How to Style a Long Vest in the Fall and Winter

Did you ever find yourself pinning outfit inspiration on Pinterest, and find that you’re pinning the same look over and over again? That was me and the long vest. (If you don’t believe me, check out My Style board on Pinterest here.) I love the look of this chic wardrobe staple. It looks so polished with such little effort, and it can be styled in so many ways that it’s incredibly versatile. As someone who is petite, I adore the elongating effect of this piece (and, if I’m being totally honest, also appreciate the added warmth). I love it so much, in fact, that I had to devote an entire blog post on how to style a long vest for any event.

How to Style a Long Vest for Any Event

Styling a Long Vest for Work

The challenge for me was breaking away from that tried-and-true combination of all black, to style in a way that is still work-appropriate but different from my usual black-on-black ensemble. This piece is fantastic because it really can go in many directions.

I opted for the classic silk blouse and boot-cut trousers. I wanted to keep it classic with a pair of suede pumps and a structured bag–keeping the entire look very structured, with a lot of long clean lines. I personally like the elongating effect of this particular styling, being that I am so short. The long lines create the illusion of being taller, and have a chic, but understated feel.


  • With a classic silk blouse, boot-cut trousers, and simple pumps
  • With a fitted turtleneck, skinny pants, and ankle boots
  • Over a sweater dress or long-sleeved pencil dress with knee-high boots or pumps

Styling a Long Vest for Date Night

A bodycon dress is a perfect compliment to this chic vest. It allows the vest to be the centerpiece of the outfit, but still adds a bit of sexiness all its own. I added a pair of wedge ankle boots, a statement clutch, and a long necklace to pull the whole look together.


  • With [faux] leather pants, a fitted turtleneck and knee-high boots (like here)
  • With a bodycon dress and ankle boots or heeled sandals
  • With a pair of bold wide-leg pants, a fitted white turtleneck and heeled sandals

Styling a Long Vest for the Weekend

For most of us, the office is where we’re spending the majority of our time, so it makes sense to invest in clothes for work. However, if you can find a piece that works for both work and weekend, well then, you’ve gotten your money’s worth. I think this particular piece is a great wardrobe staple in that it will take any weekend look up a notch. It just looks put together, never lazy.

One of the comments I hear a lot is that people want to look put together, even while running weekend errands, or shopping, or taking kids to practices. This vest is such a great piece for all of those events because it always looks chic while being 100% comfortable and easy.

More ways to style for the weekend

  • With a cable knit sweater dress and knee high riding boots
  • With skinny jeans, a graphic t-shirt, and converse sneakers
  • With boyfriend jeans, a fitted turtleneck top, and heeled booties

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