The Trend : Long Vests

I’ve been enamored with the idea of a long vest since I first saw Victoria Beckham sporting one back in 2013. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who noticed. For the last few seasons, designers have been creating various versions of these long sleeveless coats. The vest is no longer a piece to be hidden, but one to take center stage.

The long vest offerings are especially aplenty this fall. In case you missed it, you can see our picks for the top 15 long vests this season here.

Why should you invest in this piece as a new wardrobe staple? Here are the top five reasons.

Top 5 Reasons to Try the Trend

 1. It is universally flattering.

The piece naturally creates a long, lean silhouette. Who couldn’t benefit from an extra dose of lengthening? Sign me up.

2. It is the perfect transitional piece.

What is it about fall that makes us automatically start craving layers? If it’s still too warm where you live to fully embrace layers, satisfy that craving with a long vest.

3. It plays well into the popular menswear inspired look.

The almost architectural lines and shape of the vest lend it that masculine suiting vibe. In fact, this silhouette originated in the 1800s as a dress bodice made to look like a men’s coat.

4. It gives you a sophisticated aura.

Given the suiting influence, the well-tailored piece brings refinement, even to a jeans and tee.

5. It can be styled in so many ways.

Here, I wore it over a white tank top and light ripped boyfriend jeans. Soon, I plan to wear it over a black tee and black skinny jeans with leopard accessories.

When the weather turns a bit cooler, I’ll be wearing this with a sweater or turtleneck underneath. If you live in a really cold climate, you can even layer your heavy coat over this in the winter.

Button it, unbutton it, dress it up, dress it down… The options really are endless!

Looking for more long vest styling ideas? Check out these two great articles:

  1. 7 Real-Girl Ways to Style a Long Vest from PopSugar
  2. 10 Insanely Stylish Ways to Wear a Long Vest from The Outfit

Keep scrolling for more details on my look, including a discount code for the necklace…

Details of My Look

Alexander Wang vest (here and here) | Rag & Bone boyfriend jeans (similar inexpensive option here) | Splendid tank top | Laurence Dacade Glenn fawn ankle boots (also love these Rag & Bone Harrow boots) | Eugenia Kim hat (available in other colors herehere, and here) | Karen Walker sunglasses | Valentino Rockstud large leather bracelet (older; similar here) | Mignonne Gavigan Dylan necklace (use code MGfallCC for 20% off entire site) | Chanel boy bag from The Vintage ContessaOPI nail polish | Nars lipstick

Have you picked up a long vest to wear this season? It’s a great staple that can be worn so many ways. I’ll be sure to share a few more photos as I style it different ways this season. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out our top 15 long vest picks.


Photos by Justin James Photography


  1. Jane says:

    I’m obsessed with this trend! Your booties are just sooo cute too!
    xo, Jane

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jane! You’ve rocked this trend yourself. Xo

  2. Bella B says:

    Love this carrie!! I really love the long vest i will have to look for one around here.

    1. Carrie says:

      Yes definitely! I’d love to see one on you. Thanks, B.

  3. This look is everything! I am a huge fan of long sleeveless vests and trenches, perfect for fall in California ;). xx

    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Jyo! Yes same for here in Texas.

  4. monic says:

    girl you look great in this long vest !


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Monic! Appreciate it. Xo

  5. Sybil says:

    definitely want to try this vest out!! 😀

    Have a great day!
    Animated Confessions

    1. Carrie says:

      You should, Sybil! It’s a great look for fall. Thanks.

  6. Anastasia says:

    Gorgeous – as always!

    I’ve ordered a So Number One emerald green vest in beautiful lightweight fabric but I’m so worried I won’t be able to wear it ’till next spring, since it’s already pretty cold (+15) in St. Petersburg.

    Probably gonna spend a good portion of Sunday evening trying to figure whether I can layer it under/over any of my jackets and coats, haha.

    1. Carrie says:

      It’s already getting cold there? Oh no! I laid out by the pool this morning! Ha. It’s still 90 degrees F here. Hugs to you!

  7. Love the vest! It gives the outfit a whole different look!

    1. Carrie says:

      Isn’t it a fun, chic look for fall? I automatically felt cooler with it on. 😉

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