The Vest/Sleeveless Jacket – Essential For Autumn 2014

Don’t think for a moment that this is just another name for a waistcoat, or a gilet – we can assure you that it’s much cooler than that. Just check out Victoria Beckham and Giavanna Battaglia! What’s more, the good news is that this addition to urban chic is available in a variety of fabrics and styles, so we urge you to get creative with how you wear it.

Follow the lead of Hérmes and Max Mara, who paired theirs with pencil skirts, or go with flared trousers like those at Givenchy and Rodarte. Team with a cocktail dress for a touch of Isabel Marant and Dior, or choose the latter’s pastel colours.

Continue for now, if you like, with summer’s cotton or crepe, such as Olivia Palermo’s vision in yellow, Victor and Rolf’s offering of navy with white trim, or a patterned sleeveless duster coat from Dries Van Noten. Look classy in white on sunny days, with bare arms that showcase your tan. Or cover them by wearing a jumper under your vest when the temperature drops.

Wear unbuttoned over a shirt or a polo neck for smart daywear, or substitute a lightly tailored long sleeveless blazer. For evenings, mix with a fine cotton top, or cropped pants and heels. Hérmes and Chloé picked simple accessories, and you could do worse than to copy them.

Sleeveless biker denim comes with the same street cred as the sleeved variety, but is lighter to wear. Show your flair by layering your long vest under a shorter one, and add a white tee.

For serious autumn weather, the sleeveless blanket coat is just waiting for you to covet its cosiness. It’s also the ideal outer garment for any bulky sweater that refuses to be forced into a regular coat. Style it the grunge way with ripped jeans. For extra snugness, pull a long sleeveless leather jacket over a tee, or try faux-fur instead. Indulge in our favourite art of layering to trap warmth, and hide all under the oversized version of this style.

We hope you’re convinced by now that the long sleeveless vest is a huge trend for Autumn/Winter 2014. It will guide you through the ups and downs of autumn weather, providing you with warmth and style at the same time!

The featured photo is of Olivia Palermo wearing grey sleeveless vest from Nom De Mode, pleated culotte shorts from Tibi, sweater from Chinti and Parker and shoes from Gianvito Rossi

Sleeveless Fashion Trend: Sarah Ashcroft is wearing a white sleeveless Mac bershka jacket Sleeveless Fashion Trend: Sarah Ashcroft is wearing a white sleeveless Mac bershka jacket

Sleeveless Jacket Trend: Victoria Tornegren is wearing a black Asos sleeveless jacket

Sleeveless Jacket Trend: Victoria Tornegren is wearing a black Asos sleeveless jacket Sleeveless Coat Trend: Tamara Kalinic is wearing a grey sleeveless coat from Gestuz

Sleeveless Coat Trend: Tamara Kalinic is wearing a grey sleeveless coat from Gestuz

Adriana Gastélum is wearing an olive sleeveless coat from BCBGMAXAZRIA

Adriana Gastélum is wearing an olive sleeveless coat from BCBGMAXAZRIA

Sleeveless Trend: Silvia Garcia is wearing a pink vest from Gat Rimon

Sleeveless Trend: Silvia Garcia is wearing a pink vest from Gat Rimon

Carla Estévez Marcos is wearing a camel sleeveless jacket from Stradivarius

Carla Estévez Marcos is wearing a camel sleeveless jacket from Stradivarius

Aimee Song is wearing a Sleeveless Camel Coat from Mango

Aimee Song is wearing a Sleeveless Camel Coat from Mango

Jessica R. is wearing a sleeveless jacket from Joa

Jessica R. is wearing a sleeveless jacket from Joa

Janni Deler is wearing a denim vest from Lindex, jeans from Gina Tricot, bag from Céline and shoes from Nike

Janni Deler is wearing a denim vest from Lindex, jeans from Gina Tricot, bag from Céline and shoes from Nike

Wendy Nguyen is wearing a sleeveless grey vest from Intermix, jacket from J Brand, trousers from Banana Republic, bag from Tod's and the shoes are from Jimmy Choo

Wendy Nguyen is wearing a sleeveless grey vest from Intermix, jacket from J Brand, trousers from Banana Republic, bag from Tod’s and the shoes are from Jimmy Choo

Sara Donaldson is wearing a leather vest from Veda

Sara Donaldson is wearing a leather vest from Veda

Janni Deler is wearing a black top H&M, black vest from Zara, and denim shorts from MIH

Janni Deler is wearing a black top H&M, black vest from Zara, and denim shorts from MIH

Jenny Ong is wearing a a vest from Three Floor, top from A.L.C, shorts from Current/Elliott bag from Botkier, and boots from Coach

Jenny Ong is wearing a a vest from Three Floor, top from A.L.C, shorts from Current/Elliott bag from Botkier, and boots from Coach

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Margaret Zhang is wearing a sleeveless vest trench from Three Floor, white top from Anna Quan, pin striped skirt from Max&Co and the lace up heels are from Mode Collective

Kristina Bazan is wearing a sleeveless jacket and top from H&M, shoes from Alexander Wang and a bag from Céline

Kristina Bazan is wearing a sleeveless jacket and top from H&M, shoes from Alexander Wang and a bag from Céline

Julie Sarinana is wearing a black oversized sleeveless jacket from Madewell, matching tank from Hye Park and Lune, denim cut offs and red sneakers from SuperGa

Julie Sarinana is wearing a black oversized sleeveless jacket from Madewell, matching tank from Hye Park and Lune, denim cut offs and red sneakers from SuperGa

Blair Eadie is wearing a pink sleeveless vest from Marissa Webb, shirt dress from BCBG, shoes from Stuart Weitzman and the bag is from Valentino

Blair Eadie is wearing a pink sleeveless vest from Marissa Webb, shirt dress from BCBG, shoes from Stuart Weitzman and the bag is from Valentino

 

Sonya Esman is wearing a sleeveless trench and black jeans from Ann Taylor, striped shirt from Commes Des Garcons and shoes from Celine

Sonya Esman is wearing a sleeveless trench and black jeans from Ann Taylor, striped shirt from Commes Des Garcons and shoes from Celine

Karla Deras is wearing white skinny jeans from J. Brand, sleeveless vintage jacket from Shareen and shoes from Manolo Blahnik

Karla Deras is wearing white skinny jeans from J. Brand, sleeveless vintage jacket from Shareen and shoes from Manolo Blahnik

Larisa Costea is wearing a black vest from Sheinside, boyfriend jeans from Glow, shoes from Jessica Buurman and the bag is from Asos

Larisa Costea is wearing a black vest from Sheinside, boyfriend jeans from Glow, shoes from Jessica Buurman and the bag is from Asos

Sonya Esman is wearing a vintage sleeveless leather jacket, dress from Jill Stuart, shoes from Manolo Blahnik, bag from Celine and sunglasses from RayBan

Sonya Esman is wearing a vintage sleeveless leather vest, dress from Jill Stuart, shoes from Manolo Blahnik, bag from Celine and sunglasses from RayBan

Courtney Trop is wearing a grey sleeveless vest from Intermix, top from Anine Bing, trousers from J Brand, shoes from Sandro and the backpack is from Mansure Gavriel

Courtney Trop is wearing a grey sleeveless vest from Intermix, top from Anine Bing, trousers from J Brand, shoes from Sandro and the backpack is from Mansure GavrielEugenie Grey is wearing a top from Nun Bangkok, sleeveless moto vest and trousers from La Pina

Eugenie Grey is wearing a top from Nun Bangkok, sleeveless moto vest and trousers from La Pina