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Wardrobe essential: 3 ways to wear a vest

By: Andrea Karr / Photography by Jaclyn Locke

<p><em>This originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Canadian Living Magazine.</em></p> Author: Andrea Karr Credits: Jaclyn Locke

Fashion

Wardrobe essential: 3 ways to wear a vest

By: Andrea Karr / Photography by Jaclyn Locke
A long vest with a slim silhouette is the perfect addition to a workwear wardrobe. Wear it over an overcoat, vest, blouse or shirt. We show you how, using a $100 RW&Co vest.

Belt it out


How to wear a vest - over an overcoat with a belt

Cut a feminine figure with a patterned pencil skirt, a turtleneck and a vest cinched with a belt. Complete the look with a tailored menswear-inspired overcoat layered under the vest and statement accessories, such as a wide-brimmed hat, a structured bag and oversize earrings.

Blazer, $160,
bananarepublic.ca. Sweater, $50, anntaylor.com. Skirt, $70, express.com. Hat, oldnavy.ca. Earrings and belt, hm.com/ca. Bag, michaelkors.com. Shoes, ninewest.ca.

Clean cut

A vest outfit with pants and a shirt

A black-and-white palette makes it easy to mix patterns and textures. Layer your vest and a printed sleeveless top over a white collared shirt, then add a slim pair of white or black pants. Patent ankle booties lend a retro vibe.

Top, $25,
marshallscanada.ca. Shirt, $29, and pants, $29, joefresh.com. Earrings, bananarepublic.ca. Necklace and bracelet, jenny-bird.com. Shoes, gapcanada.ca.

Shift work

Vest with a shift dress

This vest adds contrast to a simple vibrantly hued shift dress. Choose understated jewellery, such as pearl earrings or slim silver bangles, and black pumps or booties for an effortless ensemble—ideal for a Monday.

Sweaterdress, $110, bananarepublic.ca. Glasses, clearly.ca. Earrings, lechateau.com. Bracelets, swarovski.com. Shoes, ninewest.ca.

Smart investment

Invigorate your wardrobe for less than $100.

3 black vests



Cropped: Looking to add bohemian flair to your outfit? A short vest with fringe and beading will do it.

Vest, $36, forever21.com.

Mid-length: A loose, draped garment in faux leather is edgy and masks trouble spots.

Vest, $65, reitmans.com.

Long: This plus-size vest hits below the hips, skimming curves and elongating your shape.

Vest, $98, additionelle.com.

Read more:
How to find the best blazer for your body types
Wardrobe essential: 3 ways to wear a striped tee

This article was originally published in the September 2015 issue of Canadian Living.

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