This one quietly creeped up on us — and it's here to stay.

By Samantha Sutton
Jul 15, 2020 @ 9:30 am
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How to Style a Vest as a Shirt
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What if we told you it was possible to double your wardrobe without spending extra money? It's something the world's most fashionable people know all about, and the secret, of course, lies in finding new ways to wear old stuff.

Take vests, for example, which came back into our lives for 2020 (blame Little Women), right along with popcorn shirts and twin sets. In our minds, figuring out how to wear one was easy: you layer it over a top — a button-down, a sweater, maybe something ruffled — and call it a day. However, ladies like Bella Hadid and a handful of street style stars have been skipping a step. They're wearing nothing underneath, and styling their vest as if it were a shirt — a shest, if you will.

This trick couldn't be easier or more perfect for hot summer days. And the good news is you can use any kind of vest, from sleeveless blazers to the sweater variety.

Take a look at some shest styling inspiration, ahead, then shop a vest to wear for the rest of the season — and in the cooler months, too.

Wear Your Sweater Vest as a Tank Top

Bella Hadid Wearing a Vest, How to Style a Vest as a Shirt
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This is the easiest way to nail the shest trend, and definitely the most comfortable, since this vest style is typically loose and knit. While Bella Hadid wore her shest with leather pants, we recommend pairing it with a tennis skirt and sneakers for a cute preppy look.

Don't Shy Away From Color

Anything bright or patterned will easily blend in with vibrant summer shades, but come fall and winter, will provide much-needed pop when styled with neutral or darker pieces.

Try a Sleeveless Blazer or Duster

How to Style a Vest as a Shirt
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Choose an oversized option and style it with a breezy pair of pants so it feels less work, more play. Another trick to make your shest less stuffy? Leaving the bottom buttons unfastened in order to show some skin.

Add Eye-Catching Accessories

How to Style a Vest as a Shirt
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If your outfit is lacking a little something, make use of all your extras. Throw on some statement jewels, break out a belt, or wrap a scarf around your neck in order to give this trend your own personal twist.

Shop the Shest Fashion Trend

Victoria Beckham stripe Sweater Vest

Victoria Beckham Sweater Vest
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Shop Now: $360 (originally $600);

Mango Belt Long Gilet

mango vest
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Shop Now: $60 (originally $120);

YanYan Knits Marl Kungfu Vest

Yan Yan Knits Vest
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Shop Now: $275;

Lane Bryant Striped Sleeveless Sweater Tunic

Lane Bryant Vest
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Shop Now: $30 (originally $50);

We11done Oversized Appliquéd Cable-Knit Vest

we11done vest
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Shop Now: $423;

Acne Studios + NET SUSTAIN Frayed Patchwork Organic Denim Vest

Acne Studios Vest
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Shop Now: $440;

Cushnie Cropped Ribbed-Knit Top

cushnie vest
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Shop Now: $212 (originally $425);

Eloquii Lightweight Sleeveless Trench

eloquii vest
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Shop Now: $50 (originally $130);

Everlane The Cashmere Tank

Everlane Vest
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Shop Now: $78;

 Alex Mill Cropped Cotton-Blend Twill Vest

alex mill vest
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Shop Now: $66 (originally $110);