What Goes Well With a Black Vest?

Try out a casual black vest look like Denyce Lawton's.

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When you've found yourself in the depths of menswear-inspired bliss, but re-vamping your entire wardrobe seems a little time consuming -- not to mention expensive -- grab yourself a black vest. From bohemian chic aesthetics to a more modern classic vibe, black vests act like wardrobe chameleons, working with everyone's personal style. With a few styling tips, you'll find your initially vest-hesitant self resisting the urge to wear your vest with your pajamas. Hey ... who says you can't look stylish 24/7?

T-Shirt and Skinny Jeans

When you're new to the black vest world, your best bet for feeling stylish and chic without wondering if you look like you're really trying is by keeping things simple. Grab your favorite oversized white T-shirt from your closet, or go for a little color if you're in the mood. Leave your T-shirt untucked and pull on a pair of skinny blue jeans whether they're a dark rinse or a distressed light blue. If you're feeling gutsy, slip into a pair of brogues. For a toned-down approach, don black or nude flats. Slide your black vest on and you're ready to go.

Blouse and Slacks

A black vest can add an edge to an otherwise classic look -- even a dressier one. Think sheer-ish, printed blouse with a pair of black or white trousers. Maybe you've decided on a pair of metallic platform sandals for a '70s-inspired, super-long-legs appearance. Then again, a pair of classic pumps add versatility to this ensemble. Whether you're off to brunch or on your way to the office, throw on a cropped, black vest to add a tailored kick to your feminine outfit.

Tank Top and Skirt

When you've gotten into your traditional spring/summer outfit that takes about 30 seconds to complete, you sigh -- it's awfully simple and there has to be SOMETHING you can add to it. While a tank top tucked into a flouncy hits-at-the-knees skirt is feminine and easy, it's completely understandable if you're tired of the same old look. Pull a black vest on over your outfit and add a lightweight, fringed scarf for some extra boho-chic action. Oh, and nude or black gladiators will pull everything together quite nicely.

Shift Dress

If you've ever become a little obsessed with shift dresses, you know that it's hard to go back to anything else -- they're just roomy enough to give you all day comfort and cute enough to last through an entire summer. Since you're a little worried that people will start to think your fashion sense has reached a stalemate -- and truth be told, you're a little worried yourself -- pull that look together with some accessories. Add a black vest after cinching your waist with a skinny belt. Slip into strappy sandals, and it's a whole new you.

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