Vests are great pieces for layering, and you know how much I love to layer! Statement vests are a big trend right now, however, I know they can feel a bit intimidating. When we think of statement pieces, like vests and dresses, it can often feel like there isn’t a lot of versatility. I fell in love with this statement vest by Kobi Halperin, an Israeli designer. At first, I wasn’t sure how many different ways I would be able to style it, but even as a stylist, I surprised myself when I experimented with different styling options. Although statement vests are bold pieces, there is so much more versatility when styling them than we often realize.
Since I can’t get enough of statement vests, I’m sharing a few ideas on styling a statement vest to make it feel like a different piece every time you wear it…
Statement vests aren’t just for dressing up! One of my favorite ways to add a fun twist to a casual look is with a statement vest. Layering a simple shirt, jeans and sneakers is the perfect way to add a cool yet chic vibe to a statement vest. Not only is it stylish, but you can put this look together in just minutes. The statement vest instantly elevates the simple look – perfect for busy moms on the go!
MAKE IT BUSINESS APPROPRIATE
Another way to style your favorite statement vest is to take it to the office. Whether you’re heading to a business meeting or into the office, vests are a great way to stand out and wear your vest in a completely different way. Layer a simple button-down blouse and trousers under the vest to take this look to the office. Feeling bold? Wear a matching set under the vest and allow the vest to be the focal point.
ADD MULTIPLE LAYERS
Styling a statement blouse with versatility is all about playing around with layers, as you can see! But you don’t have to stop at just one layer, this is where we often get stuck when finding new ways to wear statement pieces. As I was getting ready to host my styling workshop at Coach, I pushed myself to find a new way to wear this amazing statement vest, and found the way with multiple layers! Mixing different textures starting with this tuxedo blouse, I then added this plaid blazer and completed the look with the statement vest. I was so pleased with the way this look came out – it’s perfect for the colder seasons. When styling a vest with multiple layers, it’s best to keep accessories minimal but complimentary of the look.
WEAR IT AS A TOP
Statement vests are also fun to wear like a top! Since they’re longer designs, you can pin the vest closed and wear it like a shirt. After securing the vest closed, add your favorite statement earrings or necklace along with heels and you have a completely different look using the same piece.
MAKE IT GLAM
Vests can sometimes feel hard to style in an edgy and trendy way. The easiest way to glam up a vest is by adding more accessories so it all comes together. I accessorized with a fabulous statement ear cuff, chic sunglasses, and a trendy cabbie hat. I also added edge with these rhinestone fishnet booties by Akira. Voila, my vest went from simple to a statement piece!
The holiday season is quickly approaching and it’s the perfect time to experiment with different layers! Not only are layers functional for cold weather in Chicago, but they’re incredibly chic.
Kobi Halperin has a beautiful selection of vests like this one. Want to be styled in a chic vest outfit by me and the Israeli designer? Join me at the Kobi Halperin event on October 17th! RSVP by email.
What is your favorite way to wear a vest? Which one are you excited to experiment with the most?