Like its cardigan cousin, the sweater vest is a divisive member of the wardrobe family. With most renditions mocked by your "you could have found that in a thrift store" friends, this outlier has ridden the fringes of fashion for decades, experiencing multiple renaissances while at it.
Sweater vests were everywhere at the pre-Covid Fall/Winter runway shows of the world's biggest fashion houses last year and we're already seeing sweater vests making their way quickly into everyday style. We've rounded up some of the best sleeveless companions to warm your torsos as we see out the remainder of a cold winter and move into the transitional months, AKA. sweater-vest heaven.
From luxury offerings from the likes of Bottega Veneta and Gucci to technical masterclasses from The Elder Statesman, everyone's showing love for the knitted vest, and we're here for it.
Scroll for some of the best sweater vests around right now.
Gucci GG Wool Jacquard Sweater Vest
This Gucci sweater vest is proffering serious professor energy with its monogram detailing and leather button fastening.
Maison Margiela Oversized Open Vest
Thanks to a super-oversized cut, his two-tone sweater vest from Maison Margiela sits somewhere between poncho and vest. Unattached sides offer signature Margiela unorthodoxy.
NOAH Argyle Vest
Detailed with multicolor Argyle diamonds, just like your grandad’s. Made of use lambswool, unlike your grandad’s.
Bottega Veneta Wool and Cashmere Sweater Vest
Wool and Cashmere Sweater Vest
A wool-cashmere blend positions this Bottega Veneta V-neck in the realms of elevated luxury instantly. After that, the lilac hue doesn't have much work to do to get us on side.
Awake NY Lemon Vest
An intarsia-knit lemon graphic punctuates Awake NY’s take on the vest which sets the fruit against a deep blue backdrop reminiscent of summer skies.
The Elder Statesman SSENSE Exclusive Heavy Vest
Woven from pure cashmere, The Elder Statesman continues a legacy of complete dedication to the highest-quality materials. Rounded out with a bright orange hue, this one’s definitely a highlight piece.
Andersson Bell Marais Vest
This glitched-out knit from Andersson Bell is definitely an eye-catcher, subverting what is — aside from the detailing — a classic sweater vest silhouette.
Maison Kitsuné Jacquard Pullover Sweater Vest
Talk about a deep neckline. Maison Kitsuné drops it as low as it can go, but keeps things classic with nary trims and welt pockets to the waist.
Acne Studios Chunky Sweater Vest
Acne’s typical style of exaggerating elements of a classic comes to the fore with this chunky-knit sweater vest. Marled wool offers a strong texture to the oversized number.
AGR Plaited Stripe Knit Sweater Vest
Eschewing the classic V-neck for a crew neck, this sweater vest from AGR is a rare find. Crafted from a mohair blend, it’s characterized by layers of bright, contrasting stripes throughout.
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