It seems like summer is made to throw off excess layers, show some skin and frolic in lightweight fabrics, but that doesn’t mean we need to sacrifice style. For easy style without adding bulk or heat to your frame, try adding a vest to your look (and no, you don’t have to resort to the ever present denim variety, unless you want to). Here are some of our favorites to layer on now.
I love that this vest is lightweight with plenty of movement. And love even more that it has an ultra cool inside out vibe with tuxedo styling.
$48.00 at Nasty Gal.
It's military, it'll never go out of style, and if you don't have one yet, you probably will soon. If not this summer, then next. Muted green adds color that won't stand out, ensuring that your look stays chic and understated.
$66.33 at Nordstrom.
A new take, on a very classic city style. I present to you for your consideration the white moto vest. While a black one will always do, the white one provides sartorial cred like only an unexpected statement piece can. Methinks you'd be surprised at how often this comes out of your closet once you own it.
$35 at Dorothy Perkins.
We all know how important a pop of color is, what about a splash!? The blue splotches of color on this white vest add an unexpected way to incorporate color to otherwise humdrum gray and black ensembles.
$49 at Nordstrom.
This is a personal favorite of mine. Love the idea of a vest that's been tailored to fit a woman, but adds a cool "I stole it" vibe. So chic. And depending on how fitted it is, can be worn to work with a white button-down or worn on its worn for sexy nighttime style.
$69.90 at The Limited.
I don't have to tell you that from its color to its texture this is a stunner. And from a high fashion designer (Catherine Malandrino), it doesn't come cheap, but when you peep the original price you may feel like the investment is well worth it! Gorge!
$270 at Saks.
Pretty in Peach
This peachy sequin number from Diane von Furstenberg is another major designer hit. The press have loved it this season, us included! How many ways can you think of to put your personal stamp on it?
$206 at Matches Fashion.
A woman should never shy away from an opportunity to define her curves, which is why this vest could be your next closet staple. The touch of white at the bottom angled outward will serve to emphasize gorgeous hips.
$49.99 at Macys.
Here's a seriously standout moto vest. With a pretty floral design that's expertly mixed with strong abstract graphic details, this looks equally chic open as it does closed.
$29 at ASOS.
Vests in the form of jackets that look as if their sleeves were hacked off by a tailor have been making the rounds, both in stores and on street style stars. They allow you to play with proportion, widening shoulders and adding androgynous sex appeal to all of your shorts, leg baring skirts and dresses. Pair this with a flowing maxi dress, stand tall and don't look back.
$110 at Topshop.