This outfit was inspired by recent “create” sessions with clients. It combines a vest with relaxed bottoms, a layering top, and structured peep-toe booties. It’s casual, trendy, interesting and comfortable. It can work in just about any casual setting in mild weather, or in hot weather with air conditioning. 

The most important component here is the vest. There are many, many styles at your disposal, so take your pick. I chose two options in neutrals for the ensembles below. A white moto that’s a little masculine and quite crisp, and a black asymmetrical drapey style that’s more avant-garde. The ensemble on the left is the softer, prettier and more graphic version, while the one on the right has a hard, arty edge. 

Here are the components of the ensemble. Choose any colour palette across solids or patterns: 

Bottoms: Choose boyfriend jeans, or skinnies / straight legs that you can roll at the hem. Ankle skin is important in order to showcase the footwear chosen for this ensemble. If jeans aren’t your thing, choose harem pants, cropped pants, or track pants that you can pull up at the cuffs. 

Top: Choose a fluid T-shirt, a drapey tee, or a T-shirt blouse. Leave it untucked, or partially tucked in front for a little structure. Choose any length of sleeve or go sleeveless. A lightweight pullover works just as well. 

Vest: A fluid or oversized vest with a longer armhole works better over a roomier sleeved top and prevents sleeve bunching. Fitted vests tend to be restricted to layering over fitted tops, which isn’t quite as fashionable at the moment. Leave the vest open to accentuate its relaxed vibe and boxy cut. 

Footwear: I love this look with a peep-toe bootie because it grounds the outfit and adds an extra dose of fashionable interest. Franco Sarto’s Refresh Booties are surprisingly comfy, and also available in lighter colours. Super soft and cushioning with a manageable heel. 

If peep-toe booties aren’t your thing, substitute with shoes that have ankle detail, like ankle strap sandals, strappy gladiators, or cage heels. 

Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that suits the mood of the outfit. I chose a perforated shopper to add sporty spunk to the prettier outfit. I chose a crisp light blue satchel to soften the hard edge of the second outfit. Add jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired. 

Summer vests are an excellent way to add a structured and interesting third piece to your outfit without overheating.

Vest, Casual Pants & Peep Toe Booties