A sweater vest is a sleeveless pullover. Necklines, and lengths vary, as does fabric, fit, colour and pattern. Some are cropped and fitted, while others are long and roomy. Some have a front closure and look a little like a sleeveless cardigan. You can wear sweater vests on their own, or layered over shirts, blouses, tees, knitted tops, thin pullovers, and dresses. The collection below shows some examples.

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V-Neck Sweater Vest
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Shaker Stitch Vest
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Shaker Stitch Vest
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V-Neck Sweater Vest
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Cable Knit Vest
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Cashmere Knitted Vest
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Cashmere Knitted Vest
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V-neck Knitted Vest
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Geometric Print Vest
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Houndstooth Gilet
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V-neck Wool Vest
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Fluffy Sweater Vest
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Sweater vests can be a fab third piece in mild Autumn and Winter weather. They can provide just enough warmth, and look interesting. You can layer a jacket or coat over the top for extra insulation. If you knit, you could make a fab sweater vest yourself.

Here are some sweater vest outfit ideas that might serve as inspiration. The tops are worn untucked.

1. Short Over Long

A patterned tunic blouse is combined with a pair of black cropped, relaxed straight leg cargo pocket pants. The black of the pants picks up the black in the pattern and the model’s hair. A dark red bouclé sweater vest with an open front and asymmetrical fastening is layered over the top to create a distinctive “short over long” effect. The red picks up the red in the patterned blouse. The fastening adds some structure and accentuates the A-line visual. Cream boots pick up the cream of the pattern. Black, brown, or dark red boots would look fab too. A bit avant-garde.

Short Over Long

2. Oversized and Skirted

A fluid short-sleeved white tee is combined with a burgundy knee-length pleated skirt. An oversized stone vest is thrown over the top. Sheer black hosiery and flat black boots match he model’s dark hair. A burgundy bag matches the skirt. A casual and comfy outfit.

Oversized and Skirted

3. Classic

Black ankle-length skinnies are combined with a crisp long white shirt. A black and white houndstooth sweater vest matches the separates and is layered over the shirt. The look is finished off with dressy and refined black loafers, and a structured bag. Easy and effective.

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4. Slouchy

And last, a slouchy lavender blouse is combined with a pair of relaxed ecru jeans. A slouchy and oversized sweater vest in a rich shade of orangey-toffee is layered over the top. A chunky cream beaded necklace matches the ecru jeans. A pair of teal lace-ups is an unexpected and jarring choice of footwear, although their cream soles pop them back into the palette of the outfit thereby creating cohesion. A fashion-forward look.

Slouchy