The Long View on Vests

FALL 2017
By Karie Frost for Modern Muse

We love: Citizens of Humanity Sleeveless Trench in Beige; Monique Lhuillier Blouse

Own a vest or two? We're willing to bet they hit around your waist — a great look, certainly, but if you're looking to make a statement, you'll want to make room in your closet for vests that test length limits this fall. Whether floor-scraping dusters or waistcoats that hit just below the knee, long vests can be intimidating if you've never worn one, but they also make the perfect layering piece. Here we show you five vests that nail the trend.

Serve Up Style in a Sleeveless Trench

We love: ZARA Double Breasted Waistcoat Dress

Sure, the traditional trench serves to fend off rotten weather. But if you strip away the sleeves, you've got yourself a new twist on a functional fashion classic — and we're loving it. Thanks to the trench's belt-cinched waist, you can pair it with wide-leg culottes or palazzo pants and bulky tops, but we suggest picking blouses and sweaters brandishing the season's best standout sleeves, like the Monique Lhuillier bell-sleeve shirt seen above. After all, these types of details are meant to be seen, not hidden.

Max Out with a Menswear-Inspired Vest

We love: Halogen Long Vest in Navy, Nordstrom

Say hello to your new style staple: the menswear-inspired long vest. Simple enough to wear with just about any print or solid, it looks as effortless in the office as it does when you're running errands. Due to its boxy silhouette, you'll want to keep what you wear underneath fitted — think skinny jeans and a slim-cut turtleneck.

Go Retro in a Shearling Vest

We love: French Connection Long Faux Shearling Vest, Nordstrom

Cozy shearling is one of the texture trends to embrace for fall fashion, so why not bundle up in a knee-skimming vest lined in the plushy stuff? This faux version serves up plenty of '70s cool, making it a perfect layering piece for fit-and-flare bell-bottoms, embroidered peasant blouses or even snug-fit cropped tees.

Dare to Wear a Bright Waistcoat

We love: 3.1 Phillip Lim Sculpted Waist Long Vest, Nordstrom

If there's something we've learned from street-style stars, it's that eye-blinding color has a place in our wardrobe rotation no matter the time of year — and this calf-grazing vest delivers vivid color in spades. The brilliance of this lengthy sleeveless waistcoat (other than its cheery yellow hue) is that you can wear it a dozen different ways. Our two favorite looks? Open, to reveal a flowing dress in a contrasting hue (think millennial pink), or closed, with nothing more than a peek of a bra and monochromatic pants to make a bold-yet-sexy statement.

Bundle Up in a Puffer Vest

We love: Rick Owens Oversized Down Puffer Vest, Nordstrom

What better way to tackle autumn's temperamental temperature shifts than with a knee-length puffer vest? Since it's not quite time to bundle up in a full-sleeve puffer, this toasty oversize vest allows you the pillow-y warmth with a little more ventilation. Dress it down by pairing it with on-trend striped track pants (the wider the leg, the better) or play with proportions by layering it over gams-baring shorts and booties.