Huge thanks to JCPenney and ShopStyle for sponsoring this post
A white vest has been one of my closet staples for years! Vests are a great in-between when you want another layer, but a jacket feels like overkill. It’s also great when you simply want more freedom to move your arms. I have vests in tons of colors, but I specifically love how a white vest freshens up outfits!
Today I’m partnering with JCPenney and ShopStyle to show three outfits with a white vest! JCPenney has tons of my closet staples at super affordable prices, so it’s a fantastic resource for building a solid wardrobe without breaking the bank.
This vest is one of those gems! It’s quilted with brass hardware, which elevates it to make it look more expensive. Except, it’s not expensive at all! It’s only $18.69 on sale right now! It’s a lighter to medium thickness, so it’s not super bulky. It has slanted side pockets where you can rest your hands easily, but it also has vertical buttoned pockets to store items securely. Best of both worlds! It comes in 4 solid colors and 5 prints. See them HERE.
SIZING: I’m 5’6″ and usually S/M or 6 in clothes, 8.5 to 9 in shoes.
Outfit #1: Striped Tee + Jeans + Booties or Boots
I threw the vest on top of one of my standard combos–a striped tee and black jeans. I love how the white vest freshens it up!
When working with all neutrals, keep it interesting by mixing neutrals. Here, we have black and white and added pops of cognac and tan. You can absolutely mix black and brown! I recommend using more vibrant browns like the ones here to provide more contrast against the black.
I’ve shared this striped tee before, but in case you missed it, it’s TOTALLY worth checking out! It’s a fantastic basic that is super duper soft and stretchy, drapes pretty well, and is really affordable at only $8.49! See it HERE.
Outfit #2: Sweater + Jeans + Booties or Booties
I especially love that you can layer vests over sweaters! If your sweater’s sleeves feel too bulky with a jacket, or if a jacket feels like overkill, a vest is the perfect topper. You can do this over relaxed sweaters with leggings and sneakers for casual on-the-go looks, or wear a vest over a sweater with jeans and boots for an elevated casual look like I did above. This works with lots of different kinds of sweaters!
Button Up + Jeans + Boots or Booties
Lastly, I love the classic pairing of a button up with jeans and tall boots. You can do this with any button up, whether chambray, polka dots, or plaid. A white vest is a fresh neutral that brightens up the outfit and makes it pop, especially against blue jeans.
This top is on the thinner side for plaid shirts, which is great if you live in a warmer climate or want a button up that isn’t stiff. It comes in 6 plaid colors, a camo print, and a solid medium blue that looks like chambray. See the HERE.
Vests are a great layering option to have in your closet! They work over t-shirts, blouses and button ups, and sweaters, so you’ll always have a new way to mix up your wardrobe. If you’ve been wanting to try vests or are looking to expand your collection, this is an affordable option to check out. See all the colors and prints available HERE!
What’s your favorite way to wear a vest?