Why Sweater Vests Are The Knitwear Trend Of The Summer

Move over, sexy cardigans.

By Jonah Waterhouse
There are many impulses that the recent Ganni Fall/Winter 21 collection is prompting in our hearts—picking up an instrument, op-shopping for oversized blazers, and digging out our widest trousers—but one pull is a familiar one. The draw of the sweater vest is strong, and it endures.
Ganni's newest sweater vest iterations take a logo-heavy approach. There's a vibey and very deep-v cut style emblazoned with retro emojis and the Ganni brand in various fonts—pair with Bernie Sanders' mittens for optimum 'cosycore' vibes. That said, the tonal black-on-black check with a splash of red is very fun, too. Peruse the rest of the new collection here.
We can actually trace the recent rise of warm-weather knitwear back a few years. Back in 2019, Katie Holmes had the entire fashion world talking with her legendary knitwear moment. Thus, the 'sexy cardigan' movement was born.
A new challenger appeared soon after in the form of the sweater vest. It's an enduring trans-seasonal knitwear trend you should attempt to channel yourself this summer (yes, summer).
On November 14, 2019, Bella Hadid—who frequently makes us fawn over trends we never thought we'd fawn over—stepped out in Paris wearing an army green, pocket-adorned utility vest by designer Reese Cooper, which instantly sparked our desire for a chic knitted vest of our own.
Bella Hadid in Paris on November 14, 2019. Getty
This comes months after Hadid championed Virgil Abloh's utilitarian menswear vests, which have become a unisex staple throughout his time at Louis Vuitton.
Though Hadid's green vest is a statement piece on its own, you could also go for a simpler knitted tank, to wear over the top of a statement outfit. Take, for example, fashion buyer Tiffany Hsu, who layered a knit vest over a billowing white shirt to attend Paris Fashion Week spring/summer '20.
Tiffany Hsu at Paris Fashion Week on September 26, 2019. Getty
Even Harry Styles, one of the coolest men on the planet, managed to pull off a quirky sweater vest by Gucci (re-creating an iconic Princess Diana outfit in the process).
Harry Styles in New York on November 12, 2019. Getty

10 Chic Sweater Vests To Shop In Australia

If Australia's warm temperatures have dashed your dreams of a chic knitwear moment, then a knitted vest may be your unexpected sartorial saviour for the summer.
Scroll down for ELLE's picks, from utilitarian to pared-back and casual choices.
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