Six Ways to Style a Vest

It’s that time of year when layering is a necessity, and for the longest time, I thought vests were so impractical. Why would someone layer with a vest when it only covered half of their upper body? 

Now after 6+ years living in Denver as a personal stylist, I’m a firm believer in a stylish OR functional vest as go-to’s in the fall and winter months. I picked up my first puffer vest this past spring, and though it still feels rather sporty for my personal style, it’s an option I love styling.


In this article, I’m sharing 6 ways to style a vest. You’ll find both my olive green cargo vest and navy puffer vest included in the examples below!

1. Layer a basic short or long-sleeve tee with a cargo or puffer vest and add a silky neck scarf or blanket scarf.

Six Ways to Style a Vest - The Style Shop by Sandi Mele

2. Dress down a seasonal dress with a cargo or puffer vest.

The Style Shop by Sandi Mele - Six Ways to Style a Vest
 

3. Layer a short or long-sleeve denim dress with a long-sleeve cardigan, roll up the sleeves, and add a puffer or cargo vest.

Six Ways to Style a Vest - Style Shop Denver
Denver Personal Stylist - Six Ways to Style a Vest
Six Ways to Style a Vest - Denver Personal Stylist
 

4. Layer a turtleneck with a puffer or cargo vest. Here, I’ve combined two colors close to each other on the color wheel, teal and olive green. This is also known as colorblocking.

Six Ways to Style a Vest

5. On a cold day, layer a sweater with a puffer vest and add a colorful scarf (stripes and floral play particularly well together!).

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6. Layer a basic short-sleeve tee with a plaid long-sleeve shirt and add a cargo or puffer vest.

Six Ways to Style a Vest - Sandi Mele
Sandi Mele - Six Ways to Style a Vest
Six Ways to Style a Vest - Sandi Mele Personal Stylist
 

Curious what colors you should pick up in a puffer vest? I recommend navy, light grey, or maroon as most versatile this time of year. An olive green in a cargo vest is also an incredibly versatile color!

What are some of YOUR favorite ways to style a vest? Share below!