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Sweater Vests Are Cool This Season: Here’s How To Style Them

Sweater Vests Are Cool This Season: Here’s How To Style Them

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Sweater vests are beloved by fashionable icons like Tyler The Creator for good reason: the silhouette is still unbeatable when it comes to layering for cold weather. There may not be a cooler piece of knitwear on the planet as evident in the sweater vest’s slow but steady rise to prominence as a streetwear mainstay. The timeless piece is favored by the world’s most discriminating dressers—the kind of aficionados who chronicle every outfit they wear.

Once considered a fashion relic of the past, sweater vests have made a remarkable comeback in men’s fashion. These versatile, sleeveless knitwear pieces can be both functional and stylish additions to your wardrobe. Whether you’re a seasoned fashion enthusiast or someone looking to update their style, this guide will help you navigate the world of sweater vests and discover various ways to incorporate them into your outfits.

Here is a guide to styling sweater vests for men…

#1. The classic look

 
 
 
 
 
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The classic sweater vest look is perfect for a timeless, sophisticated appearance. To achieve this style, consider these tips:

    • Dress shirt combo: Pair a solid-colored sweater vest with a well-fitted dress shirt. Opt for neutral tones like gray, navy, or camel to maintain a timeless appeal.
    • Trousers: Complement your top with well-tailored dress trousers. Dark slacks or khakis work exceptionally well.
    • Formal shoes: Finish off the look with polished leather dress shoes or brogues. A brown leather belt will tie it all together for a cohesive and classic outfit.

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#2. Smart-casual elegance

 
 
 
 
 
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Sweater vests can also be dressed down for a more relaxed yet stylish appearance. Here’s how to achieve the smart-casual look:

  • Lightweight vest: Opt for a lighter, more casual sweater vest. Pastels, patterns, and softer fabrics can be great choices.
  • Chinos or denim: Pair your vest with well-fitted chinos or dark jeans for a comfortable and stylish combination.
  • Footwear: Loafers or clean white sneakers add a touch of informality while keeping your outfit sophisticated.

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#3. Layering for warmth and style

 
 
 
 
 
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As the weather gets colder, you can use sweater vests as effective layering pieces. Here’s how:

  • Layer with a dress shirt: Place your sweater vest over a button-down dress shirt. Choose a neutral hue or subtle pattern to create a refined look.
  • Add a sports coat: Top off your ensemble with a tailored blazer or a sports coat. This will not only keep you warm but also add an extra layer of style.

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#4. Preppy and polished

 
 
 
 
 
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Embrace the preppy style with sweater vests which are perfect for a clean-cut and polished look:

  • Patterned vests: Opt for patterned sweater vests, like argyle or cable-knit designs, to evoke a preppy vibe.
  • Oxford shirt: Pair your vest with a crisp, white Oxford shirt. A light blue or pink shirt can also work well.
  • Bottoms and footwear: Choose khaki pants or neatly ironed dress shorts. Finish the look with boat shoes, loafers, or even a pair of white sneakers.

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#5. Weekend casual comfort

 
 
 
 
 
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For a relaxed, weekend-friendly outfit, consider a more laid-back approach:

  • Chunky-knit vest: Choose a chunky-knit or textured sweater vest for added warmth and comfort.
  • Casual tops: Wear it over a plain T-shirt or a lightweight Henley for an effortless and casual appeal.
  • Bottoms: Opt for jeans, casual shorts, or joggers, depending on the season and comfort level.
  • Footwear: Sneakers or desert boots are ideal for a comfortable yet stylish finish.

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