5 reasons why I love this new style for fall

The versatile sweater vest.

It’s been a long-standing staple that has graced the closets of many fashionistas for decades and yet I hadn’t experimented with this classic piece until now.

I never fully appreciated the puffer vest or really any vest as I always thought these looks weren’t exactly functional for cooler temps, nor were they all that flattering on my hour-glass frame.  When I discovered the softest stylish belted open sweater vest recently at the Loft, I figured why not at least try it on.  I was immediately blown away with how the sweater was so flattering and was the perfect way to add a chic layer to a chilly office without hiding the sculpted sleeves of my blouse (a major ongoing fashion trend).

Here’s 5 ways to style this refreshing trend for fall and where to find my current favorite pieces:

loft
Loft Sleeveless Coatigan $69.50

I love the soft fluffy material of this warm coatigan.  It comes in 3 colors (shown in charcoal), toasted oatmeal heather, and rioja (a burgandy red).  I purchased the oatmeal heather, which is a delicate cream that I can wear with almost any color.  I styled mine for the first time with dark grey cropped pants and a light blue blouse for the office.

I’m obsessed with the sweater options the Loft currently carries including this bold poncho and this casual vest in grey which I’m seriously considering purchasing for errands on the weekends.

anthro
Anthropologie Shawl Vest $98.00

I love how this cozy update on the open cardigan is styled perfectly with a bell-sleeve turtleneck, allowing for all the details to shine.  The vest comes in two colors – camel (shown), and khaki (a dark blue and taupe combo).  Style these earthy neutrals with a pop of jewel tone a la Anthropologie with eggplant-hued tassel earrings.

Find more of the waterfall ruffle detail with this Adreana vest in ladylike mauve, or experiment with elegant faux fur as seen on this Basia vest.

anthro 2
Anthropologie Anchorage Vest $168.00

How darling is this detailed ivory sweater vest, complete with a cozy faux fur collar and tassel trim.  I’d pair this with tall boots and a felt fedora for a stylish fall vibe.

rack
Nordstrom Rack Traveling Cables Vest $54.97

This sweater from Nordstrom Rack is the perfect alternative for a cozy date night.  Paired with leather leggings and velvet heels, the cardigan maintains its functionality of keeping you warm while adding a sophisticated touch for an evening out.  I’d dress up this look further with a skinny belt to cinch in the waist.

dillards
Dillards Double Knit Vest $99.00

This adorable light grey knit vest can easily transition from day to night throughout the season.  When pairing outerwear over a dress, keep the dress length a touch shorter than the length of the vest or trench coat to polish off the look (as seen above).  I’d add a few silver bangles or statement earrings for cocktails out, or wear the vest with boyfriend jeans and ankle boots for brunch with friends.

What do you think?  How would you wear this refreshing fall trend?  Please let me know in the comments below!

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