush fleece hooded vest. You won't get a headache, or earache, with this on. 

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The Camel Vest
Jo Vest
Staud shopbop.com
$99.00

Swap out your blazer for this long camel vest on your Zoom calls. Not only is it less stuffy looking, but you can stay comfortable and presentable in front of your manager.

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The Reversible Vest
Reversible Plaid Hunter Vest
Fenoel fenoel.com
$228.00

This reversible lace-up vest means you're getting a two-for-one deal. When you're in the mood to wear plaid, simply flip it to that side.

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