One Piece, Four Ways: How to Style a Denim Vest
Denim vests are everywhere this season, making a splash as a great new wardrobe staple. It’s a piece that’s amazing versatile, making it the clear warm-weather alternative to your trusty denim jacket. Still wondering how to style a denim vest for maximum impact? We’ve compiled four looks as a guide for rocking your denim vest for nearly any occasion.
Looking to try the denim vest trend, but not sure how to pick one that's right for you? A mid-length vest that hits right at the waist is the most universally flattering, and will work with the highest number of outfits! Opt for a lighter wash if you plan on pairing with other shades of denim. As for the fit, look for a cut that is form fitting but not so snug that you can't still button it up. We like this classic, washed-out blue denim vest from the Gap, which has a timeless look that will endure for years to come.
Style 1: Denim Vest In The Office
Give your denim vest a professional edge by pairing it with gorgeous florals and tasteful neutrals. The dusty color tones in the printed pants and heels complement the light denim of your vest, while glamorous gold jewelry and shoe detailing add polish. Delicate pinks, greens, and creams make up the beautiful floral pattern in the jeans—elevating them from fun to fancy. The sheer white blouse won't be out of place in your wardrobe as seasons go by making it well worth the investment. We love these amazing chunky-heeled shoes for a work look that’s anything but boring. In a classic neutral hue with a metallic heel and Lucite floral embellishment, these shoes make a serious statement. Dangly gold earrings will beautifully reflect light and add shimmer to your ensemble—the perfect finishing touch to this pulled-together look.
Style 2: Denim Vest on the Weekend
When running errands or visiting friends, you want to look put-together while maximizing comfort. By pairing a bold patterned shirtdress with fun, shimmery sneakers you'll be ready to hit the road in style! Armed with our Gap denim vest, we started pulling this outfit together with this adorable summer shirtdress in a brightly colored bandana print. It’s light, it’s figure flattering, and it’s super summery but would look great in the fall paired with tights, high boots, and a denim jacket, too. For this look, we wanted some fun on our feet, so we chose these super-affordable sneakers with a glittery finish. They’re stylish and comfortable—an unbeatable combo. Throw on a pair of cat-eye sunglasses and some bangles in mixed metals and you’re ready for a morning at the farmer’s market, a picnic in the park, or an afternoon of shopping.
Style 3: Denim Vest at a Concert
Rock your trendiest denim vest look at a downtown concert, complete with printed skinnies, wedge sneakers, and trendy glam jewelry. We loved the bold pattern on these super skinny jeans and could totally see ourselves wearing them to a concert but also believe they could be paired with less-edgy accessories for an office-appropriate look. Rock a graphic statement tee beneath the denim vest for a bit of attitude, then accessorize with a pair of laser-cut earrings that pick up on two top trends this season: neon and cutouts. Ton finish the look, pull on a pair of wedge sneakers that give you a bit of leg-lengthening height while still treating your toes well. In a practical black with suede and leather-look details, these sneakers will let you dance the evening away and then head out for drinks.
Style 4: Denim Vest on a Date
How do you accessorize your favorite sun dress? With a denim vest, of course! Add some sky-high wedge sandals and a bright pink statement necklace for the ultimate date night outfit. With a fitted bodice and high-low skirt, this rayon dress is both flattering and flirty—perfect for a night on the town. The denim vest is the perfect juxtaposition to the über feminine lines of this little white dress. Strappy nude wedge sandals are a must for the warmer months. They’ll make your legs look like they go on for days! You’ll need a bag while out, and we like this cross-body bag in a woven brown leather. Finish off the look with a bright bubble necklace with sparkly crystal detailing.