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Layering is the key to amping up your outfit to combat winter chill, but not everything looks great when layered. Sometimes, layering the wrong pieces can make your body look bulky or out of proportion. Clothes are meant to flatter, and a sweater vest is a simple element you can add to any outfit to make it extra warm and undeniably chic. All you have to do is find the perfect jacket to finish your look.
Sweater vests are a male fashion staple in the professional world. They instantly add some fall flair to a button-up and khakis. You can emulate this look (but still give off a sexy, feminine vibe) by pairing your sweater vest with a menswear-inspired blazer. Balance is the most important thing when layering menswear-inspired pieces because you don't want to look like you're swimming in your boyfriend's clothes. Instead of wearing everything oversized, choose a fitted sweater vest and a boyfriend-fit blazer. Pick a blazer with feminine elements such as sparkly buttons, a belt or a nipped-in waist.
Classic Pea Coat
If you're the type of girl who has a classic, feminine style, a pea coat is probably a staple in your wardrobe. Pea coats and sweater vests go together wonderfully because they're both classic pieces. Make sure your vest isn't too bulky or it won't fit comfortably underneath your coat. Instead of a standard blue-black pea coat, get a more luxe look by choosing a creamy camel, white or bold red. Make the coat your statement, and use your vest to add texture -- try cable knit or stripes!
Button down sweater vests that function as more of a cardigan than a pullover are the perfect thing to add a feminine touch to a leather jacket. Pair your sweater vest with a simple, pleated skirt in a solid, bold color for some additional edge. If your sweater vest is pink, try a forest green skirt. Finish this look with a leather jacket, which toughens up the softness of your skirt and sweater. Add some pearls for extra class.
Sweater vests always put off an equestrian or private-school-uniform vibe. When we were in school, we'd do just about anything to get out of our uniforms, but don't let negative memories fool you. That look can be incredibly chic when played well. Choose a navy pullover sweater vest and layer it with a chic, tweed blazer in a rich brown. Finish this look with a pleated skirt, tights and knee high boots to mix equestrian and private-school trends stylishly.