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Sweater Vest Trend? We Say We’re Into It — Here’s Why

By Danielle Naer

There’s been a major surge in a surprising fashion trend from decades past — one that, had you been sorting through vintage finds or hand-me-downs just last year, you might have quickly relegated it to the “donate” pile. The sweater vest trend has been dominating for Fall 2020, and today’s versions are putting a chic spin on the “ugly” silhouette. Primed for keeping warm and comfortable through transitional weather months, you’ll want to add one to your arsenal sooner, rather than later.

Right now, there are several iterations of the vest making the rounds, with even more ways of wearing. To browse both, read ahead:

Geometric Prints

Whereas long-sleeved sweaters in prints can sometimes overwhelm an outfit, patterned sweater vests are a perfect way to add spark to your look while keeping it balanced. Consider layering yours over a white Oxford blouse, and finish with a pair of blue jeans and booties.


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Fitted Neutrals

Placing a smart spin on the knitwear trend, the fitted sweater vest is inspired by school uniforms of the ‘90s. To make them 2020-approved, fashion girls are choosing soft, neutral shades, which look pristine when worn with black and white clothing items. There polished crew necks and casual deep-V styles to choose from, both of which are totally on-trend.


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For those looking to wear their vests solo, turtleneck styles will quickly become a go-to in your closet. Perfect for pairing with pleated skirts, jeans, and trousers, roll-neck vests are as chic as they are versatile — and can even be kept around through warmer weather months. For peak winter wear, however, simply throw a puffer over it for a complete look.


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Soft Pastels

In terms of 2020 color trends, there’s two schools of thought — neutrals all the way, or an assortment of bright, expertly-mixed hues. Pastels land right in between the two. Consider wearing a vest in a soft shade over a crisp white blouse, as to capitalize on the color pop; or, tie in other complementary hues for a cheerful look.


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Oversized Knits

Crossing paths with the ribbed knitwear trend, the slouchy, oversized vest is perfect for lounging at home or stepping out in. To get the look below, wear over a silk slip dress — and tie in a wool coat and shearling-lined loafers as the temperature cools.


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