The Best Way to Wear a Vest With Jeans

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A vest always finds a way to reinvent itself in the fashion world time after time. When styling your vest with jeans, keep in mind it’s considered the main attraction, so you want to make sure the fit is perfect. There are a few key things to remember when it comes to the right fit. Making sure that the vest fits nice and snug and the sides reach the belt are key factors. In order to find the best fit, you will want to try on a variety of sizes and designs. This piece can be worn several different ways time after time, so don’t settle for a mediocre fit. It should be just right.

Once you have determined the sizing, how you wear your vest is just as important. Don’t keep your vest completely buttoned — similar to a suit jacket, you want to keep the last button undone on the vest. This helps to further the laid-back appeal, not to mention it is best the way to style a vest. When it comes to the shirt selection for underneath your vest, the options are endless.

Since you are wearing your vest with jeans, you first need to determine if you want to dress up or down your outfit. The jeans already give the outfit a casual look, so if the occasion is more on the business-casual side, you might want to consider a crisp, white button-down shirt. This will help to give the outfit a clean semi-professional look.

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If you want to maintain the laid-back look but still keep it professional, you can also incorporate a pair of dark wash jeans with a tie either in a bold color or fun print. Stick to a basic design like plaid or polka dots, and avoid prints that might be too busy. The button-down shirt should be in a solid color to avoid clashing with both the tie and vest. The color of the vest will determine the color of your button-down shirt.

If you wish to make your outfit a completely casual look, including a vest adds a bit of personal character. To style this look, you will want to stick to a dark wash pair of jeans in either a slim or regular fit. This will depend on both your body type and the overall look you are going for. Instead of a button down, you will want to lean toward either a basic white tee or a graphic tee pretty much in any color.

If you opt to leave the vest undone, try leaning toward a T-shirt with a design that has some color in order to add a bit of contrast. Stay away from T-shirts that may be oversized or have a plunging neckline: Neither option pairs nicely with a vest. In order to keep a polished put-together look, both the top and bottom should be tailored to fit your body type.

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