Sweater Vests Are Officially Cool. Here Are 10 to Consider.

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Best Sweater Vests for Men

By Lee Cutlip

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The sweater vest has long been one of the most reviled pieces of clothing. But the fashion industry works in mysterious and often inexplicable ways, allowing the seemingly unexpected to happen: the sweater vest is now cool.

Or maybe the sweater vest has always been cool and we’ve just been hesitant to admit it. After all, even if it has not been at the forefront of fashion, it’s been quietly existing for who knows how many years, serving grandfathers and prep school kids equally well. Then Harry Styles comes along, donning a fuzzy sheep printed sweater vest, and the tides are forever changed.

While it might be hard to dispel any preconceived notions of the sweater vest, much of society’s distaste for the item lies in the fact that many of us don’t know how to properly wear one, let alone utilize its full potential. Instead of shoving one on over a button-down for a look that’s both stuffy and uncomfortable, casually throw a sweater vest over a plain white t-shirt or long sleeve tee. The styling will read as effortless while the sweater vest will add some much needed texture and contrast to an otherwise simple outfit. And, true to the vest’s original purpose as a layering piece, you’ll glean just enough warmth and still be able to throw on a jacket if need be.

Below are 10 sweater vests for sprucing up both your current and spring wardrobe.

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers Supima Cotton V-Neck Sweater Vest

A classic sweater vest in a slightly unexpected color, Brooks Brothers’ vest is primed for spring, not only thanks to the color but the Supima cotton which is light enough for easy layering and just warm enough for milder days.

Cos

Cos V-Neck Knitted Vest

Cos’ interpretation of the sweater vest modernizes the silhouette with a slightly oversized fit that creates an artful slouch. In other words, there’s no mistaking it for your dad’s sweater vest.

Mango

Mango Knitted Cotton Gilet

You can never go wrong with a piece of navy knitwear, especially not this cotton gilet from Mango. We recommend taking styling cues from the model and stay true to the simplicity of the piece by pairing it with a white tee, light-wash jeans and a lightweight navy jacket on top.

W Concept

Dunst V-Neck Wool Vest

This sweater vest from Dunst is actually unisex, so if you’re so inclined you can share it with your significant other. We understand if you you think she should get her own goddamn sweater, though.

Saturdays

Saturdays Conrad Mohair Sweater Vest

While we’re fans of this mossy green mohair vest from surf-inspired brand Saturdays, we’ll respect you even more if you opt instead for this hand-dip-dyed version. But, ya know, baby steps.

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder Argyle Sweater Vest

The argyle vest might have once been considered the antithesis of everything stylish, but leave it to Todd Snyder to make one that feels classic yet cool.

Urban Outfitters

UO V-Neck Sweater Vest

The perfect sweater vest for when you fancy a cup o’ tea and a game of cricket.

Slam Jam

Stüssy Giza Sweater Vest

Stüssy takes the traditional fair isle print and turns it slightly on its head by making a pattern that hints at the classic design but in a more abstract way. Utilize its capabilities as a statement piece and pair it with black pants or jeans.

MatchesFashion

Another Aspect V-Neck Cotton Blend Vest

You might think a sweater vest has no place in the summer, but we could see this serene sage green number from Another Aspect being worn well past spring, thrown on to keep you warm while you spend a chilly summer night on the beach.

Mr Porter

Bottega Veneta Wool and Cashmere-Blend Sweater Vest

Yes, another purple sweater vest, but this one is from Bottega Veneta and thus like none other you’re likely to encounter. Crafted from a wool and cashmere blend, the vest features a boxier shape and higher neckline, looking just as handsome over a t-shirt or turtleneck as it would on its own, that is if you’re feeling brave enough to expose those guns.