Style & Beauty
Close to the Vest: Spring's Most Stylish Trend
2/4/2019 12:39:47 PM

Early spring is a tricky time for fashion. Temperatures can feel like winter one minute and spring the next, so it’s hard to know if you should dress for December or May. Historically, the vest hasn’t gotten nearly enough love as a transitional weather staple to take your winter wardrobe on into spring. Luckily, this year the vest is getting its proper respect, and the opportunities for both men and women to try out stylish spring vests have never been better!

Moto madness
One of the most popular looks for women on the spring runways was the moto vest: a leather vest cut like the popular biker jackets. However, for those of us who don’t own Harleys, the look tends to be a little bit intimidating. The key to looking cool in a moto vest is to try and soften it up a bit. Pair your vest with an off-the-shoulder top and a pair of fitted jeans for a casual look. Or, if you want to dress it up a bit, a moto vest with a lightweight dress in a gauzy material is an excellent blend of hard and soft that feels girly and tough at the same time. 

Pretty fly
After years of athleisure, it was only a matter of time before other sports, like fishing, became high fashion. Angler-inspired vests are huge for both men and women this year. However, wearing these vests without looking like you’re headed for a weekend of fly fishing can be a bit of a challenge.

For men, pair fishermen vests with khaki shorts in the same color and wear a fisherman vest over a simple, pressed white button-down for a dressy-casual, safari-inspired look. For women, a fishing vest over a feminine floral dress is another way to mix up the menswear trend. 

A cool look for both men and women is the denim-on-denim trend; denim button down with mom or dad jeans, topped with a fishing vest. This easy, causal look is actually straight off the runway.  

Puff it up
Puffer vests are perennial spring favorites for a reason: they’re warm enough for chilly early spring weather, but more lightweight than heavy coats, which are often too warm for February and March. But a big problem with puffer vests is wearing one without looking like you’re about to go camping. 

Good news puffer vest enthusiasts! Both men and women can wear puffers throughout the spring to your heart’s content; the trick is adding accessories that make it fashionable. For women, add a statement bag and a fashion scarf to your puffer vest look to make it clear you haven’t just gotten back from a weekend in the woods. Men, pair your puffer with a fitted sweater or a casual pair of khakis and a flannel shirt to feel both warm and magazine-ready. 

If you’re looking for a fast, fun way to spruce up your spring wardrobe, adding a vest or two into the mix is a relatively inexpensive way to add some variety. Bonus: just think of all the things you can carry in those extra pockets!
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