How To Style a Vest When You Never Wore One

how to style a vest

I’ve never worn a vest before. So how to style a vest I asked myself. I remember that vests were very fashionable when I was about 14 years old. Those pink and blue short ones, although I actually call that more body warmers. But I didn’t like it back then either. Well, vests here in the Netherlands are not really stylish, while I see them a lot with my overseas fashion friends. Here I compare them more with kitchen aprons. But the fashion blood goes where it can’t crawl and I decided to give the vest a try. I choose black because that is the easiest color for me to combine.

How to style a vesthow to style a vest with trousers

I wanted to wear it with a black long dress, but I chose a less obvious outfit. You’ve already seen these trousers here. And I wanted to style it with purple and pink. Because there is also pink in the check print of the trousers. I have to say that I have to get used to wearing a vest. I think I feel more comfortable wearing it with black. For example, on black ankle pants with ankle boots. Or on that black dress. But I actually like this vest! With a pair of brooches or a striking belt and lots of accessories on a black outfit.

A black vest with purple, pink and plaidblack vest on plaid trousers

At least I wanted to wear my beloved lilac boots under these trousers when I started styling this vest. And I wanted to wear a bright color. I choose this bright pink sweater with sequins. I have added a thin lilac belt but actually in retrospect I think it should have been a wider belt. The purple flower pin, the lilac ring and the pink bracelets give the outfit even more color. And my nails are painted in 4 shades of purple! I kept the earrings just golden. I think the colors all go well together. Many different colors but from one pallet. So, how to style a vest? In many different ways, but here with a lot of color. You will undoubtedly also see the black version of styling soon. And if you have any other ideas of how to style a vest, just let me know! I know that Jodie does great styling with vests!

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27 Comments

  1. jodie filogomo
    7th April 2020 / 18:22

    I just adore this Nancy . I think you look amazing in this, especially with the belt and boots.
    XOOX
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • nancy
      Author
      7th April 2020 / 18:22

      I was inspired by you because you wear vests often and they always look so good!

      • jodie filogomo
        8th April 2020 / 18:22

        That’s so sweet Nancy!!
        XOXO

  2. 7th April 2020 / 18:22

    I know it all about the vest this week, but can I just say how much I love those trousers? Adorable pink (not silver) lining there!

    Love, Lieske

    • nancy
      Author
      7th April 2020 / 18:22

      Haha, no not the silver lining! It’s growing and growing! Lol. Thank you very much Lieske!

  3. 7th April 2020 / 18:22

    I love the pink and purple! You did a great job styling the vest Nancy!
    xo,
    Kellyann

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you very much Kellyann!

  4. 7th April 2020 / 18:22

    This is a super fun and interesting outfit, Nancy! I love the color palette that you chose as it pops against the black of the vest. I find vests difficult to style as well because my shoulders are very broad. I feel like a vest accentuates that. But I do wear them and I prefer the longer ones like yours. In fact, I had hunted for a long black vest like this one for about 3 years and never found one in my size and budget. So I eventually gave it up. I do like the long vests over dresses! Thanks for sharing your fun styling and linking up with me.

    Shelbee
    http://www.shelbeeontheedge.com

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      This was a cheap one from Boohoo.com. I am going to wear it over a dress too!

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      Yes but then with a wider belt! Thanks Mireille!

  5. Lise
    7th April 2020 / 18:22

    I am usually not a vest fan, but this outfit looks fabulous!

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you very much.

  6. 7th April 2020 / 18:22

    I like vests, but haven’t worn one in decades. I know they’re having a “moment” right now–I may just stick to a standard denim vest, though. I love all of the bright colors you’ve decided to add, it gives the outfit so much life.

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Kim. Here in Europe you hardly see women wear vests.

  7. 7th April 2020 / 18:22

    I have only one vest, which is a Welsh wool one gifted to me be a fellow blogger. It’s not as long a yours, though, and I’m always wearing it over a dress. I can see how this longer black vest can be a versatile piece, and I would probably wear it over a long, flowing dress. But I do love how you styled it with those checked trousers and I love the pops of pink and purple, especially that giant purple flower corsage! xxx

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      I still have to try to wear it over a dress! I love those flower corsages, you have them too! They add just that little special don’t you think!

  8. 8th April 2020 / 18:22

    You make me laugh, Nancy! I don’t think your vest looks like a kitchen apron at all! You look very fashionable!

    https://www.aproposh.com

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      haha, I am very glad to hear that Yvonne! Thanks!

  9. 8th April 2020 / 18:22

    a vest is a good idea if it is not really cold outside. You did a great job at styling these.
    Stay healthy
    Alice

    • nancy
      Author
      8th April 2020 / 18:22

      Thank you very much!

  10. 8th April 2020 / 18:22

    Oh, we totally matched! I love long vests, but haven’t really seen them around very much lately. The short vests look very 90s to me.

    Love your sparkly sweater! Take care, Nancy!

    • nancy
      Author
      9th April 2020 / 18:22

      Funny hey! Thanks Sheila!

  11. 9th April 2020 / 18:22

    SO much I love about this outfit… first off… that bright pink top and those BOOTS match it so perfectly along with that purple flower! I love the vest with the belt! I have a blush pink vest that I always forget about in my closet and you’ve reminded me to get it out.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

    • nancy
      Author
      10th April 2020 / 18:22

      Thanks Carrie! Yes, get it out! haha, enjoy your Easter weekend!

  12. 13th April 2020 / 18:22

    Vests are hard to style! The issue I have is that they are often pretty formless – you’ve addressed that issue by incorporating a belt – and when you are only 5’2” formless isn’t a great look. I require vests to be a bit more tailored, and tailored vests are rare. I love the colors in this outfit! Black, pink, and purple – perfect!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

    • nancy
      Author
      14th April 2020 / 18:22

      I agree, I think they need a upgrade in the form of belts or brooches!

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