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Five Ways To Style An Oversized Vest That Offer A Whole New Look Every Time

The trans-seasonal staple you need.

By Lucy Cocoran
When it comes to non-negotiable items you need in your wardrobe, an oversized vest undoubtedly makes the cut. While the fashion staple is typically associated with cold, wintry months, celebrities and streetstyle influencers alike are making a strong case for it being a trans-seasonal basic.
The menswear inspired piece is undergoing the revival treatment right now given its ability to be dressed up or down and its adaptability to virtually any climate. Hot days, cold days, work wear or brunch — there's no limit to how and where you can wear it. That being said, its versatility can leave styling options feeling a tad overwhelming so we're here to break down a complete styling guide, all-season long.
Below, five ways to style an oversized vest that gives you an entirely new outfit, every time.

Under a t-shirt

This look is having a major moment in casualwear right now, and for good reason. Elevating a simple t-shirt and jeans look with a knitted vest can take your look from casual to chic just by adding one extra item (plus, it offers a much needed layer of warmth when the temperature starts to drop).
Opting for a plain t-shirt and a patterned vest is ideal for adding a pop of colour without it being too overwhelming, and if Dua Lipa's street style is anything to go by, this is going to be a staple outfit for many come winter.

Under a turtleneck

There's a reason that vests are a winter staple, and it's mostly thanks to their ability to be layered. If you're looking for a little extra warmth but not keen on committing to a bulky coat, opting for a vest over a turtleneck is a great option. Paired with some tailored trousers and boots à la Kendall Jenner, this look is great whether you're looking for polished, office attire or a casual streetstyle aesthetic.

over an oversized shirt

When you're working with oversized clothing, most would assume that you'd mix and match between baggy and fitted, but the oversized vest is making a case for being the perfect partner to an oversized shirt. The best part about this, is that the layering effect allows you to mix-and-match different styles and patterns (like a blue-and-white striped shirt paired with a cream vest).
Depending on whether you're looking for the shirt or the vest to be the focal point of the outfit, you can sub different colours in accordingly. This outfit was made for those cooler days in autumn and winter and has us feeling cosy just thinking about it.

over a dress

Pairing a dress with a vest may sound like a strange combination, but these two wardrobe staples are actually a match made in heaven. A cropped vest over a billowing dress can add shape and dimension to your look without the need for adding complicated accessories into the mix (like a belt to cinch the waist). Regardless of whether the dress is mini or maxi style, the key to styling the oversized vest is all about balancing the volume.

by itself

While we undoubtedly have an affinity for the layered look, there's nothing to say that a vest in and of itself isn't a complete outfit. If you're opting for a wintry bottom half (think jeans and boots) then wearing a sweater vest by itself is a great way to tackle changing temperatures.

elle's edit of oversized vests for winter

Contrast Knit Vest in blue, $135 from COS
Wavy Knit Vest, $69.95 from ZARA
Blanca Lauren Vest, $189 from THE ICONIC
Marigold Knit Vest Top, $82 from Apéro
V-neck Knit Vest, $24.99 from H&M
Knitted Vest, $150 from VENROY
Collared Sleeveless Knitted Vest, $55 from Marks & Spencer
Estele Aldo Gilet Vest, $149 from THE ICONIC
V-Neck Vest in Turqouise, $135 from COS
AERE Knitted Vest, $100 from THE ICONIC
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