Reminiscent of stuffy professors, teen-movie nerds, and, of course, Chandler from Friends, the sweater-vest is the trend that has won the hearts of fashion people everywhere. Historically, it was one of those items of clothing that were “uncool,” but it’s fair to say that recent seasons have been a celebration of all things frumpy, with editors and influencers alike embracing the quirky appeal of homely knitwear and practical shoes.
I have well and truly fallen for the sweater-vest this season, and I was kindly given a cream oversize iteration from H&M last winter and have worn it constantly over white shirts and cream roll-necks. It’s a true layering hero. Personally, I find that the trend looks its best when worn in that eclectic Scandi-girl way. Think clashing prints and retro blouses. But there are also plenty of influencers wearing theirs with more minimalist, pared-back separates. Just look at Lydia from @femmeblk, who looks unbelievably elegant with a beige cable-knit number and color-match flares.
Love it or hate it, the sweater-vest is only set to get bigger, and I reckon it’ll stick around beyond fall 2022. So get ahead of the crowd and scroll down to see six winning sweater-vest outfits that are inspiring my style this season.