A look at one of this fall’s most practical trends: the long vest.
Long vests played a recurring guest role the runways for the fall/winter 2015-16 collections — worn over dresses and skirts, or with a gown (cinched at the waist), made of fur, fabric, or leather. This comes as welcome news. A long vest happens to be one of the more ridiculously flattering items anyone could ever purchase; it also adds texture and streamlines any outfit, making it look more pulled together and intentional. Perhaps it’s because a vest has its roots in worker attire (think: a painter’s smock), a long vest makes the wearer look like a woman on a mission, whether she’s headed to a board room or a ballroom. It’s also practical: there’s an additional layer of warmth, for when it gets cold (though this rarely happens in Beirut), and often pockets. Stock up now; this is one trend that’s destined for a supporting role in future seasons.
We reckon Alexander Wang’s camel-colored vest would go with just about any outfit in the world. Sonia Rykiel’s furry collared version will keep the wearer snug in the cold, Marc Jacobs’s belted version adds a layer of eccentricity and drama to a beautiful floor-length gown, and Chloé’s woolly version has a fun Woodstock vibe.